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.
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.
Guideline: Following the project team's review, the updated grant proposal should undergo the established internal organizational review. This review offers a fresh perspective on the grant proposal and assures assures the organizational requirements are met. Through this process questions for the funding source may be identified. The internal review should conclude with the proposal receiving formal approval to be submitted.
This checklist may be useful when reviewing the grant proposal prior to submission to the funding source.
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This checklist reviews federal grant requirements in regards to supporting documentation and additional forms to be completed. It may be useful when reviewing the grant package prior to submission.
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This link to grant writing resources at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website provides a form for reviewing the completed grant proposal. The form may be useful to grant seekers when reviewing the grant proposal prior to submission to the grant funder.
GrantSAT (Self-Assessment Tool) is a tool to evaluating each section of a grant proposal. It may be useful for all grant writers from the novice to the highly experienced.
Each funding source will have a basis for evaluating grant proposals. Utilizing the review criteria and the assigned scoring weights a project team and an internal review team can use the information to evaluate the grant seeker's proposal prior to submission. This document offers a sample scoring scale.
This document offers an approach for soliciting input from the parties impacted by the grant proposal.
This link is to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity. Though intended for scientific research grant seekers may find the misconduct resources useful to assure integrity in writing their grant proposals and executing awarded grants.