Grant applications are so much quicker to write if you have your information readily available. Start a file of:
- Useful statistics (for your own school/business/organisation, region and state)
- Project overviews
- Project costings
- Statement of need (why the project is needed)
- Letters of support (don't forget to ask your local MP and other schools/businesses/organisations who support your idea).
You will probably need to adapt the information you've gathered for each application, but it will be far quicker than starting everything from scratch.