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Let's get something really, really straight. From the viewpoint of the grant maker, you do not have problems. Your organization or agency does not have problems. Only people in target populations have problems. You may call your target population participants, or patients, or clients, or students, or patrons, or visitors or any other such term. A target population is that group of people whom you intend to impact positively through the activities of your organization. They have the problems— always and only.

Can your organization benefit through renovation, equipment purchase, professional development for staff, or other such improvement? Of course it can, but any benefit to your organization occurs for one and only one reason—to help your target population.

This is why your problem may not be the lack of things, such as computers, or staff, or space, or training. Your target population may languish because you do not offer computer-assisted services. Your target population may need more personnel to work with it. Your target population may need more space in which to be served. Your target population may need better trained people assisting them. Your target population can need almost anything, but you need nothing of and by yourself. You exist to serve, to serve your target population.

Getting this straight keeps your problem statement on track. Stay focused like a laser beam on your target population.

One more thing, projects are solutions to problems. Therefore, the goals, objectives, and activities of your project flow naturally from your problem. Astute reviewers have a good idea of the activities that should be in a project after reading the problem statement. If you make the point that a change in your target population necessitates additional staff training, then that staff training had better show up in the project. Otherwise, why did you bring it up in the problem statement? The problem statement provides the basis for the project. That means it defines the problems that will be solved by accomplishment of the project's activities. Projects begin with and flow from the problem statement.

When you start describing your project, every aspect should trace its origin back to the problem. Otherwise, why are you doing it? Activity for activity's sake is a complete and total waste of both your time and the grant maker's money. If you want that grant, use the problem statement to show clearly that the activities in the project are worth the time and the money.

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