What Are the Keys to Continuation

If you purchase core staff with grant funds, continuation is a tough issue. What do you do when the grant funds run out? How do you continue the project without critical staff members? Under normal circumstances, you cannot continue the project if you purchase key staff with grant funds.

How do you avoid the staff trap? First of all, there are more ways to accomplish a project than throwing people at it. Think in terms of solving the problem without adding staff. What can you buy during the term of the grant (usually from one to five years) that will help you accomplish your project for the long haul? What about purchasing all the necessary equipment and reference materials for your project? What about purchasing consulting services to develop training films and materials for a library of materials to train future staff members? What about hiring a temporary staff member to help you get the project set up, and implemented, and then train your existing staff to take over?

Be creative in thinking about your project—think outside the proverbial box—to find another way to solve your project problems besides adding people. Think about how you can develop institutional knowledge through developing a library of resources, performing training, hiring temporary consulting, adding computers, and performing tasks more efficiently another way.

Think about partners from other organizations that you can join with to get part of the tasks done. Partnerships are required by a lot of funders. Partnerships significantly increase your chances of getting funding because the funder feels that, if there are a number of stakeholders interested in the project, it is more likely to continue. Look to grant funding to support the following:

• Things needed for your infrastructure.

• Funding for studies and planning.

• Reference materials.

• Temporary staff to accomplish set-up and initial implementation.

Do not look to grant funding to:

• Support ongoing activity.

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