Grant-Writing Resources

Much of the work that is done in the positive youth development field—whether it’s in communities, schools, organizations, or government—is funded by grants. We’ve provided the resources below to help you craft effective grant proposals that use the latest research from Search Institute.

Grant-Writing Downloads

You can download, print, and use the resources below to help support your application for a grant.

  • Sample grant proposal
    This sample proposal provides a template that you to base your proposal on. (From The Journey to Community Change.)
  • Research on and Evidence for the Developmental Assets Model
    This appendix provides background information on the assets, including what they are, where they come from, and information on their prevention effectiveness. (From Getting to Outcomes with Developmental Assets.)
  • How Are Our Evaluation Efforts Going?
    A worksheet for reflecting on your program’s evaluation efforts. (From Getting to Outcomes with Developmental Assets.)
  • Best Practices Briefs: Validating the Assets Approach
    This report provides evidence of the benefits of using the Developmental Assets as an approach to positive youth development, including longitudinal research results. (From Outreach Partnerships and Michigan State University.)
  • School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors among Youth
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this report enumerating the benefits of school connectedness, a measure that Developmental Assets increase.
  • A Letter from Senator Amy Klobuchar
    U.S. Senator Klobuchar’s letter urges the Department of Education to partner with Search Institute to encourage the creation of positive school climate.
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    In addition to the above files, you can check out our research pages to find additional supporting material for your grant application.

  • Research on Developmental Assets >>
  • Research on Developmental Relationships >>
  • Research on Developmental Communities >>
  • All Research Areas >>
  • The Grantsmanship Center - Find grant-writing resources, including information on how to best craft your grant application.
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    Request a Letter of Support for Grant Applications

    Search Institute will provide a letter of support to any organization or community seeking funding for an asset-building project or initiative. Click here to submit your request for a letter of support from Search Institute. If your request is urgent, please call 800-888-7828 for immediate assistance. We will customize your letter of support to meet the needs of your grant application.