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10/24/08
#5 Helpful Tip For Grant Applicants
Filed under: PROGRAM DESIGN
Posted by: Jon @ 7:19 am

5) ASK NOT WHAT THE FUNDING AGENCY CAN DO FOR YOU BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE FUNDING AGENCY

Taken from the “Bill Of Writes” in my new book RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE, this is an important concept that 99% of those new to program design don’t understand—nor do 98% of those with some experience. Although, 100% of the time this is the concept that often means the difference between winning and losing. Keep in mind that the funding agency has an overall plan they intend to implement on a larger scale beyond the scope of your local area. They have invested time, resources, expertise and money putting together this gigantic programmatic puzzle of service organizations with one core purpose—to help realize their vision. The goal of your program design and grant application is to become a piece of their puzzle. The funding agency is not interested in how you plan to create and solve your own puzzle. Instead, by applying for funds, your proposal should demonstrate how and where you will help make the funding agency’s vision a reality by making your program a reality.

In no way do I offer up these suggestions as a means to guarantee winning a competitive grant. The final decision is in the hand of the ‘Grant Gods’ and is based on their mission, politics, geography, other funded programs and many other issues. What applicants can control is making their applications more competitive and compelling, and ultimately more fundable in the eyes of the funding agency.

More about this in my new book RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: The Groundbreaking Process Used To Win More Than $385 Million In Competitive Grants.” www.SandyPointInk.com.