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.
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.
Guideline: Prior to executing its evaluation plan the grantee should assure it understands the funder's evaluation requirements. Questions about the evaluation process should be clarified as necessary with the funder.
This link to the U.S. Government Printing Office provides access to the Federal Digital System. Through this website visitors can access the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, and other federal government documents.
This U.S. Deaprtment of Education booklet provides a non-technical summary of the department's discretionary grants process and the laws and regulations that govern it. The content offered is provided as a guide. The Wrapping It Up section addresses finishing the project and submitting a final report to ED.