WWC Guide for Postsecondary Student Success

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The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released an Educator’s Practice Guide for college and university faculty, administrators, and advisors working with postsecondary students who are academically underprepared for college. The “Strategies for Postsecondary Students in Developmental Education – A Practice Guide for College and University Administrators, Advisors, and Faculty” presents six evidence-based recommendations. The report includes a summary of the evidence, guidance on carrying out the recommendation, suggestions for surmounting potential roadblocks, and an implementation checklist for each recommendation.

If you are developing a grant proposal for a program to support college students in developmental education, this guide will be very valuable. It is full of resources and information to inform program design as well as establish rationale and evidence of potential effectiveness.

The six recommendations of the guide are:

  1. Use multiple measures to assess postsecondary readiness and place students.
  2. Require or incentivize regular participation in enhanced advising activities.
  3. Offer students performance-based monetary incentives.
  4. Compress or mainstream developmental education with course redesign.
  5. Teach students how to become self-regulated learners.
  6. Implement comprehensive, integrated, and long-lasting support programs.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) website page for the report is The direct link to the guide is

NC A&T Awarded $7.5M Contract with U.S. Department of Labor

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Congratulations to North Carolina A&T State University for receiving a $7.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor for the  LEAD-IT Project – Leadership, Empowerment, Apprenticeship, and Diversity in Information Technology. Along with partners IBM Corporation, SHARE Association, IT-oLogy, Mobile Collaborative Education Consulting, Vets in Tech, Indiana University – Minority Serving Institution STEM Initiative, Mentor Services and Capital Area Workforce Development Board, NC A&T will develop a national opportunity network of employers and training providers to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities, and women entering IT apprenticeships and the IT workforce.

The full press release from NC A&T is available here: Cross Campus Collaboration Nets N.C. A&T $7.5 Million Contract with U.S. Dept. of Labor .

GrantProse is honored to have worked with NC A&T faculty and partners to prepare the proposal for this important work.

Craven County Schools Receives $1.5M DoDEA Grant

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Congratulations to Craven County Schools, recipient of a $1.5 million Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant for their Student Success Through Tiered Support project! This project will serve thirteen military-impacted schools in the Craven County School District of North Carolina near the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, providing academic and social/emotional support for military dependent students to enhance their pursuit of educational goals.

The project has two goals for military-dependent students: to increase their math achievement through in-class supports and tutoring, and to improve their social-emotional well-being through counseling, parent/community engagement, and behavior management. Children of military families face unique stressors that can affect their classroom behavior, including relocation, deployment of family members, and emotional stress during times of national crisis. Equipping teachers and schools with research-based strategies to recognize, acknowledge, and support students when they are distracted by these factors will contribute strongly to the students’ continuing trajectory of academic progress and success.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Grant Program aims to strengthen family-school-community relationships and enhance student achievement for military dependent students. The program supports research-based strategies that enhance student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due to their parents’ military service. Since 2009, DoDEA grants have led to significant improvement in student achievement.

GrantProse is honored to have worked with the dedicated, knowledgeable, and talented staff at Craven County Schools to prepare the proposal to serve America’s military families.

Wake Tech Receives $3.9M TechHire Grant

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Congratulations to Wake Tech Community College, lead applicant, and its  partner the Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWDB) for securing a $3.9 million TechHire Partnership Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to prepare at least 450 people for computer-related occupations reliant upon workers with cybersecurity skills. This is the largest single grant award in Wake Tech’s history.

Project SECURE (Supporting and Enhancing Cybersecurity through Upwardly-mobile Retraining and Education) is a collaborative effort involving Wake Tech, CAWDB, Wake County Economic Development, the City of Raleigh, Durham Workforce Development Board, and local employers. Participants will progress along targeted career pathways, obtaining increasingly advanced work experience and  certifications to enable their career advancement and maintain availability of entry level positions for new workers.

The TechHire initiative was first announced in March 2015. Its purpose is to build tech talent pipelines based on local employment sector needs in communities across the nation. Thirty-nine grants totaling $150 million were awarded in 25 states. GrantProse is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the talented and dedicated faculty and staff at Wake Tech and CAWDB in the preparation of this proposal.

NCES Releases “The Condition of Education 2016”


The Condition of Education report is provided to Congress every year to summarize trends and developments in education. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) uses the latest available data to present 43 indicators of population characteristics, participation in education, and elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education.

Among the data used in the report, survey and program areas include crime and safety surveys, longitudinal studies, IPEDS, Common Core of Data, assessments of adult competencies, Private School Survey (PSS), international student assessments, and reading, literacy, mathematics, and science studies.

The Condition of Education 2016 report provides a wealth of information and data for grant writers and evaluators. For example, IES shared these examples of report findings in its email announcing the release of the report:

• High-poverty schools accounted for 25 percent of all public schools in 2013–14. In that year, 24 percent of traditional public schools were high-poverty, compared with 39 percent of charter schools.

• Students who exhibited positive approaches to learning behaviors more frequently in the fall of kindergarten had greater academic gains in reading, mathematics, and science between kindergarten and second grade than their peers who exhibited these behaviors less frequently. The relationships between initial approaches to learning behaviors and these academic gains were more pronounced for students from lower socioeconomic status (SES) households than for students from higher SES households.

• While 86 percent of all young adults ages 25–34 with a bachelor’s or higher degree were employed in 2014, differences in employment outcomes were observed by occupation, sex, and race/ethnicity. For example, female full-time, year-round workers earned less than their male colleagues in nearly all of the occupation groups examined and for every employment sector (e.g., private for-profit, private nonprofit, government).

You can view or download the entire report, summaries, or highlights here:


Grant Alert! Education Research Grants from IES

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Due Date:  Letter of Intent (optional, but strongly encouraged) is due by 5/5/16; Full application package is due by 8/4/16 4:30PM EST.
Eligibility:  Non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities. Applicants must have the ability to and capacity to conduct scientific research.
Award Amount:  Varies based on research goal and grant duration from $600,000 to $3.8 million over a period of 2-5 years.
Title: Education Research Grants
Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
Release Date: 3/28/16

Link to Submit LOI:
Link to Request for Applications (RFA):
Webinars: IES will post topics and dates for funding opportunity webinars at when available.

Note: The application package will be available for download from by 5/5/16.

Description:  The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) provides grants for research performed in authentic educational settings pertaining to “student academic outcomes and student social and behavioral competencies that support success in school and afterwards”. According to the RFA, “All research supported under the Education Research Grants program must address the education outcomes of students and include measures of these outcomes. The Institute is most interested in student academic outcomes and student social and behavioral competencies that support success in school and afterwards.”

Applications will be accepted for one of the Institute’s 11 standing focused programs of research topics, as well as three special topics introduced for FY 2017. Each topic has its own specific set of Sample, Outcomes and Setting requirements that must be met.

The 11 focused programs are:

  • Specific Populations of Learners
    • Early Learning Programs and Policies (Pre-K ages 3-5)
    • English Learners (EL K-12, EL educators)
    • Postsecondary Education and Adult Education (individuals age 16+ involved in post-secondary or adult education)
  • Salient Student Education Outcomes
    • Reading and Writing (K-12)
    • Mathematics and Science education (K-12)
    • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning (K-12)
  • Potential Mechanisms of Intervention
    • Cognition and Student Learning (Pre-K, K-12)
    • Education Leadership (Practicing Education Leaders and/or people training to become education leaders)
    • Education Technology (Pre-K, K-12)
    • Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching (Teachers/instructional personnel of K-12)
    • Improving Education Systems (K-12 public education systems)

FY 2017 Special Topics:

  • Arts in education (K-12)
  • Career and Technical Education (K-12)
  • Systemic Approaches to Educating Highly Mobile Students (K-12)

Applications must be directed to one of five research goals, as aligned with the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development (

  • Exploration
  • Development and Innovation
  • Efficacy and Replication
  • Measurement
  • Effectiveness

Multiple applications are allowed from one applicant as long as each is for a significantly different project.

Awards will be announced no later than July 1, 2017.

Registration with is required. Registration takes a minimum of 3-5 business days and can take up to 4 weeks to complete. Grants cannot be submitted until the registration process is completed.

2016 Achieve Report on College and Career Readiness

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Achieve, an education reform organization created in 1996, has released a report on the college and career readiness (CCR) of high school graduates in all 50 U.S. states. There is a wealth of information in the report to use for grant proposal need statements and objective benchmarks and comparisons. The entire report and individual reports for each state are available for download here.

“The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates” report includes data by state on the percentage of 9th grade cohorts meeting state CCR benchmarks, completing CCR courses of study, accumulating credits towards graduation, and earning college credit through Advanced Placement exams. The data is aggregated by subgroup when available.

The individual state reports includes information about the job market in the state, preparedness for the military, postsecondary remediation, and performance indicators for 4th and 8th grade students.


Grant Alert! Healthy Eating Research Grants – Round 10

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Due Date:  There are two deadlines for concept papers – May 11, 2016 and August 3, 2016.
Eligibility:  U.S. 501(c)(3) public entities or nonprofits
Award Amount:  Up to $190,000 for up to 18 months
Title:  Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity – Round 10
Agency: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Note: 1/3 of available funds earmarked for studies serving rural areas of the U.S., Asian/Pacific Islanders, and/or American Indians

Description:  “The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and children who live in lower-income communities (urban, suburban, and/or rural). Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to help all children achieve a healthy weight, promote health equity, and build a Culture of Health.” (direct quote from RWJF website)

Website: Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Happy International Grant Professionals Day!

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On this International Grant Professionals Day (IGPD), we at GrantProse send a special thank you to our clients, our e-newsletter readers, and our website visitors for the work you do to improve your part of the world. You all do miracles, leveraging resources to create widespread impact for the betterment of those you serve. THANK YOU!

IGPD was founded by the Grant Professionals Association to honor grant seekers, grant makers, and grant project managers. Social media celebrations and discussions are going on all week – follow hashtags #IGPD and #IGPW to join in, or visit for schedules, information, and resources.

A couple of interesting facts about grants from the GPA (click here for the full article):

Why are experienced and professional grant writers so important?

FACT: In 2010, nearly 980,000 public charities were registered with the IRS, a 42% increase over the decade. More than 366,000 of them reported $25,000 or more in gross receipts. All of these organizations are competing for public and private funding, including grants, to help them meet their missions.

FACT:”Key Facts on U.S. Foundations” by the Foundation Center states that $54.7 billion was donated to nonprofits by over 86,000 private, corporate and community foundations in 2013. This is an increase of more than 80% over the past decade.

We wish you all a very happy day, full of great ideas, fun partnerships, fulfilling work, and grants success!

Information and Resources for Rural Programs

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GrantProse Associate Jenny Braswell was a guest host on GrantChat last week to discuss Challenges of Rural Programs. If you missed it, here are links to the Twitter chat, the Blab video, and the blog post.

The Storify version of the Twitter Chat has all of the tweets during the hour collected into an easy to follow format. During the chat, we shared a lot of links to resources for data, research, and information about funding opportunities, as well as some ideas for proposal writing strategies.

Here is a recorded archive of the  Blab interview. Jenny talks about strategy, the importance of funding in rural communities, craft beer, and how to think bigger about impact.

Here is the link to Jenny’s associated blog post, Rural Wisdom for Grant Seekers. It talks about the bigger role grant professionals need to assume in rural areas and includes some fun but important advice for grant writing projects in general: