Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Help from the Federal Government on Grants for Educators


Grant Help from the Feds-
Your Tax Dollars at Work!

The Compassion Capital Fund, managed by the Office of Community Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families – Whew! That was a mouthful! – is offering a very valuable toolkit online. I checked today (January 22, 2009) to be sure it was still available and it is.

Take a look at the wealth of information being offered. There is quite a lot. You won’t need to know all of it, but there is so much that will yield helpful nuggets of information. My recommendation is to save everything to a Grantseeking – Grantwriting Information file on your computer or on a flash drive. Not only will this save paper, toner/ink and trees, you will also find it very quick and easy to search using Microsoft Word’s “Find” feature or Windows’ “Search” feature. To search a PDF document, look on the toolbar for the binoculars icon with the word “Search” next to them.

Another helpful service provided by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services is Grants.gov, your source to find and apply for federal government grants. This initiative is having an unparalleled positive impact on the grants community. A new service of Grants.gov is a blog that provides up-to-the-minute information on the status of the website and other help. Grants.gov also offers Succeed, a free news-filled quarterly newsletter.

If you tried Grants.gov previously, but could not download and install PureEdge, the software required to submit and/or view an application, you will be glad to know that as of January 1, 2009, Grants.gov uses only Adobe Reader. Check here to determine and download – free! – the version of Adobe Reader that works best.

Speaking of applications, do take the time to read through one or more successful grant proposals. Annotate as you read – highlighting and noting which parts of the proposal are particularly helpful to a reader-evaluator who may not be intimately familiar with the topic. These are the items you will want to be sure to include in your grant application.

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

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