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The Seventh Step: Beating the Grant Deadline

The final step in this process is to complete your application and get it in the mail at least one week prior to the deadline. If you don’t meet a grantor’s deadline, the granting entity will not consider your application. What a waste -- and what a disappointment -- to do all that work and not even have your application considered!

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The Sixth Step: Completing Your Grant Application the Right Way

Once you’ve completed the first five steps in the grant process, you are ready to start filling out the grant application. You have already done a tremendous amount of work. You’ve identified a problem in your school that needs correcting, developed a solution, found a grant that fits your situation, confirmed that you are eligible for that grant, and gathered the application and all the data you will need to complete your grant application.

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

Special Edition: New Year's Resolutions

I like New Year’s resolutions.  Though most people don’t have a great track record for keeping these yearly commitments, I believe in them for two reasons.  First, I am an optimist and think that people should always strive to do more and be better each day, each month, each year.  Second, New Year’s resolutions are the beginning of a plan.  If we make a plan, there is a chance that something wonderful may happen.  It might not, but it could.  Without a plan, nothing will happen.  I can guarantee that.    

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

The Fifth Step: Gathering Information & Obtaining the Grant Application

Over the past several months I have shared steps one through four to follow as you attempt to secure grant money for your school. Those first four steps include: 1. Understanding the hurdle(s)/issue(s) your school faces. 2. Developing a solution to address those issues. 3. Finding all possible grants to fund your solution. 4. Matching your needs with likely grant sources.

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The Fourth Step: Finding Matching Grants, Making the Call

If you want to secure grant money for your school, the first step is to understand in detail the main issues your school faces. The second step is to develop a solution that has the greatest likelihood of solving one of those problems. The third step is to find all possible grants that might fund your solution. And the fourth step -- the subject of this issue's article -- is to narrow down the list of grants to those whose criteria match your needs and then call a contact person to verify that match.

Read More at: http://grants4teachers.com/The_Fourth Step

The Third Step: Finding Possible Grants

If you want to secure grant money for your school, the first step is to understand in detail the main problems/needs your school faces. The second step -- the subject of the last blog -- is to develop a solution that has the greatest chance to solve that problem. And the third step is to locate all possible grants that might help fund your solution.

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The Second Step: Developing a Solution

If you want to secure grant money for your school, the first step is to understand in detail the problems your school faces. Once you have clearly identified those hurdles to student achievement or school-wide success, the second step is to develop a plan/solution that has the greatest likelihood of achieving your goals.

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

The First Step: Understanding Your Needs

If you aim to secure grant money for your school, your very first step must be understanding -- in detail -- the needs your school faces. To understand the true depth of those needs, you must consistently perform needs assessments. A good needs assessment measures the difference between what you expect of students in your classroom, school, or district, and what actually happens. The wider the gap between expectations and actual outcomes, the larger the need you have.

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

Seven Steps: Get All the Grant Money You Need

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 future blogs, but please don’t wait for those blogs to start using this information: you should be applying for grants right now for the fall and spring semesters.

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

How Important Is Reading in Your School?

I have to admit it. After spending 37 years teaching school, providing leadership as a principal, training teachers, and helping schools find the grant money they need, I’ve developed a few hot buttons. I don’t just care about these issues. I am passionate about them.

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

It's Grant-Writing Time

It’s always a good time to apply for grants for your school. Several grants are always available regardless of the time of the year. If I were picking out the very best time to write grants, however, it would be at the beginning of the school year. Here are several reasons why:

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

Will Your School Need Grants This Year?

The faltering economy will likely make it another tough year for schools financially. Home values throughout most of the nation are still far down from where they once were. With property values down, less taxes will be collected. Some property owners will not be able to pay their property taxes because they haven't even been able to make their house payments.

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

If You Are Going to Do a Job...

Do it right. It's what your parents told you, and by now, you know your parents were right about 90% of the time.

When you're writing a grant, I can't think of a maxim that would fit better. For most people, completing a grant application is not fun. It gets easier the more of them you submit, but it will never be a pleasurable experience. The fun is getting all that money!

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

Research Your Grant Opportunities

Most grants are competitive. That means you may have to beat someone else out to get the grant money you need. When you play the grant game, there are winners and losers. One of the very best ways to make sure you get your grant funded is to do research on both the grant itself and the grantor involved.

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

Get More Grant Money - Quick Tips

There is no magic formula for winning grant money. I wish it were that easy! Finding and securing grant money can be a slow and tedious process. You have to work hard at it and have a lot of patience if you are truly going to be successful.

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

The Right Way to Complete Foundation Applications

Most state and federal grant applications are similar.  That is not true of foundation grant applications,  If fact, you may be asked to fill out one of four different type of grant applications when you apply for a foundation grant.

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

Do You Know Your Grant Categories?

One major way to categorize grants is by the type of problem the grant addresses. If a grant is designated as a reading grant, obviously you aren’t going to be able to get money to fix a problem you are having in math, unless, of course, the math problem you have is directly related to your students’ inability to read well enough to work any type of stated problem in math.

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

Corporate Grants

These grants are unique in that they are given to schools and other non-profit organizations within the community of these stores. In other words, money is given back to these schools and organizations because they are customers of those stores.

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Corporate Grants

What About Grants From The Wealthy?

Wealthy individuals give millions of dollars to schools each year. This is a type of grant that schools often overlook. Some wealthy people set up foundations to give a portion of their money to schools and other non-profit organizations. Others do not go through the formality of setting up a foundation. They give money to non-profits as a tax benefit or simply because they are generous human beings.

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

Why Even Write Grants?

Why would you want to be a grant writer? It's a lot of work to pull together a grant application. And it's even more work if you're fortunate enough to receive the grant. You have to keep records, prove that you've spent the money properly, and record the results of your program -- even if those results are not positive. So why even put yourself through the grant-writing process?

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

Why Do Organizations Give Grant Money?

The federal government, state governments, foundations and corporations are the main organizations that provide grant money to schools in the United States. Sometimes businesses and individuals give grant money to schools without setting up a foundation for that purpose, and although this is rare, schools should always be on the lookout for local grant money from wealthy individuals and thriving businesses within their communities.

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

Create Your Program with the End in Mind
Get clearly in your mind the results you want from the program. Visualize the activities it will take to get your students to that result. Build your budget to pay for the program. Once you have all that in place, go to your regular budget to see if there is money available to pay for the program. If there is not money available...

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/End in Mind

Four Reasons for Writing Multiple Grants
If you have a major project you need to implement, I believe you are far better off applying for multiple grants to make sure you cover all your financial needs...

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Multiple Grants

Need Help Making a New Year’s Resolution?
Don’t let anything happening with the economy or the world right now keep you from making some positive New Year’s resolutions. At least one of those resolutions needs to center on grants for your school in 2010...

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Writing Grants: It’s a Numbers Game
I firmly believe that almost anyone can get grant money. It’s all in the numbers. Fortunately for most of us, you don’t have to be a mathematician to get grants...

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How Many Grants Does Your School Receive?
Every school should be getting some grant money every year. The amount of that grant money will always be determined by 3 factors: 1) the number of grants for which you apply, 2) the dollar amount of those grants, and ...

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Do You Need Additional Funding for a Program?
You already realize your program is not properly funded. You know you’ll get good results from the program as it stands, but not nearly as good as you could get with some additional funding...

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You Should Be Applying for Grants Now!
While your school's grant-writing program should have you applying for grants throughout the year, fall is the best time of the year to apply -- especially this year...

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Now is a Good Time to Apply For Grants
This period is a good time to apply because writing a grant proposal can take considerable effort, and while students are settled in but not yet getting excited about the holidays, you may have more time now than later for grant writing...

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Making the Call.php

Getting an Edge on Your Grant Competition
To consistently win competitive grant money, you must have an edge on your competition. One easy way to do that is to make sure you thoroughly address every part of a grant application...

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Getting_an Edge.php

One Ticket to Grant Money: Closing the Gap
One of the easiest ways to acquire grant money for your school is to find an achievement gap to close. Almost every school has some type of achievement gap; and many granting entities are interested in investing their money to help close those gaps. Find the gap(s) in your school and you might be on your way to some grant money.

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Closing the Gap.php

Now is a Good Time to Apply For Grants
This period is a good time to apply because writing a grant proposal can take considerable effort, and while students are settled in but not yet getting excited about the holidays, you may have more time now than later for grant writing...

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Making the Call.php

Getting an Edge on Your Grant Competition
To consistently win competitive grant money, you must have an edge on your competition. One easy way to do that is to make sure you thoroughly address every part of a grant application...

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Getting_an Edge.php

One Ticket to Grant Money: Closing the Gap
One of the easiest ways to acquire grant money for your school is to find an achievement gap to close. Almost every school has some type of achievement gap; and many granting entities are interested in investing their money to help close those gaps. Find the gap(s) in your school and you might be on your way to some grant money.

Read More at : http://grants4teachers.com/Closing the Gap.php

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