Dogwood Webinar Series: Next-level funding

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Equity and Grant Development: When Real Understanding Produces Change

  • Overview of 3 successful government proposals and analysis of how they “work”
  • Fatal flaws to avoid in the application process


Grant Development for Health and Wellness: An Overview

  • Developing familiarity with major funders and their focuses
  • Key and emerging priorities in grant funding for health and wellness
  • Best practices in project design and proposal development: how to craft a winning health and wellness grant proposal


Do’s and Don’ts in Grant Development: Successful Proposal Case Studies

  • Overview of 3 successful government proposals and analysis of how they “work,” including the work plan and budget sections
  • Fatal flaws to avoid in the application process


Grant Development for Education: An Overview

  • Developing familiarity with major funders and their focuses
  • Key and emerging priorities in grant funding for education
  • Best practices in project design and proposal development: how to craft a winning education grant proposal


Incorporating Innovation in a Government Grant Proposal

  • What do funders mean when they request “innovative” project designs?
  • Considerations for developing innovative projects
  • Balancing evidence-based models with innovation
  • Achieving innovation while setting achievable goals and outcomes”


Grant Development for Economic Opportunity: An Overview

  • Developing familiarity with major funders and their focuses
  • Key and emerging priorities in grant funding for economic opportunity
  • Best practices in project design and proposal development: how to craft a winning economic opportunity grant proposal


Aligning Methodology and Evaluation: An Advanced Look

  • Developing methodology reflective of the SMART approach
  • Determining appropriate data indicators for measuring impact/success
  • Designing process and outcome evaluation capable of demonstrating the impact of methods
  • Examining specific case studies of successful methodology and evaluation sections


Grant Development for Housing

  • Developing familiarity with major funders and their focuses
  • Key and emerging priorities in grant funding for housing
  • Best practices in project design and proposal development: how to craft a winning housing grant proposal”

Past Webinars


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Finding Your Narrative Arc: How to Sustain Reviewers’ Attention from Start to Finish

  •  Inside the federal review process: tips from an experienced federal reviewer
  • Finding the project’s overall upshot
  • Pivotal “moments” in a proposal


The Similarities and Differences Between Foundation and Government Grant Proposals: A Deep Dive

  • The importance of recognizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a proposal
  •  Overview of data sources, EBPs, and guidance to support recognition of equity
  • Orienting a project within a national/global context


Fiscal Sponsorship: A Comprehensive Overview

  • Practical strategies for determining if and when engaging a fiscal sponsor is appropriate
  • Understanding rules and regulations that guide the process
  • Developing a strong understanding of when using a fiscal sponsor is an ideal choice
  • Identifying and evaluating appropriate fiscal sponsors and the roles and responsibilities of each entity involved


Creating a Solid Work Plan

  • The role of a work plan: the foundation of project design
  • Creating effective goals, objectives, and activities
  • Using the SMART approach
  • Review of sample work plans from successful grants


Engaging the Target Population: A Critical Aspect of Grant Development

  • Formal and informal methods of engaging the target population
  • Utilizing existing data, reports, and other documentation of engagement
  • Including engagement of the target population in your strategic plan
  • The critical role of cultural competency and how to write about it


Utilizing Evidence-based Best Practices

  • Defining evidence-based practices (EBPs) and distinguishing them from promising or emerging practices
  • Overview of major repositories of EBPs
  • Weaving in EBPs for a strong proposal 


Enhancing Grants through a Force-Multiplier Perspective: Creating Meaningful Partnerships and Describing their Role in a Proposal

  • Supporting the client in seeking and developing effective partnerships
  • Support vs. commitment, and how to write about each
  • Collaboration vs. competition as a government model


Non-Narrative Requirements: A Complete Overview

  • Common registrations required for government grants; overview of steps to complete them
  • Where to find information on required registrations in a NOFO/RFP
  • How do the portals (SAM,, eRACommons) work together?
  • Developing a budget that aligns seamlessly with project goals and activities
  • What to ask the client for on day one: overview of commonly required forms and documents


Best Practices for Post-Award Compliance

  • Working with a government agency/program officer
  • Defining “subawardee” vs. “subcontractor,” and understanding additional types of collaboration: vendors, consultants, and partners
  • Overview of the Uniform Guidance
  • Progress report guidance
  • Best practices for fiscal management of grant funding


Logic Model Basics

  • Untangling logic model elements
  • Overview of a successful logic model
  • Synchronizing a logic model with project design and evaluation


Key Elements of a Successful Evaluation Plan

  • Process and outcome evaluation 101
  • Data models and indicators


Utilizing Data to Build a Strong Case

  • Overview of rigorous data requirements of government grants
  • Walk-through of the most common data sources (American Community Survey, CDC Wonder, UDS Mapper)
  • The key role of Community Health Needs Assessments and other local data sources


Best Practices in Project Management: Building a Strong Grant Development and Project Team

  • Vetting an opportunity: is this a good match for your organization?
  • Building a team of experts to develop the project and application
  • Tips for communicating with government Program Officers
  • Creating a successful project timeline
  • Who is responsible for what?
  • Where to begin
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Health & Wellness | Goal 4

Increase Access to Behavioral Health and Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

Support programs and networks that reduce deaths, treat addiction, and prevent first use

Objective 4.1: Reduce opioid overdose mortality throughout the region

Objective 4.2: Reduce untreated behavioral health and substance use disorder in disproportionately affected communities

Objective 4.3: Prevent and reduce behavioral health issues and substance use (tobacco, alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs) in youth

Health & Wellness | Goal 3

Address Health Disparities

Help reduce disparities based on race, location, education and income factors

Objective 3.1: Improve health outcomes for women and infants in rural and low-income communities and communities of color

Objective 3.2: Reduce the prevalence of common chronic health diseases in disproportionately affected communities

Objective 3.3: Increase effectiveness of health care through delivery of culturally aligned services

Health & Wellness | Goal 2

Increase Access to Whole-Person Health Care

Invest in integrated heath care with seamless connections to supportive services

Objective 2.1: Increase the number of people with affordable health insurance coverage

Objective 2.2: Increase the available workforce for primary and allied health care services

Objective 2.3: Increase access to comprehensive and integrated care

Objective 2.4: Increase access to community-based services in low-income, elderly and rural communities

Health & Wellness | Goal 1

Support and Build Healthy Communities

Support communities that promote healthy living and resiliency and help mitigate the impact of trauma, isolation and stress on individuals and families, especially those experiencing poverty

Objective 1.1: Decrease adverse experiences (ACEs and traumatic violence) and improve individual and family resiliency

Objective 1.2: Increase access to community environments that promote healthy living and social connectedness across the age continuum

Economic Opportunity | Goal 4

Foster Entrepreneurship

Support a well-funded, sustainable, competitive entrepreneur and small business ecosystem throughout the region

Objective 4.1: Increase the number of Person of Color (POC)-led small businesses throughout the region

Objective 4.2: Increase the number of rural small businesses throughout the region

Economic Opportunity | Goal 3

Build Economic Ecosystems

Help build a regional economic ecosystem that supports increased creation/retention of jobs and business ownership

Objective 3.1: Improve access to higher-paying jobs throughout the region, targeting the lowest income populations

Objective 3.2: Increase and retain quality jobs

Objective 3.3: Stimulate economic growth, catalyzing businesses and revenue

Economic Opportunity | Goal 2

Promote Work Readiness

Help build a skilled workforce with the knowledge and technical abilities to excel in a wide range of industry employment opportunities that provide a competitive, sustainable wage

Objective 2.1: Close the educational attainment gap in WNC, staying on pace with regional and county-specific projections (myFutureNC 2030).

Economic Opportunity | Goal 1

Develop a Comprehensive Data Resource

Source, analyze and share a comprehensive, county-by-county data set that paints a full picture of work readiness, economic development and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities specific to Western North Carolina

Education | Goal 3

Support Higher Education Career Readiness

Work in tandem with Economic Opportunity Strategic Priority to invest in career readiness at the community college and university levels

Objective 4.1: Close the educational attainment gap in WNC, staying on pace with regional and county-specific projections (myFutureNC 2030).

Education | Goal 2

Improve K-12 Education

Support K-12 learning experiences with the resources and sustainability to provide an excellent academic and social-emotional education, so that all students graduate ready for college or career

Objective 2.1: Address teacher workforce challenges

Objective 2.2: Equip families of students to support academic growth and social-emotional health

Objective 2.3: Increase capacity of partners to provide supports and services, particularly for children facing challenges related to poverty, systemic racism, being differently abled or English language learners

Education | Goal 1

Improve Early Childhood Education Ecosystem

Invest in an improved early childhood education ecosystem with the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible education and care to support ages birth to five, so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn

Objective: Address early childhood educator workforce challenges

Education | Goal 4

Develop a Comprehensive Landscape Study

Source, analyze and share a comprehensive set of publicly available data that provides a regularly updated, county-by-county picture of access, workforce and student outcomes in early childhood education and K-12 education specific to Western North Carolina

Housing | Goal 5

Use Impact Investments to Create Affordable and Workforce Housing

Loans, guarantees, and other financial tools to leverage funding opportunities

Housing | Goal 4

Create and Preserve Housing Units for Persons Below 50% of the Median Income

Increase affordable housing for lowest-income individuals and families

Objective 4.1: Create rental units for households below 50% of the median income

Objective 4.2: Help families pay no more than 30% of their income on housing

Objective 4.3: Create and preserve communities in a way that is representative of the WNC natural landscape

Housing | Goal 3

Create and Preserve Senior Housing

Support age-appropriate resources in affordable and workforce units, rental and owned

Objective 3.1: Create needed rental and homeownership opportunities for seniors

Objective 3.2: Incorporate supportive services in rental housing developments

Objective 3.3: Increase use of universal design in development

Housing | Goal 2

Create and Preserve Supportive Housing Rental Units

Invest in housing with sustainable supports for physical and mental health and wellbeing

Objective 2.1: Create new supportive housing

Objective 2.2: Preserve existing supportive housing

Objective 2.3: Leverage state and federal funds

Single story home in the midst of being build with 3 volunteers helping.

Housing | Goal 1

Support Healthy and Safe Revitalization Opportunities

Support healthy and safe revitalizations that work against displacement and gentrification, preserve home ownership and create generational wealth.

Objective 1.1: Revitalize Neighborhoods

Objective 1.2: Repurpose existing structures to minimize environmental impact

Objective 1.3: Support home ownership