How to Write a Winning Grant Application by sol61731

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									How to Write a Winning
  Grant Application

                Presenters:

 Juan Vega, Jr., Kern County Department of
     Public Health, vegaj@co.kern.ca.us
 Tammi Tilford, Kern County Department of
Child Support Services, ttilford@co.kern.ca.us
“How to Write a Winning
   Grant Application”

  • Looking to boost your grants
    performance?
  • Looking to just apply for a grant?
  • Take advantage of this workshop to
    gain a better understanding of how
    to write a winning grant application
  • Take advantage of opportunities at
    the local, state, and federal levels
    for additional funding
Fundamental Steps to Grants

     • Project Definition
       – define your project
       – identify public need, partnership
         opportunities, and available
         resources
       – proposed project should reflect
         your organization’s mission
       – align project with how you do
         business in your organization
Fundamental Steps to Grants

     • Funding Analysis
       – identify the right funding source(s)
       – type of project
       – eligibility
       – special considerations should be
         evaluated for each program
       – review proposals that have been
         funded
Child Support Grant Proposals
            “101”

     • http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/
       grants_cse.html
       – U.S. Department of Health and
         Human Services
          • Administration for Children and
            Families
             – Child Support Enforcement
                » Open Funding Opportunities
OCSE Discretionary Grants

    • The Federal Office of Child
      Support Enforcement (OCSE)
      offers two discretionary grant
      program opportunities that
      further the national child
      support mission and goals
   1115 vs. SIP

• Section 1115 Demonstration
  Grants
  – provides funding for experimental,
    pilot, or demonstration projects that
    are likely to assist in promoting the
    objectives of Part D of Title IV
  – Only state title IV-D agencies can
    receive these grants (I almost forgot)
  – “Cost Sharing or Matching” is required
  – not “free money”
1115 vs. SIP (wise choice)

 • Special Improvement Project (SIP)
   Grants
    – provides funding for projects that
      further the national child support
      mission and goals, and to help
      improve program performance
    – local Child Support may apply directly
    – no applicant match is required
    – “free money”
Section 1115 Demonstration
      Grants for 2009

    • Projects in Support of the Prisoner
      Reentry Initiative
    • Projects to Support Data Analysis
      of Arrearage
    • Projects that Provide Family-
      Centered Services for Unwed
      Parents in the IV-D Caseload
    • Projects in Support of the PAID
      Initiative
SIP Grants for 2009

 • Using New Methods to
   Improve Collection Rates
 • Improving Child Support
   Enforcement and Court
   Collaboration
State Single Point of Contact
           (SPOC)

     • DCSS Grant Proposal Review Form
       –   LCSA
       –   LCSA Contact Person
       –   LCSA Contract Person Phone Number
       –   LCSA Contact Person email address
       –   Date
       –   Name of granting entity and type of grant(s)
       –   Date grant proposal due
       –   Amount of grant sought
       –   Is a match required
       –   Target population
       –   Grant conceptual proposal
“On-the-Way-Out” Prisoner
     Release Project

   • Program Purpose and Objectives
     – To ensure that all children receive
       financial and medical support from
       their parents
     – Innovative projects that promote some
       of the basic themes in that child
       support should be a reliable source of
       income for families
     – Use early prevention strategies to help
       build a culture of compliance in which
       parents will support their children
       voluntarily and reliably
“On-the-Way-Out” Prisoner
     Release Project

   • Priority Area 1: Developing
     Strategies to Work Effectively with
     Incarcerated/Released Non-
     custodial Parents
   • …new projects that address at
     least one of the 3 strategies
     – Outreach to Offenders
     – Order Modification
     – Partner with Employment/Reentry
       Centers (BINGO, we have a WINNER)
“On-the-Way-Out” Prisoner
     Release Project

   • Partner with Employment/Reentry
     Centers
      – Newly released and paroled non-custodial
        parents are often reluctant to work with the
        child support agency
      – Effectiveness of using child support liaisons or
        workers housed at the employment/ reentry
        sites to perform CSE services
      – Projects should partner with centers that
        provide occupational job training specifically
        linked to employment rather than just training
        alone
      – New released and paroled non-custodial
        parents
“On-the-Way-Out” Prisoner
     Release Project

   • General Instructions for Preparing a Full
     Project Description (very important)
      –   Introduction
      –   Project Summary/Abstract
      –   Objectives and Need for Assistance
      –   Approach
      –   Evaluation
      –   Additional Information
           • Staff and Position Date
           • Letters of Support
           • Budget and Budget Justification
“On-the-Way-Out” Prisoner
     Release Project

   • Evaluation Criteria (very, very, important)
      – Objectives and Need for Assistance – 30
        Points
      – Approach – 30 Points
      – Evaluation – 25 Points
      – Budget and Budget Justification – 10 Points
      – Preferences – 5 Points

      – 100 POINTS! Which one are you writing to?
     “Objectives and Need for
Assistance – 30 Points (from this…)
       • The applicant should demonstrate a thorough
         understanding and analysis of the problem(s) being
         addressed in the project, the need for assistance and
         the importance of addressing these problems in
         improving the effectiveness of the child support
         program. The applicant should describe how the
         project will address this problem(s) through
         implementation of changes, enhancements and
         innovative efforts and specifically, how this project will
         improve program results. The applicant should identify
         one or more of the strategies or approaches describe
         under the specific priority area for which they are
         applying.
       • The applicant should identify the key goals and
         objectives of the project; describe the conceptual
         framework of its approach to resolve the identified
         problem(s); and provide a rationale for taking this
         approach as opposed to others.
    “Objectives and Need for
Assistance – 30 Points (…to this)
      •   The applicant should demonstrate a thorough
          understanding and analysis of the problem(s) being
          addressed in the project,
      •   the need for assistance and
      •   the importance of addressing these problems in improving
          the effectiveness of the child support program.
      •   The applicant should describe how the project will address
          this problem(s) through implementation of changes,
          enhancements and innovative efforts and specifically,
      •   how this project will improve program results.
      •   The applicant should identify one or more of the strategies
          or approaches described under the specific priority area for
          which they are applying.
      •   The applicant should identify the key goals and objectives of
          the project;
      •   describe the conceptual framework of its approach to
          resolve the identified problem(s); and
      •   provide a rationale for taking this approach as opposed to
          others.
“On-the-Way-Out” Prisoner
     Release Project
Child Support Grant Proposals
             101

     • It’s like writing a term paper….
     • You have to “wow” the reader,
       reviewing panel…wow them!.
     • Often times the Needs Assessment,
       the Work Plan, is already identified in
       the actual grant solicitation’s
       “background” section, purpose…you
       just need, then, address with your
       locality….
Child Support Grant Proposals
             101

     • Save time by building and using a
       template, build a strong template
       – Cut and paste, into the funders’
         format
       – Build your “buckets” of data, build
         folders, sub-folders for these various
         “buckets” of data…use the
         “Components” as a staring point
“Bucket” – Problem Statement

      • Relates to purposes and goals of applicant agency
      • Is of reasonable dimensions-not trying to solve all the
        problems of the world
      • Is supported by statistical evidence
      • Is supported by statements from authorities
      • Is stated in terms of clients’ needs and problems, and
        not the applicant’s
      • Is developed with input from clients and beneficiaries
      • Makes no unsupported assumptions
      • Is free of jargon
      • Is interesting to read
      • Is as brief as possible
      • Makes a compelling case
“Bucket” – Program Objectives

     • At least one objective for each
       problem or need
     • Objectives are outcomes
     • Objectives are not methods
     • Describes the population that will
       benefit
     • States the time by which each
       objective will be accomplished
     • Objectives are measureable
Child Support Grant Proposals
             101

     • Must pay attention to the funders’
       instructions; a date and time
       deadline is just that
     • Planning is the most important
       part of a proposal, the writing is
       secondary
     • Logic Model requirements
Child Support Grant Proposals
             101

     • Always, always, have other sets of
       eye review, read, and provide
       “CONSTRUCTIVE” criticism
     • If not funded, kindly ask the
       funder, their representative for a
       listing of your proposal’s strengths
       and weaknesses
“It (Pregnancy) Did Happen to Me”
  Young Adult and Teen Parental
      Outreach Project – 2008

     • Priority Area 1 – Child Support and
       paternity Establishment Outreach to
       Targeted Demographic Groups: Unwed
       Teen and “20-Something” Parents
     • Priority Area 2 – Initiating Child Support
       and Court Collaboration to Achieve
       Operating Efficiencies for Both Entities
       and Improve Client Outcomes
     • Priority Area 3 – Projects in Support of
       OCSE PAID Initiative
“It (Pregnancy) Did Happen to Me”
  Young Adult and Teen Parental
      Outreach Project – 2008

     • Priority Area 1: Description
       “According to data from the
       Campaign to Prevent Teen
       Pregnancy, the majority of births
       resulting from unplanned
       pregnancies are to unmarried
       women under age of 24.”
“It (Pregnancy) Did Happen to Me”
  Young Adult and Teen Parental
      Outreach Project – 2008
     • “OCSE is looking for projects that will demonstrate
       the effectiveness of designing materials targeted
       specifically for unwed teens and “20-something”
       parents. Projects should conduct focus groups of
       unwed parents (male and female) who are
       approximately 24 years of age and younger to
       assist in designing and marketing paternity and
       related child support materials covering the entire
       child support process…. The materials must be
       culturally and linguistically sensitive and
       incorporate methods of communication used by the
       targeted population, such as DVDS, pod casts,
       video streaming, email, text messaging, etc. Over
       the years, OCSE has funded projects that focused
       efforts on curriculum development and face-to-face
       educational venues, but we are looking for other
       types of creative communication approaches under
       this solicitation.”
“It (Pregnancy) Did Happen to Me”
  Young Adult and Teen Parental
      Outreach Project – 2008

     • http://www.thenationalcampaig
       n.org/
     • http://www.stayteen.org/
        – TIPS FOR AVOIDING
          PREGNANCY
          • Thinking "it won't happen to me" is
            stupid; if you don't protect yourself,
            it probably will. Sex is serious.
            Make a plan.
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• Enjoy the rest of your Conference
• Juan Vega, Jr.
   – 661.868.1287
   – vegaj@co.kern.ca.us

								
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