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The Fundamentals of Grant Writing for
Tribal Organizations AND
Introduction to Tribal Grants Management, hosted by

Date: September 24 - 26, 2019
Location: Niagara Falls, NY
Hotel: Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino (310 4th Street)
  Please call 1-877-873-6322 to book a room.
Tuition:   $879

If you want to win new grants, then you need to know how to write a winning grant proposal ó a proposal so clearly communicated that grantors will want to fund your project with few or no questions. You canít afford to make any mistakes when preparing your proposal. And in the highly competitive bid for grant dollars, even the smallest mistake could immediately disqualify you.

In this class, you’ll discover how a targeted approach to proposal writing and grantsmanship can bring thousands of new federal and private dollars to your organization. You’ll learn how to accurately outline your organization’s needs and match them with available funding sources.

Writing proposals should not be the responsibility of one person. Learn how to make it a team effort, involving council and board members, finance directors, marketing specialists, administrative assistants and other staff members. Increase your potential success rate simply by learning and applying proven tactics used by successful grant writers — from planning to submission. You’ll learn how to develop accurate organization profiles, outline goals and objectives and specify evaluation plans. You’ll also receive feedback on a model proposal.

The class also provides the project grant manager with tools to build skills and develop knowledge needed for successful implementation of grant programs. Participants will learn about effective grant coordination, including developing grant strategic plans and implementation plans, becoming familiar with important terminology and recognizing potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E

Introductions, Overview and Getting Started
  • Overview and course objectives
  • Introductions: Name, role, background, grant role at your organization
  • Grant writing orientation
  • Types of grant funding
  • How can you tell if your organization is "grant ready"?
  • Know (or establish) your Tribal Grants Process
  • Who is on your grant team?
Finding and Getting Familiar with Grant Opportunities
  • Grants.gov source search
  • Other sources (email notifications, Federal Register, Foundation Directory, Program Officer Notification, Review of Federal/State agency websites, etc.)
  • Parts of the RFP: Brainstorm/list what is included
  • Main thing to know about RFP: READ EVERY WORD. THEN READ IT AGAIN!
  • Analyzing a Funding Announcement
  • Grants.gov "Workspace" function overview
  • Why not to apply?
Designing/Planning Your Project
  • Discuss: What potential grant-funded project would most benefit your community?
  • How do project ideas get advanced/developed in your organization?
  • How can project ideas be structured to be competitive for funding?
  • Logic Model Development Group Exercise for potential site project
  • Review Logic Model Sample (ELI)
Components of a Proposal
  • Abstract
  • Narrative:
    • Need
    • Goals/objectives
    • Agency/capacity
    • Approach
    • Work plan/timeline
    • Evaluation
    • Sustainability
  • Discuss letters of intent or pre-proposals
  • Getting letters of support; letters of commitment

Evaluation and Budget Basics
  • Evaluation - Process and outcome measures
  • Budget basics
  • Group exercise: Planning a project budget
  • Budget narrative discussion and examples
  • Allowable costs: Reasonable, necessary and allocable
  • Cost sharing: Cash match, in-kind
Writing to Persuade
  • How grant writing differs from other kinds of writing
  • Supplemental slides and samples on writing to persuade:
    • Clear
    • Concise
    • Convincing
  • Making your proposal stand out
  • Writing SMART goals and objectives
Grant Project Management Introduction
  • Types of grant awards
  • Review of award document case example
  • Grants vs cooperative agreements vs contracting
  • Special grant conditions
  • How awards are accepted and processed at your T/TO
  • Assigned roles to meet award requirements
Launching the Project and Monitoring Progress
  • Getting started - from plan to action steps
  • Achieving and sustaining momentum
  • Monitoring to stay on track
  • Monitoring to ensure compliance
  • Logic models, Gantt charts, work plans
  • Managing risk

Managing Project Budgets
  • What is your approved budget? Can it be formatted to fit your accounting system?
  • Allowable costs: Necessary, reasonable and allocable
  • Project-specific funding costs
  • Cuff accounts
  • Exercise: Setting up a simple cuff account in Excel
Purchasing and Procurement
  • Relating purchases to approved budget
  • Authorizing purchases
  • Exercise: Should this purchase be allowed?
  • Necessary, reasonable and allocable
  • Procurement guidelines
Project Data, Records and Reporting
  • What data do you need to access progress?
  • Preparing and submitting progress reports
  • Typical format for progress reports
  • Preparing and submitting financial reports
  • What records are important to maintain?
  • Data-driven project management
Extensions, Adjustments and Close-Out
  • Course correction: Adjusting the plan
  • Budget revisions
  • No-cost project extensions
  • Close-out requirements
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Grant project record retention

*Topics subject to change.

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