Below are examples of questions you may be asked when applying for a grant. Answers are provided to help with your grant writing process.
1. State the need for such a project or program.
Since the 1960’s, nearly every indicator of social stability and moral health has shifted dramatically in a negative direction. Here are four reasons we should be concerned: 1. There is a statistically measurable dip in empathy among today's youth. 2. There has been a clear increase in peer cruelty. 3. Experts observe more cheating and weaker moral reasoning. 4. Our plugged-in, high-pressure culture is leading to a mental health epidemic among young people.1
Therefore, it is imperative that we pay attention to the lack of empathy and respect around us and become single focused on what we can do to help the world become a kinder place.
1 Michele Borba,Ed.D, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Touchstone, May 2016. p. xv-xvi
2. What population benefits from the project/program?
(Your city’s name) school-aged children, families, and work force will all benefit from this project. A current Gallup Poll found that despite the public’s interest in morals, values and character, statistics show that children are not getting the nurturing experienced by earlier generations and, instead, they are bombarded with negative influences through media and external sources prevalent in today’s culture. According to American Youth Policy forum, schools and communities that embrace character education see signs of increased positive behavior in their community and schools. (Your school’s name and name of project/program) will begin this positive journey to restoring a community of character.
3. State how your project will benefit the residents of (state or city’s name).
Over the last decade, research has shown that focused, community-driven character education initiatives create communities where families are strong, homes and streets are safe, education is effective, businesses are productive and neighbors care about one another. Below are the results of a middle school in Jefferson City, MO that took on a school-wide character initiative (over 7 years):
- 73% reduction of In-School Suspensions
- 76% reduction of After School Detentions
- 72% reduction of the number of F's students earned
Developing productive citizens in (your school or city’s name) will benefit residents in our community and in the communities our future generations live and work.