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This is one in a series of posts presenting sample elements of a possible proposal. In their illustrative details, its contents are both fictional and factual; however, its overall approach has won grants for similar purposes.


Target Audiences. The immediate, primary target audience will include 36 of the 139 teachers who teach in 12 rural school districts. Participants and beneficiaries will be numerous and diverse. The 12 districts have 3,145 students in grades 6-12, including 1.2% Native American, 8.1% African American, 5.5% Hispanic, 7.0% Asian, 15.2% in special education, and 35.5% low income (based on Title I eligibility).


The 20 communities in the project area have 31,435 residents – 2.1% Native American, 3.3% African American, 1.7% Asian, 5.0% Hispanic, and 1.1% multiracial. The three Maine counties have 279,342 residents – 2.0% Native American, 6.5% African American, 4.1% Asian, 5.3% Hispanic, and 0.9% multiracial, with an 11.1% child poverty rate. Anticipated target audiences (stakeholders) also will include two upstream counties in New Hampshire that impact and benefit from the Saco River Watershed. They have 151,529 residents – 1.4% Native American, 3.2% African American, 4.1% Asian, 6.5% Hispanic, and 1.7% multiracial, with a 9.0% child poverty rate.


Management. Jeff Smith will manage the project. He holds a BA in Philosophy (History of Science minor) from Williams College where he was a Mellon Foundation Environmental Studies Student Research grant recipient. He also holds an MA in History of Technology (History of Medical Technology thesis) from the University of Toronto Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology where he was a Connaught Scholar. His 24 years of experience in urban and rural schools includes teaching, curriculum development, high school career education, dissemination, staff development, grants administration, and program evaluation.


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