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Gathering Information and Requesting a Grant Application



November 4, 2013
Volume 6, Issue 11

 

Gathering Information and Requesting a Grant Application

by Neva Fenno

Over the past several weeks, I have shared steps one through four to help you 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.

Step five is obtaining the actual grant applications for your top one or two grant matches and gathering all the information you need to complete those applications.

First and foremost, you need to understand a grantor’s application process and obtain an application form far enough in advance of the deadline so you are not rushed when it comes time to fill it out. If you plan ahead, you are much more likely to submit a competitive grant application.

You should be aware that different organizations use different types of grant applications. Quite a few foundations require no more than a letter that explains your school's problem, your planned solution, and a budget that details the money you need. That letter takes the place of a formal application. In other cases, some groups of foundations use common grant applications. But most foundations, states and federal agencies use unique, detailed applications for each grant they sponsor. Grant seekers must obtain the specific application required to apply for each grant.

The type of application required for each grant you seek is typically listed on the grantor’s website. In many cases, you will find, complete, and submit your application without ever leaving the grantor’s site. More often, however, grantors provide applications you can download to your computer and print out at your convenience.

Finally, some grantors require you to submit a request for an application in writing. If the grantor has a website, an email usually meets this requirement, and the application will be mailed or emailed to you. If the grantor does not have a website, both the request for an application and the return of the application will be accomplished using regular mail.

It's important to know all the details of the application process up front so you can plan your time well and not be rushed.

Once you obtain the application, read it thoroughly -- several times. Concentrate on the different kinds of information you will need in order to complete the application. Although quite a bit of the application will require you to supply information in narrative form, you will likely need statistics from several sources to verify your need for help. You will also have to develop a budget for your project.

Before you actually begin completing an application, gather all the reference materials and statistical information you will likely need and find a quiet place to work. You don't want to interrupt your writing every 15 minutes to look for some vital piece of information that you should have at your fingertips. You should also schedule sufficient time so you can complete the application without interruption. Your writing should flow, and it will only do so if you’ve gathered all the tools and information before you sit down to write.

You will be two steps ahead of your competition if you have carefully read the application and gathered all the materials you will need to complete it without interruption. Good planning is a vital part of the grant application process.

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THE GRANTS CENTER

Dreyfus Foundation Educational Grants from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. Giving on a national basis to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. Organizations seeking support from the Foundation may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is sought.

States:
All States

Total Amount:
$2,800,000.00 - $4,000,000.00

Average Amount:
$1,000.00 - $20,000.00

Address:
2233 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Suite 414, Washington, DC 20007

Telephone:
202-337-3300

E-mail:

Website:
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

Eligibility:
Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other

Program Areas:
After School, Arts, At-Risk/Character, Disabilities, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Special Education, STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Deadline:
11/10/2013

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Classroom Grants the Association of American Educators Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Classroom grants are available to all educators.

States:
All States

Average Amount:
$500.00

Address:
27405 Puerta Real, Suite 230, Mission Viejo, California 92691

Telephone:
877-385-6264

E-mail

Website:
Association of American Educators

Eligibility:
Public School, Private School

Program Areas:
Arts, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Technology

Deadline:
3/1/2014

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Siemens PLM Software Grant from the SME Education Foundation Siemens & SME Education Foundation support the academic community and want to offer all schools the opportunity to use the latest, state-of-the-art PLM tools in their curriculum. Grants are available for academic licenses of Siemens PLM software, including NX, Velocity Series, Tecnomatix, Teamcenter, Parasolid, Fibersim, Seat Design Environment and Syncrofit. Academic institutions will have access to the following: Unlimited seats of academic software bundles, free center-based training, discounted online learning, academic resource center, and free upgrades and tech support.

States:
All States

Address:
One SME Drive, P.O. Box 930, Dearborn, MI 48121-0930

Telephone:
313-425-3300

E-mail:

Website
SME Education Foundation

Eligibility:
Public School

Program Areas:
Facilities Maintenance, Professional Development, Technology

Deadline:
Ongoing

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Smart from the Start Awards from Together Counts Together Counts “Smart from the Start” Contest provides teachers an opportunity to win cash to be used to improve the school’s Pre-K program and a selection of books appropriate to the Pre-K curriculum. Entrants must develop an action plan identifying a need, write a goal statement, do background research, develop an action plan, explain how the plan will be implemented and how its success will be measured, and describe how the Entrant would use the prize to create long-term improvements for balancing nutrition and physical activity within their school community, if selected as a winner.

States:
All States

Average Amount:
$2,500.00 - $20,000.00

E-mail:

Website:
Together Counts

Eligibility:
Public School, Higher Education, Other

Program Areas:
Early Childhood, Health/PE

Deadline:
2/28/2014

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The Grants Newsletter is written by Neva Fenno, M.S.Ed., MLIS. Fenno has been a special education teacher, school library media specialist, curriculum specialist and grants manager for several urban school districts in New York and Massachusetts for 30 years.

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