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.
Guideline: Family involvement is an important part of a child's education. Knowing how parents are involved, the type of activities they participate in, and level of participation may be useful when compiling the grant proposal. Understanding the community's demographics, socio-economic status, and health profiles is important when assessing the community's impact on the school and students. Depending on the nature of the grant sought, a community assessment may be a useful part of the grant proposal.
This chart from the U.S. Department of Education publication, An Idea Book on Planning, Vol. I, Implementing Schoolwide Programs, provides a checklist of data elements related to family and community involvement for inclusion in a school profile.
This Coalition for Community Schools document contains three checklists designed to help schools assess partnership activities within their community.
This worksheet from the Washington Education Association's Building Community Connections publication may help school leaders create a community profile.
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This tool was developed in collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and Education Northwest, the former Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. As noted in the document's opening, "it is intended to measure how your school is reaching out to involve parents, community members, and students in a meaningful manner."
As noted at its website, "the School as a Caring Community Profile-II (SCCP-II) is an instrument developed by the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) to help schools assess themselves as caring communities. The SCCP may be administered at any point (ideally at the beginning) of a character education initiative and then at later points to assess progress."
This National Network of Partnership Schools webpage discusses six types of cooperation among families, schools, and other community organizations as identified by Johns Hopkins University Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships Director Joyce Epstein.
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.