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Learn about Grants

Are you interested in implementing a curriculum program like CraftPlus® in your classroom but don’t have the money to spend at your school?  Have you thought about applying for grants but don’t know where to begin?  Grants can be very competitive and very complicated, so Maupin House has put together some tips and resources for finding applicable grants and writing winning proposals.

Grant Writing

  • Read the instructions and requirements carefully to make sure you meet the criteria for applying.
  • Get the proper permission that you need to apply for a grant.  Some grants require a senior officer’s signature in order to implement a grant in the school system. 
  • Be creative!  Private foundations seek creative solutions to problems so it might help to put a fresh spin on an existing idea to “hook” your reviewer in to your project.
  • Write concisely and make sure you identify your needs.  If the grant asks for it, make sure you have the following:
    • Mission statement
    • Background information
    • Goals and objectives
    • Evaluation tools
    • All required materials
    • Total cost (be flexible)

Also make sure to have someone read and critique your draft application.

Funding Resources

These resources can help you get started in finding grants that would apply to your area:

Florida state resources
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
http://www.cfef.net/index.cfm/fuseaction/Foundations.Home

National Resources
Grant Wrangler Web Site
http://grantwrangler.com/

Foundation Center
http://foundationcenter.org/

Office of English Language Acquisition
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/index.html?src=mr

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
http://www.nochildleftbehind.gov/

NCLB Desktop Reference
http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/nclbreference/index.html

U.S. Department of Education
http://www.ed.gov/index.jsp

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/index.html?src=rt

USDOE Budget News
http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/news.html

Good Start, Grow Smart: The Bush Administration's Early Childhood Initiative
http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/earlychildhood/toc.html

Head Start Bureau
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/hsb/

Office of Special Education
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html?src=mr

GEAR UP Program
http://www.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html

Upward Bound Program
http://www.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/ubworkstudyltr.html?exp=0

National Endowment for the Humanities
http://www.neh.fed.us/

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program
http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/

Additional Grant Resources

The following sites can help you locate appropriate sources of funding for your projects.

*Some information courtesy of http://educationworld.com

 

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