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  • 5 - Develop Strategies for Resource Development - Creating Your Sustainability Plan
    donor think about what else they might have to offer either instead of or in addition to cash gifts Marketing assistance and or space to hold an event are just two of many possibilities that you could suggest to appropriately situated donors Recruit volunteers to cut staffing costs A well managed group of volunteers can help you cut down on staffing costs and or increase the quality or quantity of the services you provide The following resources can assist you with volunteer recruitment www samhsa gov has a manual for finding training and using volunteers www volunteermatch org allows you to register your organization as a nonprofit looking for particular types of volunteer assistance www about com has helpful information about recruiting volunteers for nonprofits www techsoup org sets out ideas for using volunteers to provide assistance for your IT needs Identify and develop donors who share your interests and goals Donors don t just come out of the woodwork You need to take steps to find engage and cultivate both individuals and businesses who share your organization s interests and goals The key is to become relationship experts Seek grants from diverse sources to increase awareness of opportunities Foundations corporations and all levels of government are all potential sources of grants By developing relationships at each level you can increase your awareness of upcoming opportunities as well as your likelihood of success when applying for grants Develop earned income strategies to ensure a reliable source of income By charging a small below market fee for the services you provide you can ensure a reliable source of income for your organization One strategy to achieve this is to implement a fee for service model Also the Grantsmanship Center runs an intensive workshop for nonprofits geared at providing information about planning

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  • Summary - Creating Your Sustainability Plan
    of uncertainty you can achieve organizational stability Thank you for taking the time to learn about creating a sustainability plan for your organization Position your organization for sustainability by implementing the steps of the planning process Get started by answering questions that position your organization for sustainability Sustainability Planning Questions Build your case for support by determining who is most likely to support you and how you can tailor your

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  • Overview - Building Multiple Revenue Sources
    The tools resources and knowledge included in this training will enable you to raise more money through the development of a targeted strategy that caters to your organization s stage of development strengths and community assets By the end of this training you will be able to identify fifteen different types of revenue sources and execute the five step revenue development process which includes assessing goals and resources identifying an income strategy selecting a revenue source developing and executing a revenue source plan and evaluating results Get started with building multiple revenue sources This training provides an overview of fifteen different revenue sources insight into how online tools can help support revenue development a step by step guide to developing a new revenue source and analysis tools to help you assess your organization s strengths and limitations After reviewing this training you will know how to evaluate start and sustain one or more new income or revenue sources Build your revenue generating vocabulary The definitions below will gain meaning as you learn more about the revenue development process Financial resources The various assets of your organization from actual cash property and inventory to your staff and volunteers goodwill reputation constituent

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  • Acquiring Public Grants
    often offered through local community colleges and other organizations The Grantsmanship Center offers online grant writing assistance to organizations and conducts classes in communities across the country Online resources are available at http www tgci com Hiring a Consultant Hiring someone outside of your organization may be a good choice if you or your staff members lack the time experience or expertise to produce a well researched and well written proposal Contracting with a consultant may be a better less expensive option than trying to hire a new staff person to prepare the application The right consultant can enable your organization to seek more funding from a wider variety of sources and free your staff to continue to carry out their regular duties Also a consultant who is new to the organization can provide a valuable objective viewpoint A Team Approach If you do not hire a consultant it is generally best not to have one individual complete the application process alone Having one person do everything planning writing reviewing and editing may result in a one dimensional proposal There may be gaps in the proposal that a single set of eyes cannot see Also disconnect between the proposal writer and those responsible for implementing the program can lead to later conflicts Therefore it is generally best to have a team work with a writer editor on the proposal Your team should include your organization s top level staff those responsible for implementation any organizations who will serve as partners in delivering the program the person responsible for evaluation and the individual s responsible for developing the budget CHAPTER 3 Planning Your Proposal Instructions for requesting the application package will be included in the program announcement RFP or RFA The application package will contain the detailed information necessary to write the proposal and provide the basis for your planning If no application package is specifically offered the RFP or RFA itself will provide very detailed instructions for your application It is important to develop a central program idea or approach for your proposal Creating a brief proposal abstract or concept paper to organize your thoughts can be helpful Explain how your program will create the result the funding agency seeks and how you will measure success This will become your proposal mission statement Plan each step of your proposal far in advance Usually a very short time period exists between the date that the grant program is announced and the deadline for submittal typically 45 days It is difficult for inexperienced applicants to make an organizational assessment and put together a quality application in this short time period This is one of the reasons that it is a good idea to monitor grant sources regularly the earlier you learn about the availability of grant funding the better prepared you can be Keep in mind that the grant cycle is an annual process Many of the grant announcements are made in the spring or summer following the Federal budget approval process in the fall You may want to use one year s grant application cycle as a dry run for the next year s grant competition In that case request an application package even if the deadline has passed to become familiar with the process and requirements However be aware that grant solicitations can change significantly from year to year CHAPTER 4 How to Write the Proposal Before you start writing consider what Federal grant reviewers are instructed to look for regarding successful proposals Reviewers are comparing your application to the RFP or RFA requirements Organize your application to match the order of the requirements as they are listed in the RFP or RFA This will make it easier for the reviewers to understand your proposal In addition everything included in the proposal must have gotten its cue from a request present in the RFP or the RFA Most funders public or private look for the same basic elements in proposals These basic elements include Executive Summary This may be the most important part of the proposal since it is the first page that reviewers see It is a snapshot of what is to follow summarizing all of the key information contained in the proposal Introduction of the Organization This section should describe your mission history track record and successes and confirm that your organization s goals and capacity are consistent with the goals the funding agency is seeking to meet Statement of the Problem Needs Assessment This section should describe the problem or specific needs you plan to address within your community Needs must be documented with statistical and other evidence and linked to the program strategies you propose and relate to the state or national priorities of the grant program Goals and Objectives Goals are statements that express the change you will produce through your program Objectives are statements that define how many who how much or by what measure and over what period of time the change will take place Program Design and Methods The methods section describes the specific activities that will take place to achieve the objectives and enables the reader to visualize the implementation of the project It should convince the reader that your agency knows what it is doing and further establish its credibility Project Management Describe your organization s ability to conduct the program and manage it administratively as well as any information about your experience with similar projects Cite the qualifications and experience of key staff and consultants as well as the level of effort to be devoted to the grant Be prepared to attach job descriptions and resumes of key staff Evaluation Review the RFP requirements carefully and use these as a foundation to design your evaluation plan There are two types of formal evaluation one measures program outcomes and the other analyzes the process either or both might be required for your project Future Funding Sometimes called sustainability this part of the proposal focuses on what will happen to the

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  • Interactivites
    something seems unfamiliar or if an activity is really tough to get through click the chapter title on the tabs above for additional instruction Overview None Assessing Your Readiness to Apply for Funding Research funding agencies to stay current on opportunities that could contribute to your organization Research funding agencies to stay current on opportunities that could contribute to your organization usaspending gov Text version of audio here Before seeking additional funding ask a few important questions Before seeking additional funding ask a few important questions Text version of audio here Grant Acquisition Process Check the Code of Federal Regulations Check the Code of Federal Regulations Text version of audio here Be considerate in how and when you hire a consultant Be considerate in how and when you hire a consultant Text version of audio here Planning Your Proposal Make a plan to write the proposal Make a plan to write the proposal Text version of audio here How to Write the Proposal Follow these tips for writing a great grant proposal Follow these tips for writing a great grant proposal Use the following checklist when writing your grant Text version of audio here Submittal Process Take the time to

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  • Interactivites
    hear the overview and pause at any time by pressing the Pause button on the bottom left of the player The buttons at the bottom right of the player allow you to control the volume and shift the video to full screen On Screen Text Below the player you will find on screen text This includes the detailed information you will need to know in order to meet learning objectives

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  • Overview - Acquiring Public Grants
    lesson on Acquiring Public Grants With so many available funding opportunities the process of seeking and acquiring funding can seem confusing and overwhelming However assistance is available to help organizations navigate the process successfully At the end of this lesson you will be able to access and use grant research tools identify relevant Federal programs and grant opportunities identify the elements of a Federal grant proposal explain the Federal grant solicitation and award process and explain how grant proposals are evaluated Grants gov is the premier site for up to date news on funding announcements Established in 2003 Grants gov maintains a searchable database of grant opportunities from 26 contributing agencies offers regular emails regarding available funds maintains an online submission system for participating agencies grant opportunities and provides a number of training tools and informational resources about the grant application process Today Grants gov is a central repository for information on more than 1 000 grant programs that distribute nearly 500 billion annually Deciding what type of funding is right for you depends on your organization s individual circumstances If you are just starting out seeking funds from state or local sources may be the best choice It may

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  • 1 - Assessing Your Readiness to Apply for Funding - Acquiring Public Grants
    about eligibility program goals and objectives administrative requirements and compliance Attending a technical assistance workshop can be a critical step in preparing your organization to apply for assistance Announcements of workshops are included in grant notices press releases newspaper advertisements and RFPs If a technical assistance workshop is offered for a grant program you are interested in attend if possible or at least request the workshop materials so that you can review them Research funding agencies to stay current on opportunities that could contribute to your organization usaspending gov You need Adobe Flash Player to view some content on this site Assess your goals and motivations for seeking Federal funding The first question you must ask is whether or not the program funding is consistent with your organization s mission and goals Are you seeking funding to carry out your mission Or are you simply motivated by the availability of the funding It is very difficult to make a convincing case that an agency should fund your program if you have not had a previous commitment to the program area Undertaking a program that is inconsistent with your mission could harm your organization by distracting it from its primary work Discuss your interest in public funding with key stakeholders including board members staff clients other organizations doing similar work and existing funders All parties should be committed to the decision to seek funding since you will need their support for your application Before seeking additional funding ask a few important questions You need Adobe Flash Player to view some content on this site Assess the need for your services Make sure that you have thoroughly researched the need for the program in your community A good resource for demographic data about target populations is the U S Census Bureau website

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