In some of my first blog posts way back in 2008, I discussed using the Discount School Supply® free grant database. I want to take a little time to review the nature of that grant database and just how useful it can be to you when searching for grants. If you’re not using the DSS database to look for grants at least once a month, you’re probably missing out on a lot of grant money that you could get for your classroom, campus, or district.
First, I’d like to tell you my philosophy of time management as it relates to grants. I believe you should always spend your valuable time writing grant proposals rather than searching for good grants to write. I’ve known people who try to use Google to find grants and literally spend weeks looking for a grant that matches their needs. That is simply not necessary when you have a tool such as the free grant database that Discount SchoolSupply® provides you.
Basically what it does is bring all school grant information into one place on the Internet. The information in the database is collected from thousands of different sources, but it is then placed into one database that makes it quick and easy for you to find grants that match your needs. In fact, the database is so comprehensive and so up-to-date that if you can’t find a grant in a particular category when you search the database, it is unlikely that such a grant exists.
On the other hand, if you don’t find the grant you need this week, you should check back every couple of weeks. One major strength of the Discount SchoolSupply® grant database is that it is updated on a daily basis. Old grants are removed when their deadlines pass, and new grants are entered into the database every day. If you search for a grant today and give up, you may very well miss an excellent grant that is posted next week or next month.
The Discount School Supply® free grant database lists grants available in all fifty states. It lists grants available to public schools, private schools, higher education, and non-profits that have an educational component. Grants are listed in the following categories: after-school, arts, early childhood, migrant, professional development, reading, science/environment, and special education. For those particular categories you will not find a more comprehensive, fresher database anywhere, even if you have to pay hundreds of dollars to subscribe to it.
My greatest concern as I write this blog is that you may not be using this excellent tool, or you may not be using it nearly as often as you should. Billions of dollars of grant money are out there and available to almost every school IF you do your homework and search for the right grants that match the problems you happen to be experiencing at the time.
If you do nothing else with the grant database, at least set aside thirty minutes to an hour in the next few days and just look through this valuable resource. Familiarize yourself with what grants are out there and what isn’t funded by grants. Then if you find that you want to introduce a new program at your school, or if you have an old program that just isn’t working like it should, consider coming back to this free database to find the grant money you need.
Here’s what you really need to know about the Discount School Supply® free grant database. You can’t beat the price, and you won’t find a better, more comprehensive, school grant database for the categories listed anywhere --- and that’s from an old grants blogger who has been around for years.