Helpful Grant-Hunting Links
Quaver’s Best Practices for Grant Writing
- Read the grantor’s guidelines and instructions carefully. Then, read them again and again. Try to discern what it is they are truly looking for, and deliver above and beyond. Follow the grantor’s instructions to the letter. Applications are turned away when they do not follow directions. Be clear, simple, and give justification for what you need.
Call the organization and ask questions about the grant. This will help them get to know you and put a voice/personality with the grant. Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions.
- Get the support of your principal or superintendent. Many grants for more than a few thousand dollars require a senior officer’s signature to agree to implement the grant within the school system. In addition, school districts are limited in the number of state and federal grants for which they can apply. If you’re applying for a government grant, you’ll need permission – whatever the amount.
- Ask for more than you need. . . sometimes grants are partially awarded.
- Follow all instructions carefully. It’s worth saying again! Make sure the grant is collated to grant specifications and the correct amount of copies are included. Don’t forget to sign it and send the originals with signatures.