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Erika Zynda, Contracts & Grants Coordinator
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Grant Writing Workshop

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. - Benjamin Disraeli

Document Need

  • 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

  1. Key informant: Quotes from people who know about the problem or are experts in the field
  2. Community forum: Public meetings to get testimony on the problem
  3. Case Studies: Examples of clients in a need population
  4. Statistical Analysis: Use of data from public record
  5. Survey: Random selection of population to answer questions related to the need
  6. 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