Good news! The Executive Director was able to get the board to approve seeking a grant for the new program. You will now need to determine what your specific needs are for the tutorial program.
The development of the problem/need statement is critically important, as this is the first impression the potential funder will have of your program and to determine its suitability for funding. The problem/need statement should answer the following questions:
Here is what you know so far about the program:
To develop your problem/need statement, use the table provided in Winning Grants Step by Step, Worksheet 3.1A. Fill out the table using information provided in this assignment as well as research you complete on your community. See Worksheet 3.1B for an example.
Who? Where? When?
Evidence of Problem
Impact If Problems Resolved?
Who is in need (people, animals, land, and so forth)?
What is the problem? (Get specific.)
What evidence do you have to support your claim?
What will occur if the needs are met? What will be different—and how?
Where are they? (General: city/state; and specific: neighborhood, geography)
Why does this problem exist?
When is the problem evident?
How is the problem linked to your organization?
Using the information gathered in your table, write a 2–3 paragraph problem/need statement. This statement should be succinct and grab the attention of the funder and compel them to want to assist with solving the problem.
When developing a problem/need statement it is important to utilize statistics that clearly document the unmet need or problem (i.e., lack of tutorial programs); provide citations of persons who have authority on the problem, document appropriately the resources utilized for the development of the statement, use compelling and anecdotal stories of people to provide examples, and provide a coherent sense of urgency of the request.
The written proposal should meet the following requirements:
The problem or need statement should fully but succinctly answer each of the four questions outlined in the assignment instructions and should include statistics, citations, anecdotal stories, and examples that emphasize the need and provide a sense of urgency.
The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
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