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					SHOW ME THE MONEY!
Writing a winning grant proposal
           Joy Rockenbach, Act 1220 Coordinator
             Arkansas Department of Education
                      June 24, 2008
Learning Outcomes

   Reasons why proposal fail
   Expectations of grantors
   Tips for success
Reasons Why Proposals
Fail…
   Carelessness
    – Sloppiness-pay attention to grammar,
      editing details, and specifics
    – Answer the questions!
    – Responses don’t connect to information
      requested
    – Procrastination!
Forcing failure!

   Missing deadlines
   Disorganized
   Missing sections
   Budget doesn’t compute or match
    work plan
   Format is not followed
To ensure failure…

   Rely on spell check
   Go over the page
    limit
   Fail to sign
    appropriate forms
   Miss the deadline,
    ask for an
    extension
 Example of relying on
 spell check…
Dear Spat,
I had a really food crime at the picnic in the bark.
It was nice to gel together with old fiends and
enjoy so much slaughter! We should so that more
often. The flied chicken was malicious. Thank you
for flinging it.

Your Fiend,

Brain
Writing bloopers!
   A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in
    the church hall. Music will follow.

   Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and
    heave a healthy lunch.

   The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of
    every kind. They may be seen in the basement on
    Friday afternoon.

   Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First
    Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door
    at the side entrance
To ensure failure…

   Rely on spell check
   Go over the page
    limit
   Fail to sign
    appropriate forms
   Miss the deadline,
    ask for an
    extension
Expectations of
Grantmakers
   Write a compelling story
   Grab reader’s attention
   Educate the reader about YOUR
    problem
   Use YOUR words and bring the story
    to life
THINK…

   Gloom

   Doom

   Drama

   Trauma
WORK PLAN

   Goals—pie in the sky, where you want
    to BE when the grant money is gone

   Objectives—SMART**

   Action steps or process steps or
    strategies—how you will get the
    objectives done
SMART Objectives

 Specific
 Measurable
 Attainable
 Realistic
 Time bound
TIPS FOR GRANT
WRITING SUCCESS
To maximize success…
              Make sure you are
               eligible
              Follow all
               instructions
              Develop a check list
              Use forms if they
               are provided
              Ask a third party to
               edit
Success…

   Get it in on time
   Have the right amount of postage
   Make sure you have enclosed all
    required forms and required number
    of copies
Practice application

   When is the grant deadline?

   How many awards will there be?

   How much money will they award? For how
    long?

   What are the deadline rules?
Continued

   How many copies will you need?

   Who should sign the application?

   What are the page limits? Font? Margins

   Will they reject your application? For what?
Continued

   Is there a format? What is it?

   Which component is worth most points?

   What gets second?

   To whom should you direct questions?

				
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