zHeather Hurley zJeff Sun ywww.sun-associates.comwww.sun-associates.com y
Goals for this Session zWhat does it take to create a successful educational technology grant proposal? zWhat are some general rules for grant and proposal writing? zWhere can one find proposal-writing resources and funding information? zOthers?
Key Items for a Successful Grant Proposal zA technology plan with clear curriculum-based goals and objectives is the #1 key to a successful funding request. zThe plan ties your funding request into the big picture of what technology means in your school or district. zWhat do you know about your school’s educational technology plan??
Technology Grants zThere are no easy answers to finding funds for technology... yThe majority funding is for curriculum and staff development yMost funders expect you to have your infrastructure in place y“Computers” are routine whereas good use of that hardware is innovative yFunders support innovation
What is Innovative? zCurriculum mappings zStaff development models zInnovative technologies zCombinations of all of the above
Hallmarks of a Well-Written Technology Proposal zClear and documented links to a strategic technology plan proven practice zClearly defined teaching and learning goals which build upon proven practice zThe project involves more than one teacher and/or classroom (although focus on one is fine) zThe project has matching funds and support from other sources zA strong evaluation component
Bottom Line? zOver the long run, the best source for funding is the local initiative yYour community must come to believe in the value of technology tools yNo amount of grant funds will continually and constantly support the use and integration of technology tools
Tips for Proposal-Writers z10 Tips for Proposal-Writers10 Tips for Proposal-Writers ywww.sun-associates.com/resources/10tips.html zRead the Request for Proposals!! yIt’s surprising how many people miss this basic point yThe RFP should serve as your proposal’s blueprint and virtually the table of contents yOrganize the proposal in the same order as the sections of the RFP
zFollow the rules, regulations, and/or guidelines yAdhere to page limits, budget limitations, IRS rules, deadlines, etc.. zBe concise, but don’t leave out important points yObviously, this is the key to “good writing”
Working a Sample Proposal zIn groups, read the sample RFP zDiscuss and outline yWhat are they asking for? yWhat are the criteria for funding? zRead the sample proposals zDiscuss and Score
Report Out zWhat are the proposal’s strong points? zWhat are the proposal’s weak points? zShould this be funded? yWhy or why not zFrame your responses along the line of the review questions and the RFP
Things to Think About... zInvolve other people in your search for funders and in the proposal-writing process zDon’t overlook local funding sources zThink broadly! Do not limit yourself to seeking a particular type of grant or to a particular funding source zGround your proposal in relevant literature
Does Your Proposal Answer These Questions? zHow will this project positively impact student learning? zHow will the funds we are requesting create a ultimately self-sustaining project? zHow does this request fit into our local educational technology plan? zHow does this proposal address particular funding priorities? ye.g.., areas of poverty, empowerment zones, gender equity, etc.
Common Proposal Mistakes zProposals not written to the guidelines ytoo long, requests for non-allowed expenses, etc. zProposals that attempt to do too much yNo singular grant will cover all your technology needs. zProposals that are written by only one person yA good proposal needs the ideas and contributions of several people. Proposal writing is a collaborative effort!
zProposals that do not directly address student outcomes yFunders want to fund technology for children, not teachers (as hard as this may be to understand...) yFunders want to know that that their funds have had some impact. yHow will your project demonstrate this impact?
Evaluation zAll proposals should have an evaluation component…even if the RFP does not mandate one! zFormative vs. Summative zAllocating sufficient resources for evaluation
Developing evaluation questions zEvaluation questions must tie back to project goals and objectives zIdeally, your actual proposal will define… yEvaluation questions yData collection and analysis methodologies zStonger proposals will detail this information even if an outside evaluator will conduct the actual evaluation
Internet Resources for Funding Information zwww.ed.gov/funding.htmlwww.ed.gov/funding.html yThe US Department of Education’s on-line grant information resource zfdncenter.orgfdncenter.org yThe Foundation Center. An excellent source for information on foundation and private grants zwww.eschoolnews.com/funding/www.eschoolnews.com/funding/ yeSchool News is an electronic newsletter with information on a wide variety of funding opportunities
and a few more... zwww.sun-associates.com/grantwriting.htmlwww.sun-associates.com/grantwriting.html yTips for proposal-writers, example proposals, etc. zwww.learner.org/sami/pages/fund-l.php3www.learner.org/sami/pages/fund-l.php3 zwww.nsf.gov/home/grants.htmwww.nsf.gov/home/grants.htm zmyweb.magicnet.net/~gwest/grant.htmmyweb.magicnet.net/~gwest/grant.htm
For more information... zHeather Hurley ywww.sun-associates.com y