The N in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula

Mastering Grant Objectives: The “N” in the GRANTS Formula

Unlock the power of grant objectives with the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula, a proven strategy that has fueled my grant success for nearly 20 years.

In our ongoing G.R.A.N.T.S. formula series, we’ve already explored: the importance of Articulating Goals (A), and now we dive into the crucial step of Narrowing your Objectives (N).

Crafting compelling objectives is not only a fundamental part of grant writing but also an opportunity to showcase your vision for achieving the desired outcomes.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of creating amazing objectives using the S.M.A.R.T. framework, ensuring your grant proposal stands out from the competition. Plus, don’t miss the chance to grab our downloadable Cheat Sheet and free mini video-series, exclusively designed to accompany the G.R.A.N.T.S. formula.

I love writing objectives. This actually is one of my favorite parts about writing a grant! Why?

Well, if the Goal is the anchor, the objectives are the tangible ‘how’ of writing a grant. These can either be the ‘wow, that’s cool!’ part of a grant or they can be the ‘no way that’s every gonna happen’ section. Your objectives are really how you will actually accomplish the goal. But if they are not SMART objectives then your entire grant just falls apart.

Objectives are the how you are going to meet your goals. Narrowing down your objectives is imperative to writing a competitive grant proposal. I use the S.M.A.R.T. formula to narrow down all my objectives! This is one of the most IMPORTANT steps in a grant as it will drive your project and your budget. If you do not have S.M.A.R.T. objectives, then your project usually will sound messy and confusing. You can easily eliminate any confusion by using this process:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant/Realistic
  • Time-bound

We are first going to review the example we have been using over the last couple of weeks. (Refer to Research the Needs and and Articulate the Goal for more information on our examples).

Based on our research, we devised the problem statement: The teenage pregnancy rate in New Mexico is the highest in the nation, with 62 out of 1,000 teenage youth pregnant compared to the U.S. average of 18.8 (CDC, 2017).

We then defined our goal as: The Project will increase fiscal management and job wages for pregnant teenagers and teenage parents.

So now we need to narrow our objectives so that we show a roadmap on how we are going to reach our Goal.