Grant Project: Item 4 Project Assessment
Project Assessment is evaluation. The best evaluations contain both subjective [i.e. qualitative] and objective data [i.e. quantitative] and serve as evidence of Project success. A page or less is sufficient if you’ve created well written objectives and have a logical descriptive plan outlining the principle success indicators. Follow the textbook models in selecting and constructing the Project Assessment approach for your organization’s Grant Proposal.
Grant Project: Item 5 Budget
As mentioned earlier in the Module/Week 3 presentation, this part of a Grant Proposal has two sections: the Budget Narrative and an itemized Budget Summary. The two sections often comprise 2 pages in the Grant Proposal.
The Narrative is written first by reviewing the activities associated with the Project Objectives. In essence, you are reporting to the Grant Maker the anticipated costs for the steps of every activity fulfilling each objective. You are expected to provide “real” cost estimates…not guesses…as well as how you gathered the information. For example, was it by past experience, formal estimates by local contractors or mathematical formulas? Whatever your source, identify how you arrived at the cost of each line item in the Budget Summary.
When you start the itemized Budget Summary, you need to plan for multiple conversations about budget. The need for a Grant to solve the organization’s “Need” may have been discussed multiple times for many years with the board of directors and staff, but no one really sat down to consider the individual line items necessary to complete the Project that would solve “the problem”. You and you alone will conceptualize the Budget line items and the only “real” research work is to provide data supporting your line items.