Grant Writing Tips
Most funding agencies provide a specific format for their proposals. This format will be described in their Request for Proposals (RFP) and must be followed exactly. Some organizations, including some private foundations, may not have specific guidelines.
When applying to these organizations, the following proposal checklist (developed by The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles) is an excellent guide.
Levels of Assistance
The Grants Office offers three different levels of assistance based on the dollar amount of the proposed grant.
Tier 1: Informational Assistance for proposals up to 5,000
(Examples – classroom grants written by one or more teachers which support the needs identified in the individual School Improvement Plan and are approved by the school principal)
Tier 2: Technical Assistance for proposals of 5,000 to 50,000
(Examples – school wide grants written by a proposal development team which support the needs identified in the individual School Improvement Plan and are approved by the school principal and zone administrator)
Tier 3: Developmental Assistance for proposals above 50,000
(Examples – proposals developed by multiple school sites or district-wide initiatives that support the District Academic Business Plan and are approved by the relevant district Director and Assistant Superintendent)
The chart below highlights what the Grants Office can provide at these levels of assistance.
|Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3|
(Proposals up to 5,000)
(Proposal of 5,000 to 50,000)
(Proposals above 50,000)
||Tier 1 assistance plus:
||Tiers 1 and 2 assistance plus: