SOCW 6070 Wk 9 PEER responses Peer names then response separately to each peer provided
Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.
Compare and contrast the key elements of grant writing identified in your and your colleague’s post.
Provide a constructive critique of your colleague’s ideas for demonstrating a positive and measurable effect to a funder.
Provide recommendations to find funding sources for this proposal.
RE: Discussion 1 – Week 9
Key Elements on Grant Writing
Grants are “institutional gifts that permit recipients to pursue activities of their own design within the purposes set by the funder” (Lauffer, 2011). Grant writing is an in-depth explanation of why the recipient believes the funds should be allotted to the specific organization. Per Candid (n.d.), there are four key elements on typical grant writing:
An executive summary
The narrative will include; “statement of need, project description, organization information, and conclusion” (Candid, n.d.). When writing the grant proposal, one should think about how to impress the funder by explicitly stating what the need is and how it will be accomplished.
Description of the Grant Proposal Selected/Improvements Explanations
Due to the website of sample grants being unavailable, I was unable to view sample grants. Therefore, I am unable to complete this section of the discussion post.
Candid. (n.d.) Introduction to proposal writing [Video file]. Retrieved from https://learning.candid/org/training/introduction-to-proposal-writing-2/
Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
RE: Discussion 1 – Week 9
Grant writing emphasizes the outcome of a program and predicts plans and funds to provide services while advocating towards a need of a particular service. According to Nelson and Ruffalo (2017), there are four key elements to grant writing, “motivations, interests, partnerships, and actions. First, exploring and examine “why” helps pave the way for the grant writing process. Having motivation as an examiner on an issue or area when writing a grant can help impact a community long-term. Knowing what you want to do and why a grant is needed is essential. Secondly, when the grant writer and the associated partners have a settlement and awareness of the topic, the “what” the next step requires a literature search. Asking the question of what is the area of focus help fulfill the desires, the gap towards the interest in gathering information. Identifying the topic on what to write a grant about should start with an idea (p. 240). Thirdly, having supportive, qualified partners is important on the grant writing team who “recognizes a need for an initiative, desire to collaborate with other entities and commits to the project to completion” builds a more noble team to work with an aim towards achievement. Lastly, to move the idea forward, a grant writer distinguishes which category his topic falls in and how the community will benefit from the project and funding.
With Implementing these four steps 1. Why write grants (motivations)? 2. What is the area of focus? (interests) 3. Whom should be on the project? (partnerships)? 4. How to move forward? (actions)? According to Nelson and Ruffalo (2017), these steps can “facilitate potential projects from idea formation to grant writing and grant submission” (p. 238).
A brief description of the grant proposal and an explanation of how to improve the grant proposals are not available due to the website’s malfunction.
Nelson, D., & Ruffalo, L. (2017). Grant writing: Moving from generating ideas to applying to grants that matter. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 52(3), 236–244. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091217417730287