A very famous movie director of a very famous re-make released last summer responded to an interviewer’s question about the newer version being quite similar to the original version by saying, “we didn’t re-make it, we re-imagined it.” And we couldn’t even see his attorney’s lips move when the director said it.
In designing your program, you should do a little “reimagining” of your own based on what’s out there, what’s being funded and what’s working. In grant writing, what’s working is called a best practice models.
Best practice models are those programs that have operated successfully over a period of time. Successful, in this case, means that they have met their objectives, exceeded expectations, innovated new ways of delivering program services more effectively and economically, have documented their process, have scrupulous financial practices, are self-sustaining and set a standard to which all new and existing programs are compared.
Studying other successful programs and applying what works for them to your population and situation is perfectly acceptable and, in fact, expected of you.
So this week’s blogs are about where to find these best practice models, what to look for, and how to apply them to make your proposal or program better.
Studying and observing best practice models is a key to excellent grantwriting. But most grant writers don’t have the time. Most grant writers feel they are already experts in their own area. Most grant writers will look at best practice staff input as just another cook in an already overcrowded kitchen. Most grant writers will find better areas to budget their money.
But remember: most grant writers don’t win the grants they apply for.
More about this in the next Blog and in my new book: RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: The Groundbreaking Process Used To Win More Than $385 Million In Competitive Grant Awards.