5 Characteristics of a Winning Education Grant Proposal
There are a wide range of education grant programs available to provide students with an educational experience that their school or district can’t afford. A lot of education grants are out there, it just takes a little bit of research to find the best one for your proposed project (check out our previous post, “Follow the Funding: Top Grants for Education) for some recommendations.
When you’ve located the right education grant for your program, it’s important to keep the below five in mind when pulling together your submission:
1. Plan Your Proposed Project from Beginning to End
Grant reviewers want to know that you’ve thoroughly thought through your program plan. This means thinking about areas, such as professional development, evaluation, and continuous improvement. Know the milestones of your proposed plan, write it down in your grant submission, and ensure that it’s clear and concise.
2. Coordinate Resources with the District
It’s important to communicate your efforts with your district. When applying for a grant, make sure that you meet with your school district to communicate that you are applying for a grant so that when your grant proposal is reviewed, it’s clear that you received approval from the district level and will be able to receive assistance when needed.
3. Align Submission with School or District’s Improvement Plan
Almost all schools and districts have a plan to improve. Review the plan with your school or district and discuss how the grant will help move the school or district in that direction.
4. Hone In on Grant Elements
This might seem like a given, but it’s vital that you read the grant program requirements front to back and ensure that the information you’re providing focuses solely on the grant element. For example, if you’re applying for a grant that focuses on STEM, ensure that all of the information included in the grant is STEM focused and doesn’t include unnecessary information.
5. Don’t Copy and Paste
While the internet might be filled with shiny grant templates, grant reviewers can identify a copy and paste submission from a mile away. Sample grants and templates are great for reference, but whatever you do, do not repurpose them for your own submission. Remember, grant reviewers want to hear your story in your own words.
What do you think is most important when writing a grant submission? Comment and share below!
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