The Grant Process – Part II – Sources for Funding Grants and Processing the Application
In part one of our Grant Writing Series we focused on some of the rationale you can include in your grant proposal to justify your need in using a POS register system in your program. This article is a follow-up to help you identify potential sources for funding and provide assistance in completing the grant writing process.
Sources for Funding Grants
Sources for grant funding may be found close to home, including local business and district educational sources. You may also have to expand your search to county, state, and federal government sources. Start looking within your own school district. Many districts have an Educational Foundation that has been established to provide teachers with a local grant source for educational enrichment. In addition, research your county educational agency to view their Foundation opportunities.
Another source close to home would be local businesses who may provide funding to support schools in their service area. Possible source include banks, credit unions, insurance agencies, retailers, or a service agency in your region.
Taking your search for funding to the next level will involve researching various government agencies along with corporate and independent foundations that fund grants.
For a listing of Government Grants available go to www.grants.gov. Here you can also register for grant notification.
For information on Perkins Act funds available for Vocational-Technical Education Programs you can visit www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/CTE/perkins.html. Look at the link to programs dealing with Grants and Programs for Career and Technical Education.
To search from various state, federal, corporate or foundation sources look at www.grantsalert.com. This site provides sources dealing specifically with technology. For a good listing of national foundations visit Grants and Grant Writing – No Child Left Behind at www.eduscapes.com/tap/topic94.htm.
Check your specific state government’s education web links. For example, the State of Michigan web link is www.michigan.gov/mde. Select the tab “Grants”, then the PDF “Reports of Grants Available” to provide a list of grants available to applicants in the state. Keep in mind that even if you do receive approval for a grant, it may not fully fund your project. You may need to apply to multiple funding agencies to receive your funds needed, or you may also need to provide funds from your program to make up any difference.
Help in Processing Your Application.
Research the web for tips on writing your grant. There are dozens of useful sources to assist you in writing the grant proposal and increase your chances of obtaining funding. Here are four of the links to assist you in writing a grant:
Grants and related resources for educators, including 10 Tips for Grant Writers, can be found at www.teachernet.org/docs/grants/Howto/Tips A great source which includes a link titled Grant Writing 101, is found at www.ACTEonline.org/techniques/members.
How to Build a Strong Grant Proposal is highlighted at www.academicinnovations.com/cppropo.html
40 Tips on How to Write a Grant Proposal at www.oakland.k12.mi.us/resources/funding/40tips
To summarize a few of the important keys to remember in the grant writing process.
· Give your proposal an interesting and creative title. When competing with a number of other grant proposals, anything you can do to make your project stand out will be essential.
· In your project description be sure to identify your need and the problem you want to solve. Also include what efforts you have made so far to solve the problem.
· Complete the items requested by the funding agency either in the application or the requested outline.
· Comply with grant proposal deadlines and content requirements.
· Identify your overall goal for the project. Be sure to describe the goal in terms of number of students involved, projected costs, and specific outcomes desired upon implementation of the project.
· Refer to our article on Ideas to Include in Writing Grants for Equipment Funding when completing the content section of your proposal.
· Seek help from other staff in the process. Have someone familiar with grant writing read and review your proposal to offer suggestions.
· Inquire if there a consultant in your district or county that specializes in grant writing that you can use as a source of help.
· Keep your project description short, simple, and to the point.
· Call us (toll free) if you have any questions: 877-271-3730, or email: email@example.com
Don Imman & Craig Cesarone