Effective Grant Applications

What makes a grant application effective?  Is it only the final award of an application?  Or are there are factors that help define an application as effective regardless of the final funding decision?  And most importantly, what can we

Are there are factors that help define an application as effective regardless of the final funding decision?  

What can we as grant professionals do to craft the most effective grant applications possible?

Huge questions to tackle.  However, #grantchat -ters are always always up to the challenge, and dove right into discussing the first of the Grant Professional Certification competencies.  Some of the discussion focused on how we as grant professionals can be more efficient in creating effective applications.  Other conversations focused on best practices related to utilizing a grant team, engaging collaborative partners, and designing logic models.

Convening a “grant team” and soliciting their input early on as well as throughout the grant application design and drafting process is a critical component of creating an effective grant application.  In some situations, working groups have already been established and in others, you as the grant professional are charged with identifying and assembling a grant team for an application.  A great tip on how to successfully achieve this from this week’s dialogue was to:

Develop planning questions specific to proposal scoring criteria and
convene stakeholder working group to address them.Susan Perri, MPA
Balancing who to define as a stakeholder and invite to the grant team table can be tricky to navigate as you work to create a group that takes into account both the big picture strategic planning issues as well as the detailed planning necessary to fully design the application and budget.  One recommendation about how to put together a grant team is to look at an individual’s:

Position balanced with interest balanced with skillset. – Becky Jscoviak, MBA

Having the right team in place to support your work as a grant professional is critical as the collective knowledge and resources that they bring to the team will assist you in crafting an effective application that addresses best practices in evaluation for your field, utilizes tools like logic models to convey the program’s goals and objectives, and thoroughly answers the question about how a program will be sustained after the grant period is over.
The tools you use as a grant professional in developing your effective grant application are a critical aspect of your success.  We’ve talked about the W.K. Kellogg’s Foundation logic model resource guide in previous posts.  A new tool to many of us related to finding relevant research was shared in this week’s chat:
Google Scholar is a great resource to quickly scan and identify relevant research. – Jessica Sharp

Through our discussion, it became clear that everyone agreed that there are numerous elements that are key components in the creation of an effective grant application.  The interaction of the competencies with each other quickly became clear through this first chat in the series.  With such a lively conversation about GPC competency #1, I am excited to see how the discussion grows over the upcoming seven weeks!  The calendar of which competency is being discussed on which week in the series is available here.

The calendar of which competency is being discussed on which week in the series is available here.
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