Most of the lauded grants I’ve been a part of involved the collaboration of two or more agencies that had never worked together. In some cases, we were cautioned by experts that, in no uncertain terms, such an outside-the-box collaboration could not be done. The intention here is to make clear a point that is so important it could be a matter of life or death — for your program design:
Ultimately, the process of designing an excellent program is really the process of building a new, or expanding an existing, collaborative.
Most applicants are satisfied with describing their existing collaboration. I’m suggesting your approach to each program you design should be:
This is our new and improved way we plan to collaborate for this specific proposed program;
This is how we intend to collaborate over and above what we’ve done or are already doing; and,
This is how each new partner will take our program design above and beyond what we’re already doing.
How important is this? As I say in my new book RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE (go to www.SandyPointInk.com or click on the link to the left): “COLLABORATE OR DIE!”