Let's Write a Grant CD
Bring Home the Bacon Listserv
Grant Writing Tips
Grant Writing Workshop
Index to Grant Opptys
Index of Samples
News of Interest
Index of Links
Join the SchoolGrants
SchoolGrants Let's Write a Grant CD
SchoolGrants' Let's Write a Grant interactive CD was reviewed in
the September 2001 edition of the National Association of Secondary School
Principals (NASSP) publication, Bulletin, the journal for middle
level and high school leaders. For more information concerning NASSP
services and/or programs, please call (703) 860-0200, or visit www.principals.org
Susan Powers, associate professor in the School of
Education, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, where she teaches
educational technology at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels,
reviewed the Let's Write a Grant CD for NASSP.
A personal thanks goes to Susan and to the Bulletin
editor, Amy Ciliberto, for writing and publishing the review!
Write a Grant
(review reproduced with permission granted by
Annually, more than 44,000 funding agencies support
organizations with billions of dollars. PreK-12 schools are among
those who seek dollars for special projects that extend beyond the general
operating budget. Not all schools are equally successful at
garnering these resources. How do school personnel create successful
grant applications? One tool is now available in a CD-ROM called Let's
Write a Grant, created by SchoolGrants.org.
CD-ROM writers advocate a proactive approach to grant writing (i.e., fully
developing a project and then finding appropriate funding) as opposed to
the more common, reactive approach when an idea emerges based on a Request
for Proposal (RFP). To that end, the CD-ROM provides guidance in
seven areas critical to effective grant development: assembling a
grant team, identifying the problem(s) or need(s), identifying grant
makers and kinds of grants, determining the appropriate funder, reading
application materials and grant guidelines, gathering the information to
write the proposal, and writing and submitting the proposal.
are many grant-writing tips available through books, journals, and the Web
to help proposal writers, and the SchoolGrants.org website provides many
of these tips and links to more tips. However, the power of the
SchoolGrants.org CD-ROM for grant writers is in the resources provided on
the CD-ROM and through the online Web links available only through the
CD-ROM. Some of these resources are available as Microsoft Word
documents that can be printed out or added to and modified as needed.
The "Project Worksheet" is one example of these documents.
This worksheet guides the grant writer through the process of developing
the project idea, determining a statement of need, creating project goals
and objectives, determining project methods and activities, formulating
the project evaluation, conducting an assessment and writing a description
of the organization, and developing a budget worksheet (that is also
available in an Excel spreadsheet).
a worksheet can be helpful to organize thoughts, sometimes samples of
required documents can guide the process as well. The CD-ROM
provides a repertoire of sample documents including letters of inquiry,
support, and community collaboration; cover letters; budgets; and
proposals that have been both successful and unsuccessful in garnering
funds. Additional proposal samples are continually added to the
resources help the grant writer conduct research. The CD-ROM
provides links to online sources to identify funding agencies, search for
relevant RFPs, and research educational trends and reports to develop a
comprehensive organization need based on national and local trends.
Write a Grant emphasizes the importance of addressing the funding
agency's expectations and requirements. To provide assistance on how
to interpret and find relevant information in an RFP, the CD-ROM uses
examples on how to "mark up" and highlight RFPs. The
CD-ROM also recommends using the agency's scoring rubric to help guide and
evaluate proposal development. However, because not all
organizations provide a rubric, Let's Write a Grant offers a sample
that writers can use in addition to a proposal checklist and guide to
assess the quality of the proposal.
CD-ROM writers recommend that every grant team have as a member a person
in the organization whose work time is at least in part dedicated to grant
development. This commitment level is necessary to ensure that
efforts are not duplicated, to develop community partners, and to generate
projects that are proactive and not reactive. The amount and quality
of information on the CD-ROM enhances an organization's ability to obtain
external funding, but only if there is at least one person who is given
the time and responsibility to work on the grant project.
content of the CD-ROM is easy to navigate. The information is
presented as a series of linked webpages and Word documents. Much of
the work can be done offline, but an Internet connection is necessary to
access information such as lists of funding agencies and research reports.
The index makes the organization clear; however, it is relatively easy to
lose a sense of where one is in the content if one uses the
"Next" and "Previous" buttons instead of the index.
Each page requires a considerable amount of scrolling. Users who are
not comfortable reading large amounts of text on screen should consider
using the printable version available on the CD-ROM.
SchoolGrants.org website does not duplicate the CD-ROM, and some Web
content is available only to those who purchase the CD-ROM. However,
the website provides Web links to information on scholarships and
financial aid, school safety, national organizations dedicated to
education, and more. Although the website is helpful, it does not
provide the grant writing guidance of the CD-ROM.
Return to Top
Order the SchoolGrants Let's
Write a Grant CD!