Assignment $7: Community Project Part II
Working collaboratively in your same teams, Part 2 of the community project is designed to help you gain the skills to develop a planned macro-level intervention proposal based on what your team discovered during Part 1.
In this assignment, you will build upon your report in Part 1 and develop a mini grant proposal for an organization (real or imagined) doing work in the community you profiled. The proposal should address the problem you identified in your problem statement. This assignment involves the development of a pre-proposal presentation for a small grant to support some intervention program to be submitted to a foundation or funder. The proposal may be for a new policy, a change in programming, new practices, or a combination. The assignment’s central goal is to learn skills associated with proposal development. Thus, you will conceptualize and draft a mini proposal addressing all the essential elements of a formal proposal.
You can choose a real foundation of funder that provides grants associated with your identified problem. You should present this proposal as though you were a professional in a community-based agency. You should give your organization a name and provide a brief description of the agency. You may also consider using an agency that is connected to your community assessment report, but this is not required.
You will turn in:
- Zoom recording of presentation (if file is too large for the dropbox, upload the presentation to filestogeaux and paste link in the Assignment Dropbox) **Should not be more than 6 minutes long**
- APA Reference list
This assignment should proceed in several steps:
- Choose agency and prepare background information. Decide on your agency and prepare a short background statement (i.e., issues addressed, population served, mission of agency, scope of agency, accomplishments of agency, etc.). This does not need to be extensive but will help you with the development of your proposal. If you are using an actual agency, you may want to examine the agency’s website for a mission statement and agency description.
- Brainstorm project idea. Based on the agency and your community profile, brainstorm a project that you could develop and for which you could write a mini proposal. You might start by focusing on a particular population served at your agency, but you could also brainstorm a project that fills a current gap in services. In brainstorming, you should consider the scope of the project. You may want to consider a project that would be 1 – 2 years in length and have a budget of $100,000 or less.
- Prepare mini grant proposal. The proposal may not exceed ten slides (not including title and reference slides). The concept/mini proposal needs to contain the elements below.
Follow the order as specified below:
- Agency Description. A brief description of the agency, including mission, target population(s), and primary services. You can also include any key collaborators or partners related to the proposed project as well as current agency personnel and strengths in relation to the project.
- Background/Needs Statement. A brief description of the problem you propose to address and why it is important (include some relevant information from Part 1 of the community project to provide this context.
- Goals and Objectives. State the project’s goals and major desired outcomes along with the objectives for each goal. Link goals and objectives to your implementation plan (see Project Narrative section).
- Project Narrative. This is your implementation plan. Discuss principal components/activities of the project and its anticipated measurable outcomes (include enough information for the potential funder to understand how their money will be used to address the identified need and intended goals). This section can be organized around key objectives (e.g., to achieve Objective 1, we will establish…For Objective 2, we will…). Make sure you can “sell” the project.
- Estimate project costs (how much money will you need to carry out the project based upon its objectives). Identify key areas/lines for the budget and how much they will cost (e.g., staff, materials, etc.); a table may be most helpful here.
- Provide a specific timeline to give the funding source an idea of the project steps and activities (a Gantt chart is helpful).
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