Magazine article Technology & Learning

Strategies for Writing a Grant Proposal

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Strategies for Writing a Grant Proposal

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Even if you have never written a grant proposal, you can succeed at it. It is a lot like planning a lesson; you already know how to do that. Many teachers and administrators turn to grant development to embark on innovative work--work that often has no committed funding or that there is no time to attempt in this era of shrinking budgets.

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Writing a grant proposal is both an art and a science. Through experimentation, science establishes truth or finds objective facts. Art uses ideas and emotions to communicate. Grant-proposal writing requires you to think through and express your problems and your proposed solutions to them in a clear, understandable format. With practice and persistence, you can become skilled in creating fundable proposals. Here are four strategies for keeping your eyes on the road to success in grant-proposal writing.

WHY DO YOU NEED THIS GRANT?

You may be able to make a good case for acquiring a particular technology of your choice. But grants fund ideas, not stuff. Your job in creating a fundable proposal is to express your wants and needs as creative ideas for programs. As you develop your proposal, explain what the kids are going to do. Describe who will benefit and how you will know you have made a difference.

ALL IN THE ORGANIZATION

Proposals that are organized, well written, and focused have a better chance of being funded. A well-written proposal answers the questions of who, what, when, where, why, and so what; be succinct, and get to the essence of what you are trying to do. …

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