The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Fruition Coalition Grant Proposal Workbook. ISBN 978-1-300-59094-1. $24.99.
Now that we have examined the multiple needs that you are working to address and described your organization’s vision for a better world, we can start to design the program. In this section, we will explore:
- Purpose and Relevance—To begin, we will articulate an overall purpose for the program and connect this to needs and opportunities.
- Assumptions—Assumptions are individual or collective beliefs that guide our behavior. They are often implicit and unexplored. In this section, we will identify, articulate, and determine if the assumptions upon which your program is based reflect the realities of multiple stakeholders.
- Research Base and Best Practices—In this section, we will explore how your program integrates or connects with research and best practices.
- Program History and Results—Next, we will explore the evolution of your program and the impact it has had in its most recent year.
- Fit with Internal and External Objectives—This section will investigate how your program connects with organizational and community priorities and goals.
- Goals—We will clearly define and articulate specific goals for the program.
- Program Reach—This section will explore the number of people who will be impacted, both directly and indirectly, by the program.
- Partners—Earlier, we identified your organization’s partners. In this section, we will explore the relationship related to this program and identify prospective new partnerships.
- Activities—This section will outline all of the specific activities and tasks that need to be performed for your program to be effectively implemented.
- Program Management—Here, we will explore how to build controls and accountability processes into your program design.
- Implementation Plan—The implementation plan will outline all of the specific components of your program development and implementation. It will also provide you with an opportunity to assign responsibility and deadlines to each of those components.
- Anticipated Challenges—To conclude, we will explore possible challenges in implementing your program and identify specific strategies to both prevent and circumvent such challenges.