Grant-writing tips

Want to increase your chances of submitting a successful grant proposal? Keep these helpful tips in mind:

  • Know the territory: Read the guidelines and criteria in their entirety before you begin your proposal. Determine the due date of the proposal and give yourself ample time to complete the application process.
  • Make a plan: Allow for adequate planning time; form a school or grade level committee, if planning for more than one classroom.
  • Tap the power of description: Develop a program description and describe the intended activities. Paint a clear picture with your words; provide details of your project/program.
  • Highlight the good stuff: Use bullet points to enhance readability.
  • Be persuasive: Construct a strong statement of need (why should this program be funded)? State your goals and objectives. Include an implementation plan and/or project timeline.
  • Do your homework: Gather supporting statistics, e.g. student demographics and test scores. Cite all supporting research.
  • Think it through: Construct a detailed budget with itemized expenses. Develop an evaluation plan (how will the project outcomes be measured against goals and objectives).
  • Write like a pro: Write clearly and concisely, avoid ambiguity and excessive educational jargon. Follow grant guidelines to the letter. Never skip over or omit sections.
  • Final touches: Ask another person to 1) read the grant guidelines, and then 2) proofread your application.
  • Last but not least: Submit your application on time.

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