Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Grants for the Classroom


It’s back-to-school time – and for many teachers that means “$chool”! As budgets are cut and prices rise, you may be wondering where you will find the means to do all the wonderful things you have planned for the year ahead.

Hello! I am Sandy Spruill, grants administrator for Georgia Public Broadcasting. I will be posting occasionally to the Georgia Graduation Stories blog to give you the benefit of my grantwriting experience. Please feel free to share your stories, as well. We will all benefit! Let’s funnel those grant dollars to Georgia this year!

The first thing to know is that there is no one single place to find a listing of all grants and all grant deadlines. But, there are some places that come awfully close. Take a look at several of my favorites:

Foundations for the Future, known as F3 and brought to you by the Georgia Tech Research Institute, provides a very complete, up-to-date listing of Grant Funding Opportunities, Fellowships, Equipment Donations and Student Competitions available to Georgia K-12 educators and students. To subscribe to email updates, send a request to Jessica.Pater@gtri.gatech.edu.

Do you subscribe to eSchool News? You should! It is free and another excellent resource for all things educational – especially grants. While you are there, be sure to sign up to access premium content. It is free, fast and easy to sign up. Do you still prefer the feel of a newspaper in your hand? Sign up to receive eSchool News in newspaper form, too. No charge.

Finally, be sure to go to The Foundation Center. There you will find free training opportunities and free helpful newsletters such as the weekly RFP Bulletin, a roundup of recently announced Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from private, corporate, and government funding sources. Also available for free is an Education Funding Watch newsletter.

Now what? I’ll be back with helpful “how-to” advice next time.

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