I’ve been writing this blog for several years now. I do my best to make my advice straightforward and easy to follow because many of my readers are relatively inexperienced grant writers. In fact, quite a few are still threatening to write that first grants.
The very first step in finding a good grant has nothing to do with grants. You must take a close look at your district, your campus, or your classroom and find a problem that needs to be solved in order for students to achieve at a higher level. Of course, if you find a problem that your district has already allotted money to solve, you don’t need to write a grant. You need to find a problem that needs to be solved and one that has either no funding or inadequate funding.
Since you are a customer of Discount School Supply®, recommend that you first use the DiscountSchool Supply grant database. It is free for you to use and is very comprehensive for the eight categories it contains: after-school, arts, early childhood, migrant, professional development, reading, science/environment, special education. If your problem fits under these categories in any way, you should spend a lot of time in this fee database to match your problem with a grantor that is interested in helping to solve that kind of problem.
Another good choice is the FoundationCenter. It lists all the foundation grants available to schools in this country. It, too, is comprehensive and reasonably current. It, however, does not list any grants other than foundation grants.
If you don’t have a legitimate problem at your school, you’re not likely to find grant money. If you don’t use a grant database of some sort, you are not likely to find an appropriate grant to help you solve your problem. That’s back to the basics. That’s where all successful grant applications should start.