Identify needs and plan for upcoming funding opportunities. Gather information such as cost estimates for classroom supplies, equipment, or other items.
Organize a grant writing team or or PLC (professional learning community) to focus on grants for the classroom.
Read grant guidelines carefully and thoroughly. Contact the funder to clarify questions or directions.
Ensure that the budget reflects line items that are directly linked to the proposed project or program.
Enlist others to review grant proposals in order to obtain a review through the eyes of other staff.
Be aware of deadlines and submission instructions.
Do not use specific jargon that may be confusing to the person reviewing the grant. Educational jargon may be used if the funding opportunity specifically requires such terminology.
If awarded a grant, in most cases, a formal thank you letter should be sent to the funder.
If unsuccessful in receiving a grant award, utilize the process as a learning experience and begin preparing for the next grant opportunity. In some cases, the funding agency may provide feedback on the submitted application.