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Now that you have all of the necessary information/components, assemble and complete your mini-grant application. Remember, this is a practice exercise, so you will not actually be submitting your proposal /application to the funding source; you will merely upload the document by the end of this module for review by me. Nevertheless, here are some things to keep in mind were you to actually await a decision on your proposal:
1. The grant-seeking process is exceedingly competitive, particularly in the present era of fiscal constraint. This means that a large number of individuals/organizations are competing for the same limited funds! Should your application be rejected, consider resubmission after speaking with the staff person who oversees the grant program to see where your proposal can be strengthened.
2. Although this was not a requirement for your SLP, in the “real world,” one should always seek feedback from those familiar with grant writing, the funding agency, the problem being addressed, etc., prior to submitting your proposal to the funder; by this I mean, providing an individual you trust a copy of your proposal draft, and soliciting their constructive feedback.
3. Assessing the fit between your project and the funder early in the game will spare you unnecessary frustration. Keep in mind that “poor fit” with one funder does not preclude a “great fit” with another.
4. Should your proposal be funded the first time around, CELEBRATE as you are about to embark upon an adventure, one that will likely be a platform for future projects of broader scale, from which you will learn tremendously!
5. NOTE: Your grade on this assignment will be based upon the extent to which your application conforms to the requirements of the mini-grant program you selected in Module 2. With this in mind, please “put your best foot forward!”
Length: Limit set by funding agency requirements relative to the specific mini-grant program.
References: Refer to requirements for previous SLP components.
Organization: Structure established in accordance with funding agency requirements/guidelines for applicants.
Format: APA format is recommended for this assignment.
Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity.
The following items will be assessed in particular:
• Achievement of learning objectives for SLP assignment.
• Relevance – All content is connected to the question.
• Precision – Specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate.
• Depth of discussion – Points that lead to deeper issues are presented and integrated.
• Breadth – Multiple perspectives and references, and multiple issues/factors are considered.
• Evidence – Points are well supported with facts, statistics, and references.
• Logic – Discussion makes sense; conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information.
• Clarity – Writing is concise and understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples.
• Objectivity – Avoids the use of first person and subjective bias
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