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Effective Grant Writing - How do You Create a Winning Proposal?
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The success of education is a shared commitment between students, parents, teachers and school administration.  Collectively you must support your long term goals by investing wisely in products and services that strengthen education and improve results for students. Finding the dollars to pay for these products and services can be difficult in today's economic times.

One way to stretch your budget dollars is to apply for Grants that may be available to your school. This E-Newsletter includes information we hope you will find beneficial should you venture out and try to avail yourself to these funding opportunities. There are also several websites listed below where you may be able to find a grant opportunity that will fulfill something on your school's wish list.

Good Luck!! 
Effective Grant Writing - How do You Create a Winning Proposal?
By Linda Graffitti
One of the greatest challenges for educators is finding sources of money to allow for innovation and technology in the classroom.  In today's economic times this is more challenging than ever.  Teachers and administrators who truly wish to try new ideas that require additional funds may have to personally find sources for this money.  Grants can be a godsend to solve financial shortcomings but attaining a grant may seem an insurmountable task.  Remember you will never get a grant if you don't write one!  
A successful grant proposal is one that is well-prepared, thoughtfully planned and concisely packaged. There are eight basic components to creating a solid proposal package:
  1. Proposal Summary
  2. Introduction of your School
  3. Problem Statement or Needs Analysis
  4. Project Objectives
  5. Project Methods or Design
  6. Project Evaluation
  7. Future Funding
  8. Project Budget
The Proposal Summary is placed first in the proposal package but should probably be created last.  It is important that it encompasses all the key summary points necessary to communicate the objectives of the project. Describe what the teachers and students will do.  Create a real life scenario for the reader, paint a picture with words.  The reader must clearly make sense of what you intend.  Remember the summary could be the only part of the package that is carefully reviewed before the decision is made to consider the project any further.
Gather pertinent data about your school from all available sources and Introduce your School.  Most proposals require a description of your school that includes your philosophy and goals, track records with other grantors and any success stories.  A brief biography of administration and staff might be included. 
Stating the purpose at hand is a key element in the proposal. The Problem Statement should make a clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed.  Areas to document include the purpose for developing the proposal, what students will benefit and how, the nature of the problem (include as much hard evidence as available) and the specific manner in which the problem will be solved.  Remember winning proposals are written in positive terms.  Some writers may believe that if you describe how bleak a situation is, someone will throw money at you to solve your problem.  This is rarely the case.  Funders hedge their bets by backing proposals that describe worthwhile programs that will meet identified needs and match the criteria set forth by the grant maker.
Program Objectives refer to the specific activities in the proposal.  You need to identify the goals to be reached and the desired outcomes.  Winning proposals present material in a logical manner.  Each need has a stated objective, activity and evaluation statement. 
The Program Methods and Program Designs are your Plan of Action! Your Plan of Action describes how the project is expected to work and solve the stated problem.  It may include descriptions of the activities to occur along with related resources needed, a flow chart of the organizational features of the project, how results will be measured and highlights of the innovative features. Remember whenever possible use appendices to provide details, although supportive of the proposal too much detail in the body of the proposal could detract from its readability. 
The Evaluation process addresses results that can be attributed to the project, as well as the extent to which the project has satisfied its desired objectives.  The applicant should state the amount of time needed to evaluate the project, how the feedback will be distributed and a schedule for review and comment for this type of communication. 
The longevity of the project should be described.  Include a plan for the Future Funding for the  continuation of the project beyond the grant period, the availability of other resources necessary to implement the grant, maintenance  and any other needed expenditures.
Winning proposals need to present a detailed Budget that is consistent with the proposed program.  All bases need to be covered.  Some areas to consider include salaries, benefits for new hires, additional space and necessary equipment.  Look closely at any funding rules to make sure you don't ask for items that the grant will not fund or more money than they are willing to provide.  Most importantly make sure your budget narrative and your budget summary match exactly!
Some additional things you may want to consider.  Winning proposals are professional looking, not too long or too short and adhere to the application format. Consider giving your proposal a title, spell out all acronyms and use grammatically correct, clear and concise English.  Funders are looking for unique and novel approaches so be creative and remember Deadlines are REAL!

Works Cited
Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Staff at General Services Administration. "Developing and Writing Grant Proposals." <http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/trade/howtodogrant.htm>
Kelly, Melissa. "Grant Writing." <http://712educators.about.com/cs/grantwriting/a/grantwriting_2.htm>
Carnow, Gary. "What do Winning Proposals Have in Common?"  <http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4173&print=1>



Grant Opportunities.........................

Federal Register - All Federal Grants
ESchool News Funding Center
AT&T Foundation
The NEA Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Champlin Foundations
National Science Foundation

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