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: The need or problem statement should offer a focused description of the problem the proposed project addresses and how it will do so. The explanation should demonstrate a logical process was applied to identify the need and define the project. Including references related to research and other successful projects may be helpful in supporting the need.
Keep in mind the proposal may be competing against many projects with equally critical needs. Therefore, consider these questions when formulating the project need statement. Why should your project be funded over the competition? What makes your project stand out? What is the emotion within your project that when blended with the facts will sell your ideas? What would be the "gotcha" statement that convinces a reviewer to fund your project?
This list offers great buzz words to include in the grant proposal as appropriate.
This document contains an example of a needs statement adapted from samples provided by Dr. Wanda Riesz, Director Grant Writing & Resource Development, Indianapolis (Indiana) Public Schools.
The needs assessment is one of four key parts of project proposal. This document identifies the four components of a needs assessment and what it should address.
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.
This Foundation Center resource offers a self paced tutorial on the proposal writing 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.