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The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh

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LESSON 13

Sustainability: How Will You Continue the Program When the Grant Funds Run Out? (and You’d Better Not Say, “I Won’t!”)

OPENING REMARKS

A grant application—one we’ve referred to throughout the book, Safe Schools/Healthy Students—asked applicants to explain how “short- and long-term strategies will allow for the systematic development of infrastructure that builds organizational, community, and individual capacity to sustain outcomes beyond the life of the grant.” “How are we going to address that mouthful?” everyone wondered. “Where do we begin?” Increasingly, sustainability—plans for keeping programs and organizations up and running once the grant period is over—is a topic writers are asked to discuss in grant proposals. Grantmakers, ...

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