Grant Writing Essentials

A variety of educational opportunities await Ball State faculty, staff, and students intent on developing a skill set for grant writing.

Grant Writing Essentials (formerly "Grants Dollars Trilogy") is a five-part series led by SPO Program ManagerĀ Stanley Geidel and offered by Ball State's Learning and Development. The sessions are offered every fall and spring semester.

The sessions include:

  • Part 1 - Developing a Fundable Idea: Focuses on how to transform ideas for grant proposals into fundable propositions. Specifically, how to develop, refine, and test their proposal ideas to increase their chances for funding success.
  • Part 2 - Writing the Proposed Narrative: Provides detailed guidance for developing proposal content as well as how to present the grant narrative for maximum effectiveness. Several tips for success are included that will help distinguish and professionalize your project.
  • Part 3 - Project Evaluation: SPO has teamed up with the Social Science Research Center to offer attendees the information and resources they need to develop a strong evaluation plan for their grant proposal. This session will provide practical information on the importance of evaluation, its place within a proposal, development strategies, and resources available on-campus for this critical proposal element.
  • Part 4 - Budget Development: Outlines a straight-forward approach on how to construct a grant budget. Information on direct costs, indirect costs, and cost sharing is presented, along with advice for developing a winning budget strategy.
  • PartĀ 5 - Putting It All Together: Writing a Sample Proposal: Attendees at this workshop will have the opportunity to create a grant proposal and present it to a professional review panel. The panel will critique each proposal and offer suggestions and advice.

Register for these session at the Learning and Development website. Select Grant Writing Essentials from the "Course Type" drop-down list.

Questions about these workshops may be directed to Stanley Geidel.