Writing Winning Grant Proposals for a Regional Preventive Crime Gun Strategy

Writing Winning Grant Proposals for a Regional Preventive Crime Gun Strategy
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-11-06
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Writing Winning Grant Proposals for a Regional Preventive Crime Gun Strategy
Unit 2 Workbook: Writing Winning Grant Proposals for a Regional Preventive Crime Gun Strategy
Unit 3 Recording: Writing Winning Grant Proposals

Public safety and law enforcement agencies would undoubtedly agree that there are numerous things that they can improve – technology, processes or equipment that would allow them to provide better service. However, resource constraints are preventing them to implement changes and improvements. Meanwhile, billions of dollars’ worth of federal grant money are awarded to various organizations annually. There must be some way to set up agencies for success as they seek funding for their proposed improvements through grants. This course ought to bridge the gap and provide guidelines to write winning grant proposals.

The resource speakers for this session are Jim Needles and Karen Ziegler. Jim is Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology’s Forensic Intelligence Strategy Manager. Prior to his current role, he worked with the ATF – from street agent, ASec, to Chief of the Firearms Operation Division. Meanwhile, Karen has extensive experience in criminal justice administration, budget, and finance, specifically grant management. She retired in 2016 from her role as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.


Specifics of this webinar include:

  • Statistics that highlight the prevalence of crime gun violence in the United States.
  • How NIBIN serves as the cornerstone of a sustainable preventive crime gun strategy that removes active shooters from the streets, creates safer communities and prevents recidivism.
  • How federal grant dollars allow agencies to develop and implement effective crime gun strategies.
  • The different types of grants that agencies may take advantage of.
  • Key terms to learn related to grants, and the types of programs and initiatives where grant money may be used for.
  • Getting started by reviewing the solicitation for grants that typically provide the funding agency’s mission, requirements, eligibility, criteria, due date, and other pertinent guidelines.
  • Considerations when forming a grant writing team to ensure all fronts – technical, research, finance, quality control, and approval – are covered.
  • Developing your timeline that takes into account all the work required for the members of the grant writing team.
  • General dos and don’ts to remember when writing the grant application.
  • Guidelines on writing the different sections of the grant proposal.
    • The abstract must be written last based on the key points of each section.
    • The problem statement that requires identifying the problem, evidence to support the claim, and the potential outcomes if not addressed promptly.
    • The project description provides key information on how the problem will be addressed.
    • Goals and objectives following the SMART model and is written with a general overview of goals, specific objectives of the key players, and a detailed method of measuring performance.
    • The capabilities and competencies section must highlight the agency’s experience and ability in implementing and managing grant-funded efforts.
    • The budget drills down all of the justified expenses involved in the proposed project, and if needed, details for the match or cost-sharing.
    • Detailing how to determine success through data evaluation that would analyze the effects of the initiative and revising if necessary to achieve the desired outcome.
    • Providing a sustainability plan that outlines how the program will be continued after the grant by identifying other funding sources.
  • Pointers and reminders prior to submitting the final product.
    • Check that all requirements are appended.
    • Review the clarity of the language and the accuracy of data.
    • Ensure that the sections are coherent and communicate the story.
  • Understanding the review process – the steps the proposal goes through and the common red flags that reviewers typically watch out for.
  • The importance of requesting for reviewer comments and feedback to get a better sense of what they’re looking for and areas that may be improved.
  • Resources on where to find grants, common grants available specifically for gun violence reduction, and other related sites.
  • Webinar participants requested clarification during the Q&A on:
    • Information to become a State Administrating Agency’s (SAA) sub-recipient.
    • Conflicts when it comes to classifying items for budget purposes.
    • How Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology can assist agencies to acquire funding for equipment.
    • Common reasons why a grant proposal wouldn’t be given the award.
    • Grant proposal writing software and templates.
    • Cooperative agreements where the funders become active partners for the project.


Audience Comments:

  • “I was most impressed by the layout of the information provided, step by step graphics showing what is needed and when.” — Natilie
  • “This really cleared up some questions I had about grant writing. I appreciated the tip on concentrating on sections of the proposal that have more weight.” — Brian
  • “Great information on grant opportunity resources.” — Chelly
  • “A reminder to start early to complete as many steps as possible even before the opportunity is opened.” — Carol
  • “Good basic overall presentation on grant writing. The resources for grants for this particular field of expertise is very useful.” — Glenda
  • “Since this is my first exposure to Grant Writing I will say that all of the content was valuable.” — Patricia



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