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Grant Writing2

  1. 1. Grant Writing … a few tips … a few ideas … a little good luck
  2. 2. What is a grant? <ul><li>Money given to a qualified nonprofit organization for charitable purposes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why should I write a grant? <ul><li>If you don’t who will? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Start with an idea
  5. 5. Identify the problem <ul><li>Figure out what you really want </li></ul>or
  6. 6. Be Brave <ul><li>Take a chance </li></ul><ul><li>Failure is part of the process, so try to embrace it </li></ul><ul><li>Think big </li></ul><ul><li>Take a risk </li></ul>
  7. 7. Prepare the project and goals <ul><li>Write out what you want to be able to do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List your goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List the hardware that you want to meet that goal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Figure out a project that will get you to that end </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open yourself to possibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a big list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then begin to prune it down </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Ask for help <ul><li>Who else can help you with this project? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carrying out the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t forget administration!! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Read the guidelines again and again and again! <ul><li>Be very careful with this step. </li></ul><ul><li>Make very sure you know what the grant is asking for </li></ul><ul><li>Read it over and over </li></ul>
  10. 10. Describe the Project <ul><li>Keep the writing simple </li></ul><ul><li>Junk the jargon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask a non-educator to read it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does it make sense? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Less is more </li></ul>
  11. 11. Identify measurable points and objectives <ul><li>Be Clear </li></ul><ul><li>Be Concise </li></ul><ul><li>Be Sure of yourself </li></ul>
  12. 12. Grant Web Site Surfing <ul><li>Are there additional suggestions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PDF of ideas? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helpful hints? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are there examples of past grant recipients? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there additional links? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Don’t Get Too Over Ambitious <ul><li>Be realistic – but dream </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure it is something you can actually accomplish </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sustainability <ul><li>Consider the future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What can you continue after the grant is gone? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which Administrators to you need to include? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Last But Not Least… <ul><li>The title </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catchy names might help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catchy names might not </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The final draft </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Borders? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pictures? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reread one more time – just to make sure </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure it is mailed or emailed with time to spare </li></ul>
  16. 16. Try, Try Again <ul><li>I wish it was always 100%, but it can’t be </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to try it again… </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t send the same grant out again </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least wait until you know if you’ve got the money or not </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Failed Attempts <ul><li>Best Buy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Star Schools Grant Fall 2004 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Successful Attempts <ul><li>NEA Innovations Grant Fall 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refused at first submission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NEA suggested I allow it in the pool for the the Fall </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Successful Attempts <ul><li>Washington County Riverboat Foundation Fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accepted, but not for full funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resubmitted with an amended budget </li></ul></ul>

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