The Office of Innovation and Development can help you research funding opportunities and develop strategies to meet your school’s needs and goals.

Grant Development 101

From conceptualization to the final submission, the following steps will help you develop a strong grant proposal.   

STEP 1: Develop Your Concept

What are you trying to achieve? Who is your target audience? How much money do you need to implement your project or idea? Developing a solid concept will allow you to clearly convey your needs and goals to a prospective funder.

STEP 2: Identify a Grant Opportunity

Review the guidelines to determine an organization’s funding priorities, timeline and reporting requirements. Search our Grant Database for funding opportunities.

STEP 3: Complete an Intent to Submit a Grant Application Form

Found a grant? Complete our online Intent to Submit a Grant Application form.  

STEP 4: Grant Proposal Development

Now it's time to develop your grant proposal! Use the following tools to help you complete your application: Concept Development, Proposal Outline Builder, and How to Develop a Logic Model.

STEP 5: Review and Submission

Ask colleagues, administrative staff and the Office of Innovation and Development to review your draft proposal. Contact us through Let's Talk! to ask for a review.

STEP 6: Grant Award

You won the award! Complete the Grant Award Notification form to register the grant and begin the process of accepting and receiving your award.


Searchable Grant Database

Explore our Grant Database and search for current school and non-profit grant opportunities. The database is updated continuously, so check back often for new opportunities.

Austin ISD Frequently Requested Documents

Use the resources below to help you complete your grant application.

Austin ISD Board of Trustees
Austin ISD Tax-Exempt Letter
Austin ISD At-A-Glance
Austin ISD Audit Reports
Austin ISD Adoption Budget Summary 
Austin Ed Fund 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination*

*If your funding source requires a recipient to be a 501(c)(3) organization, please contact our team through Let's Talk! for more questions or support. 

Tips For Success

Keep in mind the following principles of successful grant writing while preparing your proposal:

  • Review the common grant components
  • Use a proposal outline builder
  • Focus on the needs of your school and students
  • Keep your language precise
  • Establish that a critical need exists
  • Be honest and realistic
  • Keep it simple and compelling