Here is an overview of grant proposal basics that you need to consider. If you are having trouble with a particular point, feel free to contact us for help. We are ready to assist and guide you through the funding search and proposal development process. Communication is key to successful projects!
Define your project
- Create a one page abstract defining the purpose, priorities and intended goals of your project. What need are you addressing?
- Develop a preliminary list of resources and a budget needed for your project to succeed.
- Consider Partnerships-your peers may be interested in working with you on your project.
- Consider outside collaboration-linking with school districts, other colleges or public agencies may increase your resources and strengthen your project.
Research funding sources
- Arrange a meeting with the Sponsored Programs and Research Administration office to employ other searching resources.
- Investigate funding sources of similar projects or projects serving the similar populations or addressing similar issues/problems.
Consult with us to contact the funding sources
- Contact the sponsored programs office to determine our history of funding from this source.
- We will assist to request proposal guidelines, a list of funded projects, and relevant contact preferences.
- If you haven't written a proposal before, read the Foundation Center's tutorial and other resources
- Develop a conservative schedule for writing and submitting your proposal.
- Complete the Grant Proposal Preliminary Information Form and submit to Sponsored Programs and Research Administration for review before submitting to your dean for approval.
Prepare the Project Budget
- Be realistic in the amounts requested but don't underestimate the value of your work.
- Consult, as needed, with finance and facilities, human resources and equal opportunity, registrar's office, purchasing, and/or any other area that would be impacted by your project.
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