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: Collaborators may be other entities within the grant seeker's organization, community groups, units of government, or local businesses. The project plan should define each collaborators role and contribution to the project. A table listing collaborators with their agreed upon role and responsibility is a useful summary in the proposal's appendix.
Asking each collaborator to write a letter of support for the grant proposal gives credence to their involvement. When requesting support letters, it is helpful to include a sample support letter with the request. The request letter should indicate whom the letter should be addressed to, the purpose of the letter, and give guidance on its content. Collaborator support letters should be included in the proposal's appendix.
This document offers a summary of lessons learned from a grant project bringing together seven social agencies to create, implement, and institutionalize a community-based service network of informal and formal family support programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Though the source article specifically addresses the experiences from the child abuse and neglect project, the lessons learned are applicable to any situation where several organizations are attempting to work together to accomplish a set of project goals.
This chart looks at the four levels of collaboration in terms of relationship, mission/goals, risk, resource sharing, investment, and process. As organizations interact with each other their leadership needs to understand the level of relationship they are aiming to achieve. This chart may be useful for grant seekers as they reach out to other organizations to participate in their project.
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.