Guidelines for successful grant application for a mental health program

The purpose of this project is to present guidelines to serve as a (working) manual for persons interested in applying for funds, from private or public sources, to implement projects in the field of mental health care services. The Guidelines cover a wide range of topics in which the grantor agency is usually interested. Information in each of the chapters gives a foundation for the grantor/foundation to appraise the probable success of the project and for evaluating its anticipated impact. In applying for grant money, not all questions are relevant to any one project. The applicant need answer only those questions he/she sees relevant to the project. If the applicant does not have specific answers to the questions, he/she should consider indicating this lack so that it does not appear that the question was overlooked. The applicant should also bear in mind that specific information is preferable to broad statements or unsupported assertions. The Guidelines give specific types of supporting evidence. Based on my experience in grant writing at Interface Community, Inc., Newbury Park, California, the more precise and clearly articulated the information is given the more likely the grantor will be interested in the application. Many a good idea is lost due to lack of clarity or good supporting evidence. These Guidelines are not for the seasoned grant writer but rather are for people with good ideas and no knowledge of where to begin. For this reason a style of writing was chosen that is in a popular vein, easy to read, hopefully-giving impetus to the creative idea.