Successful Grant Writing
Successful grant proposals are ones in which the project goals and
objectives of the grantee and those of the granter are in agreement, and the
recipient has convinced the provider that the proposed plan described for
bringing about the goals is reasonable and will be successful.
I. READ IN DETAIL "THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS" (the RFP).
It is the primary source of information needed for writing a request for
money from a granting agency.
A. Determine the granters' reasons for funding:
- What is the perspective of the granting agency in relation to the area
of your interest?
- What are the agency's specific goals for this funding? Do your needs fit
B. Check on specifics concerning the available money:
- How much is available; how many and what size grants are expected to be
- What can the money be used for?
- People? (salaries & benefits, stipends)
- Capital expenses? (special equipment, computer hardware)
- Supplies and materials? (consumables, non-consumables,
- Acceptable activities &/or purchased services? (travel,
conference expenses, substitute teachers for teacher-release time,
C. Examine the "Criteria for Review and Approval" (Specific points
II. DEVELOP A PROPOSAL WHICH WILL SELL YOUR PLAN
A. Develop a sound plan and promote its value.
- Establish a need for the implementation of the plan you are proposing.
- Explain general goals of the plan, specific objectives to meet the goals and
activities and a timeline designed to meet the objectives.
- Describe why you are convinced that this plan will be effective.
- Establish a reasonable budget for the implementation of the
- Describe how you will evaluate the effectiveness of the project. For most
school grants, this does not need to be elaborate, but it does need to
demonstrate a means of making a fair evaluation of the effectiveness of the
B. Write the Proposal
- FOLLOW THE SUGGESTED FORMAT EXACTLY (including the number of pages!)
(One of the first things the evaluators will look for is how completely you
followed the instructions.)
- Use a straight-forward, simple, writing style.
(The evaluators are spending long hours reading numerous proposals. They
will quickly eliminate any proposal which is difficult to understand.)
- Look for TERMS that are used in the RFP and repeat them, where appropriate,
in the proposal.
(This is not because these terms are more correct than other appropriate
terms, but since they are words the agency uses will be alert to. )
C. Follow Required Procedures for Submitting the Proposal
- Be sure to have all the signatures required.
- Be sure to have the requested number of copies.
- Meet the deadline!
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Last updated: 6 March 1997