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Grant writing workshop

  1. 1. Grant Writing Workshop <br />Tiffany Cohen<br />April 5, 2011<br />Email:<br />
  2. 2. Workshop Welcome<br />Jill Singleton<br />Head of School<br />All Saints Episcopal Day School<br />
  3. 3. What To Expect From This Workshop…<br /><ul><li> Types of grants available
  4. 4. Choosing a grant
  5. 5. Research
  6. 6. Understanding what is being asked
  7. 7. Writing the grant itself
  8. 8. Submitting the grant
  9. 9. SUCCESS!</li></li></ul><li>What Is A Grant?<br />“A grant is a monetary award of financial assistance given to a recipient to carry out some work for a charitable public purpose or for the public good” <br />
  10. 10. Types of Grants<br /><ul><li>Public Funding
  11. 11. Federal
  12. 12. State
  13. 13. Private Funding
  14. 14. Private Foundations
  15. 15. Corporations</li></li></ul><li>Federal Grants<br />State Grants<br /><ul><li>Will never ask for a fee to provide information or application for grants
  16. 16. In 2009, $100.83 billion given out
  17. 17. Must follow guidelines precisely
  18. 18. Good for project-based grants in the school
  19. 19. Occasionally harder to find
  20. 20. Tend to give smaller amount per grant</li></li></ul><li>Corporations<br />Private Foundations<br /><ul><li>10 billion given annually
  21. 21. Detailed out of what interests the company
  22. 22. Often given out depending on geographical location
  23. 23. Helps improve corporation’s image
  24. 24. Based on corporation’s interests
  25. 25. Smaller pool to choose from</li></li></ul><li>Types of Grants<br /><ul><li>Curriculum
  26. 26. Professional Development
  27. 27. Equipment
  28. 28. Research
  29. 29. Field Trips
  30. 30. And many more….</li></li></ul><li>What To Write Your Grant On…<br />When it comes to choosing a grant, think about what you need:<br />Do you need:<br /><ul><li>Materials?
  31. 31. Books -Art Supplies -Pens -Pencils
  32. 32. Technology?</li></ul>- computers -printers -SmartBoards <br />
  33. 33. Getting Permission<br />Be sure to have the permission of ALL the people who you must go through to obtain a grant<br />Consult your principal first as to who you will have to go through<br />Many schools are limited to the number of federal and state grants they can apply for<br />ALWAYS GET PERMISSION FIRST<br />
  34. 34. Getting Started…<br />Where should you look for grants?<br /><ul><li>Internet: Online Search Engines
  35. 35. Local Businesses in Your Area
  36. 36. Corporation Websites: Almost every major corporations gives a grant to local and educational establishments
  37. 37. Federal Government Websites</li></li></ul><li>What Is It Asking For?<br />After you choose your grant, read through the guidelines thoroughly. <br />Is it asking for:<br /><ul><li>A Letter Of Inquiry?
  38. 38. A Proposal?
  39. 39. An Outline?</li></li></ul><li>What Can It Be Used For?<br />When reading through, be careful you are applying for a grant that can be used for what you are asking. Can it be used for:<br /><ul><li>Professional Development?
  40. 40. Materials?
  41. 41. Technology?
  42. 42. Teacher Research?</li></li></ul><li>Doing the Research…<br />Many grants will ask for:<br /><ul><li>Tax Exempt Papers
  43. 43. Student count on lunch assistance
  44. 44. Budgets
  45. 45. School Information</li></ul>Be sure to collect ALL information before your start working! There is nothing more frustrating then completing a grant when you don’t have the paper work<br />
  46. 46. Before You Start…<br />One of the most important words when it comes to grant writing is DELEGATE.<br />You cannot do everything as ONE person. Delegate different responsibilities to each person to make sure each part is done to the best their ability<br />
  47. 47. Delegation<br />Assign a person to:<br />Research School Statics<br />Gather School Information<br />Assessment<br />Grant Writing Team<br />Write a Budget<br />
  48. 48. Writing the Grant<br />There are many different parts to writing the grant but you always want to keep your grant readers attention<br />
  49. 49. The Title<br />This is the first thing the grant people will read!<br />It should:<br /><ul><li>Grad their attention
  50. 50. Talk about what the grant is about</li></li></ul><li>Tips For Creating A Title<br />According to 79 Grant Writing Resources:<br />People's Names:<br /> who has inspired this program? Who's the founder?<br />Connecting Two Words:<br /> like CareerWorks, Facebook, Wordpress<br />Blended Names <br /> like Technorati (a blend of technology and literati) <br />Affixed words <br /> using a prefix or suffix with a descriptive word. <br /> For example, add Bene-, Bio- or Pre- at the beginning<br />
  51. 51. The Statement of Need<br />According to DHS: Grant Writing, an effective <br />Statement of Need should:<br /><ul><li>Describes the target populations to be served
  52. 52. Defines the community problem to be addressed
  53. 53. Is related to the purposes and goals of your organization
  54. 54. Does not make any unsupported assumptions
  55. 55. Describes the situation in terms that are both factual and of human interest</li></li></ul><li>Project Description<br />This is the section where you should talk about:<br /><ul><li>Who is involved
  56. 56. Timeline
  57. 57. Specifics
  58. 58. Details
  59. 59. Goals and Objectives</li></li></ul><li>Budget<br />When creating a budget, DO YOUR RESEARCH<br />Every penny must be accounted for<br />List all items you wish to use with the grant. Be sure to include descriptions, amount of each item, price and final costs<br />Include ALL expenses that will be used<br />
  60. 60. Organization Information<br />When writing your grant, be sure to include how your educational establishment aligns with their goals.<br /> ~How are you similar?<br />Be sure to tell who your organization is but don’t give them your life story<br />Be brief but to the point!<br />
  61. 61. Evaluation<br />Companies want to know if the grant money they gave you was put to good use and if the program was successful<br />How will you measure and evaluate the success of the program?<br />
  62. 62. Ways To Evaluate A Successful Grant<br /><ul><li>Will you use a survey or questionnaire?
  63. 63. Will you hire an outside evaluator?
  64. 64. Will it be based off student grades?
  65. 65. Will you use non-graded testing?</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br />This is a great place for two things:<br />Make a final appeal for your grant<br />Give follow up activities for the future (if appropriate)<br />
  66. 66. Conclusion: Part 1<br />This is the time to restate what your grant will be used for and how it will help your school community. <br />Reiterate how important your grant is to the school and how it will help<br />Feel free to “tug at the heart strings” a little<br />
  67. 67. Conclusion: Part 2<br />This can also be the time, if appropriate, to outline some follow-up activities as to what your school will do next after the grant<br />Show the grant givers that you have a vision for your school<br />
  68. 68. Finishing Touches<br />Be sure to check over the writing mechanics of your grant before handing it in. Check for:<br />~Spelling ~Typos<br /> ~Grammar ~Spacing<br />Have another person, not involved with the grant, read it over. <br />A fresh mind always is unbiased.<br />
  69. 69. What Happens Next?<br />Follow up in a few weeks<br />Keep your eyes open for more information. Many funders may ask for more information so be sure to be aware when asked for additional paperwork or statistics<br />
  70. 70. YOU GOT THE GRANT<br />Congratulations! You successfully have earned the grant for your school!<br />Now it is time to put the grant into place. Work with your grant team and remember to keep track of all the steps that were taken<br />And, of course, don’t forget to send a thank you letter!<br />
  71. 71. You Didn't Get It…Now What?<br />If you didn’t get the grant, don’t be discouraged. <br />Learn from your grant mistakes and make adjustments!<br />A grant submission success rate is always higher the second time around!<br />
  72. 72. Tips for Effective Grant Writing<br />According to RMA, here are some effective tips to help:<br />1. Follow the guidelines from the grant maker<br />2. Do some homework on what the grant maker is looking for <br />3. Make a call, if needed to talk with someone at the foundation for more information needed or to get an inside look at what the grant maker is looking for.<br />4. Keep track of deadlines<br />
  73. 73. More Tips…<br />5. List in the proposal if you have received money from the foundation in the past<br />6. Get a second look at your proposal before it is submitted<br />7. Even if you’re turned down try again next time<br />8. Always thank the grant maker<br />
  74. 74. Start Your Research Today<br />
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