Proposing the Grant
Good news! The Executive Director was able to get the board to approve seeking a grant for the new program. You will now need to determine what your specific needs are for the tutorial program.
The development of the problem/need statement is critically important, as this is the first impression the potential funder will have of your program and to determine its suitability for funding. The problem/need statement should answer the following questions:
- Why is it that at-risk youth in your community need tutoring?
- How does this program relate to your organization’s mission, goals, and objectives?
- What will happen if this program is not funded?
- And what do you need the money for specifically?
Here is what you know so far about the program:
- The program is specifically for high school students, grades 9–12.
- There is currently no community-wide tutoring program for high school students.
- The current drop-out rate has increased overall the last several years and currently sits at 30%.
- Students will likely have other needs met by other organizations that may contribute to their success in school (ex: food security)
- Ideally it will not only improve graduation rates but also the number of students that go on to pursue some kind of post-secondary opportunity.