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One hallmark of many proposals that win grants from both public sources (e.g., Federal agencies) and private ones (e.g., family foundations) is their descriptions and evidence of involving stakeholders, building partnerships, leveraging resources, fostering collaboration, and engaging in collegial teamwork. Several types of assets play key roles in creating and maintaining such shared, team-driven, and collaborative activity.

 

Leadership is an Asset:

Writing grant proposals is far less a solitary activity than a connecting and catalyzing one. In planning projects and executing them, peer and collegial collaboration among leaders is indispensable. Teamwork, collaborations, and their resulting partnerships are essential in most projects – even in those that may focus on or benefit a single site or a single organization. Administrators and their on-staff subject area experts (e.g., university faculty, subject area coordinators, program coordinators, or lead teachers) can furnish the research-based rationale needed for many proposals. They are among the planners, strategists, visionaries, and goal-setters often critical to getting a grant proposal funded.

 

Professionals are Assets:

Collaboration within and among schools, non-profits, and other community organizations is essential. Having durable partnerships among schools and other agencies often plays a crucial role in getting a proposal funded. School-based professionals and their non-profit and university counterparts offer keen insights into real needs of children, youth, families, and entire communities. Their creative energies and pioneering spirit are great reservoirs of ideas for innovation and improvement. Teachers, counselors, specialists, technicians, and front-line non-profit personnel can play pivotal roles in researching and designing projects. They are often also indispensable keys to their successful implementation.

 

Communities are Assets:

Community participation in planning and operating proposed projects is an invaluable asset. Community resources play key roles in leveraging a grant award with matching local human and financial resources. Active involvement of parents and families is vital for ensuring children’s success in schools and community programs. Participation of adults as well as children and youth themselves in planning, implementing, governing, and evaluating programs proposed for grant funding can prove extraordinarily helpful. For-profit businesses and area universities are often indispensable allies in designing and implementing projects that aspire to create sustainable changes over the long-term; their continuous engagement in local grant seeking can benefit everyone involved.

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