- Education Grants from the Hearst Foundation
- Classroom Grants from the Association of American Educators
- The Elva Knight Research Educational Grant from the International Reading Association (IRA)-
- Foundation Grants from the Humana Foundation, Inc.
- Serves Grants from the United States Tennis Association (USTA)
- Solve for Tomorrow Contest from Samsung
- Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades PreK-8 Teachers from the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM)
- Bauder Fund Small Grants Program from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
- NFL Player Matching Youth & High School Football Grant Program from the National Football League Foundation
- IWP Foundation Educational Grants from the Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation
Congratulations, you’ve been asked to write a grant for your school. Someone obviously has faith in your writing skills and stick-to-itiveness. This article is about the writing process, budgets and other nitty gritty details will be covered in other articles.
There are five main things to do when you write your grant narrative:
- Research your school district demographics-
- Every grantor wants to know about your school. They have an agenda, some area of schooling they want to influence. You need to find out all about your school community with statistics to back it up. Census data is important; you can find detailed data at the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics). Once you have detailed the characteristics of your community, including poverty numbers and test results to support your needs, keep the description on file. You’ll use it in every grant application.
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Whether you sought this job, or you fell into it by accident (don’t laugh, that’s what happened to me), you are now the designated school grant writer. If you’re like me, you want to do it well, there’s no point in doing a job half way. You’ve been working with other school leaders to prepare a brand identity for your school, how about a brand for yourself?
You may aspire to becoming a bona fide school administrator, with an office downtown and responsibilities to go with it. A helpful tip is to go back to school and get a master’s in educational administration. It will pay for itself in fairly short order. It will help you develop a mindset that lets you see the big picture, something you need to do to be a good grant writer and administrator. And it’s a good major for education junkies like me.