One of the hardest parts of the grant application process is determining the appropriate dollar value for direct and indirect costs associated with your initiative and grant. Sometimes it helps to share costs with others to ensure that your estimated budget is on target to avoid budget creep and overages. In this discussion, you share several direct and indirect costs for the initiative you are seeking grant funding for in your Wk 5 grant proposal project in order to get feedback on how realistic your estimates are.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
- For context, briefly describe your initiative and funding source.
- What are 3 direct costs and how did you determine the amounts?
- What are 3 indirect costs and how did you determine the amounts?
Respond to 2 replies to classmates or your faculty member. Be constructive and professional. Respond within 100 words each statement.
1)I chose The ESG program, it provides grant funding to (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, (2) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and (3) help operate and provide essential services in emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families, and (4) prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.
- Salary/wages: Provide employee(s) (including names for each identified position) of the applicant/recipient organization, including in-kind costs for those positions whose work is tied to the grant project.
- Materials: Describe the need and include an adequate justification of how each cost was estimated. Office supplies, copies, and postage are needed for the general operation of the project. The laptop computer is needed for both project work and presentations
- Training-related costs: Explain the need for each contractual agreement and how they relate to the overall project. Certified trainers are necessary to carry out the purpose of the statewide consumer Network by providing recovery and wellness training, and preparing consumer leaders statewide. Case manager is vital to client services related to the program and outcomes.
- Facilities: Utilities, building use, grounds maintenance, renovations
- Travel: Local travel is needed to attend local meetings, project activities, and training events. The local travel rate is based on the organizations policies/procedures for privately owned vehicle (POV) reimbursement rates. If the policy does not have a rate use GSA
- Advertising: Public relations to promote unit/department
2)I chose grant funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention alongside foundations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Not only would all of these foundations be able to stand together in order to bring awareness to kids about the options available to help provide mental health, safe places to get assistance with home situations they don’t feel safe talking about elsewhere as well as getting assistance with the guidance they may not be able to find due to being a part of the foster system or without a parental figure in the home life.
Direct costs for this project include education materials, training and assembly preparation, materials for set and stage presentations as well as volunteer hours, and any rental donations to the school district necessary to schedule the time to meet with the student body. The determined cost would include compensation for volunteer mileage ($0.14/ mile driven) and this rate was averaged between west coast, midwest, and east coast police departments’ compensation information. The next cost is for training and assembly preparation. These include $1.65 per student for pamphlets and workbooks, and general supplies such as tables, chairs, lights, and backdrops with a budget of approximately $3500 per assembly season (3 – 6 months depending on feedback). The last direct cost includes any necessary time and rental donations necessary when setting times and dates with the school district in their area. This cost will vary anywhere from $500 – $1000 to help give back to the student body and provide the necessary supplies or technology needed to support programs.
Indirect costs of this program outline include basic accounting and legal expenses around $5000 in hours from school and justice department teams, as well as officer training fees that are approximately $1000 per certified officer (there may be options for covered training fees in certain regions). The total cost of this outline is $6000.00.