Monthly Archives: December 2014

Current Grant Opportunities – December 2014

1.    Educational Grants from the Dr. Scholl Foundation
2.    Educational Grants from the Bausch and Lomb Foundation, Inc.
3.    Foundation Grants the Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation
4.    Nurturing Children Grants from the New York Life Foundation
5.    Foundation Grants from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
6.    STEM Educational Grants from the PPG Industries Foundation
7.    Educational Grants from the Monticello College Foundation
8.    Educational Grants from the Xerox Foundation
9.    Student Achievement Grants from the NEA Foundation
10.  Teacher Art Grants from P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education

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New Trends in Curriculum for Grant Writers

I’ve talked about templates for writing grants before, to make things easier and to help you reuse the narratives you already have. I use a template for my grant applications.

Here is (again) Neva’s template for grant writing (some things bear repeating):

  • Abstract (consider writing your abstract last; it will allow for more concise, project-specific information)
  • Problem Statement or Significance of Project
  • Project Purpose (overall goal and specific objectives)
  • Research Design or work plan (activities and timelines)
  • Applicant qualifications and capabilities, demographics
  • Evaluation Plan – assessments
  • Budget (summary and justifications – refer back to the design/work plan)
  • Sustainability (how will you pay for the program when the grant is gone?)
  • Appendix (everything else)

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Buzzwords and Jargon in Your Grant Narrative

I was working on some research the other day for a grant narrative. I am amazed that people are getting away with using meaningless jargon on their websites and in other writings. I’d give you a sample, but

  1. You know what I mean.
  2. The offender might be annoyed with using their pearls of wisdom as examples.

When you are writing a narrative, it’s important to be clear. You must assume the reader is not an educator and doesn’t hear the buzzwords and jargon you are using in your narrative. You don’t sound smarter if you know and use these words, the effect is the opposite.

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