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How to Get Started Writing Grants

Special education teacher Carmen Watts Clayton has compiled bullet points for grant-writing “newbies,” with helpful guidance for teachers and educators who are seeking classroom funding.

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Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the first month of 2018, teachers searched for professional development opportunities, K–12 education and literacy initiatives, and programs to increase students’ interest in STEM. Check out the grants GetEdFunding members viewed the most in the month of January. Continue Reading


A Teacher’s Story: How to Fund Your Classroom

Alyssa Kave is a physical education teacher at Wells Elementary in the East Moline School District, Illinois. She has been using grants and crowdsourcing efforts to supplement her classroom and discusses the difficulties teachers face. Continue Reading

Why Grant Writing is an Important Process for Students and Teachers

I have been an educator for more than 30 years and taught all grades and subjects, including special education. I have worn many “hats” in my career, and each one is associated with a vast amount of paperwork. Yet I advocate for more paperwork and extra hours by adding another “hat”—the grant writer.

I am a busy professional, but I do regularly make time for researching, planning, and writing grants, as well as engaging colleagues to help me apply for grants to purchase new technology, supplies and materials, equipment, guest speakers, and field trips that help my students experience the fullest education and the joy of learning. I have won an average of $4,000 per year of extra technology, trips, and consumable supplies.

Students can learn valuable skills while helping to implement cutting-edge projects in STEM, literacy, energy conservation, field trips, and other special grants. Winning grants to purchase “extras” that many classes have to do without allows me to teach my students valuable concepts of work and living:

  • Organizations and companies are interested in helping students succeed.
  • Concerted work and effort pays off to reach long-term goals.
  • Planning and preparation are key to any project’s success.
  • Cooperative relationships with like-minded organizations and professionals to achieve your goals are an important part of success.
  • Resilience pays out. You can reach your goals with persistence, practice, and perseverance.
  • You can hone critical thinking skills when writing winning project proposals because they are accurately described and realistically scaled, have detailed accurate budgets, and have clear implementation standards.
  • Vision, follow through, and accountability are skills necessary for success.
  • Negative and positive feedback is equally important.

Through the process of grant writing, important student skills can be practiced including observation, teamwork, leadership, research, data analysis, writing, and mathematics. Student learning can take place in business education, presentation skills, persuasive writing, marketing, online proposal submission, negotiation, award acceptance, contracts, reporting protocols, implementation, documentation, collecting and expressing data sets, and analyzing results. This form of project-based learning develops young leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs for the future.

A teacher who is also a grant writer can help open doors and offer new possibilities. Grant writing used in the classroom may assist stakeholders, including students and families, in hands-on learning, which can make schooling more dynamic.

This is why I believe teachers should not just view grant writing as extra time spent on “school work” or added paperwork. But rather as a teaching tool that can be integrated into the curriculum and add hands-on, real-world experiences to daily teaching.


Carmen Watts Clayton is a Special Education teacher at Pajaro Unified School District in California and blogger. She is passionate about integrating technology and arts in her classroom. Her twitter handle is @carmen_wclayton.

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It has been an exciting year 2017 for Discover GetEdFunding. We touched many grant-related topics and tried to offer you as information as possible to help you find grants, prepare grants, grant writing, and learning about the pitfalls and tricks. These are the most read blog posts of 2017: Continue Reading

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Leaving it to the Experts? Reasons Not to Hire a Grant Writer

A year ago, we published a blog listing a number of reasons to hire a professional grant writer. The decision to hire a professional should always be a careful one because there are both positives and negatives to consider. Here are a few reasons to consider waiting to hire a professional writer. Continue Reading


7 Grants to Help with Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? At the top of many people’s lists are to be more active, exercise more, and eat healthy. If you’re interested in applying those same resolutions to your students, check out these grants to help get your class moving and eating well in 2018. Continue Reading

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Grant Writing: A Reality Check

I began my career in the nonprofit sector in the mid-1980s at a small art museum in Austin, Texas. First working as a volunteer, I eventually moved into half-time, then full-time employment. The organization was kind enough to fund my participation in a grant-writing workshop hosted by The Grantsmanship Training Center in Los Angeles, California, for which I will always be grateful. During that weeklong, intensive course I gained a thorough understanding of how to organize my thoughts, and to compose a comprehensive written document designed to secure funding from a potential donor. At the time, I had just completed my master’s degree in nineteenth century American art, so I was adept at academic research and writing. But The Grantsmanship Training Center helped me hone my writing skills into a more marketable product. Continue Reading

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