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  • 2 - Grant Acquisition Process - Acquiring Public Grants
    deliverable requirements Check the Code of Federal Regulations You need Adobe Flash Player to view some content on this site Research the funding agency s grant making history It may also be helpful to research the funding agency s grant history to help you understand the agency s interests and what kinds of programs and which organizations have been funded in the past This kind of information may be listed in Announcements of Grants Awarded available on Federal agency websites While it may take some time to work through the process you may be able to request copies of successful proposals from the program officer under the Freedom of Information Act FOIA All Federal agencies are required under the FOIA to disclose records with some exceptions that are requested in writing by any person More information on the FOIA is available at http www usdoj gov 04foia Each agency has a point of contact responsible for responding to such requests The FOIA points of contact can be found at their respective agencies websites Make the decision to apply Once you have identified the community needs and determined your eligibility for funds that are applicable to address the needs you should secure the commitments of your key stakeholders such as board members contributors volunteers advisors clients and staff potential partners and community supporters Consider the following key issues before making the commitment to proceed with the grant proposal Staff Capacity to Complete the Application Successful grant writing is a time and labor intensive job If you are new to grant writing consider attending a workshop or taking a grant writing class 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

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  • 3 - Planning Your Proposal - Acquiring Public Grants
    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 Make a plan to write the proposal You need Adobe Flash Player to view some content on this site Keep in mind that the grant cycle is

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  • 4 - How to Write the Proposal - Acquiring Public Grants
    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 program after funding ends Explain what parts of the program will end and those you will sustain through other funding sources Identify other sources of potential support or ways to generate revenue to support the activities Follow these tips for writing a great grant proposal Use the following checklist

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  • 5 - Submittal Process - Acquiring Public Grants
    team to ensure that you have followed the required format and provided complete responses to the questions and criteria in the RFP or RFA And always double check using your outline and application work plan to make sure nothing has been missed Use a checklist to double check that the proposal contains all of the required elements Many of the required forms will have to be inserted into your narrative or other sections Take care that these items are in the right place and numbered appropriately Create your table of contents after you have completed and checked your page numbering for the entire package RFPs and RFAs may contain checklists for complete applications use them to be certain that you have included everything and to ensure that you have not exceeded the maximum page requirement for your proposal and attachments Remember deadlines are not negotiable so anticipate delays in your schedule and plan for technical and other difficulties Take the time to complete this proposal checklist Use this checklist to ensure you ve included all of the required attachments You need Adobe Flash Player to view some content on this site Allow a 72 hour buffer prior to the deadline

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  • 6 - Getting Funded - Acquiring Public Grants
    agency or program If it is provided it is usually stated in general terms The grant review and notice of award process is very difficult to predict with accuracy Therefore organizations should not depend on grant funding to be available by a specific time Use your tracking number to check the status of your application When submitting an application using Grants gov you can easily use your tracking number to learn the status of your application using the Track my Application page found at https apply07 grants gov apply checkApplStatus faces To learn more about potential statuses you might encounter after submitting your proposal access Grant gov s guide Tracking your Grant Application Package What to Expect After Submission at http www07 grants gov assets TrackingYourApplicationPackage pdf If not notified by email notice of grant awards are often provided in writing to the grant recipients and recipients are listed in Federal agency announcements and on their websites Follow up with the grant provider if you are not funded If your proposal is not funded try to find out why you did not receive funding and how you could improve a future application The program officer from the funding announcement can

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  • Summary - Acquiring Public Grants
    organization s capacity to prepare an application and manage the program you propose This often means securing the support of key stakeholders and potential partners like board members donors staff volunteers and client groups And once the writing begins use the team approach to grant writing Finally follow instructions to the letter and adhere to deadlines Bringing your new initiatives to fruition requires great grant writing skills Always look for new ways to improve your ability to create proposals even if that means finding out why one proposal ended unsuccessfully Take a moment to check out these additional resources American Association for Grant Professionals AAGP http grantprofessionals org AAGP is a good resource to reference when hiring a consultant to assist with grant writing AAGP maintains a code of ethics regional chapters a regular e newsletter and a journal Grants gov http www grants gov Grants gov is currently considered the premier site for news on Federal funding and electronic filing Grants gov also maintains a number of resources for organizations that want to register and use the online system including guides on how to register submit and track applications animated tutorials on determining eligibility registering and completing online applications checklists to help you through the online registration process and detailed logs of frequently asked questions and troubleshooting tips Access all the applicant resources at http www grants gov applicants resources jsp The Foundation Center s Proposal Writing Short Course http fdncenter org learn shortcourse prop1 html This two part course provides the basic components of a proposal and considers important elements such as budget expenses administration and the research process involved in writing a proposal A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing https www msu edu course prr 371 GRANTS proposalwriting3 htm Guidelines and tips on planning and writing

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  • Understanding Fee-for-Service Models
    much to charge for a service How do you know what fees to charge or how great a donation to ask for You can determine these levels by establishing your break even point the price level at which you neither make nor lose money on offering a product or service Follow these steps to establish your break even point Determine the units of sale you will be offering Is it a single training or a series of trainings with one fee A children s activity event or an ongoing afterschool program Make a list of the fixed costs associated with the product or service Make a list of the variable costs associated with product or service Add the costs Determine sources of revenue you already have to cover the costs and determine what sources of revenue you still need to cover the costs Any additional revenue needed is the price per unit you will charge to be able to cover your costs You have now established your break even point Appropriate pricing is key to a successful fee for service model Once you ve established your break even point you ll know what your organization needs to charge to stay afloat Now you have to think about whether your clients will be willing to pay the price To make an educated guess consider the going market rate for services similar to those your organization offers What are competitive service providers charging Are these competitors for profit groups or non profit groups Your rates should align with other non profits If your prices or fees are significantly higher or significantly lower than your competitors consider the implications If you re low perhaps you can increase your fee and pay your volunteers more or invest in more supplies If you re high you ll need to think about how to raise additional funds so you can lower your fees to a more suitable range Figuring out the appropriate fees for your products or services requires time energy and research Remember legal and tax ramifications When charging fees for products or services rendered your organization must keep three important considerations in mind Your fee must be less than a for profit group would charge for a similar service The product or service that generates the fee must be associated with your organization s mission If it isn t you may be subject to the Unrelated Business Income Tax or UBIT Your fees must be completely voluntary While it s okay to ask for a donation or publish a suggested or requested fee amount an individual must not be coerced into paying A coercive action would be one that makes the organization or person feel that the good or service was not really free and the donation not voluntary Take care not to give even an impression of coercion CHAPTER 3 Steps to Implementing a Fee for Service Structure The work doesn t end once you ve decided on a fee for service model

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  • Interactivites
    tabs above for additional instruction Overview None Types of Fee for Service Models Signs and flyers are a subtle way to ask for voluntary donations Signs and flyers are a subtle way to ask for voluntary donations Text version of audio here Create awareness of the costs of services Create awareness of the costs of services Text version of audio here Identifying the Best Model for Your Organization Finding your

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