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Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase is an online resource aiding education professionals in their pursuit of public and private grants to support local programs. Its five elements contain information and resources that assist the grant seeker with developing their project, writing the grant proposal and managing the grant upon its award.

Task 2: Conduct Internal Review

Guideline: Following the project team's review, the updated grant proposal should undergo the established internal organizational review. This review offers a fresh perspective on the grant proposal and assures assures the organizational requirements are met. Through this process questions for the funding source may be identified. The internal review should conclude with the proposal receiving formal approval to be submitted.




Characteristics of a Good Grant Proposal

This checklist may be useful when reviewing the grant proposal prior to submission to the funding source. Alternate format: PDF

Checklist for Applicants

This checklist reviews federal grant requirements in regards to supporting documentation and additional forms to be completed. It may be useful when reviewing the grant package prior to submission. Alternate format: PDF




Grant Proposal Review

This link to grant writing resources at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website provides a form for reviewing the completed grant proposal. The form may be useful to grant seekers when reviewing the grant proposal prior to submission to the grant funder.


GrantSAT (Self-Assessment Tool) is a tool to evaluating each section of a grant proposal. It may be useful for all grant writers from the novice to the highly experienced.


Scoring Guidelines - Evaluation Grant Proposals

Each funding source will have a basis for evaluating grant proposals. Utilizing the review criteria and the assigned scoring weights a project team and an internal review team can use the information to evaluate the grant seeker's proposal prior to submission. This document offers a sample scoring scale.

Practical Tips

Intent to Submit Form

This document offers an approach for soliciting input from the parties impacted by the grant proposal.


Office of Research Integrity

This link is to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity. Though intended for scientific research grant seekers may find the misconduct resources useful to assure integrity in writing their grant proposals and executing awarded grants.