Grant writing for Education!! The job title said, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, yet my direct Supervisor and her supervisors placed a request for a proposal on my desk and “strongly encouraged me” to write the grant.
Grant writing for Education!! The job title said, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, yet my direct Supervisor and her supervisors placed a request for a proposal on my desk and “strongly encouraged me” to write the grant. This request was followed by the guilt of securing funding to avoid teacher furloughs and secure much needed resources for the students. Has this happened to you? Were you wondering, when you would find the time to write the grant and complete your other job responsibilities? Where is the manual for this arduous process? Couldn’t we benefit from hiring an experience grant writer?
These are just a few of the questions EducationGrantsHelp is hoping to answer with this new resource for the Education community. This column is being developed to help you navigate your way through the grant maze and secure the resources and tools you need to ensure equitable education opportunities for your students, staff and the community. The process, the preparation, and the grant writing will be addressed in future articles.
For the past 25 years, I have experienced what happens when your school’s budget is drastically reduced, but you are still charged with educating students and keeping highly qualified teachers. I have served as a teacher, Administrator, Grant Writer, and Consultant in public education, private schools, and charter schools. The practical experience has taught me how to survive the grant maze and successfully secure grants from the federal government, state, and foundations. With successive issues of this monthly column, I will begin the task of breaking down the grant process to make it work for you and your organization. It is our hope that those feelings of frustration will dissolve and be replaced with a new found confidence.
Several times in my former position, I was given the task of completing a federal grant in less than three weeks, only to discover our school was not adequately prepared to apply for the major competitive grants or the foundation grants. I will always be a teacher at heart, so here is the first lesson. Here are 8 actions you can take now to prepare to submit for grant and avoid the unprepared grant trap:
To create and submit an award winning grant, remember it is a proposal not a dissertation. Grant writing is like writing your first lesson plan or creating your first school budget, once you successfully accomplish the task you are poised for continued success. We have backward mapped a series of supportive articles to guide you through the grant writing process and maintain your sanity. Resources and templates will be provided to assist you complete the process successfully, so stay connected to this blog; Grant Writing for Education with Sherry Washington.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions you have about the grant writing process for Education. Explore our new website for Educators and share your questions and concerns on the discussion board at the grant help webpage. Next month I will discuss how to prepare your organization's grant file and organize your information and required paperwork. This step is vital in creating a competitive grant application.
Let’s get started in helping you acquire the resources you need for your organization through grant writing.
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