Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted in October 2017. We are reposting it in light of recent grant scams. For example, the Joyce Foundation was recently the victim of a scam that involved Facebook accounts falsely claiming to be affiliated with the Joyce Foundation. The accounts were contacting individuals through Facebook Messenger and offering to provide them with cash grants from the foundation. Government grants have also been used as a front for fraudulent activity. Grants.gov has great information on avoiding government grant scams.Continue Reading
Writing a grant for the first time can be a daunting process. The most important thing to remember is that grant writing is a skill that will take time and effort to cultivate. Once you hone your skills, the rewards of finding the right funding to execute your vision will be well worth it.
This is the first blog in our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series will cover all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. To start off the series, here are some general tips for beginners to keep in mind:
While finding funding for schools and teachers is laborious at best, finding funding for special needs students or classrooms can be downright discouraging. Special needs materials are often more costly than general education materials, so how do you go about finding the best grants to support your needs? Continue Reading
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
I had heard that The Research Institute’s (TRI) Christina Reagle was scheduled to present a Grant Writing 101 workshop to a room full of Western Oregon University (WOU) students. Nothing unusual about that. But these students are about to graduate from the WOU College of Education and begin their first teaching jobs. Why would these new teachers need to develop grant-writing skills, I wondered? So, I went along to find out. Continue Reading
Finding grants for private or parochial schools can be a challenge. Many funders give only to public schools or do not give to faith-based organizations. However, there are funders seeking to specifically fund private or parochial schools. Outlined below are five ways to uncover funding as a private or parochial school. Continue Reading
A foundation’s guidelines may not specifically mention technology, but that doesn’t mean technology cannot be purchased as part of the proposed program or project. Funders are often more interested in supporting innovative projects enabled by technology rather than solely supporting technology purchases, equipment, or materials needed for success.
Effective proposals go beyond the purchase of equipment by pinpointing why certain technology is needed and how it will empower students. We’ve gathered several success stories illustrating real-life examples of how grants that did not focus specifically on technology were used to support technology purchases. Continue Reading
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: