AspireIT Toolkit: Plan and Apply
Step 1: Fully Understand AspireIT
If you have not already done so, check out the following videos to help you understand what AspireIT is all about, and what it means to be an AspireIT Leader or Partner Organization:
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Step 2: Make Sure You Are a Member
Revisit the following webpages:
Step 3: Determine Program Basics and Build Your Proposal Team
Before you can continue any further on your journey, you must:
a) understand the requirements of an AspireIT program
b) think about your program basics (for example, age, curriculum, and goals)
c) find a Partner Organization/Leader (collectively the Proposal Team)
d) confirm your intent to apply
Your initial program ideas might change as you and your Leader/Partner Organization connect, but having thought about it a little will make building your Proposal Team much easier.
a) Understand the Requirements of an AspireIT Program
Make sure you read through the Request for Proposals (RFP). Even if you have applied before, we may have made updates from previous round, and it is your responsibility to read and understand the requirements for the current round for which you are applying. (View the RFP online using the button below.)
b) Think About Your Program Basics
- Use the Program Planning Guide Worksheet (and provided example) to outline the basics of your program.
- Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at the Curriculum and Platform Guide.
- Have a curriculum in mind? Watch this video to help you assess its fit.
c) Find a Partner Organization/Leader (Collectively the Proposal Team)
Start out by reviewing the video below that further explains the Leader-Partner relationship and how to find a counterpart.
After viewing the video above, AspireIT Leaders and Partner Organizations can follow the steps and recommendations in the table below to build their Proposal Teams.
AspireIT Leaders: Find a Partner Organization
AspireIT Partner Organizations: Find a Leader
Step 4: Register Your Program and Partnership
AspireIT Partner Organizations
Log into either aspirations.org or college.aspirations.org, and complete the AspireIT Registration Form (which is made available when each round of overall AspireIT applications are open). This is how you officially register your program and notify us that you are planning to apply (so we can contact you with any application updates).
Receive a Partner Verification email, and confirm your agreement to partner with your AspireIT leader. Once completed, the AspireIT Leader will receive an email with a link to the online application.
Step 5: Build an Engaging Program
Remember that AspireIT is as much about leadership development for AspireIT Leaders as it is about engaging young women in exploring computer science. The Proposal Team of Leader(s) and Partner(s) should work together to build a strong, exciting, and engaging program. This takes work, but your efforts will not only become apparent in your application to us, but will also make your implementation work easier. Working your way through the following videos and handouts will aid you:
Start with the Leader & Partner Relationship Guide, which outlines how your Proposal Team can “set ground rules” and understand how each of you will work together.
Check out the Creating an Engaging Program training videos and resources (in particular, Sections 1-3). This will help you understand the required social issue component, what makes a program engaging for participants, and how to ensure your program is inclusive of all age levels and learning styles.
Thinking about a virtual component to your implementation — either for training/planning or implementation? Find tips in the Virtual Leading Guide.
Keep in mind that it is the AspireIT Leader who will prepare the funding application for submission to NCWIT, as explained in Step 5.
Step 6: Prepare and Submit a Request for Funds
After completing Steps 1-4, preparing your application for funding to NCWIT will be a cinch! Use the following documents to draft your proposal and budget with your AspireIT Proposal Team:
The AspireIT Leader will then transfer to the online application for funding (via the link emailed to the AspireIT Leader after the Partner Verification in Step 4). Once prepared, the Partner Organization will need to review the completed application and budget, and then make the final submission to NCWIT for review.
Need more funding than what NCWIT can provide? Review the Budget and Fundraising Guide.
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