I think one important thing to have when writing a grant is a clear vision. If you do not know where you are going, you will be all over the place with your details. You should start by asking yourself why am I applying for this grant and what do I want my outcome to be. . . . Just my thoughts. I am looking forward to attending the webinar with Julie to see if I am on the right track!
I agree, Gail! We must have clear vision for what we want. I have found that it can be difficult to explain our vision and reasoning in short concise ways that emphasize need and how we'll utilize items awarded/purchased. Though, grants are completely worth it. Just tough to add to all that we already do.
I'm Lisa, and I'll be briefly co-presenting, this evening, about a few grant opportunities, as well as my most recent grant attempt at ThankAMillionTeachers.com. Please see the information below to vote for my grant or consider submitting your own proposal for future voting rounds. Thanks so much!!! I look forward to hearing from Julie and Dr. Lisa, tonight---soooooo great----ideas for funding----couldn't be a better topic!
lisaVisit this link: https://www.thankamillionteachers.com/vote-for-a-proposal/vote-for-a-proposal-form/https://www.thankamillionteachers.com/vote-for-a-proposal/vote-for-a-proposal-form/Then, Search and Vote:
--Enter Wenske (with a capital W) in the last name field, and click, the GRAY GO button.
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--Once page reloads, scroll to bottom of page, and see my entry: L. Wenske...
--Scroll back up, and enter your email address, check the appropriate box(es), and enter the CAPTCHA. Request a new CAPTCHA, if you can't read the one provided.
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*If I end up as 1 of the top 6 vote earners in the SouthCentral Category, in May, my classroom earns $2,500 towards the purchase of iDevices.
Thanks for your help!! Really, it means a lot to me, to my students, and to all of my future students.
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I appreciate very much that you were all kind enough to vote and humor me as I discussed my mission to earn the grant via ThankAMillion Teachers. Your support, encouragement and kind words were AWESOME!!! I did end up earning the grant, and I am forever indebted to each of you for your support and for allowing me to use this community as a resource to share and elicit support. It was a HUGE learning experience, but, also, an excellent one, as earning extra technology for the classroom is just absolutely super amazing!!
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Thank you, Marshal, for all that you do for all of us in the community and in our own.
Plus, the live recordings help so much so that we can go back and review what we may have missed or possibly already forgotten (though I may be the only one whose memory is seemingly subpar lately. ); plus, it's so easy to share the recording links to those of our colleagues who didn't attend the webinar, but could greatly benefit from the content.
Usually, at the end of a schoolyear, I am feeling extremely overwhelmed and lacking any extra time to do much at all. Luckily, Vanessa asked me to share at this webinar. I thank her for that, because, honestly, I probably would have skipped the webinar (I'm sorry to say that!) due to lack of time to get everything else done. This webinar had such great ideas and pointers for how to effectively write grants, get people to notice or want to help you with your grant, and specifics for particular grants we all know about.
I'm not sure if there are really specific idea types that donors and funders are looking for... I do believe that what Diana McMillan mentioned at the grant--that you must show need and how you plan to use your items is huge. I think that's one reason my A+ FCU grant was also funded this year. (It's been a SUPER EXCITING time these last 6 week!!)
I do think that projects and ideas that enrich collaboration and communication and spark creativity and empower students are probably more likely to be approved; but, of course, I have no evidence of that. This is something I've struggled with as I am beginning to work on a very large grant. Creativity and Originality are a big portion of the scoring for the review panel. However, I was wanting to go for, essentially, desk top computers, that my school desperately needs. I can argue how creatively we'll use them, BUT, when you talk about iPads and other devices, the creativity and originality automatically sounds more new age, more creative and innovation. So, this is a bit tough for me... I understand why creativity and originality are important, BUT, if we need basic tools, we need basic tools. For me, it's like having a student create a huge diarama or extensive book report over a very short book; if the child is a struggling reader, they need to be spending tons of time reading. Tons! But, sometimes there are students reading 1 book at a time, for a long time, and then spending tons of time doing an enrichment project for that one book. If the goal is for the child to improve in reading, the child needs to be reading--not necessarily spending all of her/his time building a super original and creative diarama and writing a lengthly book report. I have nothing against either of those; they can both be fantastic enrichment opportunities; however, instruction needs to match what each child needs. So...if my school needs desktops, I'd like to ask for those. I can argue why we need them. I can argue how they'll be used originally and creatively; but, I see how I can make more of a creative/original argument for asking for iDevices...so we'll see.
Tips I've found helpful this year, in the past, and from the webinar. Explain what you need and why you need it. Explain how you'll use it, and how it'll benefit your students, their achievement and the community and possibly the future as a whole. I'm not an expert though. I've just had really recent fantastic luck!!!
Thank you all for you help and understanding and support.
I have recently started having luck with grant writing and have written and won several small grants. This year I won 5 grants. My school PTA offered an opportunity and I won. I have won the last three years using the A+ Federal Credit Educators Grant. I won small grants with PetSmart for pet supplies and seeds and plants from the Wildflower Center. My school community supports donors choose which is so easy! I won digital cameras, a mini iPad, and an iGO digital microscope, and a lending library (books/cd's) to share with parents, etc...
I have learned some tips:
Read the Requirements closely and stick to the rules
Show a Need
Be passionate...you are the best advocate for your classroom and your children!
Ask for help when needed
Sometimes it helps to ask for smaller amounts......especially if it is just for one class!