1. Great Books Giveaway from the Young Adult Library Services Association & ALA
2. Nurturing Children Grants from the New York Life Foundation
3. Small Grant Awards from the American Association of Teachers of French
4. Playground Grants from the Miracle Recreation Equipment Company
5. Foundation Grants from the Safeway Foundation
6. Education Grants from the BNSF Railway Foundation
7. After School Grants Project from the RBC Foundation USA
8. Challenge Educational Grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
9. Toolbox for Education Grants from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
10. Foundation Grants from the Standard Charitable Foundation
The beginning of a school year is a good time to survey your funding landscape and make an honest assessment of your time management skills. Be ruthless, you know you are stretched to the limit, can you rally your troops and form a functioning committee that is helpful to your efforts? You need to be careful, you don’t want to recruit prima donnas, or people who will ride your coattails and then take all the credit. You will get a sense of who the real worker bees are very early in committee formation. If this sounds belittling, that’s not my intent, worker bees are worth their weight in gold.
Fortunately, the fiscal climate for schools is improving, tax revenues are up, but grants will still play a big role in your planning for the near future. One of the only ways many districts will be able to increase expenditures next year or even keep their budgets level will be through an infusion of grant money. If you are in one of those districts and anticipate that you will need money on a district or even a classroom level, you need to be making plans now in order to win the grant money you need.
There has been much talk lately about backward design in education and curriculum development. It is a method of designing curriculum by setting goals before choosing programs and instructional methods. Backward design of curriculum typically involves three stages:
- identifying the results desired
- determining acceptable levels of evidence to show that desired results have occurred
- designing activities that will make desired results unfold
If you’re a grant writer now is the time to think about programs that can improve the educational experience of your students. It’s important to picture successful programs in your mind. Michelangelo said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
1. Educational Grants from the Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools
2. CHS Foundation Mini-grants from the CHS Foundation
3. High School Physics Teacher Grant from the American Association of Physics Teachers
4. Reflex Educator Grant Program from ExploreLearning
5. Finish Line Youth Foundation Grants from the Finish Line Youth Foundation
6. Grammy Signature School Grant from the Grammy Foundation
7. Healthy Kids Grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
8. N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant from the Westinghouse Electric Company
9. Urban Education Grants from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
10. Educational Grants from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
Grant writing success can be achieved, you must believe that. There are steps involved, ways to move forward through the application process to ensure that your application is read and taken seriously. Grantors receive hundreds of applications for a finite amount of funds. Organized applications are taken seriously and they are more likely to be successful. All things worth doing are worth doing well, and if you do them well each time, grantors will come to look forward to the application packages from XYZ schools. At the start of a new school year, it helps to review some basic truths and use them to devise an application template that is efficient and worthy of review by a foundation.
1. Identify the problem you are trying to solve with the requested funds. That problem usually reveals itself when you look at test data and assess programs you are using. You know what has worked and not worked in your school. Make a list, check those suppositions against the data, and be prepared to tackle them one at a time. Your problems may be new, revealed as a school district’s demographics change. Look at census data, the massive number of baby boomers nearing retirement will create a need for new teachers. They will need professional development, and if the data shows problems in math in grade 4, you may wish to develop a program or project that addresses that need. It is intended to solve the problem.