This is a fictitious example of a grant case statement to a government funder. A case statement is a short, compelling summary of a project that is seeking grant funds.
A case statement can be created in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) from a grant maker. It may be the first step in the selection process.
A case statement may also be submitted to funder's unsolicited. This approach works best for grant makers, like family foundations, that do not have a formal or open grant process. A cover letter can be submitted with a case statement, and it can be followed up with a phone call or an email to the executive director or program contact listed on the foundation's website.
The example below is a case statement for a health department substance use program. The case statement highlights the purpose of the organization's request for funding, the budget request and how funds will be used, who the project will serve, and what the project will accomplish in less that 2 pages.
Resilient Families…Resilient Community
Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment & Empowerment Program
A. Needs Addressed
The Charles County Department of Health (CCDoH) is rooted in collaborative innovations to empower adults 18 and older experiencing opioid use disorder to rise from trauma. Trauma erodes resilience, and with the collective efforts of our treatment professionals, peer support specialists, and our various support group, direct community specialists (jail-based program), and Family Recovery Court, we will collectively collaborate to address the following needs and restore lives:
Serve historically under-resourced or underrepresented adults with behavioral and recovery health needs: Access to affordable and readily available behavioral health and residential recovery support is limited in the semi-rural community of Charles County. According to the Maryland State Epidemiological profile 2018 report1Heroin and other opioids accounted for 66.1% of all 2015 Maryland treatment admissions, escalating the need for additional outpatient opioid treatment services.
Mitigate health barriers through healthcare and wellness initiatives, especially for vulnerable adult populations: Opioid addiction is one of Maryland‘s most prominent forms of addiction. The ratio of Charles County population to mental health providers is 640 to 1, emphasizing the need for our services and staffing infrastructure capacity building.
Accelerate community change by strengthening families: In Charles County, the average length of time in treatment is six months. CCDoH’s Level I and Level II treatment services utilize a person-centered, trauma- informed approach that helps adults in our semi-rural community readily access the help they need to achieve personal restoration, which advances community resiliency.
B. Project Request B. The CCDoH, located in LaPlata, Maryland, will provide hope, behavioral health, and recovery services for adults 18 and older experiencing addiction, behavioral health conditions, or recent incarceration. Services will include recovery and peer support services for adults with substance use disorders and mental health needs. A $150,000 investment will help fund the capacity-building infrastructure expansion of our peer support network and direct program expenses associated with our Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment Program. Families are the cornerstone of society; your investment will provide the infrastructure to help build social networks that promote healing and sustained recovery.
C. Target Population
The CCDOH Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment & Empowerment Program
Adults 18 and older with opioid use disorder
Pregnant and parenting women
Justice system-involved adults
Under-resourced, underrepresented communities of color
The CoH Recovery & Empowerment program reflects the paradigm of multiple, individualized pathways to recovery.
Program goals include:
Goal 1: Provide underserved communities of color accessible paired recovery and behavioral health support services.
Goal 2: Empower adults with opioid use disorder with community resources to support safe and stable housing transitions.
Goal 3: Ensure that adults have access to primary, mental, and behavioral healthcare services.
Equity/Inclusion Goals include:
Health Assessments conducted in the client's preferred language.
Treatment approaches that reflect the client's cultural lens.
Staff trained and proficient in cultural competencies.
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