Thursday, January 8, 2009

'09 Grants Opportunites for Schools & Classrooms


Grants Available to Schools & Classrooms in the New Year

Happy New Year to all!

Do you ever feel like life is one big Monopoly game? When I was growing up, my family played Monopoly on New Year’s Eve to usher in the New Year. It is still something I like to do – maybe more appropriate than ever considering that the Monopoly we know was created in the depths of the Great Depression! The best thing about January 1 and the new year – just like passing “Go!” on the Monopoly board – is the chance for new opportunities.

For example, there are many grants opportunities for schools and classrooms. If you have not already done so, I urge you to go to . This online website has 12 free newsletters you can sign up for. Newsletter # 12 is the grants newsletter . If you are serious about getting grants for your school and/or your classroom, you will find the contents of this free newsletter to be extremely helpful and valuable. Of course, you won’t be eligible for every grant opportunity mentioned. But, you will be able to tell pretty quickly which grants are available to you.

A very helpful resource mentioned in this first newsletter of 2009 is a treasure trove of successful grant applications. These will help you better understand what grantmakers are looking for.

Also helpful is Don Peek ’s column in every issue of the newsletter.

The economy may be tanking, but there are still grants available. Make a New Year’s resolution right now to begin applying for school and classroom grants. The more grants you apply for the better you will get – and the more money you will get!

Sandy Spruill is Grants Administrator for Georgia Public Broadcasting and a member of the American Association of Grants Professionals.

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