Before you establish a group home, you must secure funding for your expenses. Whether your group home is for children, adolescents or adults, those who reside with you will be placed there through a social services program that reimburses you based on the cost of the individual's room and board. However, the only way you can obtain the capital you need for starting your program is through a proposal for funding. Certain foundations and organizations in the community can provide you with the funding based on the quality of the proposal that you submit.
Identify social service organizations within your community, county or state that provide financial assistance for group homes. Research the ones that tailor to your specific market. For instance, some social service organizations only work with adolescents, so they may not be the appropriate selection if you wish to open an adult group home. Learn what you can about the organization by going to its website or visiting the facility in person.
Begin your proposal by introducing your group home. Let the reader know the name of the program that you wish to run, plus basic information about it, such as what population it services, its location and how many beds will be available in the home. You might write something like, "The Wishing Home is a 6-bed group home that provides room and board to at-risk adolescent females in Tucson, Arizona."
Explain the mission of your group home. Talk about why your group home is important and would be beneficial to the community. Discuss statistics about at-risk adolescent females--or whatever your specific population is--in the area that speak to the need of your group home. For instance, if you have information that proves that a certain percentage of at-risk adolescent females wind up on the street or pregnant, include the statistics in the proposal. Data helps support your need for funding.
Introduce yourself and your experience in the social services industry. Talk about your history with the industry as a whole or with the particular population of people you wish to serve through your group home. Discuss volunteer history, work history, your educational background and list any licenses or certifications that you have earned.
Write about your group home licensing requirements. You will have to research this information ahead of time through your county or state's group home licensing division. Adhere to the licensing standards and regulations to operate as a group home. The organization that gives you funding will want to know that you are prepared to license your facility so that your business operations are legitimate.
List how many staff members you will have working at your group home. Discuss the credentials that they will be required to have within the guidelines of group home licensing standards. You might include a ratio, such as for every two residents you will have one staff member.
Prepare a budget that breaks down the anticipated expenses of your group home. The budget should list the lease of the group home, an approximation of the utilities, how much it will cost to furnish, how much food will cost and what your workforce expenses will be, such as wages and benefits. Include the licensing fees and operational fees.
Request a specific amount of money. Base the requested amount on the budget that you prepare and include in the proposal. The organization reviewing your proposal will want to make the connection between your expenses and the amount of money that is being asked of them.
Thank your reader at the end of the proposal. Acknowledge the reader for taking the time to review your proposal and welcome the opportunity to discuss things with them further. Provide your contact information at the bottom of your letter.
Print your proposal professionally, such as on letterhead. Always sign proposals and keep copies of them before mailing them to your potential funders.
- Print your proposal professionally, such as on letterhead. Always sign proposals and keep copies of them before mailing them to your potential funders.
Kyra Sheahan has been a writer for various publications since 2008. Her work has been featured in "The Desert Leaf" and "Kentucky Doc Magazine," covering health and wellness, environmental conservatism and DIY crafts. Sheahan holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.