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