The most compelling proposals include:
(1) a statement of hoped-for learnings or changes;
(2) a well-articulated relationship between the proposed activities and the hoped-for learnings or changes;
(3) a robust agenda, meaning non-trivial subject matter and actions, adequate attention to the cohort as community, an explicit but not overly constraining learning agenda, and ongoing practices to support the enterprise;
(4) a sound, thoughtful, realistic budget. Should your group develop a plan which requires a budget greater than $10,000, you may submit it so long as you indicate the sources of additional income needed. Cohort members often contribute continuing education funds from their own organizational budgets.
Before submitting your proposal, ask yourself these questions:
- Have we made explicit provision for regular contact?
- Is our plan specific about where will go and what we will do? Plans may change, but have a solid plan in place.
- Have we used consistent language to describe activities throughout? Does the language of the narrative match the language of the budget? Have someone who has not been part of the process read the cohort information for clarity and coherence.
- Is this budget based in reality? Check airline fares, hotel rates and standard meal allowances.
- If our total budget is more than $10,000, have we stated clearly and convincingly the sources of excess funds? Is this realistic?
- Does this plan sound plausible to someone who does not know us?
- Does our personality shine through?
- Does it sound too much like a school project? Too much like amusement only?
- Look at your individual answers in relation to the proposal. What do you see?
- Are we excited about the prospect?
Applicants are welcome to consult with Melissa Wiginton, Vice President for Education Beyond the Walls, as they are preparing proposals.