Final Project Guidelines
The Final Project for this course is a written grant proposal comprised of Assignments from Modules 2 and 3. The completed Final Project—the Grant Proposal Submission, is due by the end of Module 6.
The Grant Proposal Submission
The Grant Proposal Submission consists of three parts:
Part 1: Need Statement, Goals, and Objectives
Part 2: Methodology and Evaluation Plans
Part 3: Budget, Budget Narrative, and Sustainability Plan
The Final Project consists of the following components:
- Title Page
- Part 1: Need Statement, Goals, and Objectives
- Part 2: Methodology and Evaluation Plans
- Part 3: Budget, Budget Narrative, Sustainability Plan
- Reference Page
Part 1: Need Statement, Goals, and Objectives (3–4 pages excluding APA references)
- Need Statement
- Establishes the specific problem the proposal will address
- Substantiates the need for addressing this problem by presenting proof of need
- If proof of need requires information that would still need to be accomplished, such as a survey or focus group, the need statement provides a full explanation how this proof would be gathered and what it would address
- Reflects current literature
- Reflects funder interests
- Reflects best practices for grant writing
- Align to the need statement
- Clarify what will be accomplished at the completion of the project or at a specific point
- Align to the project goals
- Are specific
- Are measureable
Part 2: Methodology and Evaluation Plans (3–4 pages excluding APA references)
The Methodology clarifies how objectives will be achieved and what activities will lead to that achievement. The Evaluation Plan provides a specific plan for determining how results will be appraised.
- The Methodology
- Program description
- Research design
- Human subjects (sample)
- Study validity and reliability
- Assumptions and limitations
- Time line
- Analysis (and/or see Evaluation below)
- Non-personnel resources
- Facilities, supplies, technology, etc.
- Any non-personnel resources that will appear in the proposal budget should be described
- Personnel resources
- Who will be assigned or hired?
- Management plan (Work plan)
- Who will be responsible for which activities
- What is the timeline associated with activities (first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter, ongoing)?
- How will the project be managed?
- The Evaluation Plan
- Description of the specific criteria that will measure the success of the project
- Explanation of data that will be collected
- Verify if your grant application will require an institutional review board (IRB) approval.
- Explanation of the data collection plans at the beginning, mid-program, and final evaluation
- Evaluation instruments that will be used and an explanation of why these instruments were selected
- Plans for writing the periodic reports to keep the funder updated
Part 3: Budget, Budget Narrative, and Sustainability Plan (3–5 pages)
The project Budget delineates all expected costs associated with a project. The Budget Narrative expands upon the line items, offering further explanation of costs and needs as appropriate. A Sustainability Plan explains to funders how you will continue a project after funding has been exhausted.
Part I: Budget
- Use the budget template provided in the Learning Resources.
- Fill in the budget template for your project
Note: Rationale for costs will be provided in the budget narrative.
Note 2: Budget line items should consider the non-personnel and personnel resources listed in the methodology section.
Part II: Budget Narrative and Sustainability Plan
- The Budget Narrative expands on the line items of the budget, providing a reviewer detail and justification for how you arrived at the projected dollar amounts. For example: If hiring a consultant for $2,000 is a line item, the narrative might explain that this is based on 40 hours @ $50/hour.
- The Sustainability Plan explains how your agency plans to continue operating this program once the funding has run out.
- It also indicates where future funding and other resources might be obtained.
Note: All relevant cost issues from the budget are addressed in the sustainability plan.
References Page (1–2 pages)