If you’re in a field that deals with education technology, you’re probably aware that there are so many opportunities for development just waiting to be tapped. You and your colleagues may be in the middle of a breakthrough in this field, and all you need at this point is proper funding to help you carry out your plans and research from the drawing board to actuality. If this is the case, be encouraged by the fact that there are so many grant-giving bodies, both federal and private, that offer funding for worthy causes and projects. You would need to write grant proposals to introduce them to your planned venture.
Here are some tips to help you out:
- Thoroughly read through the guidelines. You should know the guidelines given by the grant-giving body, so that you could tailor your requests and proposal accordingly. For example, don’t request for $30,000 in funding if they are only offering $20,000. Some grant-giving bodies also limit their grants to particular causes and ventures, so focus your efforts on asking for grants from bodies that really cater to education technology projects. Otherwise you’d just be wasting your time. Also, you could also do well by using terminology that they included in their call for proposals; this would show them that what your goals are for your project are aligned with their own general objectives.
- Make your proposal simple yet comprehensive. Remember, people who offer grants receive tons of requests for funds and project proposals, so make sure that your own proposal will be highly readable and comprehensive. If it’s too long or too unnecessarily wordy and highfalutin, your grant proposal may just end up in the reject bin. Other qualities that your grant proposal should have include being highly specific to show that you have undertaken great preliminary research for your conceptualized project; interesting, and to the point.
- Know what information to include. Apart from writing about your proposed education technology project, make sure also that you include other important information such as other existing, similar projects which you would like your own project to build upon or make for an effective education collaborative effort; published work that you would use as reference; how the project will positively impact education; how using technology will impact this project; and how you will ensure for sustainability even after the funding runs out.
- Avoid being too ambitious. Effective technology proposals are not overly ambitious and have well-researched and attainable objectives. They follow a reliable and established education approach. If the proposed project is too sweeping and doesn’t have enough sound foundation to rest upon, then that could just be rejected by the grant-giving body is being unattainable and too theoretical to be realistic.
- Find sample proposals. Looking through sample education technology grant proposals will help you get a feel for the language technology and terminology involved in articulating your goals and project objectives. Some websites which offer great links to education technology grant samples include k12grants.org and ed.gov.
There you have it! These are just some techniques and tips for writing education technology grant proposals that would help you out. Good luck!