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Application Tips

These tips will help you develop a proposal that addresses the most important factors our Grant Review Committee considers in its review.

Demonstrated Community Need for the Project

  • Provide data to demonstrate the community need for the project.
  • Information from local or state sources is preferred over national statistics.

Project is Clearly Explained 

  • Explain any existing models that your project may be based upon.
  • Spell out the program or model name before using an acronym.
  • Avoid using specialist language that a layperson may not understand.

Collaboration is Demonstrated 

  • Identify the partners involved in your project.
  • Include letters of support that demonstrate commitment from your partners (recommended for the Full Proposal process).

Impact is Measurable

  • Identify measurable outcomes and describe the benefits to program participants (improved health status, behavioral change, new knowledge, etc.)
  • Provide realistic forecasts of the grant’s projected impact.
  • Describe the evaluation and measurement plan you will use to capture needed data. If changes in behavior or health are measured, then a plan to measure baseline data should be identified.
  • A plan to measure and evaluate the impact of your project or program is required with Full Proposals. Up to 10 percent of the total grant amount may be used for measurement and evaluation expenses, incurred internally or from outside resources.

Project Budget is Clear

  • Clearly explain each line item, indicating how Medica Foundation funds will be used.
  • Use the Medica Foundation Budget Form.

Strong Performance on Previous Medica Foundation Grants

  • Past grant performance is considered in the application process. If applicable, provide a brief summary of progress on current Medica Foundation grants.