The thought of having to write a grant can seem like the most overwhelming task you have been faced with as a teacher. We have tried to compile a few tips that we have come across. If you have any to add, please do so. We hope that you will find this information beneficial to your project.
- Read the grantor’s guidelines and instructions carefully. Do not try to make the grantor’s program fit what you want to do.
- Ideas should be innovative, creative and educational. Try proposing a project that puts a fresh spin on an existing idea.
- Keep your goals realistic. It is important to have an evaluation plan. Grantors want to know if the projects they fund are successful.
- Clarity in communicating your ideas is very important. Have someone who is not involved in the project read and critique your draft application.
- If your project is rejected, ask the grantor or reviewer for comments. These comments can offer invaluable tips for improving your future grant applications. Never forget to write thank you notes—even if your project is not funded initially.
Components of a Proposal
Post grantors expect to see the following components in a grant proposal:
- Summary. Included a brief summary of the project for which you are requesting funding. You should describe your project in three to four sentences.
- Introduction. What qualifications do you have to administer the program/funds for which you are asking. Introduce your organization
- Statement of Need. Use facts to describe the needs your organization has that the proposed project will address.
- Objectives. Describe the major ways the project is expected to impact your goals and the organization’s needs.
- Methods. How are you going to accomplish the objectives of the program?
- Evaluation. What methods will you have in place to monitor the success of your program?
- Future Funding. How will your organization continue this program when the grant ends?
- Budget. Clearly list costs borne by the grant. Be as accurate as possible.
A lot goes into grant writing. If you need help let us know. We should be able to help, if not we can point you in the right direction.