1. Don't fudge the budget. Use exact numbers, don't round pennies unless it explicitly says to round to the next dollar.
2. Collaborate, Collaborate, Collaborate. The more people, businesses, or other entities involved in the project the better. It shows support for what you're doing and in-kind donations of time or money show a commitment to the project from these groups.
3. Be very clear about how this will help students. You don't have to give every detail of your project, but you do need to be clear on the outcomes.
4. Express the need, without making yourself, or the situation, sound ridiculous.
What you mean: Our school is falling apart, we have no resources, and we can barely keep the lights on. We need this grant like a lost child needs his mother.
What you write: We have a limited technology budget and would not otherwise be able to acquire the resources proposed in this grant. These supplies will have a significant impact on students in our middle school...
5. Give a little background about your school. If you are serving minorities or a lower income group of students, give statistics.
Example: Over 70% of Jesuit students take part in the federally subsidized free or reduced lunch program.