The first thing the executive director should do when a grant award lands is pull out the proposal that was submitted and study it. The proposal obligates your organization to a plan of action, but in the fast-paced world of program start-up it’s all too easy to tear off in the wrong direction.
According to Barbara Floersch, director of the The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., don’t let staff out of the starting gate until they’ve mapped a course that syncs with the proposal and put some basic fail-safe measures in place to keep things on track.
After studying the proposal, Floersch said that the program’s leadership staff should be asked to do several things. They include:
According to Floersch, the synopsis, timeline, and budget meeting will guide staff as they bring the program to life and will also provide vital supervision tools. The weekly or biweekly supervision sessions will nip problems in the bud and allow for well-informed course corrections if needed.
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