GRANT WRITING TIPS AND TEMPLATES
Read the Request for Proposal (RFP) very carefully
As you develop your grant, keep in mind that you have to convince the funding agency of the need of your grant idea. Accordingly, document that there is a problem your project seeks to address and solve. Cite evidence to support your identified problem (i.e. literature search, current legislation, survey findings, relevant statistics, etc.). Moreover, create a sense of urgency that convinces the funding source to support your project now, while also establishing a relationship with the funding agency. The latter can be accomplished by either submitting a pre-proposal (letter of intent) to a potential grantor or directly contacting the relevant program director by phone/email.
Writing and Organization
A key section of every proposal is the needs statement, which establishes the justification for your request. Very important to reviewers, rely on reliable data derived from national recognized sources (e.g. U.S. Census, Educational Needs Index, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bureau of Labor Statistics). As you write the proposal you must avoid any data fabrication or plagiarism. To manage your grant, you may use the following steps:
- Start your record-keeping system right away.
- Scan copies of all paper documents and keep them in your computer files.
- Electronic folders and subfolders will become your primary filing system. I usually suggest structuring the folders in six or seven major categories:
- Grant Proposal - the original proposal, amendments, etc.
- Budget Information - the original budget, any budget amendments, and budget worksheets and notes
- Financial Reports, including documentation of required matching funds
- Correspondence, including relevant emails
- Progress Reports
- Evaluation Information - statistical information, reports, analysis
- Collaboration Documents (if the grant is for a collaboration with other organizations) - agreements with the collaborators and relevant information about them and their programs
The following templates represent basic descriptions regarding Cameron University, the use of OneNet as a tool to easily disseminate research results across the state and beyond, and the system of higher education in the State of Oklahoma. Feel free to edit and then copy and paste the desired template into your grant proposal. For additional template alternatives, see the Template Collection Document.
Cameron University (CU) is a public, regional university located in southwest Oklahoma with a main campus located in Lawton and a smaller campus in Duncan (CU-Duncan). The university currently enrolls between 4,900 and 5,600 students per semester and grants associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees. CU is an open admission institution at the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) level with minimal admission requirements at the Associate of Science (AS) and Bachelor’s degree levels. CU has been designated as a Minority-Serving Institution through the Department of Education’s FY 2015 designation of eligibility process, and the university has received an approval letter to apply for grant programs authorized under Title III and/or Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Serving traditionally underrepresented student populations is an important part of the university mission. In Fall 2014, the CU undergraduate student body was 50% white and 43% minority. Furthermore, 40% of the undergraduate students identified themselves as first generation college students and, of the undergraduates who were enrolled in at least 6 hours, 50% received a Pell Grant.
OneNet, Oklahoma's sole telecommunications provider for higher education, government and research in Oklahoma, is a Division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education operated in cooperation with the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. This comprehensive network is unlike any other in the country-utilizing fiber optics and wireless technologies to transmit video, voice and data throughout Oklahoma, the nation and the world. OneNet is not a state-owned utility, but rather a state-led partnership among telecommunications companies, equipment manufacturers and service providers. OneNet provides high-speed communications to approximately 70% of public K-12 schools, all vocational-technical schools, all state colleges and universities, public libraries, local, tribal, state and federal governments, rural health care delivery systems and programs engaged in research.
Oklahoma State System of Higher Education
The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education is the state's legal structure for providing public education at the collegiate level. It is a coordinated system of colleges and universities located throughout the state. There are currently twenty-five institutions in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, including two comprehensive graduate universities, eight regional universities, three special-purpose universities and twelve two-year colleges.
The (name of the project) project will utilize administrative and financial controls currently required of all Cameron University departments. The Project Director will authorize expenditures, which will be approved by the Program Director and sent to both the Finance and Business Office and the Office of Academic Enrichment for verification of compliance with federal, state, and university regulations. Copies of all expenditures will be maintained in the Business and Finance Office. All requests for disbursement will comply with Education General Administrative Rules (EDGAR). The Business and Finance Office in cooperation with the Office of Academic Enrichment will conduct project audits on a regular basis.