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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 4: Select and Prioritize Project Ideas to Meet Funding Requirements

Guideline: Upon compiling a list of project ideas, the project team should prioritize the ideas to focus its program design effort. With priorities defined, similar ideas can be packaged together into a comprehensive program around to formulate the grant proposal. When doing the grant seeker should review the requirements noted in the submission notice.



Checklist for Funding Source

This document offers a series of questions to ask when determining whether a grant funder would be an appropriate source of project funding. Guidance is offered with each questionas to where to look for answers.

Questions to Ask When Assessing Project Ideas

This checklist offers a list of helpful questions when considering project ideas.


Suggested Project Selection Process

This process is adapted from the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Act website Grant Proposal Worksheet. The nine steps listed here with supporting worksheets may help project teams define broad problems, identify the underlying causes, and develop a project idea to address those causes.


2019 Common Instructions from ED for Applicants of Discretionary Grants

On February 23, 2019, the Department of Education updated published a set of common instructions for applicants seeking funds under a Department discretionary grant competition as part of a broader effort to reduce barriers for applicants. These common instructions are referenced in individual competition notices inviting applications (NIAs). In this notice, we are publishing a revised version of the common instructions that supersedes the version published on February 12, 2018.  Download PDF

Characteristics of a Fundable Idea

This document offers a list of characteristics of a fundable idea. Successful project ideas must possess these characteristics.