CDW-G continued its three-part webinar series, with Dr. Toni Rockis, by discussing strategies for writing an effective grant proposal. In the first webinar, attendees got insights into the first three sections of a grant proposal: Executive Summary, Description of the School, and Need for the Project. This second webinar discussed the next two sections: Description of the Project and Project Management Timeline. Here are a few of the suggested strategies:
With all of the great success stories out there about crowdfunding, you may be wondering if it’s time for you to give it a shot. Crowdfunding can be a great funding resource, but only if you take the time to craft a compelling campaign. Here are the steps you should take to ensure your project is successfully funded.
As school budgets get tighter, more and more educators are turning to crowdfunding sites, such as DonorsChoose, AdoptAClasroom, and GoFundMe, to raise much needed funds for their classrooms. But what is crowdfunding and how is it different from grant writing?
Crowdfunding is when an individual or organization raises money from numerous donors, typically with the help of a website, to fund equipment or a project or program. Unlike general school fundraisers, both crowdfunding and grant writing raise money to address a specific need. While both approaches have been proven to achieve similar results, they are both vastly different. Here’s a quick guide to crowdfunding versus grant writing.
Grants aren’t only for schools or classrooms in need. They also support professional development of individual educators. Professional development increases educators’ educational practices and in turn, improves student performance. Educators can receive grants for research, continuing education, curriculum development, or workshops or conferences. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
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.