• Peggy Downs

5 Easy Grants for School Leaders

Updated: Mar 6

You've got five minutes to read this blog. I know you are probably between meetings or waiting for a phone call. You've got NO TIME to research grants and try to understand complicated applications. But...you're interested in grants and would like to provide new funding for your school. Can it really be done?


In this blog, you will find links to five simple grant applications and a description of exactly what you need to complete each one. I will summarize each grant's focus areas and typical projects, and all the important details you need to decide if it's a match. I'll even provide a list of 40+ grants in case you can't find one here that works for you. All of the information I provide is publicly available and current as of the date of this blog post, but please check each website for updates. Things change!


You see a need. You have an idea. You want to write a grant. I've made it easy for you. Let's do this!

How Easy Are These Grants?

When you start investigating grants for the first time, the variables can be overwhelming. I have done the work to screen out the more complicated grants so that you can get right to work. Are these grants really easy? Yes! Each grant in this list had to meet 5 criteria:

  1. Funding amounts of $10,000 or less are accepted.

  2. Applications are accepted year-round or at least twice per year.

  3. Application process requires basic documents, nothing too unusual.

  4. Application is one to two pages long or a simple letter of interest.

  5. Application can be submitted online.

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What Do You Need to Start?

Some basic information is required for nearly every grant. Be sure you have this available before you start filling out any application.

  • 501(c) (3) Letter

  • School mission and vision, brief overview of your school

  • Brief description of project requesting funds

  • Budget for project

  • School's annual or most recent budget

Watch for more details in each grant application description.


What Do You Want to Do?

You may already have an idea for a grant project, but it's ok if you don't. Brainstorm a list of problems your students or your teachers are facing. Which problems are urgent, important, or impactful? An urgent problem needs to be solved quickly. An important problem is connected to your school’s mission and vision, or directly affects student safety and achievement. An impactful problem affects a large group of people or greatly affects a smaller group. Those are the problems you want to address first.

Your teachers have great ideas and they know what their students need to succeed.

Help them learn to create success with classroom grants.

Share this workbook with your teachers and watch what they come up with!


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Now, define the problem and what you want to do about it. Have you decided that your teachers need training in differentiation? Maybe your middle school students need a structured technology curriculum. Or you have teacher-leaders you want to develop with a strong leadership training program. Each of these ideas could be a great program for a grant. Choose one or two ideas to pursue and keep it simple.


What Should You Look For?

Now that you have an idea of your project, how do you find a grant to support your work? There are four factors to consider when you evaluate a grant. Answer each of these questions first to decide if the grant MIGHT be a good match:

  • Purpose - Does your program idea align with the grant’s goals and purpose?

  • Deadline - Do you have enough time to prepare a good proposal?

  • Funding amounts - Does the grant offer funding amounts that meet your needs?

  • Eligibility - Does your school qualify?

5 Easy Grants

Let's take a look at these grants in more detail. Click on the link to visit the website for more information.


1. After School Advantage Program (IGT)

https://www.igt.com/explore-igt/about-igt/global-responsibility/supporting-our-communities/after-school-advantage-program

Purpose: Through its After School Advantage Program, International Game Technology (IGT) strives to address the needs of underprivileged and at-risk children ages 5 to 18 with a meaningful and enjoyable learning experience during the critical after-school hours in a safe environment. A computer center must be supervised and may not be used for simple entertainment, such as playing video games. Efforts must be made to provide a well-organized and technology-based educational environment in which children can learn basic computer skills and use these resources to complete educational projects.

Deadline: Applications accepted year-round through online application

Funding amount: Varies

Eligibility: 501(c)(3); must have an existing after school program in need of a digital learning center, or a renovation of an existing center; serve children that After School Advantage targets, and have the staff and means to sustain the computer center once established


2. Burkle Foundation

http://burklefoundation.com/request-a-grant/

Purpose: The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation makes grants to programs that engage children in learning, advance scientific research, strengthen international understanding, foster worker’s rights, empowers underserved communities, and nurture the arts and architecture. Previous grants were used to fund youth outreach programs, health education projects for children and youth, teaching and mentoring programs for underserved children, and youth arts and athletic programs.

Deadline: Accepted throughout the year by submitting a letter of interest and project description

Funding amount: Varies

Eligibility: 501(c)(3)


3. The Charles Lafitte Foundation

https://charleslafitte.org/grants/

Purpose: The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives. The foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts.

Ways to improve teaching results include providing computer-based and technological education, promoting leadership skills, and offering programs about the arts. In addition, opportunities for ongoing education, such as research projects and conferences, promote continuing education as a goal for people of all ages. Within the CLF education initiatives, it supports programs that:

  • Aid students with learning disabilities.

  • Target at-risk populations and integrate all learners.

  • Provide equal access.

  • Offer quality programming using innovative methods.

  • Apply data-driven approaches.

  • Educate the whole child.

Deadline: Applications accepted year-round through online application

Funding amount: Varies

Eligibility: 501(c)(3)

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4. Dr. Scholl Foundation

https://www.drschollfoundation.com/application-procedures/procedures/

Purpose: The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of today’s world still lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion. In general, the Foundation guidelines are broad to give us flexibility in providing grants.

Deadline: Between October 1 and March 1 annually; request application through website

Funding amount: Varies – typically ranges from $5,000 to $25,000

Eligibility: 501(c)(3), Must have at least 3 years of financial activity


5. Reiman Foundation

http://www.reimanfoundation.org/applicationguidelines/

Purpose: The Reiman Foundation makes grants in the areas of education, health care, the arts, and children. Previous grants were used to fund free admission for children and youth to art museums, educational initiatives, programs for student athletes with special needs, and arts education.

Deadline: Accepted throughout the year by submitting a letter of interest and project description

Funding amount: Varies

Eligibility: 501(c)(3)

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