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Grant Writing for School Leaders

About Peggy Downs

Welcome to my world of grant writing and education! With over two decades of experience in the charter school world, I am deeply passionate about supporting education.


I began my career in 1999 as a part of a group of parents who established the first K-12 charter school in Boulder County, Colorado. Since then, I've taught at various charter schools in Colorado, and have written nationally recognized Core Knowledge units.


With a master's degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Charter School Leadership, I became the founding director of a charter school in Riverdale, Utah, and later led a K-12 charter school in Aurora, Colorado for three years.

As an author, I've developed the series Grant Writing for School Leaders and published books on Create Success with Classroom Grants and Grants Planning for Schools. My books have sold over 3000 copies and held top positions on various Amazon Best Seller lists.

I've also reviewed nearly 20 federal and state grants and written over 75 foundation grants for charter schools. I've presented training sessions at national and local charter school conferences, including the National Charter School Conference, Independent Charter School Symposium, and Colorado Charter School Conference.


As a seasoned professional with a passion for education, I'm committed to helping your organization succeed. Whether you're a new or returning client, feel free to reach out to me for assistance.

Mission / Vision / Values


Our mission is to help charter schools, private schools, and nonprofit organizations accelerate academic achievement for all students by providing services that drive them toward their goals for funding, program development, and school improvement.



At Granting Your Vision, we empower schools and education nonprofits to achieve their funding goals and create a lasting impact in their communities. Our work is driven by a deep commitment to excellence and innovation in education. By providing top-notch grant writing services, fundraising support, and expert guidance, we help our clients unlock their full potential and transform their vision into reality. Our ultimate goal is to inspire positive change in the world, one organization at a time.


Whether I am writing grants, reviewing federal grants, developing programs, or supporting schools, I work and live by the following values.

  • Wisdom: I believe that wisdom is the key to unlocking success for myself and my clients. By discerning relationships between people, ideas, and experiences, I can better understand the needs of my clients and apply my expertise to help them achieve their goals.

  • Service: One of my greatest joys is providing assistance to others, whether or not it is expected or returned. I believe that by giving back to my community, I can make a meaningful impact on the world around me.

  • Creativity: I believe that creativity is the engine that drives innovation and progress. By using my imagination to produce new ideas and solutions, I can add value to the lives of those around me and help them achieve their full potential.

  • Effort: I am a firm believer in persistent effort and hard work. By consistently giving my all to the tasks needed to accomplish my goals, I can achieve success and inspire others to do the same.

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Learn More About Me

Visit my profile on LinkedIn to learn about my 20 years' experience in charter schools and my recent work with grants.

Please connect with me on LinkedIn!

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