· Basic Steps
o Keep synopsis short and avoid overly complicated jargon
o Start small. Larger grants require more time investment and materials (board approval, etc.)
o Read requirements carefully. Don’t get disqualified because of information you don’t have or can’t get.
o Brand your program with a catchy name. People like to get on a fun bandwagon.
o Develop your program. Don’t ask for stuff. Ask for help to implement an idea that just so happens to need stuff.
o Provide measurable goals and objectives. How will this impact your population? What kind of recognition should the grantors expect?
§ Utilize student or community surveys
· Crowdsourcing – These are sites that allow you to ask multiple donors for mini-donations towards a larger goal
· Components of a Good Proposal
o Program Overview
§ Include a list of activities that support your program
§ Establish a need
§ Use keywords that highlight a need
· Economically disadvantaged
· Free and reduced lunch
· High poverty/high crime area
§ Use bullet points that highlight what you’ll do 4 weeks from start date, 2 weeks from start date, etc.