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What Have You Been Reading?

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

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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

Scam grants

How to Spot a Scam Grant

Searching for grants is a long and sometimes tedious process. Once you finally find the perfect opportunity, you may feel elated and ready to get to work. But what if the opportunity is a scam and all the work you are putting in is futile? There are scammers that offer “perfect” opportunities in order to make a quick buck or extract personal information from applicants. When looking for funding sources, it is important to ask a series of questions to ensure the grant is not a scam. Continue Reading

Getting parents invovled in grant writing

How to Get Parents Involved in Grant Writing

The number one reason most teachers give for not applying for grants is that they simply don’t have the time. One solution to this problem is to tap into parent volunteers. Parents can help with finding, planning, writing, and implementing grants. There are even some grants especially reserved for PTAs. If you’re interested in using parent volunteers, here are a few ways to get parents involved in grant writing. Continue Reading

Annoyed grant applicant

7 Things Funders Do That Annoy Grant Applicants

A while ago, we posted a list of things that applicants do that annoy funders. In the spirit of fairness, this week we thought we’d bring you a list of things funders do that annoy grant applicants. Continue Reading

Submitting a US Department of Education Competitive Grant Application

Trial By Jury: Submitting a US Department of Education Competitive Grant Application

Each year, the United States Department of Education (USDOE) awards multiyear, multimillion-dollar competitive grants.* Their purpose is to support implementation of the department’s targeted educational priorities. Has your school district decided to apply for one of these?

If it has, your team will devote hundreds of hours putting together a proposal. When your application is submitted, it will literally go on trial by jury. Your proposal will be judged by a jury of peer-reviewers who will scrutinize and grade your application—and like all juries, they will look at the evidence. Continue Reading

Annoyed grant reviewer

10 Things That Annoy Funders (And How to Avoid Them)

The grant application process can be long and tedious for both the applicant and the funder. Just as applicants face indistinct guidelines, requests for seemingly endless numbers of signatures and copies of paperwork, and unreasonable character counts, funders face their own unique set of challenges and annoyances. Here are 10 things that annoy funders and how you can avoid them. Continue Reading

Grant Writer

Tell Us About Your Grant Writing Experiences

You’re out on the frontlines—sifting through hundreds of funding opportunities, applying for grants, and talking to funders—that’s why we want to hear from you. You’re the experts in educational funding, so take a moment to fill out our quiz. We may even analyze the results in a future blog. Continue Reading


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