From Last Time: Desde La Ultima Vez:

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  • Abstract Reflection on Evaluation Readings (Mark Budgeting Absent) K & S 11, Mikelonis "Designing"
  • Whatever you're assigned to complete for the Behman Bros grant
  • Whichever group doesn't do the budget and eval should do the cover letter

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  • K & S 14 (Proving your organization can do the job it promises)
  • K & S 15 (Cover letters and summaries)

We will do this

  • Complete draft of the grant should be done prior to class
  • We will go over each section, as a whole, with a fine-toothed comb
  • We will discover we've missed something, and we will strategize ways to handle this
  • Talk about the actual assignment

1. Attendance

2. Lee: Questions about Service Area and Evaluation
Phillip: Background and other questions

2. Group A:

  • What has been completed?
  • What completed work can you show the group?
  • What work do you have planned next?

3. Group A:

  • What has been completed?
  • What completed work can you show the group?
  • What work do you have planned next?

4. Fine tooth comb the whole application

5. Support documents

6. Capacity and Organizational Background Karsh and Fox 14--Your Organization's "Resume"

  • Purpose of Organization Background Component 85 KS 222--Note it's about credibility
  • Note this is one of the few "plug and plant" sections you can have in a grant, although it should still be tailored to the specifics of each new you tailor every resume specifically for each job you apply for (if you actually want to get the job)
  • Adequacy of resources KS 226
  • You won't have to write this for the Food bank but you'll probably need to edit theirs
  • You will very likely have to write one for your organization

7. Cover letters and Resumes--Karsh and Fox 15

  • You have prepared for a job interview--research the company, thought out your skills an qualifications, talked to people who worked a the company, and created a set of well written documents that make an extremely strong case that you are the best candidate to the job.
    • Then you show up to the interview late, without shaving and combing your hair, and you are wearing old flip flops, ripped cutoffs, and a tee shirt with a marijuana leaf bearing the monicker "Everybody must get stoned!!!"
  • This is what happens if you don't follow the advice in Chapter 15 of Karsh and Fox
  • Cover page
    • Common but not always required on private foundation grants
    • Mandatory on federal and other public grants.
    • Just provide the information accurately.
    • It shouldn't need to be said, but it if it's a grant that you physically submit, it should be typed or done on a computer. As recently as two years ago, I worked with a nonprof that was submitting hand written stuff on their grants. Needless to say, it was not funded; not surprisingly, it's one that is ceasing operations this year
  • Cover Letter
    • Always necessary, even if it's not required.
    • Your grant writ small
    • Should include
      • Intro which specifically says what you want and what it's for.
      • Second paragraph provides a brief but detail packed discussion of your organization
      • Third paragraph providing a bit more detail about the program including a thumbnail sketch of "why"--maybe one of the most dramatic points or two lifted from the need statement
      • "We Are The World" concluding paragraph--emphasize the fine qualities of the funder and your organization, noting that, were we to work together, the awesomeness quotient in the universe would grow exponentially.
      • Attach:SampleCovers.doc
      • Attach:SampleCovers1.doc
  • The Abstract
    • If requested, you should do it based on the assumption that half of the board will only read this before making its decision.
    • Extremely important if it's requested; good to include if you have the option of adding attachments (hey, it's a chance to make your case better)
    • Note suggested contents 232-3
  • Table of Contents
    • Mandatory for any print document
  • Appendices
    • Makes sure you have one for each required document. (see 236-7)
    • If you are allowed to do additional appendices, add material that will increase creditability--info about organization, letters or support, etc.
    • If the grant is electronic and doesn't have a spot for a cover letter, make it an appendix.
  • Remember the three audiences for your grant
    • The person who skims the cover letter and then makes the decision
    • The person who reads your whole document with some care once, and makes the decision
    • The person who reads everything you submit three times, argues with your use of a semicolon (doesn't matter that you're right--that person thinks THEY are right), and then does the math in each of your budgets several times. Then that person makes the decision.
  • You need to write to all of these.

8. Before class is over, write the cover letter.

9. Before class is over, Table of Contents; fully assemble the grant.

10. Remember the Portfolio One Assignment in Blackboard.

10. Next time La Proxima Vez:

Write This

  • Abstract Due over K&S Chaps 14 and 15

Read This

  • Summaries redux McElrath? Step 10 this is the other textbook
  • Putting it together McElrath? 11
  • Complete grant due, including your Reflective Memo, by the end of class