What Objectives Do You Want to Accomplish With Your Grant Proposal?

So, you’re writing a grant proposal. What objectives do you want to accomplish? Every good cause begins with a spark. That spark is what can grow into an idea. But ideas can only go so far; there must be some defined strategies for how you plan to achieve your goal. GrantWatch wants to do everything possible to give you the tools you need to make your grant proposal objectives a reality. Most often this is brought to fruition through a nonprofit endeavor that started with a spark, a need to help someone. GrantWatch has thousands of Grants for Nonprofits listed in its directory. There’s a good chance there is a wide variety of grants that can help you meet your grant proposal objectives and reach your goal.

Grant Proposal Objectives Defined

It’s easy to confuse your objectives with your goals when writing your application for grant funding. With that in mind, remember the following information. Goals are broad and general. In addition, they are abstract, vague, and rather intangible. Goals are more about the final destination than they are about the journey. On the other hand, your objectives are narrow and precise. In fact, objectives must be concrete and measurable.

  • Example of a Goal: Decrease the number of children who experience hunger at school in northwest Texas.

Notice that this goal states the basic facts without going into detail. Now, let’s examine an objective example.

  • Example of an Objective: By the end of year one, to provide 300 children with daily meal vouchers at 25 schools, in the greater Houston area.

Notice, if you will, the details in the statement. In addition, compare it with the goal and it’s plain to see that the objective is specific as to how to solve the issue at hand. Of course, these are only simple examples, but in a grant application both of these statements are meant to work in conjunction with each other while also tying back to your Needs Statement. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Grant Proposal Objective Tips

  • State your objectives in quantifiable terms.
  • Tie your goals and objectives directly to your need statement.
  • State your objectives in terms of outcomes, not process.
  • Objectives should specify the result of an activity.
  • Include all relevant groups and individuals in your target population.
  • Ascertain how to measure changes projected in each objective.
  • Don’t forget to budget for the evaluation (measurement) of your objectives.
  • Objectives should identify the target audience or community being served.
  • Objectives need to be realistic and capable of being accomplished within the grant period.

In conclusion, below are some currently available grants for nonprofits. And, for the sake of variety, the topics range from protecting the environment and promoting racial justice to creating neighborhood watches and enhancing tourism.

Nonprofit Grants and Contracts for Services

  1. Neighborhood Vitality and Beautification Grant: To begin, grants of up to $20,000 to crime watch groups, neighborhood associations, and HOAs for community improvement projects.
  2. Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP): Nonprofit organizations may receive funding to restore, protect, and enhance marine habitats and fisheries.
  3. Improving the Quality of Life of People with HIV: Cooperative agreement to nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life of older adults diagnosed with specific illnesses.
  4. Hazard Fuels Reduction (HFR) Grant: In addition, grants to nonprofits to decrease the risk of wildfires on non-federal lands.
  5. Training and Technical Assistance Initiative: Cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations for professional development and capacity-building.

Sponsorships and Additional Grants for Nonprofits

  1. Re-X Before Recycling Prize: To continue, cash prize and on-kind support to nonprofit organizations to develop circular supply chains for relevant goods.
  2. Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program (EB-TNP): Cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations, Tribes, and CBOs serving rural areas to operate telehealth services in underserved areas.
  3. Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL) Program: Grants for nonprofits, tribes, and educational institutions for environmental protection projects.
  4. Core Grants: In addition, grants of $45,000 and in-kind support to nonprofit organizations to promote social and racial justice.
  5. Special Events Grant: Finally, funding for nonprofit organizations to host events like festivals, celebrations, and sporting events to attract visitors to the region and develop the local economy.

In conclusion, we hope you will now have a better understanding of what is needed in writing the section on objectives for your grant proposal!

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