A: Program Development
A great way to insure that your program will be well received is to make sure you have thought through the development very carefully. This optional section can help you do that.
Before you begin your proposal, answer these questions as thoroughly as possible:
- What will the program do?
- Who will benefit from the program and how will people learn about it?
- Why is the program needed or important?
- How does this program differ from other programs in the community?
- How much will the program cost?
- Where does this program fit into other organizational or community programs?
Managing your program:
Managing your program is as important as the documented need for your program. Establishing your credibility and your organization's qualifications is equally critical. Successful grant proposals answer these questions.
- Who will manage this program?
- What are the qualifications of individuals who will manage the program?
- If existing staff is involved, submit copies of their resumes.
- If positions are new, submit job descriptions.
- Who would be interested in funding this type of program?
- Government- City, State and/or Federal
- Other organizations; i.e. public charities, civic groups
- What will happen if this program isn’t created?
- Who in the community supports the program?
- Letters of support and/or letters from collaborators
- Confirmation of need
- How would you describe the population served?
- Numbers of individuals to be served
- Demographic and geographic information about population to be served
Program evaluation is often an overlooked element in a grant proposal. The Foundation will request reports on your program’s progress. Our staff can provide realistic information about how your program will be evaluated before your funding proposal is submitted.
As you develop your program, keep in mind how you will evaluate it in. What assessment tools you will use? For example: types of records, surveys, interviews, pre-and post-tests.
Funding a program in the future:
Funding a program in the future is a concern of all grant makers. Funding a grant request is an investment in the future. Careful, thoughtful research will demonstrate to funders that you are serious about the longevity your program.
- If future funding for your program will be generated from program fees, describe those fees
- If you plan to build the program into ongoing requests from government entities, name those sources
- Funders do COMMUNICATE with each other. Be open and honest