Go or No-Go, Get to Work
If you’re a grant seeker, you know the
satisfaction of shipping off your
masterpiece. Your hard work and
late hours have paid off: You have
pulled this project together, often
under incredible pressure and at the
expense of other commitments. Try to
enjoy the moment.
As euphoric as you may feel, you may
also be thinking, How will I ever wait for
the results? What will I do if my proposal
is rejected? Or, equally as daunting,
What will I do if it is funded? Whether
you’re successful or not, your real work is
about to begin.
Before you do anything else, recognize
your team by writing each of them a thankyou
note. No matter the outcome of the
proposal, let them know that their support,
time, and energies were appreciated.
THE GRANT WRAP-UP: GET ORGANIZED
Taking the time to organize your grant-writing space while
the process is fresh in your mind will assist you as you prepare
to implement or resubmit your proposal. As you write, file your
documents in file folders that follow the major sections of the
proposal. If you have printed drafts with handwritten comments
that you want to archive, label each with a cover page
that includes the draft’s date and version number, then scan
them, back them up, and toss the paper documents. Organize
your electronic files into folders using a method similar to that
used for your hard copies, and make sure to back them up
onto a CD. Create several copies of your final draft, the request
for proposal, and the electronic files.
WE WISH TO THANK YOU FOR APPLYING
A letter will eventually arrive. Whether it is good news or
bad, you have won. You have challenged your community to
look critically at your needs, constructed
a plan for evaluating what you will do,
and set up mechanisms to ensure
your success. You may now have a
new problem: You may actually have to
do what you said you would do!
PREPARING TO IMPLEMENT AND
SHARE YOUR SUCCESS
Whether or not your proposal is
funded, remember that you will continue
to reap surprising benefits by sharing
your vision with a wider audience. Most
educators are not marketing specialists,
so call on colleagues or consult with a
professional to write press releases,
prepare a Web site, and supply articles for
IF YOU ARE A GO
First, thank your funders. They are your
ultimate partners, and you want to nourish a
great relationship. Look at your project timelines and get started.
Plan a celebration. Celebrating your achievement builds
community and launches your project toward a successful
implementation. Begin documenting all your grant activities.
IF YOU ARE A NO-GO
Read the grant reviewers’ comments and study the scoring
rubrics, or speak with a reviewer to discuss how to improve
your proposal. What might you do differently next time?
Where else might you submit it?
Gary A. Carnow (aka “The Grant Guru”) is the chief technology
officer for the Pasadena (Calif.) Unified School District. Dr.
Carnow has been responsible for gathering more than $75 million
in outside funding for the public agencies he has worked
with. Read the complete article at techlearning.com.