Billions of dollars of discretionary grant funds are available from private foundations and government funders for educational agencies. Foley Jones & Associates can help you secure funding that will support your efforts to improve student achievement and success. Whether you need help in strategic planning, researching and writing grants or grant writing training for your staff, Foley Jones & Associates can help you access the resources to change your future.
Grant Research Services
Our grant writing team will research upcoming funding opportunities that align with the district’s vision and student achievement goals. Foley Jones & Associates will provide twice monthly email notification of upcoming grant competitions (with abstracts, deadlines, and odds of funding) for which you are eligible to apply and likely to be awarded. The grant research typically includes 2-10 potential funding sources per month focused on those funding opportunities that are most appropriate to your needs. We will then meet with you to prioritize funding opportunities and establish your grant development plan.
Grant Proposal Writing
Foley Jones & Associates professional proposal writing services include preparation of a written summary of the Request for Application/Proposal (RFA/RFP) requirements and information needed to complete each proposal, facilitation of the planning of the grant program design with your district and its partners, development of the full narrative and budget, assistance with development of letters of support, and submission of the proposal. Every step of the grant process is designed to incorporate strategic planning between our expert grant writing team and your staff and stakeholders so that the grant program produces results and solutions that are focused on addressing your needs. Foley Jones & Associates provide a personalized approach; each grant is as unique as each client.
Strategic planning is designed to support educational organizations in being intentional about their goals and methods, focusing its vision and priorities in response to a changing environment and ensuring that members of the organization are working toward the same goals. It also guides the acquisition and allocation of resources to achieve the strategic goals. Consultants with Foley Jones & Associates have had extensive experience in education and administration and in facilitating the strategic planning process in private, public, education and nonprofit organizations. Foley Jones & Associates provide three levels of strategic planning for educational organizations: an abbreviated process of one or two days; a moderate process of one to three months; and an extensive process that may be six months or more. It is important to choose the level of intensity for the planning questions facing your schools. We can help you decide which is the best option.
Strategic Fund Development Plan
The purpose of creating a fund development plan is to identify and prioritize the comprehensive funding needs, goals, and initiatives of your district, partners, and stakeholders. A funding needs assessment and Grant Seeking Matrix’ (GSM) report are then developed (in alignment with these priorities) and reviewed with you for the purpose of establishing an annual schedule of grants that we will track and pursue for your schools.
Grant Evaluation Services
Most grantors require grant awarded organizations to contract the services of an independent, third party evaluator to perform summative evaluation, formative evaluation, and monitoring of the grant program. Grant evaluation is extremely important, as it will determine your eligibility for future funding and for multi-year renewals of the grant award. Consultants with Foley Jones & Associates have more than 10 years of experience in evaluating federal, state and privately funded grant programs.
We include an implementation plan in all of our evaluations to ensure your staff is informed of its responsibilities and deadlines under the terms of the grant award. We will be onboard with your organization from the day of award until the submission of the final evaluation report – which will help to minimize the amount of time that your staff will have to devote to the required paperwork, data collection, and reporting. We specialize in developing process evaluation systems that ensure your organization is well prepared for audits and grantor reviews. Our evaluators will additionally set up a comprehensive outcome evaluation system so that the impact of the grant and its related services are assessed and determined in order to justify future funding and related sustainability efforts.