Converge, February 1999, p. 76

Many grantwriters who apply for large technology grants fail to establish how they will implement the grant if they receive it. Here are four suggestions on how to effectively develop a long-term strategy that will take you from the proposal stage to the full implementation of the grant.

  1. Research your options. Begin to develop a vision for what you want to accomplish with a grant by researching on the Internet or by contacting a consultant.

  2. Start small. Do not begin your program by focusing on the goals of the school as a whole. Instead, begin implementing your program and establishing goals for the individual departments or grades in your school. Later, broaden the scope of your program to include goals that address schoolwide issues.

  3. Teamwork. Building consensus will be easier if you pick a small team to be in charge of planning and writing the grant. Have this group present their work to the faculty as a whole to get their opinions.

  4. Spend money effectively. Once you receive a grant, purchasing new hardware alone will not ensure successful implementation. Consideration must also be given to staff training, support, and software. It is suggested that 30 percent of the grant be used to train staff members, 20 percent be used to buy software and the remaining 50 percent be dedicated to hardware purchases.