Name of Proposal:________________________________________________ Date: _________
Prospective Grant Provider:________________________________________________________
Criteria Points Earned (Possible:1-5) Matches Goals of Grant Provider: _______ Points
Here you are looking at the goals of your project and comparing them to the criteria given by the grant providers. Look at the grant descriptions in order to find out what is required.
Matches Required Demographics: _______ Points
This part of the rubric is checking whether the grant provider has focused in on a specific area demographically.
Able to be Completed in Timeframe: _______ Points
Every grant runs only for a specified time. While your project might be ongoing and not necessarily completed within this timeframe, the goals you set must be attainable within the time allotted by the grant provider.
Sustainable after Allowable Grant Period: _______ Points
This criterion is not necessarily related to any particular grant. Most grant providers are concerned with what will happen to your program after the grant's time period runs out. Will your project fall apart with no additional funding or is it self-sufficient? You have to make sure that any project you begin can either be fully completed within the timeframe allowed or is sustainable after the allotted time without additional grants.
Necessary Funds are Available _______ Points
After determining your monetary needs, you will know how much grant money you have to find. Make sure, however, to read through the funding criteria for grants you are seeking. Some of them require matching funds from school districts or other sources. If you cannot find these other sources of money, you will probably have to look elsewhere for grants. One positive, however, is that many organizations allow 'in-kind' matching funds. For example, if you have a professional volunteer their time to help you with your project, you can receive a 'credit' for how much their services would actually cost in the real world.
Evaluation Methods are Compatible ________ Points
From the beginning of project design, the grant writer must think of possible evaluation methods. All results must be measurable. Some grants allow you to provide your own methods for evaluation. If your project does not fit with the criteria required for evaluation, this would not be a good option for you.
The best grant matches will score 4 or 5 in every category. If a score of 3 or higher is not given for each, it is doubtful that this is a good match.