Grant Writing Secret #1 – Read the Rubric

I have had great success in my life with writing government grants, both state grants and federal grants. In fact, these grants have provided over a million dollars of funding to the various schools I have written them for.

So sometimes I’m asked about some of the secrets to writing a grant that will get funded. So to help those who are interested, I am giving a Webinar next week (February 14) on Education Grant Writing Strategies, and also on February 28 (And if you want a discount code, use JACOB30)

But since I know not everyone will be able to make the webinar, or wonder if it is worth the cost, I am going to be sharing some of the most important secrets here on LinkedIn. (I will of course go into a bit more detail in my webinar, and answer questions there)

So, here is the biggest and I would say the most important secret. All government grants will have something called a “rubric” (although they may not always use this term for it). It is usually at the very end of the grant’s information (sometimes called a Request for Proposal, or Request for Application, or Request for Funding…) The rubric tells you exactly how the grant applications will be judged.

This is GOLDEN. And critical. Because while most of the time, the information in the rest of the grant will match up to what’s in the rubric, in the end it is the rubric that the judges will use to grade the grant proposals. And I have often seen slight differences between what the rubric says and what the other parts of the grant say… And I know, that if I follow the rubric, I will have an edge on the other applicants, because many of them won’t even read the rubric, or will not be careful in fully following it.

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