How to Apply for a Grant
You now have a compelling problem/need statement written, so you’re well on your way to applying for that grant. But the funders are going to need a lot more information than what you put in those few paragraphs.
Now you need to find out more of the specifics that you’ll need to put into the actual grant application. At this stage you will need to complete two things:
- Choose one of the funders identified in the first part of the course to do some additional research on and create a list of required items to apply for that grant.
- Develop goals and objectives for the program that can be used in the grant application.
Research the application requirements for two of the funders identified at the beginning of the course. In a Word document, write 1–2 paragraphs on why you believe each funder has the requirements they do, what, if any, differences there are in application requirements, and what might account for those differences.
You will develop clear goals that define what the Resource Center intends to accomplish through the development of the tutorial program, as well as establish measurable objectives that will highlight your organization’s progress toward established goals.
The goals and objectives provide an assessment of the tutorial program’s success to both the organization and the funder. When goals and objectives are not clearly defined, it can not only have an impact on the program’s outcomes, but it can also impact negatively program staff, participants, and funders.
Based on the problem statement you created, you’ll want to answer the following questions:
- What are the key areas of the nonprofit are you seeking to change?
- Who (which segment of the population or community) will be affected or involved with the change?
- How will the change be measured (an increase or improvement, or a decrease and reduction)? And by how much?
- When will this change take place? Months? Years? Or by what specific date?