Here are two ways that The School Funding Center can help you write the perfect grant request.
The School Funding Center has partnered with an expert grant writer whose track record is proven- working with clients to win millions of dollars in grant money, year after year. The School Funding Center serves as a referral conduit for grant inquiries and does not itself offer grant writing services, nor do we sponsor grant writing fees. Upon successful referral, fees are established and paid to the external agency.
How to gain access to this service:
- Purchase a 12-month subscription to The School Funding Center Grant Database.
- Use our grant search tools to find grants that match the problems your school or organization faces.
- Contact The School Funding Center and tell us about your needs and reference the grants your interested in pursuing.
- Our partner will review the grant(s) you've chosen and your situation. If they think you have a good chance of getting grant money, they'll get back in touch with you to discuss fees and begin the grant-writing process.
- Our partner will only agree to write the grant proposal for you if they believe you have better than a 50-50 chance of actually being awarded the grant money.
Don Peek wrote the book on grant-writing... literally! Write Successful Grants for Your School
: A Step-by-Step Guide gives you 140 pages of specific instructions on how to find and win grant money. It also provides you with dozens of links to winning grant proposals that you can use as a resource when you write your own grants. Armed with this manual, you'll be able to win thousands of dollars in grant money, even if you've never written a grant before.
There are no secrets to getting grant money for your school. You can get your share of grants provided you follow the proper steps persistently and consistently. Most of the schools that don't win grant money either don't apply for grants or do so in a haphazard way. Below I offer a list of seven critical steps that I believe you need to follow and apply in order to secure grant money for your school. I will break down each of these steps in more detail in this series of articles.
1. Understand in detail the problems your school faces.
If you want to secure grant money for your school, the first step is to understand in detail the problems your school faces. To understand the problems and their severity, you must consistently perform needs assessments. A good needs assessment will measure the difference between what you expect to happen in your classroom, school, or district and what actually happens. The wider the gap between expectations and actual outcomes, the larger the problem you have. Read the whole article
2. Develop a solution that has the greatest chance of solving the problem.
Once you have identified your greatest problem, the second step toward obtaining grant money is to develop the solution that has the greatest chance of solving your problem. That solution will entail details about personnel, programs, time, and materials that will be needed to accomplish your goal. For example: What will it take to get your students reading on grade level rather than 1.5 years behind the national average? You must develop a plan and have every expectation that it will work. As a part of the plan development process, you must develop a reasonable budget that details what it will cost to implement your plan. Read the whole article
3. Begin looking for grant money to pay for your program.
Assuming that you do not have the money in your regular budget to finance your plan, step three is to begin looking for grant money to pay for your program. Since your time writing grants is more valuable than your time looking for them, I strongly recommend that you use a comprehensive school-grant database to match your needs with a grant from the federal government, your state government, a corporation, or a foundation. It is vitally important that you match your needs as closely as possible with a granting entity that uses its grant money to help schools solve the type of problem you are experiencing. Read the whole article
4. Verify that your school is eligible for the grants you will seek.
The match between your needs and the granting agency's requirements is so important that it leads directly to step number four: always call the person listed as the contact for the grant(s) you seek and verify that your school is eligible for that grant (those grants). If you are not eligible, or you sense a negative response from the contact person, you should immediately go back to step three and start the matching process again. If you are going to be successful in getting grant money, you must have good, verified matches. Read the whole article
5. Obtain the grant application and read it carefully.
Step five involves gathering information. Once you know you have a match between your needs and a grantor, you should obtain a copy of the grant application, read it carefully, and gather all the statistics and other information you will need about your school and your needs in order to complete the grant application. Read the whole article
6. Complete the application. Write clearly and concisely.
Follow all directions to the letter, including the font style and type size that you use to prepare the application. Complete every section of the application. To be sure you do a quality job, complete each section as if it is the only section on the application. You will be competing for this money with other schools. A quality application is essential. Read the whole article
7. Get your application in the mail a week before the deadline.
The final step is to complete your application and get it in the mail at least one week before the deadline. Overnight delivery does not always mean your package will be delivered the next day. If your package is late, you may be able to reclaim the postage paid; but if you've missed the grant deadline, the granting entity will not consider your application. Read the whole article
That's it. Follow those seven steps and you will get more than your share of grant money. For more detail on these steps, read each of the list articles to make this seven-step process work even better for you.