Strategic Proposal

What does a Grant STEPs strategic proposal look like?

Planning  ⇒  Implementation  ⇒  Evaluation

At Grant STEPs, we know the importance of strategic thinking. We tell our clients, “Smart grant writing starts a year ahead….” To help you build a strategic framework for your nonprofit, we look at strategy through the lens of our successful experiences in fund development, collaboration, and evaluation.

Let us help you create a strategic proposal that’s a real roadmap to accomplishing your goals, procuring the resources you need to achieve those goals, and making a positive impact on your community.

We use the VMOSA model ( Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Action) to guide our strategic framework. Our proposals include an emphasis on what funders expect in this new era of nonprofit accountability:

  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Evaluation of performance and impact
  • SMART goals
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

We will create a made to measure roadmap using your choices of strategic modules to fit the vision, needs, and budget of your organization:

  • A review of your mission statement
  • An evaluation and update of your community needs assessment
  • A community-wide stakeholder assessment
  • A survey of best practices and research-based case studies in your field
  • Public awareness strategies (As we tell our clients, “If no one knows who you are, what you do, or why it’s important, don’t expect them to give you anything.”)
  • A program-by-program identification of resources, costs, and metrics of success
  • A list of funding prospects
  • Strategies to raise unrestricted funding to support overhead costs
  • An assessment of your internal policies to prepare you for grant requirements you may need to be eligible for major funding opportunities
  • Impact and evaluation tools
  • Recommendations for capacitybuilding initiatives
  • An integrated timeline, so your leadership and staff can anticipate and manage their work

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