Data Resources >> Using Data for Grants

Using data – numbers AND stories – to support your application

Focus on the story you want to tell; match the data to your story.
  • State the NEED and INEQUITIES in the community where you work. Support your need statement with data, from the resources listed here or from data your organization already has.
    • Who?  Describe the population experiencing this need; highlight inequities. Specify ages and other community characteristics.
    • Where?  Which neighborhood? Which school? What city?
    • What?  Describe how you will address the needs you’ve identified.
  • Describe the possible benefits of MEETING this need.
  • If possible, show your organization’s CAPACITY to meet this need, highlighting potential to impact equity, using:
    • Data on past performance, if available.
    • Stories from current/previous clients.
    • Statement about staff, budget, expertise, other capacity measures.

Use non-numerical data effectively.  Support numbers with stories, maps, and other non-numerical data to provide context for your proposal. Example 1: Pair data on the percentage of individuals experiencing barriers to quality care with testimonials from patients with problems finding healthcare providers. Example 2: Supplement data on physical inactivity in a school district with a map showing limited access to parks & trails.


EXAMPLE A - Finding data to support a need to address gun safety:

  • At Community Health Indicators, Violence and Injury Prevention, the “Firearms-related deaths” indicator shows disparities by age, gender, race/ethnicity, neighborhood poverty, and geography (regions and cities/neighborhoods).
  • The Appendix for 2016 City Health Profiles shows 6 King County cities/neighborhoods with above-average rates of firearms in the home.  Two of these also have above-average suicide rates; and one has a higher-than average homicide rate.  You might check City Health Profiles and School District Health Profiles for more detailed information about these communities. 

EXAMPLE B - Finding data to support a need to address food insecurity:

EXAMPLE C - Finding data to support the need to address family homelessness:

  • Communities Count shows 7 school years of student homelessness data by school district, with both numbers and percentages, plus distributions by grade levels and accommodation types.
  • Best Starts for Kids Indicators shows that in 2016 only 53% of King County homeless students graduated from high school on-time.