Grant Writing Resources

Much of the work that is done in the positive youth development world—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.)

The Grantsmanship Center
Find grant-writing resources, including information on how to best craft your grant application.

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.

In addition to these files, you can check out our research pages to find additional supporting material for your grant application.

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. Submit your request for a letter of support from Search Institute. Please note that we require a minimum of two weeks to prepare a grant letter of support.

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.

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