Grant and Proposal Writing

Often in connection with a strategic or community planning process, we help clients in responding to grant opportunities. Over the years we have helped clients prepare many major, successful federal or private grant applications.

Recent Work in Fund Development: In 2014-6, the Farnam Associates team took on the lead role in writing 10 major federal grants or state proposals related to the Greater New Haven region, of nine proposals prepared, seven were awarded for a total value of $9.5 million.

Led local and state public-private teams to prepare six criminal justice related planning efforts and associated grants in 2014-16 totaling $3.34 million:

  1. The Fresh Start Reentry Initiative application under the U.S. Department of Justice Second Chance Act Adult Reentry grant program for the City of New Haven ($1,000,000; 2015, one of five awarded);
  2. U. S. Department of Labor funding for the Workforce Alliance to create an American Job Center in the Whalley Avenue Community Correctional Facility ($500,000, 2015, one of 20 awarded);
  3. The comprehensive Newhallville Safe Neighborhood Initiative to reduce crime in a New Haven neighborhood, from the U.S. Department of Justice under the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program for the City of New Haven ($1,000,000, 2014, one of five awarded);
  4. A Project Safe Neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut in partnership with the Justice Education Center, Inc. ($350,000, 2014; $300,000 in 2016); and
  5. A U.S. Department of Justice Second Chance Act Juvenile Justice Community Supervision Planning Grant for the Connecticut Office of policy and Management, through the Tow Institute for Youth Justice at the University of New Haven ($190,000, 2015).

Prepared successful applications for federal funding to the U.S. Department of Labor for a Ready To Work Partnership grant to enable long term unemployed persons to gain skills to reenter the labor market (Workforce Alliance, $5.49 million, 2014).

Prepared successful applications for federal funding to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the United Way of New Haven Early Head Start expansion under the Child Care Partnership grant program ($905,000 in Year 1; present value of $7.3 million over first 10 years).

State Request for Proposal Responses.  In 2015, Farnam Associates assisted two statewide Connecticut nonprofits submit winning proposals under State of Connecticut Requests for Proposals.

  • Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA) was awarded $5.74million to provide SSBG Case Management services under a Department of Social Services RFP.  This required compiling extensive information, credentials, and strategies from 14 Community Action Agencies that will be providing the services through their statewide association.
  • The Connection, Inc. was awarded $3.774 million by the Court Support Services Division of the Connecticut Judicial Department to continue to provide interventions for sex offenders across the state.