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Parents & Teachers as Allies: How To Obtain Funding
This information is designed for NAMI leaders interested in learning more about funding to bring the Parents and Teachers as Allies (PTasA) program into their state or community.
If you have not yet been trained in the Parents and Teachers as Allies program and are interested in learning about training and implementing the program, please contact Maura Bulger, program manager for NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about program content, please visit the Parents & Teachers as Allies section of the Child & Adolescent Action Center website.
There are numerous resources available to learn about funding for the PTasA program. NAMI leaders who have implemented the program have helped to identify several strategies that have been effective, including the following:
Once a possible grantor is identified, NAMI leaders recommend taking the following action steps:
Many grant funders require the grantee to maintain lots of data, including tracking staff hours spent on the project, expenses, and outcomes. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that your NAMI organization has the capability and capacity to collect and store any required data. If not, you may need to identify other organizations to partner with in order to successfully meet the terms of the grant. Grantors appreciate programs and activities that connect nonprofit groups together that have similar visions and goals so you may want to emphasize how you will collaborate with school groups and other nonprofit groups in your community.
NAMI partnered with the University of Maryland to evaluate the PTasA program. The program has received extremely high marks and praise from school professionals in all of the schools in which it has been delivered. We recommend that you use the PTasA Evaluation Report for the program to interest schools in the program and with potential funders. If you would like an electronic copy of the PTasA Evaluation Report to share with funders, please email Maura Bulger, program manager for NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support Center, at email@example.com. Grantors want to know that they are funding an effective program so this evaluation report adds great value to your grant application. Other points to consider when making the case for a grantor to fund the PTasA program include:
Whenever possible, you should include specific data about the performance of students with mental illnesses in your state and community.
In order to seek continued funding once the initial grant funds run out, share with the funder that data shows that the initial funds received were used to support and expand an effective program that produced the anticipated positive outcomes. NAMI leaders should use the data from their PTasA Satisfaction Surveys and Pre/Post Assessments that are completed by audience members during the PTasA presentations to prove that the funded program achieved the anticipated objectives and goals (often outlined in the grant proposal) and that it is an effective program that is worth funding.
Below are grant proposals shared with us by NAMI leaders who are active with the PTasA program. They may serve as useful examples as you draft your own grant proposals.
Example Grant Proposal #1
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