Tips For Grant Writing

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Tips For Grant Writing

  1. 1. Tips for successful grant writing Ced 554 February 23, 2009
  2. 2. Read the RFP <ul><li>Avoid mission mismatch </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the style of writing and the formality of the language used in the instructions for applying - mirror this style in your proposal . </li></ul><ul><li>Always follow the exact specifications in the grant applications, Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and guidelines </li></ul>
  3. 3. Do your homework! <ul><li>Get to know the funding agency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who have they funded in the past? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What areas/regions do they support? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the typical grant size? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look at past winners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of project funded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposal/writing style </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Writing tips <ul><li>Tie your grant to student outcomes and your technology plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Convey your passion and enthusiasm. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid educational/technology jargon and acronyms. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep sentences short and concise. Write complete sentences. Check spelling and grammar. </li></ul><ul><li>Use active verbs and sentence constructions. </li></ul><ul><li>Use everyday words. </li></ul><ul><li>Write with authority and conviction. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Collaborate! <ul><li>Benefits of collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other organizations lend their credibility, resources, experience, and expertise to the project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborations can also make matching fund requirements easier to attain. (Remember “in kind” contributions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More &quot;bang for the buck&quot; - expands the numbers being served, project scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases the funding opportunities available. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Potential partners: other schools/school districts, institutes of higher learning, public libraries/museums, local fund source (Money gets money!) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Grant budget <ul><li>Include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sources of additional funding, in-kind contributions as well as list a detailed breakdown of personnel and administrative expenses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all supplementary materials, the exact number of copies the organization requests, and follow the requested format. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many grant foundations request an explanation of how the project will be funding in the future. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Links to explore <ul><li>eSchool News Funding http://www.eschoolnews.com/funding </li></ul><ul><li>Education Week http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/grants/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>School Grants http://www.schoolgrants.org/Links/links.htm </li></ul><ul><li>USDOE Technology Grants http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/edgrants.html </li></ul>

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