Neva Fenno, M.S.Ed., MLIS
Let’s get the school year off to a great start!
There are seven steps to take to find, research, write, and submit successful grant applications. As a reminder, the steps:
1. Identify a problem in your school that needs correcting
2. Develop a solution to the problem
3. Find a grant that fits your situation
4. Confirm that you are eligible for that grant
5. Gather the application and all the data you will need to complete your grant application
6. Complete the application
7. Submit your application to the grantor by the grant’s deadline
The last one, getting your application to the grantor on deadline is critical. I have seen beautiful grant application packages thrown out because they didn't arrive on time. Months of hard work out the window. With many foundations and federal grants, there is only one opportunity in a year to apply. Those applicants now must wait a year to try again. If it's due by 5:00 Eastern Standard Time on Friday, they mean it. No exceptions, no excuses. Be sure you review how the application must be submitted; electronically, in the mail? Federal grants have always had a secure portal for applications. It has always been (in my experience) a tortuous experience; give yourself plenty of time to learn how to use the digital application process. You will get frustrated, take a deep breath, you'll get there.
But it's like many things with grants; the devil is in the details. By now, if you've followed through the first 6 steps, this one will be so ingrained in your thinking that it will be no problem. Right?
With the potential for emergencies in mind, you should always set a deadline for completing your grant application a minimum of one week before it is due. Even a week will not guarantee that a mailed application will arrive on time. You also need to be absolutely certain whether the deadline the grantor established refers to the postmark on the application or the date when the application must reach the grantor’s office. If you do not know that information, call or email the grant’s contact person to make certain. If the U.S. Mail is the conduit, be sure to send things certified mail, return receipt, the extra cost will be well worth the peace of mind.
My other super important tip is, be sure you’ve informed all pertinent administrators of your intent to write the grant. You should let your Principal know, keep her (or him) in the loop, and share your progress with her often. Don’t leave it up to her to inform the district Superintendent. Make an appointment to chat with him or her too to keep everyone up to date on your progress.
The first grant application you write is always the most difficult. Eventually you will be so good at it that the steps become automatic. If you become good at this, you will be a hero, and that's a good thing.
Advancing Student Achievement Math Grants
The Actuarial Foundation
The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. The math enhancement programs should be for Grades 4-12 in U.S. public and private schools. Programs may include, but are not limited to, clubs, competitions, before and after school programs, classroom extension periods, etc.
After-School, Math, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
Public School, Private School.
Proposal Deadline Description
475 North Martingale, Suite 600, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Kids in the Game
GO! Grants (Mini PEP Grants) support more minutes on the move before, during, and after school through funds and gear for new classroom and playground programs. Schools that are enrolled or willing to enroll in Let’s Move! Active Schools that have little to no organized physical activity, and are Public or charter schools are eligible to apply.
$1,000.00 - $5,000.00
875 SE 3rd St. Suite 240 Bend, OR 97702
Free Grant Search Database
MySchoolGrants is a complete grant search tool that is manually updated and checked for accuracy. It includes federal grants, state grants, corporate grants, and grant alerts.
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