- Educated Kids Grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- Mary McMullan Grants from the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF)
- Youth Incentive Award from the Coleopterists Society
- Technology Grants For Rural Schools from the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED)
- Teacher Art Grants from P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education
- Educational Grants from the Amaturo Family Foundation
- Advancing Student Achievement Math Grants from the Actuarial Foundation
- Computers for Learning from the U.S. General Services Administration
- Foundation Grants from the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation
- IWP Foundation Educational Grants from the Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation
The question is not whether you should write grants for your school this year. The question is can you write and receive enough grant funds to offset budget shortfalls without supplanting district responsibilities? It would be wonderful if one big gigantic grant could pick up the tab for whatever your teachers will need. Wonderful but unlikely. What can you do about it?
I suggest you do three things to help with this challenge:
First, if you are not already using the School Funding Center database, you need to begin using it now. With full disclosure – this blog is tied to the database. The valuable data you will find here will allow you to spend your time filling out grant applications and less time looking for grants that are a fit for your school.
Summertime is busy. At least it is in my world of grant writing. It’s a time to reflect and adjust priorities for the years to come. The only surefire way to do this right is to let the data be your guide.
I’ve put together a couple of scenarios to illustrate my point.
We’ve created a focus group to decide what we need for our school next year. The leadership team includes stakeholders from many parts of our school community, grants administrators, department heads, teachers and some parents. One of the members of the group, a parent, is very aggressive and insists we need new reading books for the early grades. The old ones are “musty and torn”. The administrators in our group have been criticized in the past for never taking parents’ advice or suggestions. He is inclined to take the path of least resistance and fix the complaints all in one fell swoop. He appoints a reading teacher to a team to review and select a new reading series.