I have a GREAT IDEA for a grant, now what?!
by Allison B. Lawrence on October 30th, 2015

I want to apply for a Great Ideas Grant, but I've never written a grant!



The Edmond Public Schools Foundation awards tens of thousands of dollars each year to Edmond Educators who—you guessed it—have GREAT IDEAS about how to best engage their students. You can learn more about the Great Ideas Grant application and policies here.

Grant writing can seem intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. Fear not! Grant writing is actually very straight forward and often the most successful grants are the simplest. You are the educator—YOU are the expert in what your students need!

In order to demystify the process, I have provided a few grant writing tips to assist you in developing and writing your proposal. These basic principles can be applied to any grant, not just for the Foundation.

1) READ THE ENTIRE APPLICATION—As an educator, how often have you uttered these words to your students? Well, this golden rule applies here too. Be sure you read through the policies and instructions before you begin. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

2) START WITH THE NEED & MAKE THE CASE—How are your students, colleagues, administrators, community, etc. negatively affected by this unmet need?

3) MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE “ASK” AND THE “NEED”—Explain in plain language how your request (equipment, technology, curriculum, etc.) will assist in meeting the identified need?

4) STAY FOCUSED ON THE STUDENTS—Remember, you don’t need these resources, your students do! Framing your request is key. The evaluators need to feel the need and the connection.

5) COLLABORATE, COLLABORATE, COLLABORATE!—Who else at your school could benefit from the same resources? Could you share these between classrooms or even schools? Evaluators want the most “bang-for-their-buck” and sharing resources is a great way to stretch each Foundation dollar.

6) WHAT'S IN A NAME?—The Foundation received over 120 applications last year. You want your grant request to stand-out from the crowd, therefore spend time creating a memorable name and use clear anecdotes that present the need in plain language. Evaluators want to be energized by the applications. Get creative!

BONUS GREAT IDEAS GRANT  TIPS:

7) DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR MATH
8) DO NOT SIMPLY COPY & PASTE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
9) USE CLEAR AND REALISTIC MEASURES


The Great Ideas Grant application is currently open through Friday, December 4, 2015. Grant applicants will have an opportunity to meet with EPSF Board members to discuss their requests after the application closes. During the review process, every application will be evaluated by 2 EPSF Board members and 2 Edmond Educators on a blind panel.

If you have any questions or would like additional assistance or resources in writing your grant request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best of luck through the writing process and I can’t wait to hear about your GREAT IDEAS!

Allison B. Lawrence
Program Director

*adapted from KB Konnected

 


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