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					       Northeast SARE
 Outcome Funding and
Grant Writing Workshop
 Tom Morris & Janet McAllister

Delaware State University
         May 25, 2011

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    Northeast SARE uses the
 Outcome Funding Approach for

• Research and Education Grants

• Professional Development Grants



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     Research and Education Grants
For: University and extension staff,
  agricultural nonprofits, scientists &
  educators in applied research and
  education of farmers
Typical awards: $30,000-$190,000
Content: Projects should lead to
  adoption of practices by farmers
  that help them meet Northeast                     2011:
  SARE’s outcome statement                   $950,095 awarded for
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Requirements: Projects must have                   projects
  an education component; pre-
  proposal required.
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      Professional Development Grants
For: Extension, NRCS, agricultural
  nonprofits, university and
  experiment station faculty and staff
Typical awards: $30,000-$120,000
Content: Train the trainer programs
  in sustainable practices and
  technologies, education strategies
Requirements: Must educate                         2011:
                                         $331,095 awarded for four
  extension and other ag service         Professional Development
  providers (NRCS, non-profits, FSA,              projects
  consultants); preproposal required
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  Northeast SARE Uses Outcome
 Funding for R&E and PDP Grants
Outcome Funding is:
• A system for assuring measurable results…
• …for both the grantor and grantee!
• Focus is on a ‘positive change’ as the end
  result for participants, not well-intentioned
  activities.

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 Key Components and Terminology
• Beneficiaries – the target audience who participates,
  learns, makes beneficial change; FARMERS for R&E, AG
  SERVICE PROVIDERS for PDP
• Performance target – project’s “outcome” statement;
  describes change and benefits
• Milestones – interim steps of learning, skill building,
  preparation for beneficiaries
• Key individuals – lead, guide, contribute to project
• Verification – finding out how much beneficiaries
  learned during milestones and accomplished at end of
  project (verifying the performance target)
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            Northeast SARE’s
          OUTCOME STATEMENT
Agriculture in the Northeast will be diversified
and profitable, providing healthful products to its
customers; it will be conducted by farmers who
manage resources wisely, who are satisfied with
their lifestyles, and have a positive influence on
their communities and the environment.
  Performance targets in all projects must
  contribute to this overall outcome…which is
  Northeast SARE’s ‘vision’ for Northeast Ag
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    Northeast SARE Grant Proposal
  To meet requirements of Outcome Funding,
  key project design requirements:
• Engagement of project beneficiaries, who participate
  in the project and accomplish specific, essential
  milestones in learning and skill development that
  prepare them to take specific beneficial actions
  described in the performance target
• Verification of beneficiary progress in achieving
  milestones and accomplishing target outcomes
• Key individuals who will make the project successful.
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       Writing the Proposal




Whatever tool you use –
there are some key ingredients needed…

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                    Helpful Hint 1
You are a salesperson when writing a proposal.
Imagine you are selling your idea to your supervisor, who
will be a stand-in for the people we refer to as “THE
REVIEWERS”.
Think of how you would convince your peers/supervisor
you have a good idea, know how to implement the idea,
and will obtain good results from the idea.


Reviewers, like your supervisor, are born skeptics!
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                 Helpful Hint 2
Don’t assume reviewers know everything you know
about your area of work and proposed project
Don’t make them wonder or question why your project
idea is important and who will benefit
Back up claims you make with explanation and data that
is sufficient to convince someone with knowledge, but
not necessarily expertise, in the your topic area

Reviewers are kind to authors who lead them logically
down an easy path!
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Questions?




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