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In writing virtually any grant proposal it is often necessary (as well as prudent!) to align your activities clearly with your objectives. This sample from a funded proposal illustrates one way to do so. The original was presented in a table as a required attachment, in horizontal format, along with start dates and end dates in columns to the right of each activity listed here. A single goal statement overarched the entire table. 

 

Objective 1. To increase 36 teachers’ use and infusion of existing, inquiry-based Watershed Education model curricular materials into teaching Science in grades 6-12, as measured by pre-post teacher surveys and observation checklists.

 

1.1  Contact sources of training in each model curriculum and of materials from state water quality monitoring programs. 1.2  Schedule training in model curricula and obtain materials from state water quality monitoring programs. 1.3  Notify participants of time/place of each training event. 1.4  Conduct training events in each model curriculum. 1.5  Link environmental issues impacting local watershed to model curricula and state water quality monitoring programs. 1.6  Implement model curricula after training events. 1.7  Assess impacts of using model curricula in classrooms. 1.8  Do follow-up to training in model curricula.

 

Objective 2. To increase 60 participants’ (36 teachers, 24 community members) knowledge of ways they can use existing, inquiry-based Watershed Education curricular materials to increase students’ and adults’ critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, as measured by pre-post participant surveys.

 

2.1  Contact sources of training in model curricula and state stream ecology monitoring programs. 2.2  Schedule training in model curricula and state monitoring programs. 2.3  Notify participants of time/place of each training event. 2.4  Conduct training in model curricula and state monitoring programs. 2.5  Link environmental issues impacting local watershed to model curricula and state monitoring programs. 2.6  Implement model curricula after training events. 2.7  Assess impacts of using model curricula in classrooms. 2.8  Do follow-up to training in model curricula.

 

Objective 3. To increase 36 teachers’ knowledge of strategies for integrating environmental careers into Science instruction in grades 6-12, as measured by pre-post teacher surveys and observation checklists.

 

3.1  Contact partners for series of guest speakers on environmental careers. 3.2  Schedule times/places for each guest speaker. 3.3  Notify target audiences of each guest-speaker presentation. 3.4  Conduct guest-speaker presentations on environmental careers. 3.5  Assess impacts of each guest-speaker presentation.

 

Objective 4. To increase students’, teachers’, and community members’ knowledge of environmental issues impacting the health of the Saco River Watershed in southern Maine, as measured by pre-post participant surveys.

 

4.1  Contact partners for series of guest speakers on environmental issues. 4.2  Schedule times/places for each guest speaker. 4.3  Notify target audiences of each guest-speaker presentation 4.4  Conduct guest-speaker presentations on environmental issues. 4.5  Assess impacts of each guest-speaker present.

 

This sample is the last in a series of posts about writing a grant proposal for Environmental Education.

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