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Grant Writing Workshop
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. - Benjamin Disraeli
- What is the problem that requires a solution?
- What will happen if this needs area is not addressed?
- What is the gap between what exists now and what ought to be or would be if the knowledge existed to solve the problem?
- Why should grant funds be used now to solve the problem and reduce the gap?
Six Basic Approaches for Assessing and Documenting Needs
- Key informant: Quotes from people who know about the problem or are experts in the field
- Community forum: Public meetings to get testimony on the problem
- Case Studies: Examples of clients in a need population
- Statistical Analysis: Use of data from public record
- Survey: Random selection of population to answer questions related to the need
- Studies: Literature search of published documents on the subject
Developing Grant-Winning Ideas
- Generate ideas by brainstorming your approaches with colleagues and key individuals
- Develop a system to summarize your best ideas and assess organizational commitments to the project
- Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of your best ideas that highlight the differences, strengths, and weaknesses of each approach
Tips for writing a compelling Needs Statement
Last Updated: 3 January 2001