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.
Guideline: Before developing the grant proposal, the grant seeker should assure the project idea is in line with the funding source's philanthropic interests. Each foundation has guidelines for grant seekers specifying interest areas for which they are willing to fund projects.
Matching grant funders' interests or requirements with the project idea enhances the prospects of submitting a successful grant proposal.
This document offers a series of questions to ask when determining whether a grant funder would be an appropriate source of project funding. Guidance is offered with each questionas to where to look for answers.
This link to grant writing resources at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website provides a form for outlining the basic provisions of the envisioned grant proposal. The form may be useful to grant seekers when matching grant ideas to grant fundersâ€™ interests.
This Foundation Center's article addresses applying for funding from family foundations.
This report summarizes the findings of the Foundation Center's report on giving trends. The information may be useful to grant seekers to understand the philanthropic environment.
This link to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Grant Proposal Guide provides the requirements for submitting a grant proposal to the NSF. Though the guide's content is specific to the NSF, grant seekers may in general find its content useful when planning a grant proposal.
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.