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1 Writing a Successful Grant Proposal Brianna Smith, RD ighline Public Schools Nutrition Services Manager

2 Objectives Identify key elements of successful grant writing Learn to write proposals that meet goals of grant Essential components of strong proposals Equip YOU to identify, write and receive grants!!

3 Overview ighline Grants Grant Considerations Essential Grant Components Lessons Learned eys to Success Grants & Resources

4 Types of Grants Federal United States Dept. of griculture National Institute of ealth Centers for Disease Control Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation merican Dietetic ssoc. Foundation Organization/Company merican School ealth ssociation National Dairy Council

5 ighline Public Schools Burien, W 30 School Sites Ethnically Diverse 80 Nationalities 70 Languages 58% Free & Reduced

6 Grants in ighline idden Valley Love your Veggies General Mills Champions for ealthy ids merican School ealth ssociation (S) USD Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Meals for ids Grant STEPS to a ealthier US

7 idden Valley Love your Veggies $15,000 > 07-08, $10,000 > Salad Bar, Nutrition Education

8 General Mills Champions Grant $10,000 > Fuel Up for Fitness

9 merican School ealth ssociation 2 years, > $10,000/year Training & Capacity Building for Coordinated School ealth

10 USD Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program 4 th year recipient, $66,000 > Salad bar, mid-day snacks, family nights

11 Meals for ids Grant $18,756 > Equipment-meripak Packing Machine for salads, summer program, etc.

12 STEPS to a ealthier US Project 5 Years School ealth Coordinator ealth Education PE Education Staff Wellness Nutrition Coordinator Nutrition Education Nutrition Services Year 5 Consultant Coordinated School ealth Program

13 First Steps What are YOU passionate about? Where do you feel that improvement could occur? Identify existing need! ow is your idea unique and different? Who will your idea benefit and what will it contribute? ow will this idea meet the funders goals and objectives? WO is going to implement the program?

14 First Steps What are you passionate about??? ealth & Well-being of Students Physical ctivity, Special Dietary Needs, Nutrition Education, Coordinated School ealth Quality of School Meal Programs Breakfast Participation, Food Safety, Classroom to Cafeteria Connections, Staff Training, etc

15 First Steps Where do you feel that improvement could occur? TE NEED- Chinook Middle School GRET need of PE curriculum & equipment Limited nutrition education Strong student interest in culinary careers

16 First Steps ow is your idea unique and different? Student Nutrition dvisory Committee Community Partnerships Staff and Family Involvement Multiple Players

17 First Steps Who will your idea benefit and what will it contribute? Students- Increased knowledge, improved attitudes, improved skill, leadership building and behavior change! Staff- Role modeling, increased knowledge, improved attitude and behavior change!

18 First Steps ow will this idea meet the funders goals and objectives? General Mills Champions Grant PE Focus - Curriculum & Enhanced Equipment Nutrition Focus- Increase Nutrition Education Empower Students Student Nutrition dvisory Council RD Involved- My time and planning

19 First Steps Who is going to implement the program? Build a Team Physical Education Teachers School Nurse Family Support Liaison Registered Dietitian WSU Extension

20 Before Writing the Grant Obtain Grant Proposal Guidelines re you eligible? What is involved in grant application process? When is the submission deadline? Does the timing of funding meet your needs? Get District pproval!!

21 Common Grant Components Organization Information Organization istory Mission & Purpose Educate Every Student & Expect Excellence Eat ealthy, Grow Strong Demographics White-37.3%, Black-13.9%, sian-21.3%, Pacific Islander-2.1%, and ispanic-25.4%.

22 Common Grant Components Explain Problem/ Need Description of Problem 23% of Washington Youth are obese, 36% are overweight 55% of 3rd-6th falling behind in science scores & 34% of students falling behind in math. 70% Free/Reduced Lunch What you want to do Increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption Increase Nutrition Education

23 Common Grant Components Narrative Target udience Student & Staff of Seahurst Elementary School Projected People Reached 536 Students, 39 staff Your Proposed Program & Timeline Salad bar-new fruits and veggies Marketing Campaign Part time wellness coordinator Describe planning you have already done

24 Goals & Objectives Goals are General To make cafeteria - classroom connections to support nutrition education Objectives are Specific (SMRT) Increase fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary school students If your objectives are a numeric goal or statistic, make sure it is doable (i.e. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption by 15%) Be Realistic!

25 Common Grant Components Outcomes What will change about the situation as a result of your project? Needs to be MESURBLE!

26 Common Grant Components Budget Direct project expenses Cost of materials, curriculum, food, equipment, etc dministrative expenses Salaries, planning, etc Cost-Benefit nalysis Matching Funds In-ind" shows commitment on your part

27 Common Grant Components Other Funding Sources Team Nutrition Grants, Other partnerships, etc. Sustainability Is this program replicable? Evaluation Should be DIRECTLY from the outcomes you stated (i.e. consumption, attitude, knowledge)

28 Budget your Time Solid partnerships Communicate Innovative Define your project budget 80% Planning Project 20% Writing Proposal

29 Relationships with Funders They are our Partners! Build a Relationship Be Courteous Respect their Time now their Interests Discuss Opportunities Follow Up

30 LWYS Follow grant application instructions Respect word counts, page limits Include necessary attachments Be succinct and well organized Proof read, proof read, proof read! Submit your proposal on time

31 Weak Proposals Pitfalls Don t follow directions ave lots of errors Lack coordination and partnerships Late submission

32 What if you don t get the grant? Follow Up- sk: ny hints to increase success next time? ny other funders recommended?

33 Lessons Learned Build a Team- Share the work! Identify Champions Determine Staff Capability Communicate, Communicate! Meet the Funders Needs- be familiar with their areas of work and goals now what you are getting into!

34 eys to Success Be Innovative Think outside of the box! Maximize Resources-Create partnerships that are mutually beneficial Read Successful Grants- Utilize best practices from other districts Try to create win-win situations for funder and grantee Start small!

35 vailable Grants General Mills Champions Grant idden Valley Love your Veggies TEM Nutrition Training Grants US Potato Board National & State Dairy Council Breakfast Grants

36 vailable Grants cont Go, Go Girls School Nutrition Foundation ction for ealthy ids (National & State) merican Dietetic Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

37 Grant Writing Resources Successful Grant Writing Tips ssful%20proposals Proposal Short Course Grant Writing Tips & Examples Grant Writing Guides

38 Questions? Brianna Smith, RD ighline Public Schools Nutrition Services Manager

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