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Quick Tips for Getting More Grant Money

Here are 25 quick tips for getting more grant money:       

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Can You Get Grant Money Locally?

In some of my previous posts I gave you several places to look for grants.  Mainly I listed grant databases available to you since I am convinced these databases are the most logical place to find grants these days.  Hey, we might as well use computers to their full advantage, and up-to-date, comprehensive grant databases just weren’t available 20 years ago.          

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer?

During the course of any school year many teachers and administrators decide they need to find grant money for their schools.  With the budget cuts that many schools have seen in the last couple of years, I’m sure that this year has been no exception.  Many educators want to find grant money.  The question becomes, “Do you have what it takes to go out and get the grant money you need?” 

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Seven Steps to Winning Grant Money

There are no secrets to getting grant money for your school. You can get your share of grants provided you follow the proper steps persistently and consistently. Most of the schools that don't win grant money either don't apply for grants or do so in a haphazard way. Below I offer a list of seven critical steps that I believe you need to follow and apply in order to secure grant money for your school. I will break down each of these steps in more detail in this series of articles.

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Supplement vs. Supplant

Supplant means to “take the place of.”  Supplement means to “add something to complete a thing.”  For almost any grant you write, it is important for you to begin a new program or to supplement a program rather than to supplant one.  While most grantors make that fact very plain in their grant literature, some are not as explicit.  Regardless of that, you can rest assured they do not want you using their money to supplant a program you already have in place.  

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Be Aggressive: Use a Grant Database

I worry about schools not being aggressive enough about finding the grants they need.  The budget shortfalls these days are just too critical to ignore.  Schools are cutting, cutting, cutting, yet they often don’t seem to understand that an aggressive grant-writing program can do a lot to add money to the system without having to raise local or state taxes.

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4 Ways to Become an Effective Grant Writer

Applying for grants is a skill.  Just like any other skill, you must have at least basic knowledge in grant writing and then practice what you have learned again and again.   Getting enough practice is easy since you can apply for any number of grants.  It is a little more difficult getting that initial knowledge you need to become an effective grant writer. 

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7 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Apply for a Grant

It's not easy to get motivated to fill out grant applications. I know that.  I spent twenty years in public schools as a teacher and an administrator.  Asking for money shouldn’t be an educator's job.  After all, we signed on to teach children, to bring light into their lives, and to build a love of learning within their hearts.  Unfortunately as the years roll by, you may find yourself discouraged, underpaid, and pulling money out of your own pocket to fund the basic needs in your classroom or building.   

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Classroom Grants for Classroom Memories

While the majority of school days are taken up by routine lessons and mundane tasks, I believe that teachers and principals should strive to give students very positive memories of their time in a particular class or building.  Students often remember special projects and particular activities far longer than the day-to-day grind that makes up most of the school year.   

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Determine Your Organization's Grant Readiness

These questions are designed to determine your readiness to develop and obtain funding. While the may seem intrusive they will provide me with a snapshot to determine if you are at a point in your organization’s development to apply for a grant for start-up or program specific funding. They provide a basis to determine what else may be needed before you pursue your organization’s mission.

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Grant Assessment Questionnaire

Questions designed to assess your readiness to develop and obtain start-up or program specific funding and to assist us in helping you. They provide a basis to determine what else may be needed before you pursue your organization’s mission, or – if you are ready – what funding opportunities will be the best fit.

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A Simple "Thank You" Will Do

It is always appropriate to thank a granting entity for the money they give to your school.  Foundation boards are pleased to know they have chosen grateful schools with worthwhile projects, but state and federal grant contact persons like to receive a school’s positive feedback, too. When you first receive grant money, it is a good time to acknowledge the gift.  Another good time for a “thank you” is when you complete your grant program or it is nearing completion.

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Where Do I Look for Grants?

You should be looking for grants right now.  The way most state finances are currently shaping up, there are still likely to be many state budget shortfalls.  Unfortunately, this does not bode well for schools anywhere in the country.  One of the best ways to overcome fewer dollars from the state is to actively apply for grants at the district, campus, and classroom levels.  It’s not the ideal way to fund new programs or ones that need revamping, but it sure beats not having the money that you need.

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Moving from the reality of "what is" to "what it can/ought to be"

You found a grant.  You’ve looked at the funders priorities and decided that it matches what you are trying to get funded.  You’ve started to look at your need and are finding data to “convict” yourself of having the need.  By crafting a good needs statement and supporting it with data you are painting a picture of “what is.”  But don’t stop there.  Take the next step.  “Sell” the grant reviewer (your reader) on “what can/ ought to be.”  Tell the story … paint a picture … allow them to see the possibilities … provide them with a picture of the difference their funding will make.

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Should Principals and Teachers Apply for Grants?

Last time I wrote about forming grant committees at a campus and district level.  I want to talk a little more about grants at the campus level – campus and classroom grants.  I believe more and more schools need to write these smaller grants in order to supplement declining budgets. 

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Special Edition Grant Article

Grant Writing - Getting Started

It is important to recognize, right from the start,  "grant writing" is a game.  You are in competition with many others – some experienced and others novice.  Your goal is to WIN the game – which in this instance – the prize is the funding. 

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It's the Perfect Time for a Grant Committee

I've written a time or two on this blog about forming grant committees.  This is the perfect time for you to form your own grant committee at the campus or district level if you don't already have one. If you do already have one, make sure it’s functioning properly.

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Where Do I Go To Look for Grants?

Last time I wrote about forming grant committees at a campus and district level.  I want to talk a little more about grants at the campus level – campus and classroom grants.  I believe more and more schools need to write these smaller grants in order to supplement declining budgets.  

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Teachers & Principals Should Apply for Grants

Last time I wrote about forming grant committees at a campus and district level.  I want to talk a little more about grants at the campus level – campus and classroom grants.  I believe more and more schools need to write these smaller grants in order to supplement declining budgets.  

Read More at: http://grants4teachers.com/Apply_Grants

Is It Time for a Grant Committee?

Ive written a time or two in my blogs about forming grant committees.  This is the perfect time for you to form your own grant committee at the campus or district level if you don’t already have one. If you do already have one, make sure it’s functioning properly.

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