Financial Capacity and Sustainability in Human Services

Financial Capacity and Sustainability in Human Services

Post a brief description of the budget presented in the grant proposal you selected.

Lifelong Medical Care has presented a budget of $30,003 in its grant proposal to facilitate evaluation of the Centering Parenting program. This budget covers three broad items: personnel expenses, other direct expenses, and expenses related to contract services. However, the budget does not clearly state the unit cost of each item. For example, the hourly rate at which the personnel doing the evaluation will be paid is not indicated. Similarly, the budget allocation to contract services is not indicated. Because of this, it is difficult to determine how Lifelong Medical Care arrived at the $30,003 budget. More precisely, the budget lacks a clear breakdown of expenses.

Describe how you might alter the budget after the grant ended or which budget items you would prioritize as you sought additional funding to continue the program. Explain why you would make these changes or prioritize specific budget items.

In reference to the above observations, one of the aspects that might be taken into consideration when developing another budget would be to make the breakdown of expenses/cost clear. Figures will be attached to each of the items in the budget. It would also be important to prioritize budget items in order of their weight or the amount of money that is required for them. This process will be based on informal criteria or subjective considerations (Barasa et al., 2017).  For instance, personnel expenses would remain as the top priority item in the budget, the rationale being that it may be difficult to proceed with the valuation without community health workers who will collect necessary data. The second item in the new budget will be contract services, again informed by the significant role that the evaluation consultant will play in the entire exercise. As indicated in the proposed budget, the evaluation consultant will be part of the advisory group, besides ensuring that the evaluation program meets laid down standards. Other direct expenses will be the last item on the budget since they make up a relatively small percentage of the budget.

Explain how you would fundraise to meet the budget priorities.

Assuming that the Bella Vista Foundation does not, for some reason, grant the entire sum of money that Lifelong Medical Care requires, other options of raising funds should be explored. One such option would be to approach the institution’s board of directors with request for an allocation of some money to cater for, say, other direct expenses (Lauffer, 2011). Other items in the budget may be financed through campaigns and cash gifts from well-wishers.


Barasa, E. W., Cleary, S., Molyneux, S., & English, M. (2017). Setting healthcare priorities: a description and evaluation of the budgeting and planning process in county hospitals in Kenya. Health Policy and Planning, 32(3), 329-337.

Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

Lifelong Medical Care. (2007). Proposal from LifeLong Medical Care to Bella Vista Foundation.

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