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What Makes a Successful Grant Application?

We have published a number of blogs with tips and information on how to write a successful grant application, covering topics from budgets to narratives and Letters of Inquiry to thank you letters to funders. But what do successful grant applications look like? What makes them stand out? Which projects have captured funders’ attention? Below is an example of a successful grant application. Continue Reading

You Have to Apply Twice: To the Foundation and to Your Principal

Imagine you have found a perfect grant opportunity for your classroom. You have contacted the foundation and they are interested in your project and encouraging you to apply. The next step is to write your application. It all sounds straightforward, but often there is one more step in between. You don’t just need to apply once to the foundation—you have to apply twice because first you have to convince your principal to support your application. Continue Reading

Adding Value to Your Grant Proposal

In a previous blog, we discussed using data to support grant proposals. But data numbers are not the only important factors that add value to a proposal. There are other statistics that can give grant proposals additional weight and impress funders. Continue Reading

Finding Data for Your Grant Proposal

One of the most important yet difficult features of a grant application is providing the data that supports your proposal, your need, and your goals. Whether the funder asks for demographic data, school population, and information on target audiences, or background data, it is crucial to know where to look for the right numbers. We have compiled a number of resources for data collection that is essential to your proposal: Continue Reading

What Annoys Grant Applicants Most about Foundations Part III

To establish a prosperous relationship with a funder, communication is an important factor. You want to make sure the funder receives all of the information they require from you after you received your grant and during the application process. But you also want your funder to be a good communicator and be concise about what they expect from you. Continue Reading

What Annoys Grant Applicants Most about Foundations Part II

Writing grant applications requires time and effort, which a lot of educators do not have enough of. Many schools cannot afford to have a person or a whole department dedicated to writing applications. For time-strapped educators trying to find funding for school and classroom projects, it can be even more frustrating when funders require extensive documentation in the application. Continue Reading

What Annoys Grant Applicants Most about Foundations Part I

Applying for grants is an important strategy for teachers and educators in cash-strapped schools and underfunded classrooms. However, funders have ramped up requirements for grant applications. At times, it seems almost impossible to compile all of the information in the right way and according to funders’ wishes. Continue Reading

Formula for a Perfect Grant Application Part II

In Part I of this two-part article, I reviewed the first two elements in the formula for creating the perfect grant application: A Proven Need + An Innovative Idea. In Part II, I’ll review the last two elements: A Written Plan + A Superhero Funder. All together, these elements create a Measurable Change for the Better! Continue Reading

Formula for a Perfect Grant Application Part I

If you don’t know a lot about grant writing, you’re in good company. Over the course of my years as a grant writer, many of the educators I’ve worked with have admitted they don’t know what makes a “good” proposal and what constitutes a “bad” one. I use the following formula for laying the groundwork for a fundable grant proposal. Continue Reading

The Statement of Need

When you create a grant application for a project, it is important to be concise and detailed about why you need the money. This part of your application is generally known as the Statement of Needs. It is helpful to use the following steps when crafting your Statement of Need. Continue Reading


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