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Grantsmanship An Exercise in Becoming Successful in Funding your Own Classroom Monday, June 25, 2012.

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1 Grantsmanship An Exercise in Becoming Successful in Funding your Own Classroom Monday, June 25, 2012

2 June 13, 2011 CC-RWR2 Why Bother? Statistics in your favorStatistics in your favor ProfessionalismProfessionalism ControlControl

3 CC-RWR12 Summer Time-Line Monday, June 25Monday, June 25 Introduction/discuss project ideasIntroduction/discuss project ideas Tuesday, June 26Tuesday, June 26 Identify target funding source(s) and deadlines – download formsIdentify target funding source(s) and deadlines – download forms Outline need, goals and objectivesOutline need, goals and objectives Wednesday, June 27Wednesday, June 27 Outline project activitiesOutline project activities Identify budget itemsIdentify budget items Thursday, June 28Thursday, June 28 Specify outcomes to be measured/evaluation processSpecify outcomes to be measured/evaluation process Friday, June 29Friday, June 29 Final review/editing/polishing of proposal outlineFinal review/editing/polishing of proposal outline June 13, 2011

4 CC-RWR8 Brass Tacks (as in, getting down to) Developing the proposal ideaDeveloping the proposal idea –Defining clear goals and objectives –Writing a compelling need statement – “TELL YOUR STORY” Identify outcomes and evaluationIdentify outcomes and evaluation Three “P”sThree “P”s June 13, 2011

5 CC-RWR6 Planning Start Small, Think BigStart Small, Think Big Develop your skills/confidence by targeting small awards ($ )Develop your skills/confidence by targeting small awards ($ ) Plan from outset for a project that can grow/span for than a single yearPlan from outset for a project that can grow/span for than a single year Use your evaluation data to revise plans/support your argument for additional funding/new grantUse your evaluation data to revise plans/support your argument for additional funding/new grant Establish Time-line/Think AheadEstablish Time-line/Think Ahead Six-nine month lead time not unreasonableSix-nine month lead time not unreasonable Many Spring deadlinesMany Spring deadlines June 13, 2011

6 CC-RWR4 Pathways Identifying an ideaIdentifying an idea Selfish-How will $ help my classroom?Selfish-How will $ help my classroom? Broader need-What other program/learning goal will be advanced?Broader need-What other program/learning goal will be advanced? Who is most likely to send $ my way?Who is most likely to send $ my way? June 13, 2011

7 CC-RWR5 Partners PlanningPlanning EditingEditing ExecutionExecution Evaluation – Your DataEvaluation – Your Data June 13, 2011

8 CC-RWR3 Setting the Stage DecisionsDecisions Grant = Innovation = ChangeGrant = Innovation = Change TimingTiming 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle)80/20 rule (Pareto Principle) Pathways and PartnersPathways and Partners June 13, 2011

9 CC-RWR3 Pareto Principle AKA the 80/20 Rule. 20% of a grant-writer’s activities are responsible for 80% of the results. – Your highest value “20%” boils down to telling your story. – Your story is the glue holding the proposal together. – Your story provides the basis for your individual giving. – Your story is what writes your website copy. – Your story isn’t your mission statement. It’s not the 937 high school students you serve. – Your story isn’t even “The Story,” for you’ll never have just one. June 13, 2011

10 CC-RWR3 Relevance So, how you can better communicate your message? – Doesn’t needs to be more complex than it really is. You don’t need to take a “storytelling” seminar or learn a lot of jargon. Another way to think about 80/20 – Devote ~80% of the time/effort in writing a proposal to project design and planning. – The last 20% is devoted to writing the proposal. You cannot write a competitive proposal without devoting the 80% in design and planning. Do not write until you have planned! (From: ) June 13, 2011

11 CC-RWR9 Strategies-Proposal Idea In your classroomIn your classroom Identify problem areasIdentify problem areas Lack of inquiry-based activitiesLack of inquiry-based activities Poorly motivated studentsPoorly motivated students After-school effortsAfter-school efforts School-siteSchool-site Build science divisionBuild science division Joint projects/teacher partnersJoint projects/teacher partners June 13, 2011

12 CC-RWR11 Strategies-Need Statement Become familiar with national/local initiativesBecome familiar with national/local initiatives Develop “short-list” of agencies to targetDevelop “short-list” of agencies to target Adapt/adopt project goals to alignAdapt/adopt project goals to align Use “buzz-words” (examples easy to access)Use “buzz-words” (examples easy to access) Inquiry-basedInquiry-based ContemporaryContemporary PartnerPartner Perform polls/quantitate deficienciesPerform polls/quantitate deficiencies Test scoresTest scores QuestionnairesQuestionnaires June 13, 2011

13 CC-RWR13 Dream “yume” From: akido.org June 13, 2011


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