Top 10 Tips for Writing a Grant

  1. Have a clear idea of the project before writing. What do you see as a need in your subject area, classroom or school?  How can your project address that need in the quest to promote academic excellence?
  2. For the narrative portion, use headings found in the WEF Guidelines (or use the WEF Grant scoring grid)
  3. In the abstract portion, include the following sentence:  “This project promotes educational opportunities for students to meet the challenges in a global society by….”
  4. Your audience is members of the Wallingford Community.  Explain educational terms that are not obvious such as “differentiation” and “6 + 1 Writing Traits.”
  5. Itemize budget items.  WEF will not fund:  compensation for employees, substitute pay, party supplies, food, or telephone expenses.
  6. Do not forget to include a clear plan for evaluation.  How will you determine if your project made a difference?  Consider surveying the students and/or the parents.  Consider analyzing test scores before and after your project.
  7. Show creativity and a sense of commitment
  8. PROOFREAD for spelling and grammar errors.  Have a colleague and/or a neighbor read the grant before submitting it.
  9. Double check that all form requirements have been followed including meeting the time deadline; your principal’s signature on the cover sheet; a maximum of 4 pages including the cover sheet and budget; all pages stapled and numbered in the center bottom margin; pages single-spaced, using one side only of each sheet; and two copies.
  10. Score your grant using the scoring grid or have a friend or colleague score it.  Identify areas that could be improved.