- America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities
- Grant for Educators from the Herb Society of America
- Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award from ASM International
- Educational Grants from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
- Foundation Grants from the Standard Charitable Foundation
- Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program from the US Department of Education
- EcoTech Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation
- Educational Grants from the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, Inc.
- Foundation Grants from the D’Addario Music Foundation
- Teacher Grants from the Kids In Need Foundation
Last time, we talked about some of the fine points of approaching private foundations for grant support. The main idea was that you need to know what the foundation wants. They have a focus, a guiding principle, some reason (usually passionately presented) for providing grant funds to schools and non-profits.
Likewise, corporations can be approached as you seek support for school projects that have been identified as necessary to solve local problems.
In my career as a grants administrator I have observed many grant writers as they navigate their way through the grant writing process. Sometimes it is somewhat painful to watch.
The writer will get a call from a teacher or community member who says, “Hey, I heard about this cool grant given by the XYZ Foundation. Our school really needs new football helmets for the kids, can you try to see if we can get one”.
So the grant writer calls the foundation and asks for the application package. These days they are almost always referred to a website where they will find the details of how the foundation provides funds for schools and non-profit organizations. The grant writer reads through the package briefly and then works furiously to come up with a flashy project that underscores the need for football helmets in the school. Concussion statistics are mined and horror stories told about injuries suffered by kids as they play sports.