YORK FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION, INC.
BEST PRACTICES FOR GRANT WRITING
1. Approach the project with an innovative or 1. Asking for funding of items that are
creative teaching strategy that will engage currently funded within instructional budgets
learners of the school.
2. Write the proposal so that the purpose, 2. Writing the proposal quickly at the last
strategies, and evaluation are clear to non- minute, leaving out key information.
educators. Develop a “Need” of the proposal.
3. Give a complete budget as possible. List 3. Generalizing budgeted items needed.
items and prices. Be as specific as possible.
4. Attempt to reach as many students possible 4. Limiting proposals to a few students, unless
with the project (within the class, grade level, NEED is a major factor that has been clearly
department, school, etc.) stated in the proposal.
5. Write clear evaluation strategies to 5. Leaving evaluation vague and without clear
determine the value of these funds in meeting measurements.
the purpose or goals of the grant.
6. Budgeted items should be reusable as much 6. Making consumable items the major part of
as possible in order to reach more students at the budget. Unless used as an instructional
later points in time. tool, food items are not funded.
7. Any field trips that are included in the 7. Designing field trips strictly as student
project should be directly correlated with rewards or incentives.
instructional objectives and SOLs.
8. Budgeted items should include only current 8. Including out-of-date technologies
technologies or justify need for older (example: VHS vs. DVD or tape players vs.
9. Include teacher name on Cover Sheet. 9. Including teacher name within the proposal.
10. Follow application process and guidelines. 10. Submitting proposals that are not in
Ask for assistance in advance, if needed. compliance with the guidelines.
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**Write your proposal keeping in mind that you are competing with other teachers and schools
for limited funding.