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Transcript of Grantwriting 101
Goals of Session
Prepare the first time grant writer to
successfully complete the CFE Small Grant
Provide teachers with the confidence
and knowledge to write their first grant application
Provide those who have unsuccessfully applied
for a CFE small grant with additional assistance
Grant Writers' Secrets to Success!
6 Steps to Success:
diving into the application
Secrets to Success
You CAN do it!
50% (08-09) were funded
You are here! :)
Know the Facts!
*First-time users will need
to set up a free account
Applications due by midnight
Monday, November 1, 2010
Grant Ideas are all around you!
Extend an existing idea
Pick a topic you love
(or hate) to teach
Visit CFE's lesson plan database
Museum education departments
Call a teacher/mentor
Brainstorm with students
Visit other grant websites
Search the net
Look through your files
Partner with another teacher
6 Steps to Success
1. Read (the entire application)
Do not begin until you read
the entire application
Follow the directions EXACTLY
Type it in Word first
EDIT (use spell check and word count)
2. Write the project description
Aim for 2-4 sentences
Think about student learning needs
Think about Illinois Learning Standards
Think about what the end product should be
Tie to school goals SIPAAA
**Begin thinking about the rationale for your project
3. List Activities
Try to list sequentially
Be simple, yet accurate
Make sure activities are student centered
Use active verbs (think Bloom's!)
End with a culminating event/act/product
that can be showcased
Use your activities to guide you
Ideas for evaluation
pre/post surveys, tests, quizzes
student mini conference
student focus group
log of comments
Not "set in stone"
List what you need, from where, how much
Use tax # to avoid taxes (or add in to total budget)
Don't forget shipping costs!
Consider using CPS Vendors for discounts
Catchy play on well known phrase
Short applicable quote
Your own words
Reviewers love a catchy title!
"Whether (Weather) or Not!
"Dig It! Soil, Sand, and Fossils"
"Knitting: Stitching Together a Community"
"Having a 'Ball' with the Caldecotts and Newberrys"
"Beyond the Basal: Fostering a Love of Literature"
Write in a word processor first
Be mindful of word limits!
Have someone *not* in education read it
Avoid educational jargon unless it is explained!
Add up your budget
Tie projects to school goals
Use subject other than language arts if possible
Final Editing Tips
Proposals are not
Writing seems rushed: spelling and grammar errors
Insufficient information- didn't answer all parts of question
Stated need (rationale) not convincing as to why its important
Unclear project description
Activities come from a purchased kit-not innovative
Exact proposal of previously submitted proposals
Insufficient student participation
Illinois State Standards not mentioned
Students likely to benefit a marginal degree from activities
Claims of student benefit seem exaggerated
Evaluation tools or strategies inappropriate for project
Applicant does not fully answer question
Amount exceeds $500
Missing information: source or costs not listed
Cost per student too high for scope of project
Budget used for single event with no prep
Budget total miscalculated
Happy Grant Writing!
Attend a 1:1 session
You can do it!
*keep in mind questions
have slightly changed
Examples of Action-Specific Verbs
Examples of Non-Action Specific Verbs