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FREE Training videos and podcast

Scroll down to find more free resources. You'll find videos and a podcast to learn more about writing grants for your school.

Grad Schools for Charter School Leaders

Ready to go for your next advanced degree?  How can you find out what Master's and Doctoral programs are right for charter school leaders?  I've done the research for you!  Download this list of (mostly) online programs that support charter school leaders.

50 Grants for Schools

All of the grants on this list are shown as National at and indicate that charter schools with nonprofit 501(c)(3) status qualify to apply. There are many more grants that serve specific communities. Search for additional grants by selecting your state or community, project goals, grades served, and deadline dates.

Delegate (without losing control)

Most charter school leaders struggle to get it all done. You are expected to be an expert in too many jobs, and you never have enough time. It is easy to get buried in the details of a job that someone else could be doing, but how can you decide what to delegate? How can you be sure the job will be done well? Who is responsible if it fails?  

This chart will help you decide when (and when NOT) to delegate, and how to manage outcomes and responsibility.

COVID-19 Grants & Resources

Find the funding support your school needs.
Download this list to find a grant for your school. You'll find curated lists of grants from a variety of grants experts. You're sure to find a grant the works for you here!

Put your FAQs to work for you

Learn how to write FAQs that boost enrollment and send the right message.

Classroom Grants List

Teachers from charter schools can apply directly for any of the grants on this list.  Purpose, typical or maximum award amounts, and current deadlines are listed for easy reference.

Make It Easy to Make It Make Sense

Learn the basics of how to use assessment data to understand your charter school's progress and set meaningful goals.

Grants Checklist

Get a printable pdf version of the Grants Checklist here.

10 Steps to Impact

Get your BONUS PDF to help you increase your impact and influence.

Tips for Grant-Writing Success

Working on a grant? Grab your FREE list of tips for grant writing success.

Visualize Your Grant Program

Download this worksheet to help you plan a grant program that funders will want to support.

Funding Plan Template

This free spreadsheet will help you plan your overall funding strategy. Let's get started!

Grants Admin Checklist

This free checklist will help you prepare to manage your grants program.
Are you ready to get started?

Beyond Academics

Essential Strategies for Charter School Leaders

Are you a charter school leader struggling to manage it all? 

Running a successful charter school is extremely difficult. Principals are often wearing two, three or even more hats as they build and manage a successful school. Some can lean on their board for expertise, others might have strong mentors or national organizations, but for the majority, you learn through painful trial and error. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Grants specialist and former charter school leader, Peggy Downs, has gathered a variety of consultants that support charter schools to create a new resource jam-packed with strategies and information to help you lead your school for success.

Download this FREE ebook now to learn how you can succeed BEYOND ACADEMICS.



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#NCSC19 Workshop

Rated Top 20 by Attendees!

Watch this presentation from my workshop at the National Charter School Conference 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 


Charter School Grants: How to Save Time and Write a Better Grant

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A shared vision; learn how to partner with donors to make a difference. This session will change the way you think about grants. Find out how to see your grant proposal from the funder’s perspective. Learn how to craft your message to meet their needs, and then develop your program, find your grant donor, and write a proposal that works. Developed by a grant writer who was a charter school director for 8 years and who has spent that last 6 months researching and evaluating grants, this session provides the answers you need to write a successful grant proposal.”


Featured on November 11, 2018

Why do donors fund charter schools? What mindset should have as a leader looking for more funding? In this episode, I interview Peggy Downs, author of The Most Efficient way to write a Charter School Grant.


Start-Up Guide for School Grants

Free eBook

Thinking about school grants? Wondering where to start?

In the Start-Up Guide for School Grants, Peggy Downs answers the questions she hears most as she works with school leaders to develop grants. Have you ever wondered:

  1. Is a grant the answer for your school?

  2. Why do grants matter?

  3. How do you find grants?

  4. What are the best grant-writing books?

  5. How can classroom grants help my school?

You’ll learn the answers to these questions and more. After you read this book, you’ll have a clearer idea of how grants can support your school programs.

Written by an experienced school leader and grant writer, this book is a great place to start.

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