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Grant Writing for Beginners: Writing a Description of Your School

Most grant proposals include a description of the school’s mission, vision, and history. This section is important in establishing that your school has the experience and expertise required to successfully carry out the proposed project or program.

This blog is part of our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series addresses all stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. This post continues the series by outlining how to write a description of your school: Continue Reading

Budgetting

Budget Basics for Federal Grants

Federal grant applications are generally comprised of two pieces: a project description, or narrative, and a financial description, or budget. These two elements are inextricably linked, as the budget lays out how much the program plan will cost. Continue Reading

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Grant Writing for Beginners: Making a Good First Impression with Your Executive Summary

The Executive Summary is the most important part of your grant proposal. It is the very first thing reviewers will read and, when done well, it encapsulates your whole proposal. It is best to save writing the Executive Summary for last, so you can effectively summarize each part of your proposal.

 

This blog is part of our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series covers all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. To continue the series, here’s how to write an effective Executive Summary: Continue Reading

Measuring up to federal accountability measures

Risky Business: Making Sure You Measure Up to New Federal Accountability Measures

When it comes to writing and managing federal grants, accountability is more important than ever. In December of 2013, the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued new and comprehensive grant reform rules that consolidate award requirements previously found in eight separate OMB circulars. The result is a formidable document entitled 2 CFR Part 200: Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The new rules took effect upon federal awards made after December 26, 2014. Continue Reading

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Fast and Fabulous Data When You’re in a Hurry

We have all been there before: the grant is due in a week (or maybe tomorrow) and it is 3:00 a.m. and you have to find data to support your grant proposal as soon as possible. As a self-proclaimed data nerd, I am giving you my favorite sources to find fabulous facts in a pinch. The information below is a mix of resources for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. Continue Reading

How to Write a Letter of Inquiry

Grant Writing for Beginners: How to Write a Letter of Inquiry

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is your first impression on a funder. Many foundations use LOIs to determine if they’d like to receive a full proposal for a project or program. It’s important that your LOI makes the right impression, so that you have the chance to submit a full proposal. Some foundations will provide guidelines for LOIs. If they do, the guidelines should be followed exactly. If there are no guidelines, this post outlines some general recommendations for writing LOIs.

This blog is part of our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series covers all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. To continue the series, here’s how to write a great Letter of Inquiry: Continue Reading

Top tips for grant writing beginners

Grant Writing For Beginners: Top Tips for Writing Your First Grant

Writing a grant for the first time can be a daunting process. The most important thing to remember is that grant writing is a skill that will take time and effort to cultivate. Once you hone your skills, the rewards of finding the right funding to execute your vision will be well worth it.

This is the first blog in our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series will cover all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. To start off the series, here are some general tips for beginners to keep in mind:

 

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Grant Writing for Beginners Series

The mission of the Discover GetEdFunding blog is to provide grant guidance for educators throughout every step of their grant-writing journey. The Grant Writing for Beginners series is meant to help educators who are just starting out on that journey. The series will cover all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal.

This blog post will serve as the landing page for the content as it’s generated. New posts will be added as they’re published. We’re looking forward to this series and we hope you are too!

  1. Top Tips for Writing Your First Grant
  2. How to Write a Letter of Inquiry
  3. Making a Good First Impression with Your Executive Summary
  4. Writing a Description of Your School
  5. Getting to the Heart of Your Proposal with the Need Statement
  6. Writing a Description of Your Project
  7. How to Write a Timeline for Your Grant
  8. How to Build a Budget

If you have any particular questions or topics you’d like to see covered, please let us know in the comments.

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Start with Something You Love

People often ask how I became interested in writing grant applications for my school. The answer is simple—there are many interests I want to foster in my students that often require additional funding to achieve. Here’s how I went about making that happen. Continue Reading

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Tips for Working Successfully with a Grant Writer

So you’ve gone through the process of hiring a grant writer for your organization. Your next challenge is to find ways to make the most of your grant writers time and experience, while not burning a hole in your budget. Here are a few tips for making the most of your grant writer’s time and talents: Continue Reading


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