Texas A&M University-Commerce
Department of Secondary and Higher Education
Overview of Project
You are to create a complete written pre-proposal for an unsolicited grant. The general purpose of this grant pre-proposal will be to provide for the creation of a technology facility at a school district or business. A potential grant funding entity must be identified. Optionally, upon approval of the instructor, the proposal may be written in response to a specific Request For Proposal (RFP)/Request For Application (RFA) or to address an identifiable need. You are urged to design a relevant and timely proposal serving a useful purpose in your district, discipline, business, or area of educational focus. The final product must be a work of sufficient quality to submit to the entity for funding consideration. The pre-proposal can also serve as a framework for a future grant written in response to a solicited grant. The primary focus of the proposal must be on technology for use in an educational setting.
Required elements of the proposal
Optional elements of the proposal
Important: The required elements listed above will be a primary consideration in the scoring of the project. Accuracy in following submission instructions, meeting deadlines, professional writing quality, and providing thoughtful evaluations will also be considered.
Other things to keep in mind
· The proposal should have a positive and professional tone of writing.
· Don’t use a proposal as a vehicle to simply voice complaints about a current lack of technology. Be honest about needs, but don’t “whine” about them.
· Write professionally. Don’t use slang verbiage. Ya know whut ah mean?
· Less is more. Don’t add un-necessary “fluff.” Proposal evaluators want to know what’s important. If you bore them with irrelevant information, it is almost guaranteed to get your proposal tossed in the trash.
· You are trying to get the funding agency to make an investment in you and your organization. You must convey that you will act responsibly and professionally in administering any monies awarded.
· First impressions are critical. Many funding decisions are made within the first paragraph of the proposal. If you want your proposal to be read and seriously considered, you must capture the interest of the evaluator in the Executive Summary. Most evaluators will stop reading at this point if they don’t see evidence of a well thought-out, worthwhile endeavor.
· Never, ever, make negative statements regarding previously received grants. This will send up red flags as an indication that you may later speak negatively about the new funding agency.
· Don’t open a can of worms! Don’t bring up issues that are indicative of more serious internal problems. You don’t want to go there!
· Proposal are generally written to provide at least a partial solution to an identifiable need. The need you address must be able to be backed by quantifiable evidence. There must be qualified proof of need. Ways to build your case are with surveys, test scores, formal evaluations, and other data gathered via valid research methodologies. (Data may be hypothetical in this class project, but if you submit a proposal for real, you better have ALL of your data together and available for inspection if requested by the funding agency.)
· The length of the pre-proposal will be approximately 5-7 pages to sufficiently address the required elements. A more comprehensive proposal may be slightly longer, but remember, don’t overwrite. It is highly unlikely that these elements could be adequately addressed in fewer than 5 pages (double-spaced, 10pt font).
Education Agency (TEA) Grants Administration
Grantseeker’s Resource Guide
Infrastructure Find (TIF) Board Grants
grants may no longer a reliable source of funds. Other options need to be identified.
Site does identify current technology standards.
Records And Information Locator (TRAIL) Funding Opportunity Search Page
DOE Discretionary Grant Application Pkgs. for Currently Open Grant Competitions
Questions for Technology Planning