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Title: Show Me The Money Grant Writing Basics


1
Show Me The Money Grant Writing Basics
  • WVAEA Conference
  • 2008

2
Agenda
  • What is a grant?
  • Preparing a grant proposal
  • Determining mission
  • Identifying a need
  • Brainstorming solutions
  • Reviewing grant sources

3
What is a Grant?
  • Financial award made to an individual or
    institution to support the costs of project
    implementation or continuation.

  • Riverdeep.com

4
Preparing a Grant Proposal
  • Planning a grant proposal
  • Identifying potential funding sources
  • Understanding grant guidelines
  • Organizing a budget
  • Writing the proposal
  • Formatting the application
  • Riverdeep.com

5
Planning a Grant Proposal
  • Grant proposals define well planned, clearly
    organized, well researched and goal oriented
    projects.
  • Grantors look for creative and innovative
    projects that meets the specific need of a well
    defined population.

6
Planning a Grant Proposal
  • Need What is the problem that your organization
    has identified and is prepared to address?
  • Solution How will your project provide a
    solution to the identified problem?
  • Objectives What specific objectives and
    activities, when completed, will solve the
    problem?

7
Identifying Potential Grantors
  • Identify grantors that match your programs
    objectives
  • Study eligibility requirements
  • Note deadlines
  • Understand the grantors priorities
  • Know the grantors mission
  • Understand that grants are requests for
    partnerships

8
Letter of Intent
  • A letter of intent is a condensed version of your
    proposal that allows the reviewer to quickly
    determine a match
  • Summary statement
  • Statement of need
  • Project description
  • Outcomes
  • Organizational background
  • Credentials
  • Budget
  • Closing

9
Organizing a Budget
  • Do your homework on costs
  • Explain your budget
  • Itemize the funds needed for the project
  • Itemize plans for future funding

10
Writing the Proposal
  • Writing a grant is a process requiring
  • Creativity
  • Time and effort
  • Assistance of others
  • Consistency
  • Several drafts

11
Writing the Proposal
  • Follow the request for proposal (RFP) guidelines
  • Adhere to font, margin, page and binding
    requirements
  • Provide the correct number of copies
  • Use the same section headers and numbering system
    outlined in the guide
  • Do not provide additional sections or attachments
  • Meet all timelines

12
Writing the Proposal
  • Maintain a problem solution theme
  • Describe a solution to a problem
  • Theme runs throughout the entire proposal
  • Clear theme in the introduction and summary
  • Theme binds the objectives, activities, and the
    budget together

13
Writing the Proposal
  • Use clear language throughout the proposal
  • Write clearly, complicated language and use of
    jargon leads to confusion
  • Use action verbs
  • Use plain English words, sentences, clearly
    defined terms
  • Write as though the reader has no experience in
    your field

14
Formatting the Application
  • Grant proposals typically require
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Statement of need
  • Objectives
  • Methods/activities
  • Evaluation
  • Budget

15
Writing the Proposal
  • Proofread the proposal
  • Plan for time to proofread
  • Errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation make
    your proposal look sloppy
  • Double check budget numbers
  • Ask others to edit your proposal for readability
    and errors

16
Mission Statement
  • WV Adult Basic Education
  • Mission Statement
  • To enable adult learners to be literate,
    productive, and successful in the workplace,
    home, and community by delivering responsive
    adult education programs and services.

17
Mission Statement
  • Minnesota Adult Basic Education
  • Mission Statement
  • The mission of Adult Basic Education (ABE) in
    Minnesota is to provide adults with educational
    opportunities to acquire and improve their
    literacy skills necessary to become
    self-sufficient and to participate effectively as
    productive workers, family members, and citizens.

18
Mission Statement
  • Alaska Adult Basic Education
  • Mission Statement
  • The mission of the Adult Basic Education (ABE)
    Program is to provide instruction in the basic
    skills of reading, writing, and mathematics to
    adult learners in order to prepare them for
    transitioning into the labor market or higher
    academic or vocational training. 

19
Mission Statement
  • Write a brief mission statement that explains
    your organizations mission.
  • If you do not represent an organization, what is
    your individual mission for adult basic
    education?

20
Thank you!
  • Keith A. Butcher
  • RESA-I Executive Director
  • 400 Neville Street
  • Beckley, WV 25801
  • Phone 304.256.4712
  • kbutcher_at_access.k12.wv.us
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