Education Grants 101
Many school districts find it more and more difficult to function effectively on the support received from state and federal funds. Most school administrators and teachers are aware that grants are available from both federal agencies and private organizations. However, they usually do not know the sources of grant funds, and they do not have the time to research what grants are available and how to obtain grant funds.
Grantseeking and grant writing are, in fact, time-consuming endeavors that require concentrated effort, commitment, and persistence on the part of the grantseeker and grant writer. Some districts have realized that these efforts amount to full-time activities that require the support of a grant development office.
Through such an office, a district can better coordinate the technical skills of grant writing with the expertise of program specialists to develop more effective grant proposals. Office personnel also become knowledgeable on the types of grants available, the standard application procedures, and the differing requirements of each grant.
Grants offices typically collect a variety of information and set up their own reference library, which includes books, directories, newsletters, and names of organizations and contacts who can provide current information on federal, corporate, and foundation grants. Listed below are the four basic steps in the process of seeking grant funds.