Our own Pat Pasqual recently had the opportunity to sit down with Josué E. Salmerón, Grants Program Manager at the Executive Office of the Mayor, Office on Latino Affairs (OLA). You can listen to their chat by clicking here (about 16 minutes long).
OLA was founded in 1976 to address the needs of the Latino community, including housing, health, and mental health services, with a particular focus on recent immigrants.
OLA has three primary programs-
The Grants Program (the most important for our purposes, of course) covers 11 separate program areas, all of which you can hear about while listening to the chat podcast. Grants are available within DC only, and you must apply online.
Josué also had a few tips for OLA grantseekers:
- Make sure your objectives are consistent with the DC government's objectives- and be sure they are realistic, too.
- Have data to back up your request! What is the need? Cite your data.
- The evaluation plan is critically important. Know your outputs and outcomes- and what the impact will be for your clients and in the community.
- Be sure to have a sound budget and fiscal management plan in place.
- Follow instructions!
- Collaboration is critical.
This year, OLA grant proposal deadlines will be in mid-August,and there will be an orientation session prior to the deadline. Keep an eye out for those announcements later this summer.
Many thanks to Josué Salmerón and OLA for taking the time to chat with us. For even more tips, be sure to check out the whole podcast!
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