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: Prior to writing the grant proposal, the grant seeker must know and understand the funding source's requirements including the proposal format (number of pages, font type & size, margins, etc.) and expected information elements. A proposal meeting those requirements at least warrants the funder's consideration. Failing to follow the submission requirements can cause an outright rejection.
This document contains a list of elements and format common in grant proposals.
This U.S. Department of Education website contains links to the forms commonly required when applying for Federal grants. Each form appears in several formats including PDF and Microsoft Word.
It is common for grant funders to require statements of the project's replicability and sustainability, and the dissemination of the grant's outcomes as part of the grant proposal. This document contains a generic statement covering these elements.
Assuring meaningful access for national-origin language-minority parents and ELL students was the crux of the compliance agreement between the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Though the agreement is specific to the TUSD, it illustrates OCR's areas of concern related to meaningful access. This document offers resources to assist school districts understand the federal requirements and tools to assess their efforts. A copy of the Tucson agreement letter is provided.
This document offers practical tips addressing the grant seeking process, from before the proposal has been written through after it has been submitted.
This document offers practical tips to keep in mind when developing grant proposals.
This document offers ten tips for successful proposal writing. The list is worth reviewing prior to committing the proposal to paper.
This link to the Foundation Center website provides a glossary of philanthropy-related terminology.
This booklet provides a non-technical summary of the U.S. Department of Educationâ€™s discretionary grants process and the laws and regulations that govern it.
This link to the Plain Language.gov website provides information and resources related to the federal governmentâ€™s to improve communication with the public. Grant seekers submitting federal grant proposals may find its content useful. Other grant seekers may find its content useful when submitting proposal to other grant funders.
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.