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Grant Writing

  1. 1. Grant Writing: Take the First Step! Laura Amatulli Avondale Schools
  2. 4. Brainstorm: Where is your passion <ul><li>What are your favorite projects? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your favorite field trips? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you interested in an anti-bullying curriculum? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you dream of providing accessibility software for your special needs students? </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe an after-school program for gifted students? </li></ul>
  3. 5. Classroom needs? <ul><li>Art supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Probeware </li></ul><ul><li>Digital camera </li></ul><ul><li>Digital microscope </li></ul><ul><li>Student behavior adjustment </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity training </li></ul><ul><li>Role models </li></ul>
  4. 6. School Wide Needs <ul><li>Character development </li></ul><ul><li>Moral boosters </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Community Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Support </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>
  5. 7. Curriculum <ul><li>What Project will this support </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a need </li></ul><ul><li>GLCEs </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul>
  6. 8. Support People <ul><li>Who can you count on? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the support of your </li></ul><ul><li>administration? </li></ul><ul><li>ASK for Permission </li></ul><ul><li>-Some districts are limited on the funds they may receive, certain rules may apply </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>&quot;Anyone can do it if they're willing to put in the time and if they have decent writing abilities. The more writing experience you have, the better off you will be. I had no special training or experience when I started. Experience is the best teacher and you should be prepared to not get every grant you apply for -- or even the first few you apply for. But it does become easier as you learn what funders are looking for, although it's always very time consuming!&quot; </li></ul>Quote by Robin Smith, Education Technology Specialist awarded over 200,000 dollars in grant money
  8. 10. Outline your project <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Goals and Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul>
  9. 11. Research <ul><li>Media Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Start Local </li></ul><ul><li>Go on-line </li></ul><ul><li>Use Professional Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Department of Education </li></ul>
  10. 12. The Application <ul><li>Forms, narrative, budget </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out completely </li></ul><ul><li>Call for help </li></ul><ul><li>Use your support system </li></ul><ul><li>Re-read, Re-vise, Re-Work </li></ul><ul><li>Take your time </li></ul>
  11. 13. After the Award <ul><li>Write a Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to your timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Provide promised evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Write a final report including pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain contact with donor </li></ul>
  12. 14. Tips from the Experts <ul><li>Have a clear plan </li></ul><ul><li>Know what you want to accomplish and the steps you need to take </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>Read winning grants to get a feel for the writing- do not copy </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Research what type of grants the sponsor has funded and what they have not funded </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Have a HOOK </li></ul><ul><li>Something that makes your project unique </li></ul><ul><li>That will stand out from others </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Include statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Pre and Post assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Have data to back you up </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Make sure goals are realistic and measurable </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Students should be the main focus of the proposal – not the technology </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to be materials focused </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Keep the budget tight </li></ul><ul><li>Do not inflate the costs </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>If you are rejected </li></ul><ul><li>TRY </li></ul><ul><li>TRY </li></ul><ul><li>AGAIN </li></ul>
  21. 23. <ul><li>Know the reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to review grants if you get the opportunity </li></ul>

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