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ProRank Business Solutions has years of experience in writing and executing federal grants. We help our clients identify what the funder is aiming to accomplish with the funds supplied. ProRank understands how to identify your grant's goals and objectives.
pecific - ProRank SMART consultation ensures your proposal will be precise and detailed, avoiding vagueness. Grants are intended to fund a specific project or purpose, for a specific time period. SMART grant writing outlines specific strategies to achieve specific outcomes, to meet specific objectives. SMART grant writing also always takes into account the funding agency's specific focus.
easurable - ProRank SMART consultation will assist your organization in identifying goals that are capable of being measured or perceived. Measurable outcomes and performance standards are the key indicators of program effectiveness. A lack of appropriate performance measures and accurate data can limit agencies’ ability to effectively measure grant program performance. This can affect the ability of federal agencies to ensure that grant funds are effectively spent.
ttainable - ProRank SMART consultation will ensure your goals are achievable and help you determine when goals have been met. Assurance that all grant activities are within the capacity of the agency or the recipient. Capacity reflects the organizational, financial, and human capital resources available for the implementation of grant programs. A lack of capacity can adversely impact an agency’s or recipient’s ability to manage and implement grant programs and attain the grant's performance goals.
elevant - ProRank SMART consultation will help you make sensible or logical connections to other matters being discussed or investigated by your funder. You need to give reviewers compelling reasons for paying attention. You need to provide the reviewer a compelling reason for taking interest in your submission and for desiring its success. It is important to remember the context within which your grant is reviewed. It is not reviewed in isolation, but rather, within the context of a bundle of other proposals being considered at the same time. Hence, it’s not just a matter of your submission being relevant, but your submission being more relevant to the reviewers than the other submissions being considered.
ime Bound - ProRank SMART consultation understands how to coordinate grant objectives to ensure they are occurring within a specific time frame. The timeline in your grant application tells the grant reader when activities (process objectives) will begin and end during the grant’s funding period. When you develop a project timeline, keep in mind that the grant reader wants to see answers to the following questions:
ProRank can help you determine what the program plans to accomplish, when it plans to accomplish it, and who's responsible for seeing the activities (process objectives) through the completion phase.
ProRank knows how to start with outcomes. One of the biggest mistakes organizations make in grant writing is not making their desired outcome absolutely clear. Your grant will start with a summary of your proposal, which is rarely more than a page long. This is where ProRank will help you outline the high points of your grant. ProRank will make sure that you are clear about the outcomes you desire to see from this project from the start. ProRank will match your outcomes as closely as possible with the goals of the funding source. ProRank can also help you determine how you will measure the goals and outcomes. You need to define the methods you will use to determine if you are hitting the mark.
ProRank can help you determine resources needed. Do you have the staff and resources to meet the goals and outcomes identified? Some grants take several months before an initial payment is received. Do you have the existing capital to absorb costs until that first payment arrives?
ProRank can help you determine Return on your Investment If it costs you $5000 to receive $4000, then there is not a good return on investment and the grant may not be right for your organization.
Don't think your the only one pursuing that pot of seemingly free money, take the grant seriously. Assume that competition is high. ProRank will help you write a succinct and complete grant. Assume that your funder knows nothing about your organization. Prove that you are the best organization for fulfilling the goals and outcomes identified by the funder.
Grants are a form of federal assistance consisting of payments in cash or in kind for a specified purpose and they represent an important tool for achieving national objectives. They vary greatly, including in the types of programs they fund, the methods they use to allocate funds to recipients, and the amount of discretion they give to the grant recipient on how the funds are spent.
Typically, grants are grouped into three types based on the amount of discretion given to the recipient for the use of funds: categorical grants, block grants, and general purpose grants.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has previously estimated that grants to state and local governments represent roughly 80 percent of all federal grant funding, with the balance going to recipients such as nonprofit organizations, research institutions, or individuals. In a time of fiscal constraint, the competition for these depleting funds stiffens daily. Contact PronkRank Today to help your agency, non-profit, or private company start composing your SMART Grant.
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