Grant Writing Components
Researching and Writing a Need Statement
- GrantSpace Research Directory
This collection of links compiled by the Foundation Center provides an excellent starting point for statistical research in a wide variety of fields.
- A Guide to Using Data in a Needs Assessment
This page briefly describes the purpose and objectives of a needs assessment and includes a list of tips that distinguish between unhelpful and helpful types of data to include in a proposal.
- A Guide to Writing the Needs or Problem Statement
This comprehensive guide outlines the creation of a needs statement with examples that are most relevant to community-based projects. This resource is ideal for those who are new to the proposal writing process.
- Sample Needs Statements For Scientific Research
These two statements from Johns Hopkins help illustrate successful needs statements that are written for scientific research projects.
- Sample Needs Statement For a Community-Based Program
This very thorough needs statement for a substance abuse program highlights the use of statistics and data organizers (tables, graphs, and maps) to clearly describe a community problem.
- Writing a Grant Needs Assessment for Educational Program
This guide from Scholastic provides a brief step-by-step overview and two sample needs statements written for educational funding.
- The National Science Foundation's User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
This comprehensive guide covers the basics of project evaluation from the perspective of NSF's educational programming.
- The Logic Model for Program Planning and Evaluation
This guide from the University of Idaho succinctly describes the components of the logic model, a communication tool that can help proposal writers plan and describe their project and evaluation methods.
- An Evaluation Resource Guide for Arts Programming
This guide from the Nevada Arts Council offers not only a basic framework for creating project evaluations, but also specific ideas for evaluation methods that are tailored to arts projects, such as performances or museum exhibitions.
- Outcomes for Success
This guide from Organizational Research Services describes how to design project evaluations based on intended outcomes. This guide is particularly useful for community-based projects.