Grant Writing 101: Goals and Goals for Killing Vampires

Once you’ve clearly established the need for a specific Funding Opportunity Notice (FOA) or grant application, it’s time to set a goal and develop measurable goals. For example, your needs section has established that your target population is a small rural village of 500 people and that neighboring vampires catch villagers at a rate of one per week (U.S. Department of Vampires report, 2010). Your goals are to: 1. decrease the loss of villagers; 2. increase the number of vampire killers in; 3. Decrease the number of vampires. (Right now, I need you to check your FOA again and make sure the funding is really for the elimination of vampires and not for the preparation of the werewolf and although this is an issue for to another block, it is also important here.) As they should be, the goals are general and do not indicate how many villagers you plan to save; how many vampire killers you plan to train; or how many vampires will kill each killer. Measurable goals will now be placed and will make or break your proposal (and ultimately your people, because they can’t last too long at this rate).

It is impossible to develop a strong operational plan or even a proper evaluation without measurable goals. We write a goal for your first goal, which is to decrease the loss of villagers due to neighboring vampires. We want this goal to be measurable and ambitious, but not overly ambitious.

The following is an example of a goal that cannot be measured:

The Vanishing Vampires project will significantly reduce the number of villagers chosen by neighboring blood suckers at the end of the funding period. (How much is a “significant increase”? If you decide to follow this route, grant reviewers will award you 1 or possibly 2 out of 10 possible to apply).

The following is an example of a measurable but unambitious goal:

The Vanishing Vampires project will significantly reduce the number of villagers chosen by neighboring blood suckers by 2% by the end of the funding period. (hm, blood suckers – 98, villagers – 2. Not an impressive score. You could earn 2 or 3 points with reviewers.)

The following is an example of a measurable but probably overly ambitious goal:

The Vanishing Vampires project will significantly reduce the number of villagers chosen by neighboring blood suckers by 100% by the end of the funding period. (To sell it to the reviewer, it’s best to have a very detailed business plan full of research-based activities.)

The following is a measurable and ambitious example:

The Vanishing Vampires project will significantly reduce the number of villagers chosen by neighboring blood suckers by 75% at the end of the first year of the funding period and 85% at the end of the funded project.

or

The Vanishing Vampires project will significantly reduce the number of villagers chosen by suckers of neighbors by 100 people in the first year and 250 at the end of the funded project (just saved half the village and this should impress even the harshest critics, especially if you follow). with an action plan researched, but that’s another topic!).