Grant Development

Grant Development

An important function of OGDC is to support schools and offices in securing available resources for enriching educational opportunities for students in line with the mission and goals of the School District of Philadelphia. To accomplish this, the Office of Grant Development (OGD) within OGDC provides the following services and supports:

Proposal Writing/Technical Assistance

It is the function of OGD to ensure that grant proposals submitted by the District are well-written and complete, with information that is compelling to the funding source. For larger projects and those that impact multiple District departments or school sites, OGD works with staff to write proposals. OGD provides technical assistance to school and departments including: helping writers find appropriate sources for applications, communicating with funding sources to improve chances of getting funded, reviewing proposals for clarity, helping to organize proposals, compiling necessary demographic information, obtaining authorized signatures, examining personnel policies, helping with budget planning and organization, and helping with the development of evaluation designs in conjunction with the offices of Research and Evaluation and the Office of Grant Fiscal Service.

GRANT WRITING RESOURCES -- Click on this link for additional materials and supports regarding the effective development of grant proposals.

FORMS FOR GRANT DEVELOPMENT -- Click on this link for various forms and instructions for grant applications and related materials.

 Communication and Collaboration Linkages

OGD serves as a communication link within the District and among partners working on grant proposals. Communication is also necessary in order to inform the School Reform Commission and the CEO and/or CAO about large proposals and their implications for the District and to coordinate appropriate channels of approval. In addition, OGD facilitates partnerships with other community agencies, acting as a link within the District and among partners. Communication and collaboration increase possibilities for partnerships and guard against unnecessary duplication.

Grant Information Identification and Dissemination

OGD conducts ongoing research on grant opportunities (competitive and entitlement; federal, state, local and foundation) that meet the needs of the District's strategic priorities. Faculty and staff are continuously informed about new grants that become available via our website and monthly newsletter. 

Professional Development

OGD conducts workshops for educators, administrators and others with little or no experience in grant proposal development / writing. Participants will learn how to seek and respond to competitive grant opportunities.

Grants Database

A grants activities database is maintained by OGDC along with Accounting and the Office of Reserach and Evaluation to list key data about grants to improve grant management effectiveness among all parties, including grant program managers.