Welcome to Part III of a four-part series that focuses on the written policies and procedures that your organization--whether large or small--needs to have in place in order to be grant ready. This blog transitions from the Plan stage in grant readiness to the Do stage described in Part I.
If a proposal is well-written, most of the mechanics in managing a grant consist of doing what you said you’d do in the proposal. These tend to be fairly obvious: Perform the activities proposed. Collect data as promised in your evaluation plan. Provide mandatory reports on time. Notify the funding office of any significant changes from the proposed plan. Meet any additional requirements mandated by the funding agency.
Are you a small town that wants to expand its business base via economic development programs? Perhaps you’re a booming metropolis looking to become more environmentally friendly and efficient by using energy efficient buildings, developing programs for at-risk youth, bettering your parks and recreation, building more parks or playgrounds, or increasing educational outreach or the outcomes of your educational programs. Maybe you’ve applied for grants in the past and are looking to do better, or maybe you’ve never applied for a grant and are starting from scratch.