Quick Tips for Effective Grant Proposals
Some programs and initiatives are so involved, both logistically and fiscally, that private resources prove necessary in their implementation. These are proven strategies and helpful advice to ensure that your funding proposal will be solid and compelling.
- Know What You Want To Fundraise For: A good idea and a good grant proposal are not always mutually inclusive. you do not want to leave any element of the program up for inference on the part of the decision-maker reviewing the grant application. A blueprint for implementation, solid benchmarks and goals, well thought-out methods for consistent evaluation of the program and explication of how the program will accompany other school-wide initiatives are critical elements of any good grant proposal.
- Finding The Proper Grant or Opportunity To Apply For: The next step in proposal writing is to find an organization with funding goals that match your specific initiative. When looking at a grant opportunity, it is important to remain cognizant of the purpose of the grant, the monetary range of the grant (minimum and maximum contribution sizes,) the due date of any grant proposal and how frequently grants are offered through this organization.
- Writing The Proposal: Most, if not all, specific grants will have their own structure for how they expect proposals to look. In general, however, these components will be included in any grant that is a feasible option for public schools’ program advancement: statement of needs, goals and objectives, project outline and description, evaluation plan, budget and school demographics.
- Following Up and Reporting After Receipt: After submitting a grant proposal, be sure to follow up with the funding organization through a phone call and offer any additional information that may be useful to the decision makers. It is always a good idea to invite members of the organization to the school for a tour and a brief information session.
We encourage you to keep these tactics in mind when raising funds for pertinent school-wide programs, but we recognize that support and assistance in these endeavors is ongoing and critical. Please feel free to reach out to us for any and all assistance in turning your program ideas into fully realized opportunities for students and teaching staffs alike.
We are here to assist school leaders in the advancement, implementation and support of school programs that serve to better entire student populations and communities.