Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My New Grant Writing Help Web Site

I've just published a new website - Grant-Writing-Help.com. A work in-progress to be sure, but fun to do. Take a look and tell me what you think.

I'm in the pause between intense grants. Trying to take a deep breath. Clear the brain. Get some fresh air. Think about other things.

I finished an application to provide transition services for soon-to-graduate high school students with disabilities. I'm picking up speed on two new ones -- a mentoring grant and a community drop-in center/after-school program.

I find that during these brief pauses I surf through craft sites, fashion sites, Flickr groups -- lots of pictures and no words. Lots of color -- no black and white.

Do you use color in your grant applications? I haven't, but I'd like to. It could make the pages more readable if carefully applied. The problem rests with the unknown. Will the evaluator read it on-line and with color? or print it out in black and white, anyhow?

Photo by Chris Gierszewski

4 comments:

Grants & Research Edubrarian said...

I think it depends on what type of grant you're applying for. Most of the grants I've submitted required me to make my own copies (thus your color would come through fine) or were web-based with no allowance for formatting.

As a federal grant peer reviewer, however, I can tell you that most readers are pleased to receive grants that use bold and italic judiciously and don't over-bullet. Charts are extremely helpful and will help break up a sea of text. When writing federal or state grants, try to follow the outline provided, subtitling each section of your grant so that it's easy to follow.

I like your solution for browsing through color saturated sites for mental stress relief! When the words start blurring together it's time to run to You Tube!

Anonymous said...

Great job! Very informative and personable. Did you do the actual website?

-Dawn

Anonymous said...

I just noticed that you called it your "grant writing help web site" but it is so much more than that.

Dawn

james said...

Thanks a lot for a bunch of good tips. I look forward to reading more on the topic in the future. Keep up the good work! This blog is going to be great resource. Love reading it.
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