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New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
Hints for General Grantwriting
If programs already exist, describe a foundation
from which the proposed program is to be created or existing
Provide documentation of partnerships established
and in force before writing the grant to offer clearer descriptions
of linkages for proposed activities.
Include examples such as the days and hours
of the services, content of the program, the population(s)
best served by the activities or providers, and the program
costs per services based on previous cycles of services.
Include insight into the proposed activities
through narrative situations describing how a service is
provided; listing sequential plans for implementation and
delivery of the coordination of services, and references
to research or anecdotal remarks.
Follow the format and adhere to the same
number or letter sequence as written in the NGO (Notice
of Grant Opportunity).
Need for the project
Make the need of the program evident in
the description of the neighborhood (e.g., geography, demographics,
economics), as well as the population to be served (e.g.,
low literacy, high drop out rate, low test scores, high
teen pregnancy, substance abuse, etc.).
Use statistics and draw a correlation between
the services that are needed to the program design.
Describe current programs/services and
explain deficiencies or inconsistencies in the existing
mechanism and how the proposed program design will produce
positive changes or improve the current system.
Quality of project design
describe the components of the program enabling the reader
to get a visual picture of the program as well as formulate
an understanding of what the proposal suggests participants
the need, existing services/programs, ability of the activities
to be carried out within the grant period and describe the
linkages established with collaborating agencies.
flow charts, diagrams and tables to list and describe the
components of the proposed project and indicate their relationships
to the needs, target population and collaborating agencies.
written objectives include:
ü A target population - who or what group;
ü Performance - what will be done, an action statement
or a verb;
ü Condition - within a parameter such as location
or time; and
ü Criteria - a percent or a degree of accuracy
Clearly list all materials, supplies, equipment
and personnel involved in the programs.
Itemize all costs and give details.
Substantiate what is needed and why.
Quality of management plan