Proposal (60 points)
Read Chapter 22
(Proposals) before completing this project.
Length: 800 to 900 words Part I: Background
Part II: Instructions
Premise: You have been hired as the grant
writer for Workshop Houston, a local after-school program that is seeking
funding to expand the organization and support its young student members. Using
the background information provided below, write a persuasive grant proposal requesting the Community
Arts Rise grant (CAR grant) from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Workshop
Houston Background: Workshop Houston was built on the
belief that learning is more than just what happens in a classroom. Founded by
four Oberlin College graduates in 2003, Workshop Houston has grown into a
well-established youth development agency and important neighborhood resource.
Using a hands-on, arts-based educational philosophy to respond to the needs of
the community, our program has served thousands of youth through after school
and summer programs that help students to build technical skills, develop a
meaningful creative practice, and gain academic confidence.
Workshop Houston website: https://www.workshophouston.org/
Who You Are | The Mission
Workshop Houstonâ€™s goal is to provide youth with
creative, technical and educational resources. Our vision is to lay the
groundwork for a just society by creating a community that provides youth with
support, expanded opportunities and alternative definitions of success.
What You Do | The 4 Workshops
Workshop Houston offers innovative youth development
programs through four studio/classrooms: 1. Beat Shop (music production)
2. Discovery Shop (computer programming and robotics) Scholar Shop
(academic enrichment), and the Style Shop (fashion and graphic design.) Review
the more detailed description of the 4 workshops provided by Workshop
CAR Grant Award Criteria
The US federal
government offers grant awards (funding) for many fields related to business,
technology, science, the environment, art, and education. The National
Endowment of the Arts is one government agency that focuses on art and
educationâ€”you will be writing to the NEA to request a CAR grant award.
RFP (request for proposal) from the NEA:
Car Grant Award: The Community Arts Rise grant is
the National Endowment for the Artsâ€™ education and community-based grant award.
The NEA is requesting proposals from after-school programs that make an impact
on underserved communities in the United States. Programs that meet the CAR
grant criteria will seek to close the opportunity gaps for children from
lower-income neighborhoods. Chosen programs awarded the CAR grant offer activities
that involve art, education, culture, and design, while seeking to enhance the creativity,
critical thinking, and independence of its student members.
Assignment Instructions: The Workshop
Houston campus (located on 3039 Holman Street) has served at-risk youth from
underserved communities for nearly two decades. The tutors, teachers, and
volunteers at Workshop Houston are dedicated to offering students an artistic,
educational, and skills-based outlet in the form of its 4 Workshop Programs. But
now the organization wants to expand and make an even greater impact on the communityâ€™s
You are the grant writer for Workshop Houston. You
have been hired to draft a grant proposal applying for the CAR Grant Awardâ€”a financial grant award that ranges between $20,000
to $200,000 dollars.
Goal of your proposal:
currently offers four workshops (Beat Shop, Discovery Shop, Design Shop, and
Style Shop). The popularity of these workshops, however, has encouraged the
nonprofit to expand and develop a fifth workshop.
What am I doing? Grant Proposal:
will be proposing the development of a fifth
workshop based on any artistic or educational subject that
interests you. Your shop will be taught at the Workshop Houston campus. 2) Whatever
new shop you envision, it must be aligned with the values and mission of
Workshop Houston (review their website). I expect you to propose a Workshop
that provides a curriculum focused on engaging, hands-on, and impactful lessons
that encourages learning and the development of specific skills. 3) You
will need to explain how your after-school program operates. What materials
will you need for your workshop to function? What skills and principles are you
hoping to teach? addition to the work you do each weekâ€”in the classroomâ€”you might
also suggest the creation of special projects, events, fairs, performance,
competitions that you believe would complement the goals of your workshop.
Optional: If Workshop
Houston already offers a program similar to a subject that interests
you, you can still use it as the focus of your own. For example, the Discovery
Shop mentions â€œroboticsâ€ but itâ€™s very generalâ€”if you wanted to pitch a more
specific and developed â€œRobotics Workshopâ€ that would be fine.
Your budget will request a targeted funding amount
that will range between $20,000
to $200,000 dollars. Your budget will tell me how money you need to develop
your workshop for one year.
Length: Write a
single-spaced grant proposal. The word count is 800 to 900 words, but your
grant might be several pages long if you choose to include any images, pictures,
charts, or tables. Audience: You have
flexibility with the audience for your new workshop. You will primarily be
focusing on ages that range from middle school to high school. But you can
target just middle-school aged children, or just high schoolâ€”your choice. Textbook Proposal
may use the funding proposal for the SMU Torch on p. 561 (Chapter 22:
Proposals) as a basic model for your
own project. However, you have creative flexibility with the writing, style,
and design of your proposalâ€”write in your own voice, be persuasive and passionate. Student
have provided a â€œstudent exampleâ€ in Worksheets. Do not copy my sampleâ€”use it
as a model and inspiration. Your proposal is about making
an impact in the lives of children from Houstonâ€™s underserved,
lower-income communities. Write a proposal that reflects your commitment
to that goal.
proposal should only have these 10 partsâ€”this is all you are
responsible for: 1) Title Page 2) Table of Contents 3) Overview 4) Background 5)
Statement of Problem 6) Plan 7) Method/Schedule 8) Budget 9)
Conclusion 10) References.
Note: When you write
your proposal, closely read the sections below and follow the instructions for
each proposal part detailed below: Organization: Use specific headers to organize your proposal. Headers will preview the material and engage
the reader. Donâ€™t write â€œStatement of Problem.â€ Thatâ€™s too general, but a
header such as this, â€œLow Telekinesis Scores in Public Schoolsâ€ will educate
the reader on the content of that paragraph.
OF YOUR GRANT PROPOSAL: Write your proposal to match the description and
values of the Community Arts Rise Grantâ€”the NEA is the organization who will be
offering you the funding, and your proposal will likely reference the criteria
stated in the CAR grant description.
1) Title Page a. See
Student Example or SMU Torch example
2) Table of Contents
Student Example or SMU Torch example
effective overview is a relatively brief
introduction. (5-8 sentences). It offers a concise and persuasive statement of
the key elements of the proposalâ€”it should be engaging and persuasive and hook
your audience. In this section, you will identify who you are, the problem
that your Workshop is attempting to address, your purpose for requesting
the CAR Grant Award, while likely suggesting the benefits of potential of your organization.
Copy and paste the paragraph
below into your Project 09 (insert it right below the Overview). The
Background section introduces your organization to its audienceâ€”just copy
and paste this whole paragraph:
was built on the belief that learning is more than just what happens in the classroom.
Our program has grown into a well-established youth development agency and
important neighborhood resource. We use a hands-on, arts-based educational
philosophy to respond to the needs of our community. Workshop Houston has served
thousands of youth through our after school and summer programs that help
students to build technical skills, develop a meaningful creative practice, and
gain academic confidence. Our goal is to provide youth with creative, technical
and educational resources and lay the groundwork for a just society, We hope to
foster a community that provides youth with support, expanded opportunities and
alternative definitions of success. 5) Statement of Problem
is the problem the community faces and that Workshop Houston is attempting to
alleviate? b. To
be persuasive, your will need to provide data, research, and reference to expert
opinion on your chosen problem. c. Your
Problem and Plan are closely related. For example, if you proposed an Astronomy
Workshop as your Plan, then your argument about the Problem
could focus on the importance of science education, prompting you to research
low-test scores in public schools, and the importance of STEM, especially for low-income
communities. You could also research the cognitive value of studying astronomy,
emphasizing the math, physics, and science skills involved in studying the
field. You could argue for its benefits to a studentâ€™s education and even maybe
even suggest it as a gateway into a possible career path (depends on the
subject). d. Note: You cannot
use the Astronomy Workshop for your project.
strategy for researching your subjects is to focus on both social or
educational problems your Workshop is addressing, and also benefits (skills,
abilities, talents) that your Workshop is hoping to inspire in its members.
might also provide demographic material (research) about the children and teens
from the Third Ward Houston community who rely on Workshop Houston. Consider
that WSH is attempting to make an impact on low-income neighborhoods, appealing
to the teens, adolescents, and young adults who attend underfunded public
schools that either lack after school programs or offer limited extracurricular
a. Write an introductory paragraph that provides
a persuasive argument for your fifth workshopâ€”establish the
subject and purpose and results
you are hoping for. What outcome do you want for your students? How will they benefit? What are
the skills, talents, abilities, and mindset that you hope to inspire?
a. Now get specific. b. Whatâ€™s the
curriculum? What kind of lessons will you offer? What materials will you work
with? (What will students do during a class session or meeting?) What software
will they learn? Be creative and remember your audienceâ€”how do you make it fun
and engaging? Perhaps you will combine a mix of traditional teaching methods with
practical, hands-on lessons? c. Optional: Maybe include an end of the semester contest,
science fair, event, or showcase designed to share what the students have
learned or created.
d. Schedule: Whatâ€™s the schedule for your workshop?
Weekends? Afterschool classesâ€”how often is your workshop offered? How long is a
class or session? (Be concise and make your schedule easy to readâ€”perhaps with
a table? Or short paragraphs with bold headers or labels).
Budget: a. Make
up the numbers.
have to decide how specific to be. Is this the kind of project that needs
line-by-line budgetary information, tables, pie charts, or can you group tasks
into categories and discuss how much each category will cost? Remember, the
staffing section must also be included.
might also suggest paying for staffingâ€”hiring
a part-time teacher, teaching assistant, volunteer, guest speaker.
the SMU Torch Example or any other
budget design examples from the textbook.
Conclusion: a. Remind
the reader of the key benefits of your plan and try to motivate them to offer
you the CAR Grant Award. (If you want to insert the specific dollar amount
requested, this would be the appropriate place). This is the last opportunity
to compel your audience to actâ€”to award you the funds, and help you achieve
b. The conclusion is typically short, concise,
proposal will have a research component that
will include a minimum of 3 outside sources to support your
argument. Online or web sources are allowed, but should come from credible
sites, such as government websites, agencies, studies, newspapers, magazines.
should be documented using correct APA format for in-text citations and
work cited page. c. Your
textbook includes information APA format,
but below I have also included links to the North Carolina Writing Center:
d. At least one
of your outside sources must be from the UH Library Databaseâ€”see the handout
in the folder for how to remotely access our library and complete a search of
How to Insert a quote in the text: https://guides.lib.u-nc.edu/citing-information/apa-in-text
more detailed handout is available in the Grant Proposal folder: â€œHow to Quote
an Online Source in APA formatâ€ (and is the subject my Video Lecture)
List of â€œsignal phrases for introducing quote:
Documenting Online Sources:
Sample References Page:
proposal will be graded according to the criteria by which proposals are
typically accepted or rejected. A successful grant proposal will:
Â· Demonstrate an
understanding of Workshop Houstonâ€™s values and mission statement.
Â· Be organized into
clear sections with proper headings.
Â· Illustrate the
soundness/practicality of the plan being offered.
Â· Identify a
relevant problem in the community and a feasible approach to its solution.
Â· Illustrate the
quality of the projectâ€™s organization and management.
Â· Demonstrate an
ability to control costs.
Â· Include a research
component with correct citations.
Â· Demonstrate the
qualifications of the staff to be assigned to the project.
Â· Use persuasive
techniques (including a clear focus on audience needs and benefits, honest and
supportable claims, appropriate detail, readability, convincing language,
accessible and attractive page design, proper citations of any sources or
Â· Display correct
grammar and mechanics. Demonstrate concision, clarity, and fluency.