Write a winning application

Have a great idea, but need some help with your grant application? Look no further!

Check out our top 5 tips for writing an application, sign up for a grant writing workshop, download the application worksheet and read past winning application examples. 

Scoring Rubric & Worksheet

Scoring Rubric

To ensure potential projects are as safe and educational as they are fun, A+ for Energy Grant Readers use a detailed scoring rubric to evaluate each proposal.

The rubric emphasizes creativity and the student experience in bringing real world energy topics into the classroom.

Application Worksheet

Use the Application Worksheet as a primer to help you develop your proposal. It includes helpful information about each section of the application, including character limits.

Tips from Grant Readers

Never written a grant before? Looking for some guidance on where to begin? Well look no further. Our A+ for Energy judges have provided top tips for writing a proposal that stands out among the crowd.

Focus on student learning about energy

  • Tie your project to the provincial curriculum and make reference to learning outcomes identified in the curriculum.
  • Include a project evaluation and procedures for student/project assessment.
  • Identify methods for capturing student learning achievement.

Be creative

  • Show how your project is unique and will be exciting for students. Remember, proposals can be submitted for any grade and any subject.
  • Look for cross-grade, cross-curricular and community involvement opportunities.
  • Use a variety of activities that allow students to share their knowledge and develop leadership skills.

Have a plan

  • Think about your students and clearly map out how best to engage them in the project.
  • Include measureable outcomes.

Budget well

  • Provide a detailed budget aligned with activities in your proposal. Be specific, using actual and estimated costs where possible.
  • Keep in mind that the judges grade your budget, so be thoughtful and specific using actual and estimated costs where possible.
  • If you do not require the full $10,000, only apply for what you need to successfully run your project.

Grant Writing Workshops

Sign up for an online workshop hosted by BP A+ for Energy experts who can help you develop your project idea and navigate the application process.

The workshops are a great opportunity to connect with the A+ for Energy team and brainstorm project ideas, get your questions answered and learn more about what an A+ for Energy grant can do for your school and community.

Check back in early 2018 for Grant Writing Workshop dates.

Winning Application Examples

Learn by example and check out some past winning applications.

Each document below contains helpful notes from our judges that explain why the application is a winner and outlines tips for ways it could be even stronger.

Elementary School: The Garden of Possibility

Project Summary: Preschool to grade six students will explore the importance of energy conservation through gardening, with the introduction and usage of environmentally aware and appropriate methods such as permaculture.

Junior/Senior High School: A Student Run TEDx Youth Conference

Project Summary: In conjunction with the school’s second annual TEDx Conference, students will investigate stories of energy through scientific and human perspectives in their core academic classes.

Senior High School: Beyond Photosynthesis: Using Captured Solar Energy to Heat a Greenhouse

Project Summary: Students will learn firsthand about alternative (renewable) energy sources by constructing a heating system for the school greenhouse that utilizes two different transformations of solar energy.

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