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Thinking Long Term: A Sustainability Planning Workbook

Full resource: Bringing the Future into Focus: A Step-by-Step Sustainability Planning Workbook
Date published: 2011
Source: Rural Assistance Center
Author: The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Health Policy Center


It’s important for communities to situate their projects within a bigger picture when planning around grants and funding. Some foresight and strategy can help to leverage additional funds, and secure long-term viability, rather than recurring dependency.

This workbook guides users through a step-by-step process for developing a sustainability plan. It’s comprehensive but simple to follow, with clear instructions and a case study illustrating each step. After introducing and explaining the concept of sustainability planning, users are guided through the process of developing a plan, from being directed to have conversations with network partners, writing budgets, being mentored through ‘decision points’, and producing relevant documentation along the way. The topic areas include program services, program needs, costs and budgeting, and funding strategies. Upon completion of the workbook users can simply print the documents they have written to form a completed sustainability plan.

The workbook is a part of a suite of tools produced by the Georgia Health Policy Center, based on a study of rural health organizations funded by the  Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP). The tools are being used across the USA by communities that have been funded through the ORHP’s grant programs.

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