Grant Writing Tip - Developing Your Goals

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Developing Your Goals

The goals of your program should describe and discuss the potential benefits to the population/community being served. Your program will serve as a means to an end. As you develop your program it is essential that you keep your goals clearly in mind and stay focused on those goals as you continue your planning process.

Goal Statement:

A general statement of what you want to accomplish.

  • deals with one issue
  • must be understandable
  • must be realistic
  • represents a desired result

Goals are general non-measurable statements that describe desired results of your program. When developing your goals be certain that you list them in order of priority or importance. Be certain that your goals address the intent of the fund source to which you are submitting an application.

Do not over-commit. Program goals should be ambitious enough to produce some worthwhile benefits, but should be attainable enough to be manageable within the context of resources - available and projected.

The importance of setting realistic goals is not to be overestimated. The success of your program is ultimately judged on the attainment of the goals that you have established.