Strategic Plans and Competing for Grants

Grant Results

Strategic plans are helpful tools for positioning grant seekers to win grants from public and private sources. Among their typical components are: vision, mission, values, objectives, strategies, goals, and programs.


This post examines each component in turn. Later posts will examine the potential roles of strategic plans in winning competitive grants.



A vision sets the direction for an organization. It captures what an organization aspires to become in terms of where it sees itself three, four, or more years into the future. It forecasts what it will do, who will do it, how it will do it, for whom it will do it, when it will do it, how often it will do it, where it will do it, how well it will do it, and how it will let the world know what it has done and is doing.



A mission states what an…

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