Current Grant Opportunities – September 2015

  1. Education Grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  2. STEM Educational Grants from PPG Industries Foundation
  3. Educational Grants from the Wallace Foundation
  4. Educational Grants from the Bausch and Lomb Foundation, Inc.
  5. USGA Alliance Grants from the National Alliance for Accessible Golf
  6. Educational Grants from the JM Foundation
  7. Educational Grants from the Eaton Charitable Fund
  8. Educational Grants from the Xerox Foundation
  9. Educational Grants from Brinker International
  10. Foundation Grants from the Patterson Foundation

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McKinney-Vento Grant

These days, we all know of homeless children in our schools. However, you may not know about federal funds available to help your district find, document, and track the children who don’t fall into the traditional family household scenario.

There are many different categories of homelessness.

Homelessness means (National Center for Homeless Education):

  1. individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
  2. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
  3. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…
  4. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  5. migratory children who qualify as homeless because of the circumstances listed above.

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Grants for School Libraries

I’ve heard people say, “libraries are dead”. They scoff and say, “I can look up anything I want on the Internet, and I can download many books for free.”

School libraries will never be dead. It’s not just about checking out books to kids on Tuesday in 4th period. Your Library Media Specialist is certified as a teacher as well as a librarian. Many people don’t know that. A good school library is a center for lifelong learning, and there has never been a more important time for the library to thrive. How will students know how to sort through resources to find the ones that are useful and true? Library Media Specialists are specially trained to teach kids how to use the Internet in a useful and responsible way.

The best way to approach a grant for libraries is to link its programs and services to curriculum and show that this facility is attached at the hip to the entire school community. Your library is the place where teachers will bring their students to find reference material and literature to match their subject area. If  you have after school programs to support the areas of the curriculum that need improvement, build off those programs in the library. Make the library the hub of activity for special programs, including professional development. If you think library, you’ll be guided to its physical needs very quickly.

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Current Grant Opportunities – August 2015

  1. Education Grants from the Hearst Foundation
  2. Classroom Grants from the Association of American Educators
  3. The Elva Knight Research Educational Grant from the International Reading Association (IRA)-
  4. Foundation Grants from the Humana Foundation, Inc.
  5. Serves Grants from the United States Tennis Association (USTA)
  6. Solve for Tomorrow Contest from Samsung
  7. Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades PreK-8 Teachers from the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM)
  8. Bauder Fund Small Grants Program from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
  9. NFL Player Matching Youth & High School Football Grant Program from the National Football League Foundation
  10. IWP Foundation Educational Grants from the Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation

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Five Tips for Writing Your Grant Narrative

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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Polishing YOUR Brand as a Grant Writer

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.

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Current Grant Opportunities – July 2015

  1. Teacher as Researcher Educational Grant from the International Reading Association (IRA)
  2. Health and Nutrition Grants from the Allen Foundation, Inc.
  3. Challenge Educational Grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  4. The Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program from the American Radio Relay League Foundation
  5. Foundation Grants from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
  6. Mathematics Course Work Scholarships for Grades PreK-5 Teachers from the Dale Seymour Fund and NCTM
  7. Green Education Program Grants from the Alternative Fuel Foundation
  8. Foundation Grants from the Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation
  9. Advancing Student Achievement Math Grants from the Actuarial Foundation
  10. Teacher Art Grants from P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education

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Social Media Outlets for Grant Success

I’ve written about using social media in your overall school marketing campaign, but it deserves updating. Your school is a brand; you need to develop positive brand awareness among community and governmental grant contacts. You want to be the Band-Aid™ of the school market with a name so recognizable that it stands on its own with dignity and character. This effort will take time, and you need to employ every strategy to make it happen.

I assume your school has a first rate website. Don’t settle for just the node on your district’s main site that has a cookie cutter template for each school in the district. I mean a unique, individual site that establishes your brand beyond the district presence. Create the site with the approval of your school superintendent and district technology personnel. They may not let you “go rogue” and to have your own image. With careful planning and agreements about restricting content to district approved subjects, you should be able to launch a new site.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

I’ve written many articles about private and corporate foundations and the world of good they have been doing for schools in our country. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, though controversial, is one of those sources of funds.

If you watch streaming TV, you’ve seen “Breaking Bad” with Walter White, dying chemistry teacher who becomes a drug manufacturer (long story). You will recall the conundrum he faced when trying to get rid of all the money, bags and barrels of it. Likewise, a company like Microsoft may face some similar challenges.

Bill Gates left his job as head of the company in 2000. That same year he established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, so he could pursue interests outside the software industry. The Foundation provides grants for many useful projects like eliminating malaria, but they have also defined a role as a change agent in public education.

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Current Grant Opportunities – June 2015

  1. Educational Grants from the Chichester duPont Foundation, Inc.
  2. Educational Grants from Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund
  3. Challenge Educational Grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  4. Lina S. Putney Teacher Inspiration Award from the Journalism Education Association
  5. Educational Grants from the Ambrose Monell Foundation
  6. Project Orange Thumb from the Fiskars Corporation
  7. Ship Grants from the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF)
  8. Shell Science Lab Challenge from the National Science Teachers Association and Shell Oil Company
  9. The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program from Wild Ones
  10. Family Service Community Grants from Autism Speaks

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