Once you find a promising opportunity, it’s important to take the time to thoroughly evaluate the funder. Writing an application is hard work, and you want to be sure the opportunity is a good fit before you forge ahead.
Suzanne Costner received a Nickelodeon Big Help Grant from the NEA Foundation to fund materials supplemental to Promethean Boards recently installed in her elementary school classroom. The grant supported the purchase of two sets of ActivExpressions voting pods, a Classroom Jeopardy set, and DVDs with interactive content.
It can be tempting to jump into the search for funding, but taking the time to ensure you have a clear vision, the right support, and the resources necessary to apply for grants can save you from a fruitless search. Before you begin your funding search, consider these questions.
Social media is changing the funding landscape. With the ability to reach out to grant makers, connect with fellow grant writers, and share your own thoughts and ideas, social media can take your grant-writing to a whole new level.
In 2015, CDW-G, with eSchool News, launched the Collaboration Nation awards program to highlight the nation’s finest examples of collaboration and successful educational technology projects. The inaugural $50,000 grand prize winner was Napa County Office of Education for its dedication to cross-department collaboration and innovative use of technology to enhance student learning.
When searching for funding, many people start their research with well-known national foundations. While national foundations typically have abundant resources and grants to distribute, they are also inundated with a large number of grant proposals, which makes it difficult for a proposal to compete.