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: The proposal abstract summarizes the grant application in terms of who, what, where, how, when, and why. The abtract usually just one page in length. It may be useful to write the proposal abstract after the grant proposal is completed. The abstract should emphasize the project's need and include the topics mentioned in the grant's request for proposal or stated requirements.
This list offers great buzz words to include in the grant proposal as appropriate.
This document contains a proposal abstract adapted from samples provided by Dr. Wanda Riesz, Director Grant Writing & Resource Development, Indianapolis (Indiana) Public Schools.
This document offers a sample of a proposal abstract in terms of who, what, where, how, when, and why.
This link to the Plain Language.gov website provides information and resources related to the federal governmentâ€™s to improve communication with the public. Grant seekers submitting federal grant proposals may find its content useful. Other grant seekers may find its content useful when submitting proposal to other grant funders.
This Foundation Center resource offers a self paced tutorial on the proposal writing process.
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.