Getting Ready for a Competitive Grant

How is your organization planning to meet the current needs of your community?

In any given year, there may be a single event (like a natural disaster) or ongoing situation (like the COVID-19 pandemic) that has a major impact on the families in your community. These events can cause rapid change – from closures in the child care industry, to widespread job loss and financial uncertainty, and most of all, increased needs among the families you serve.

Successful organizations have the capacity to shift gears and identify new opportunities for funding when community needs change.

Are you ready for what comes next? Foundations for Families can help you prepare.

Gathering Data to Support a Competitive Application. Every competitive grant application has required criteria. High quality data collection and analysis can support your program’s ability to respond to those criteria. Collecting key data points, in addition to updating the data from your existing community assessment, can help you prepare a high quality, competitive grant application.

Winning proposals are based on data driven program design, grounded by evidence of the community’s need. We can help you proactively identify key areas for data collection and help provide in-depth analysis to support your program design.

Strengthening Your Program Design. Agencies sometimes miss the forest for the trees when planning their program. Are you aware of the population trends in your community? What about the public preschool landscape? Are there at-risk populations that remain unseen within or just outside your service area? Put your data to work by using it to inform a robust and responsive program, designed to meet the current and future needs of children and families.

Budget Planning. Once you have the data that supports a strong program design, the final step in program planning is to develop a sustainable and realistic budget. There is no “right” cost-per-child. The elements of a well balanced budget factor in wages and benefits, child-care subsidies, partnerships that support service delivery, capital expenses and supplies, training and technical assistance, along with your share of matching funds. Better to account for all the dollars that support your program rather than backing into a number that sounds like it will work.

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