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How to Get Started Writing Grants

Special education teacher Carmen Watts Clayton has compiled bullet points for grant-writing “newbies,” with helpful guidance for teachers and educators who are seeking classroom funding.

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A Teacher’s Story: How to Fund Your Classroom

Alyssa Kave is a physical education teacher at Wells Elementary in the East Moline School District, Illinois. She has been using grants and crowdsourcing efforts to supplement her classroom and discusses the difficulties teachers face. Continue Reading

Why Grant Writing is an Important Process for Students and Teachers

I have been an educator for more than 30 years and taught all grades and subjects, including special education. I have worn many “hats” in my career, and each one is associated with a vast amount of paperwork. Yet I advocate for more paperwork and extra hours by adding another “hat”—the grant writer. Continue Reading

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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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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

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6 Resources to Find Technology for Your Classroom

In many schools, computers, tablets, and software programs to increase and enrich learning experiences are still limited. Oftentimes, schools simply cannot stretch their budget to buy more technology. However, innovative projects can be funded by grants from outside sources. Here is a list of some of the top foundations and corporations in the United States that make grants to improve access to technology in classrooms. Continue Reading

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Including Students in Your Grant Writing

Cash-strapped teachers know that grants can bring much needed monies into the classroom to enhance learning experiences and engage students. But teachers often lack the time to prepare and write grant applications. Incorporating the grant application process into your classroom is a viable solution. Continue Reading

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What to Do When Your Application Is Rejected

You did the research. You found the grant that would fund your project. You wrote a passionate, clear, precise, and thorough grant application. You submitted all the necessary documents and everything arrived at the funder on time. Yet you received a letter regretting to inform you that your application was rejected. It is natural to wonder what went wrong and how to proceed when faced with a rejection. Continue Reading

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How to write a Letter of Support

While a creative and precise grant application is key in securing funding, Letters of Support can be effective tools to make an application stand out. Some funders even require Letters of Support from board members, principals, superintendents, or other sources. Continue Reading

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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


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