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- Identify a need or gap in services. Conduct a needs assessment if necessary.
- Work with the Director of Grants & Sponsored Programs to identify possible grant funding
- Assemble a project design team of people who are committed to the project.
- Read the grant application documents carefully.
- Contact the grant program officer if clarification is needed.
- Create a timeline that allows for additional time in case of an emergency.
- Develop a problem statement.
- Ask for letters of support from project partners as early as possible.
- Develop one or two goals for the project.
- Develop both process and outcome objectives that are measurable for each goal.
- Design activities to carry out each objective.
- Design an evaluation plan that includes both qualitative and quantitative information.
- Write the narrative using short, concise sentences. Provide necessary information
without trying to impress the reviewer.
- Use charts and graphs for impact as appropriate. They also help to break up the reading
for the reviewer.
- Develop the budget carefully. Make sure the budgeted items correlate to the goals,
objectives, and activities.
- Read through the application carefully. Check to be certain all the points are addressed
in the proposal.
- Have a couple of people outside the team read through the proposal. Then, ask them
to describe the intent of the project.