First you need to FIND the funding opportunity…
A few places to look
- Grants.gov – Modify your search to exactly what you are looking for. I usually start with the ‘eligibility’ and ‘category’ tabs. Narrowing down your search makes it more manageable and easier to find what you are looking for.
- Administration for Native Americans has regular funding announcements that are specifically for AI/AN communities. Check their web page regularly and join their listserv. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana/grants/funding-opportunities
- Checkout national foundations and organizations
National Indian Health Board has a funding opportunities blog http://www.nihb.org/tribal_resources/fundingopt.php
- Trust for America’s Health has a really great e-newletter that shares information on grants, scholarships, and other resources, e-mail their contact to get added! http://healthyamericans.org/contact/
- Check out local businesses and organizations that will fund local community grants.
- Check your local casino to see if they are offering grants to local partners.
- Many health care systems and hospitals will offer local health related grants.
- Do a google search for local non-profits and see if they are offering grants.
Getting the Data that you need to write a grant
- Research projects that have ended at your Tribal Health Department or organization and refer to ‘end of project reports’ to pull data from. The qualitative part, for example quotes from participants or evaluations of events, can be just as effective as the ‘numbers’ data.
- Check with your local Tribal Epi center for regional data. http://www.ihs.gov/epi/index.cfm?module=epi_tec_main
- Attend an AAIP Data Into Action Training virtually
A one-day training, Data Into Action, focuses on using data to conduct community needs assessments in American Indian communities and provide need-based data for grant opportunities. Bring your laptop for hands on training
Data Into Action Packet
WRITING the grant
- First of all, read the funding announcement, sometimes called an FOA or RFA, a few times and learn what they are ‘really wanting’ before you start writing…you may need to tweak your perfect project a tad in order to meet the funding requirements. But that doesn’t mean your ultimate outcome or project goal will be any different!
- Research the funder to learn what kinds of projects they have funded in the past to see if your ideas are on the same page. Also make sure not to propose a project that is duplicative of something they have already funded.
- Most funders will offer a ‘funding opportunity webinar’. ATTEND. The funders will most likely stress what is important in the webinar. This also allows you to answer any questions.
- Look at the points attributed to each category. Make sure you spend the most time (and words) on the sections worth the most points.
- Make sure your workplan objectives are SMART. Google SMART objectives, there is LOTS of information out there on how to write and check your objectives. Less is usually more when it comes to objectives. Keep the number of objectives minimal, make them concise, and don’t overshoot what you can deliver.
- Review the Tribal Grant Writing Training developed by our partner… A manual is in the works but for now you can review the webinar and PPT