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: Moving from an idea to a solution is a process, starting from a global perspective to drilling down to the actionable components. This requires the project team to open its thinking to new possibilities and ways of doing things. The application of brainstorming tools may be helpful with this task.
This checklist offers a series of questions to assess the odds of success and how well the project fits within the grant seeker's organization.
This checklist offers a list of helpful questions when considering project ideas.
This checklist offers a list of key things to do as the project team takes the project idea and conceptualizes how it will work.
This document summarizes one approach to conceptualizing a community initiative according to the three angles: Purpose, Partners, and Practices.
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.