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50 Grants for Schools and Nonprofits

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Are you ready for a grant?

I can help

I specialize in grants for schools and education nonprofits. I can help you find the funding you need to help your students thrive.

I work with school leaders and nonprofits to support their students with new programs and resources. I can help you find funding for new or established organizations.


Anyone can write a grant. I'm different because I understand the unique funding and leadership challenges of schools and education programs. I can help you develop your programs, establish your fundraising plans, and manage your grant-seeking efforts. I strive to become a valuable resource to you to help you meet your goals.

How can I help you? Contact me or visit my Services page to learn more.

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About Peggy Downs

I am a grant writer and author who is deeply connected to education. My consulting, training, and writing help individuals create and lead the schools they envision. My mission is to help 100 charter school leaders write successful grants in the next five years.


My background includes working in the charter school world since 1999, when I join a group of parents who were establishing the first K-12 charter school in Boulder County, Colorado. Over the next ten years, I taught at a variety of charter schools in Colorado while writing nationally recognized Core Knowledge units and presenting these units at four national conferences and several local events. After earning my master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Charter School Leadership in 2009, I became the founding director of a charter school in Riverdale, Utah. I also served on the Board for the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools during this time. On returning to Colorado after five years in Utah, I became the director of a K-12 charter school in Aurora and led that school for three years. I served on the Board of Directors for another charter school in Centennial, Colorado during this time. Eventually, I retired from school administration and established my current business, Granting Your Vision, to support charter schools with grants and training.


Through Granting Your Vision, I’ve been able to connect with other consultants that serve charter schools, resulting in our co-authored book, Beyond Academics. I’ve worked with other consultants to develop charter school applications, grants, and training presentations. I developed the series, Grant Writing for School Leaders, and published Create Success with Classroom Grants and Grants Planning for Schools. More than 2500 copies of my books have been sold or downloaded, and several have held positions in the Top 10 on various Amazon Best Seller lists. I have participated in peer reviews of nearly 20 federal and state grants (CSP grants), and I’ve written more than 50 foundation grants for charter schools. I have given training presentations at the National Charter School Conference, where my session was rated in the Top 20, as well as at the Independent Charter School Symposium and Colorado Charter School Conference.


I have the unique honor of being involved in founding five different charter schools in two states, as a parent, teacher, director, board member, and consultant.

My Values

Whether I am writing grants, reviewing federal grants, developing programs, or supporting schools, I work and live by the following values. I call them the 4 facets of prosperity.

  • Wisdom: the ability to discern relationships between people, ideas, and experiences and apply that understanding to help others.

  • Service: providing time and effort to help others whether or not it is expected or returned.

  • Creativity: using imagination to produce new ideas that add value to the community and your own life.

  • Effort: persistent attention to the tasks needed to accomplish your goals.

Ask me about my new Prosperity Planner! I am developing a custom planner to help me achieve my goals. Do you want to join the Prosperity Club? I will send out a free PDF of the planner to anyone who is interested and willing to provide feedback on the planner before I post it for sale on Amazon. Email me at for more information.


Longmont, Colorado

720 409-2157

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