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QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE SEARCHING FOR A GRANT OPPORTUNITY

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1. Do you have a compelling idea?

2. Do you truly need the funding and can you explain why?

3. Do you have the organization skills to write the proposal?

4. Does the staff have the skills and willingness to carry out the project?

5. Do you have stakeholder buy-in?

6. Do you have the ability to write in clear, simple, convincing terms?

7. Do you have an elevator pitch: Can you express your basic idea in one sentence?

Gwen Solomon was Founding Director of The School of the Future in New York City, Coordinator of Instructional Technology Planning for New York City Public Schools, and Senior Analyst in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Instructional Technology. She has written and co-authored several books and many magazine articles on educational technology.