For your final project, you will be writing a Grant Proposal in the form of an A

For your final project, you will be writing a Grant Proposal in the form of an Argumentative Research Essay. The purpose of this assignment is to provide you experience designing a research study, writing a research proposal, and putting together a grant proposal—all the while teaching you how to write argumentatively.
Studies show that students who engage in original scholarly research were better prepared for research in higher education and on the job, their communication skills improved, their confidence in writing improved, and they had a competitive edge in job applications.
In general, a research proposal explains why and how a study will be conducted. It is useful for planning a study (and for getting critical feedback before undertaking the study) as well as a resource to mine while conducting a study.
Think of your Research Project as a kind of study. You are using this project to create some kind of statement. Your Research Project will tell us something about the world just like a study or research of any other kind tells us something about the world.
I want to remind you that this essay will explain an idea for aproject. You WILL NOT need to complete the idea of the projectto get a grade for the class. You simply need to complete the essay. If this assignment inspires you to complete your projectidea, let me know!
Successful project ideas have included:
• creating youth athletic camps for an under-served community
• free art classes for senior citizens
• community recycling projects
In choosing an idea, don’t be afraid to choose a project that connects to something real and substantial in your life such as a hobby, passion, career goal or interest. You will submit a project proposal to me for review. Please make sure to get confirmation from me that your project proposal is okay before you begin writing this essay.
Some things to consider when writing your essay:
• The best and most successful projects are PLAUSIBLE (realistic) and are focused on a serving a specific community
• How important is the proposed project to furthering knowledge and understanding within its field and possibly across different fields? For example, if your project’s theme is healthcare, how well does it do something to help the community understand their health better?
• Does the project explore and/or suggest creative and original ideas?
• How well is the idea conceived and organized?
• Does the proposed activity use sound methods to produce effective results?
• Are the methodological details (data collection details, timelines, interviews, questionnaires, archival research methodology) thorough and clear?
• Is the work plan well thought out?
• Does the work have a community component?
• What will be the impact on the community?
• Can the proposed activity be completed within the specified time frame under the specified budget?
Your essay must contain the following components:
1) Executive Summary (aka, the introduction) – An umbrella statement of your case and summary of the entire proposal.
2) Background & Rationale/Statement of Need – An explanation of the community that will be served by this projectand why this project is necessary. This would be a good place to include primary sources such as interviews of the community—gauges of what the community would think of such a project. This would also be a good place for secondary sourcesdemonstrating how similar projects had success. Why is this community particularly well suited to implement this project?
Let’s say you want to provide free art classes for seniors experiencing dementia in living facilities. You could research the benefits of art therapy for the treatment of dementia and provide the results of that research in your essay as a positive argument for your project idea.
Let’s say you want to provide free computer coding classes to at-risk youth. You could research other types of programs that are similar and discuss how effective these programs.
Let’s say you want to provide a clean-up service for trash along the coastlines. You could research the effects on wildlife and marine sustainability.
If there is a topic you are interested in, this is your opportunity to learn more about it in a constructive project-focusedresearch-based manner.
3) Program Objectives – what is the purpose of your intervention? Be specific about the types of outcomes you want to achieve!
4) Project Description – What methods will you be using to implement your project? This should be the nuts and bolts of how the project will be implemented, and how it will be evaluated. Here is where you can use sources to show that other similar projects used similar methods with success.
5) Budget – financial description of the project plus explanatory notes.
6) Discussion – What are the anticipated challenges and opportunities that will confront this program? How feasible and sustainable is this program? What are the implications for future work?
7) Conclusion – summary of the proposal’s main points.
FORMAT & SOURCES: Your essay must be in MLA format, 4-5 pages in length, double-spaced, 12-point font. You must integrate AT LEAST FIVE OUTSIDE SOURCES. One of those sources MUST be primary which means YOU did the data collection yourself. Three of the sources must come from the Library Database, and two (of those three) must come from Peer-Reviewed Journals.

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