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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Grant Writing Tips #1 and #2

I figured since I've been posting a lot of grant opportunities, it wouldn't hurt to pass on some of my tried-and-true tips for writing successful grants. So here's what I'll do: each Sunday for the next 6 weeks or so, I'll post some helpful grant writing strategies. I'm pulling these from a presentation I gave earlier this school year, so some of you may find these familiar.
So you want to write a grant...
#1: There is nothing wrong with cute. Start out smart and create a catchy title!
The title of your grant is like a movie preview. A snazzy, catchy, play-on-words will capture the reader’s attention and set your application apart from the rest! Acronyms are also a great way to name your project and set its purpose. Will your preview capture your audience's attention?
#2: Think project, not product.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting a Smart Board or an iPad for your classroom. The fact that you simply want one, however, shouldn’t be the focus of your grant. Develop an experience or project for your students that have them using the materials requested in an innovative manner. What are your students’ weaknesses? How could you reach them better? What are your instructional goals? That alone should drive the focus and content of your grant.
Check in next Sunday for tips #3 and #4! Have a great week in the classroom!


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