Grant Sites & Resources
- Voxercasts: Collaborative Grant Writing: This was an enlightening session regarding crowdfunding (e.g. DonorsChoose) with Brandi (@aesfinearts) and Mandy Bryan (@mandyrbryan) and collaborative grant writing tools. It resulted in two parts.
- Audio: Grants That Are Easily Available to Teachers
- 5 Grants to Make a Difference at Your School
- Edutopia's Grants and Resources
About & Tips
Be sure to read this article about the fees associated with each fundraising site.
"Websites like DonorsChoose, AdoptaClassroom, and DigitalWish all provide teachers the opportunity to ask the world for specific supplies, including technology, for their students. People make donations to the classroom, with all of the money being managed by the hosting site. When the need is fully funded, the organization either purchases what was requested by the teacher or works with him/her to purchase it."
(Source: Dr. Bruce Ellis, TCEA TechNotes Blog)
Other Sources of Funding & Grants
- TEA Grant Opportunities
- U.S. Department of Education
- The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources
- Grant Wrangler
- Grants for Teachers
- The NEA Foundation
- Apple and ConnectED
- Toshiba Grants for Grades 6-12
- Texas Retired Teacher Foundation Classroom Assistance Grants
- Additional grants (Google search results)
On March 22, 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill which included $1.1 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants which are outlined in Title IV, part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Congress also included $2.1 billion in Title II, Part A which districts can use for professional development for their teachers, including training on the effective use of technology through TCEA and other providers.
(Source: Jennifer Bergland, TCEA TechNotes Blog)
Tip #1 - Celebrate People and Gather Stories
Every campus has teaching, learning opportunities that need to be documented and tracked. Consider those projects you can build on with grant funds. Take the time to collect work samples from staff and students, audio/video record information. One way is to start a podcast documenting the experiences.
Short video and audio clips work well. Here are some tools to facilitate that:
Tip #2 - Develop a Powerful, Data-Rich Narrative
Tell a compelling story that reflects your demographics, stories, history of success, and assessment/evaluation data.
Tip #3 - Build a Writing Team
What usually happens with a grant? One person gets saddled with the task. Build a team of grant writers who can offer their insights.
Tip #4 - Get Your Budget Straight
Develop budget that accounts for everything and is aligned to instructional goals. And, make it modular.