KA-CHING! What’s that sound, you may ask? Billions of dollars!
More than 110,000 school grants worth 6.5 billion are awarded to both individual U.S. campuses and entire districts each year. Some districts get millions; others get no money at all. What’s the difference? And how can that knowledge help you?
The reasons for this discrepancy come down to at least six things. Five of them you can control; and one you cannot.
Let’s get the one you can’t control out of the way first. If you have a large number of high-need families and disadvantaged students in your class, your campus or district; it’s well-known that you will be eligible for more grants than if you don’t.
If you don’t have the large numbers or high needs, don’t despair. Get smart and move on to the other areas you can control. 1. Know the grant process and make it work for you at each step. 2. Develop strong community partnerships and set up a grantmanship team. 3. Develop a strategic process for continually seeking funders. 4. Consistently, persistently apply for grants. If you apply for ten grants, you may only get five of them, but if you only apply for one or two, I can guarantee you won’t get more than one or two. 5. Understand the grant review process so you can use even rejected applications to improve your chances of getting funded the next time around.
These ideas and many more are exactly what we are talking about during our Grant Funding Workshop$ at Family Friendly School’s Engage! All Families Conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 6-7th, 2010. So, even if you couldn’t join us; we want you to be successful in getting the funds you need.
I have an open-door policy for Family Friendly School clients. If you have questions about proposal writing, grant seeking, program development or evaluation, please contact me. I am always happy to talk with you.
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