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Goals and Objectives
Nowhere else in the process of grant development is there as much confusion about the use of terms as there is with "goals and objectives." The first rule of thumb is to check what terms the funding entity uses and how they define them. Mission, purpose, goals, objectives, outcomes, outputs, deliverables, activities...all have been used with related or overlapping meanings. Always use the language and definition of the funder in this section.
To achieve the vision your goal suggests, action is needed. Objectives are expressed as measurable, time delineated actions to be taken to make your goal a reality. One of the popular methods of defining objectives is SMART--Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time bound. Links in the Examples section explain how to construct SMART objectives.
The Foundation Center, in its free online grant writing course, defines different types of objectives as Behavioral, Performance, Process, and Product. Learn more about these definitions here.