This will be the SHORTEST article you ever read about proposal writing!
My rules of success have been established via wisdom earned through lessons learned:
- Know your funder's giving priorities completely.
- Provide required information in proper format.
- Present detailed, concise, organized budgets.
- Develop clear, focused, re-useable program narratives.
- Ask peers to review your drafts.
- Save time by using a template!
Check out the following WINNING proposal writing templates I have published at TeachersPayTeachers.com (an online marketplace for teachers):
- Media Center Expansion (with Budget)
- After-School Program (with Budget)
- One-Week Summer Computer Camp (with Budget)
- One-Week High-School Orientation (with Budget)
Derrick Brown's Bio
Mr. Brown has published a digital catalog of more than 70 short films, learning games, visual dictionaries, poems, essays, newsletters, inspirational posters, and projects. He has also delivered more than 30 presentations, workshops, keynote addresses, and invited lectures at conferences, high schools, colleges, universities, and churches.
From 2004-2010, he served as a founding faculty member, governing board representative, Director of Corporate Relations, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal of Tech High (Charter) School in Atlanta GA.
Mr. Brown founded KnowledgeBase, Inc., in 1998, and served as its full-time executive director until 2004. KnowledgeBase's mission is to educate and to empower people by creating content that enhances their reading, writing, math, entrepreneurial, leadership, and critical thinking (problem solving) skills.
He earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from Clemson University in December 1991. He then worked for The MITRE Corporation's (Reston, VA) Signal Processing and Advanced Technology Department for one year before beginning graduate studies at Georgia Tech, where he received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in March 1994.
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