1. Read the grant's guidelines carefully, and follow them. Failure to follow the relatively simple guidelines set forth in the grant forms is the primary reason why most grant proposals are automatically disqualified.

  2. Focus your grant request on "academic values." Improvement in educational quality is overriding when your proposal is reviewed. A new television set for the classroom, for instance, might be a useful tool, but by itself probably would not be seen as contributing to academic values.

  3. Explain your idea fully. It might be a great...

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