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HOW TO WRITE A PERFECT GRANT Ana Marie Le. Noue Avant Garde Inc.
WRITING A SUCCESSFUL GRANT! • $108. 5 million secured • Team Approach
SO YOU’VE FOUND A GRANT, AND IT’S PERFECT – NEXT STEPS Create checklists and timelines Create task lists Research!!! Do time-intensive tasks first Reach out to stakeholders City Council Local representatives Provide drafts early
UNDERSTAND THE NEED Is the proposed project a result of the community’s expression of the need for this project? What led to the identification of the project? “Telling the story” and making a case for the City’s need for funding is fundamental.
WHAT DO MOST TRANSPORTATION GRANTS LOOK FOR? • Improvements to existing bikeways and walkways, which improve mobility, access, or safety for non-motorized users. • Development of a community wide bike, pedestrian, safe routes to schools, or active transportation plan in a disadvantaged community. • Operational, maintenance and/or widening improvements benefitting the motorized user. (i. e. new vehicle through lanes and turn lanes, traffic signal elements for the benefit of the motorized user).
WHERE DO WE LOOK TO DEMONSTRATE A NEED FOR OUR PROJECT? A research-driven approach is crucial when developing successful grants. There are resources out there aimed to help grant writers obtain statistical data to bolster the project narrative.
WHERE DO WE LOOK TO DEMONSTRATE A NEED FOR OUR PROJECT? (CONTINUED) Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), was established by the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (Safe. TREC) at the University of Berkeley to provide data and mapping analysis tools and information for traffic safety related research, policy and planning.
CONSISTENCY WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL PLANS Funding agencies place priority on projects that are consistent with plans adopted by local and regional governments within the county where the project is located.
COMMUNITY PLANNING AND PARTICIPATION • Showing widespread support for a project demonstrates that its accepted within the local community and that it is likely to be carried out successfully. • Do you have support or do you need to garner support?
COMMUNITY PLANNING AND PARTICIPATION – LETTERS OF SUPPORT • Securing letters of support from local agencies to show their commitment and support for your project looks great on a application. • Agencies who usually facilitate letters consist of Metro, SCAG, LA County Department of Public Health, local Chamber of Commerce, bicycle coalitions, local, state and federal representatives, etc.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE? • Will project require engineering work (i. e. site plans, maps, engineer’s cost estimate)? • Grants usually require: • Existing conditions/proposed conditions map • Collision diagram map (showing where safety improvements are needed) • Ped/bike counts • Ridership data • Engineer’s Cost Estimate/Checklist
BUDGETING TIPS! • Research previous years’ average funding amounts and the types of projects awarded. • Is there a trend? • Be realistic. How much do you really need from funding agency?
POST-AWARD CONSIDERATIONS • Applicants will be expected to meet project milestones.
THANK YOU Ana Marie Le. Noue (909) 979 -6588 http: //agi. com. co/ [email protected] com. co