by Kimberly McCloud, M.Ed. Research the company you are applying to. I read my husband’s subscriptions of Money, Kiplinger’s, Smart Money, etc. to look for companies that have a strong financial portfolio and have a philosophy about their grant foundations that meet the needs of the grant I am applying for. I then read up on as much information as I can about the company. Be focused on what you truly want. Give the grant your total commitment when writing it. Your passion for your proposal and your students will come through. Follow all directions on the grant form. Some corporations will ask you to send an inquiry letter before applying. Also, they may request a certain font size or limit your application to one or two pages. Whatever they ask for, be sure to do it! They will immediately disqualify you if you can’t follow their directions when applying….