The Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase is an online resource aiding education professionals in their pursuit of public and private grants to support local programs. Its five elements contain information and resources that assist the grant seeker with developing their project, writing the grant proposal and managing the grant upon its award.
Purpose: Writing a successful grant application begins with understanding the reason for seeking grant funding from a governmental agency or private foundation. If the grant seeker is a school, the organizational assessment undertaken for improvement planning may provide useful reasons for the desired funding.
The grant seekers organizational assessment must address the subject area the funding organization has an interest in supporting. In regards to a governmental grant proposal, the assessment must address the request for proposal's focus.
Element 1 outlines the tasks involved in creating an organizational assessment.
Purpose: Prior to writing the grant application, the project lead should pre-plan how the application will be developed, a timeline for completing it, and an internal review process for the application. Element 3 outlines the steps in creating a road map for the application process.
Guideline: Prior to writing the grant proposal, the grant seeker should develop an internal process for reviewing the proposal before it is submitted. An internal review offers the grant seeker the opportunity to assess its proposal against the funding sources' review criteria and involve colleagues who have not participated in the proposal writing. Smaller organizations might invite peers from larger organizations with prior grant writing experience to participate as part of their internal review process.
The Project Lead must manage the internal review process so that the review is accomplished in a timely manner and does not impede meeting submission due dates.
This document offers an approach for soliciting input from the parties impacted by the grant proposal.
This document contains a short list of dos and don'ts for peer reviewers.
This Hamilton College Writing Center document breaks down the peer review process into two steps. Step one is identifying what requires revision, and step two is helping the writer revise the document.
Purpose: The grant proposal brings life to the project idea. It is the vehicle the grant seeker uses to sell their idea to the prospective funding sources. Element 4 outlines the steps to develop and submit a successful grant application. Once the application has been submitted, follow-up with the funder is essential.