Writing Minigrants and Major Grants

Tips for Success from Minigrants to Major Grants

CDW-G recently hosted a webinar with K–12 fundraising expert Stan Levenson. The webinar discussed how learning to write minigrants can help you transition into writing successful major grants. Here are just a few of the areas covered in the webinar:

Mini or Major, It’s the Same Structure
It’s important to understand that whether you’re writing a minigrant or major grant, there are six basic components to any grant proposal: needs assessment, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation specifications, and budget. Focusing on the similar structures of both types of grants will help you make the transition from minigrants to major grants.


Know Where to Look
For minigrants, you’ll want to start your search with your school or district foundation, crowdfunding sites, community foundations and corporations in your area. Major grants can be found through government organizations, such as the US Department of Education or your state department of education; or through corporations and foundations that give in your area or nationally.


Major Grants Take Nurturing
Building relationships with corporations and foundations can lead to great funding opportunities. Sometimes corporations and foundation will issues a Request for Proposal, but other times it’s better for schools or districts to approach corporations or foundations with similar interests. This can lead to being invited by a corporation or foundation to apply for funding that isn’t open to the general public.


These are just a few of the tips shared in the webinar. To hear more strategies that apply to both minigrants and major grants, view the free webinar recording. And don’t forget to join the GetEdFunding edWeb community to be notified of future webinars!


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