How Do You Assess Your Programs And Your Ability To Fund Them? / by Art Ecology Design

Assessing a program and your ability to fund it is one of the most important steps to successfully raising grant funding to bring ideas, projects and programs to life. Below are a series of questions to ask your leadership staff, program managers, and Board of Directors to consider when evaluating what stage your program is at and where it will go next.

Does your program/project already exist or is it newly emerging?

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For existing programs (or projects):

  • Can you describe the program?

  • Do you have the staff needed to carry out the program?

  • Can you describe your clients? (age, race, gender, needs, strengths, economic status)

  • Are you already collecting measurable outcome data for your programming? How do you know your program is meeting its intended purpose?

For new programs (or projects):

  • How did your new program emerge? How are you incorporating best practices in your field?

  • Can you describe the program?

  • Can you describe your potential clients? (age, race, gender, needs, strengths, economic status)

  • Do you have the staff your need to carry out your program? If not, how will you recruit them?

  • What measurable outcome data will you collect to demonstrate success?

How will you finance the program?

  • Have you developed a realistic budget for the project or program?

  • Is your program dependent on securing a specific funding source?

  • What other sources of revenues can contribute to this program?

  • When this grant ends, will you have to discontinue this program?