Browse Author: Taylor Kremer

Proposal Rejected

What to Do If Your Funding Proposal Is Rejected

Rejection can be hard to take, especially when you’ve poured so much time and effort into a great proposal for your school or classroom. You may not know how to proceed after putting your best efforts into a proposal that doesn’t make the cut. A rejected proposal doesn’t have to be the end of your search. Here are some tips on what to do after your proposal is rejected.

Continue Reading

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of improving student learning, science, environmental education, and STEAM education. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of February.

Continue Reading
Garden Image

Funding for School Gardens

Springtime is the perfect time for planting a new garden. If you’ve been dreaming of bringing a garden to your school, check out these funding opportunities to get started.

Continue Reading

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of STEM education, literacy, and COVID-19. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of January.

Continue Reading
Most Popular Funding Opportunities

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of early childhood education, school nutrition, and COVID-19. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of December.

Continue Reading
Most Popular Funding Opportunities

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of educator awards, educational technology, and COVID-19. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of November.

Continue Reading

Yes, Please! Getting Your Principal to Approve Your Proposal

Teachers are always searching for new products and programs to help their students achieve more. However, new materials come with a cost, and teachers need approval from their principals to move forward. Here are simple tips for getting your principal to say yes.

Timing Is Everything
Approaching your principal at the end of a long day or in the middle of a noisy hallway isn’t likely to get you a very receptive ear. Try to catch your principal at a time when he or she can devote full attention to your proposal. You may want to initially set up a time to talk with your principal over email.

Know What Makes Them Tick
Understanding your principal’s priorities will help you give a persuasive pitch. Think about how the product or program meets your principal’s goals. Try to illustrate how a program benefits your whole school, instead of just your classroom.

Be Prepared
Approach your principal with solutions rather than problems. Principals have enough issues to manage already, and they’re not interested in adding another to the pile. Have a solution to your problem already in place by planning out exactly what you need, why you need it, how much it will cost, the intended outcomes, and the benefits to your students and the school. Present this information succinctly and persuasively. You may even want to create a one-page proposal. The more prepared you are, the more seriously your principal will take your request.

Get Students on Board
Encourage your students to get involved in your project. Have them write a persuasive essay or make a video explaining why they need a product or program and how it will help them learn.

Find Key Influencers
Talk to the people who influence your principal. See if you can get them on board with your proposal. They may be willing to discuss it with your principal, which could mean the difference in getting approval.

Seek Funding
Reduce the costs of implementing the product or program by seeking funding through grants, contests, fundraising, and crowdfunding. The GetEdFunding database has thousands of funding opportunities for educators and resources to help with grant writing. Crowdfunding on sites such as DonorsChoose, AdoptAClassroom, and Classwish, can help fund smaller projects. Check out our blog on creating a successful crowdfunding campaign. Don’t have time to write your grant or start a crowdfunding campaign? Ask your PTA for help.

Be Willing to Compromise
Settling for two virtual reality headsets over a whole set for your classroom is better than coming away empty-handed. Consider splitting your proposal into smaller steps. For example, you might first ask for a few virtual reality headsets, then for a curriculum to go with the headsets, and then work up to asking for a classroom set.

It isn’t easy to find the time to prepare a thoughtful proposal for your principal. However, if you don’t ask, you cannot receive. Finding the right time, getting buy-in from students and key influencers, and seeking additional funding sources will all help make it easier for your principal to say yes.

Most Popular Funding Opportunities

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of science and mathematics education, disadvantaged youth, and robotics. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of October.

Continue Reading
Most Popular Funding Opportunities

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of equity in education, support for underserved students, and mathematics education. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of September.

Continue Reading
Student coloring

The Role Creativity and Connection Play in the Classroom

With all of the changes happening to the way students learn, now is an important time for educators to consider how they’re fostering creativity. Check out the infographic below on creativity from Canva.

Continue Reading

%d bloggers like this: