Education Funding

Requests Granted

By Hollice Fisher — November 10, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

“Tell me what you need,” David Bauer, author of The Teacher’s Guide to Winning Grants, recently told a teacher who sought his advice. The answer—“a new playground”—didn’t pass muster with the grants guru.

Resources to help teachers find funding for projects:

www.dgbauer.com/links.htm
Bauer’s free Web site includes links to resources for finding public and private donors.

The Teacher’s Guide to Winning Grants
(Jossey-Bass, $35)
Bauer’s book outlines the process for getting grants and provides forms and worksheets.

www.GrantsAlert.com
Former teacher Joe Mizereck monitors grant-listing services and compiles opportunities on this free site for teachers.

www.foundationcenter.org
This site offers guidelines on how to research funding opportunities and provides links to grantmaking organizations. Subscriptions range from $9.95 to $99.95, but some features—including a tool that lets you search for foundations—are free.

It’s not that the money for such requests isn’t out there; it’s just that applicants need to know how to get it. Bauer explained to the teacher: The most persuasive grant proposals focus on ends, not means. He advised her to present the playground equipment as a way to provide physical activity and to seek funding from local health insurance companies—which have a stake in preventing obesity.

Corporations give where they live, says Bauer, a former teacher who mastered the art of landing grants while working in inner city schools. He recommends searching local chambers of commerce for lists of regional companies.

Another tip: “Never use the ‘g word.’” Asking a grant provider to “give” can lead to rejection. Teachers should refer to grants as investments because foundations and corporations want to know that their money will produce results.

The biggest mistake, Bauer says, is sending the same proposal to multiple organizations. Instead, tailor proposals to reflect the priorities of each institution and apply for grants that have funded similar projects in the past.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the December 01, 2006 edition of Teacher


Commenting has been disabled on edweek.org effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
What’s Next for Teaching and Learning? Key Trends for the New School Year
The past 18 months changed the face of education forever, leaving teachers, students, and families to adapt to unprecedented challenges in teaching and learning. As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Curriculum Webinar
How Data and Digital Curriculum Can Drive Personalized Instruction
As we return from an abnormal year, it’s an educator’s top priority to make sure the lessons learned under adversity positively impact students during the new school year. Digital curriculum has emerged from the pandemic
Content provided by Kiddom
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Leadership for Racial Equity in Schools and Beyond
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal systemic racial disparities in educational opportunity, there are revelations to which we can and must respond. Through conscientious efforts, using an intentional focus on race, school leaders can
Content provided by Corwin

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Funding Interactive Look Up How Much COVID Relief Aid Your School District is Getting
The federal government gave schools more than $190 billion to help them recover from the pandemic. But the money was not distributed evenly.
2 min read
Education Funding Explainer Everything You Need to Know About Schools and COVID Relief Funds
How much did your district get in pandemic emergency aid? When must the money be spent? Is there more on the way? EdWeek has the answers.
11 min read
090221 Stimulus Masks AP BS
Dezirae Espinoza wears a face mask while holding a tube of cleaning wipes as she waits to enter Garden Place Elementary School in Denver for the first day of in-class learning since the start of the pandemic.
David Zalubowski/AP
Education Funding Why Dems' $82 Billion Proposal for School Buildings Still Isn't Enough
Two new reports highlight the severe disrepair the nation's school infrastructure is in and the crushing district debt the lack of federal and state investment has caused.
4 min read
Founded 55 years ago, Foust Elementary received its latest update 12-25 years ago for their HVAC units. If the school receives funds from the Guilford County Schools bond allocation, they will expand classrooms from the back of the building.
Community members in Guilford, N.C. last week protested the lack of new funding to improve the district's crumbling school facilities.
Abby Gibbs/News & Record via AP
Education Funding Can Governors Really Take Money From Schools Over Masks?
State leaders are using the threat of funding cuts as a weapon in the mask debate—but it's not clear if they can or will follow through.
7 min read
Conceptual image of hundred dollar bills with some of the images of Benjamin Franklin masked.
Vanessa Solis/Education Week and iStock