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Achieve Your Funding Goals with Our Expert Resources

Welcome to my resources page! As an experienced education consultant, I'm passionate about helping schools and nonprofits secure the funding they need to excel. Whether you're new to grant writing or looking to fine-tune your skills, you've come to the right place.

 

My resources cover a range of topics, from grant research and writing to strategic planning and fundraising. I've curated a selection of downloadable tools and templates to help you streamline your grant writing process, as well as regularly updated blog posts on the latest grant writing trends and best practices.

 

I know that navigating the grant writing process can be overwhelming, but I'm here to support you every step of the way. As a peer reviewer for grants and programs, I have an insider's perspective on what funders are looking for. And as someone who has written over 75 foundation grants for charter schools and nonprofits, I have the experience to help you craft a winning proposal.

 

So take a look around, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to learn more about my consulting services. Let's work together to achieve your funding goals and accelerate academic achievement!

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Books on Amazon

Grant Writing for School Leaders

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School Children

New Workbooks

Now is the time to learn how to write grants and achieve your goals. 

Create Success is for Classroom Teachers. Grants Planning for Schools is for School Leaders.

Create Success with Classroom Grants

How to Provide What Your Students Need Through Grants Without Wasting Time or Spending Your Own Money

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Grants Planning for Schools

Develop Program Grants that Align with Your School's Mission

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Exclusive  Resources from Peggy Downs

Welcome to the exclusive resources section! As a valued visitor to my site, you have access to a treasure trove of additional materials that complement each of my books. Click on each link below to discover a wealth of valuable content, downloadable resources, and bonus materials tailored specifically for you.

Learn all about this online training course to help you GET RESULTS WITH GRANTS!

Download the free resources available for readers of this book, including "Is Your School Grant-Ready" and "Quick Start for School Grants."

Download the free resources available for readers of this book, including "Visualize Your Grants Program" and "Tips for Success."

Download the free resources available for readers of this book, including "5 Strategies to Impact through Grants" and the "Grants Checklist."

From preparing for program grants to writing your first grant proposal and beyond, this workbook provides a roadmap for achieving your school's funding goals. Download free resources for readers of this book.

Suggested Reading

Discover the books I read as I researched this topic. Learn more from these grant writing professionals.

I've reviewed and recommended these books for you. Learn more in these blog posts:

Top 5 Grant-Writing Books for Charter School Leaders

Are You Ready for a Federal Grant for Your Charter School?


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Free Resources

Download these FREE printable resources to make your job easier.


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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 www.getedfunding.com 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.

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?

Are You in the F.O.G.?

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Are You in the F.O.G.? (Fear Of Grants)

An Intro to Major/Federal Grants for Your School

Unlock the funding your school needs with "Are You in the F.O.G.?" This concise 29-page eBook is your essential introduction to major and federal grants for schools. Packed with expert insights and links to helpful resources, this guide will demystify the grant writing process and help you write winning proposals. Don't let fear hold you back from securing the funding your school deserves. Get started with "Are You in the F.O.G.?" today.

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5 Steps to Develop Corporate Sponsorships for Your School

Discover the secrets to securing corporate sponsorships for your school with this comprehensive guide. You'll learn how to effectively plan your approach, develop a winning proposal, and stand out from the competition. Whether you're new to fundraising or a seasoned pro, this book will give you the tools you need to take your school's sponsorship efforts to the next level.

Charter School Leaders Bookshelf on Amazon

Find Your Next Favorite Book

You pop over to Amazon for a quick search and get lost in the hundreds of books you see. I've been there. How will you choose?


I've collected recommended books from school leaders like you and added a few of my own favorites to create this collection on Amazon. Visit the Charter School Leaders Bookshelf and get ready to be inspired!


"Like" the page on Amazon if you find a book you love.

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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.

Grant Sources

Check out these sites for grant opportunities

Grant Station Insider

Special Funding Opportunities

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Featured Grants

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Free Grants Database

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National Charter School Resource Center

Funding Opportunities

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Grants for Teachers

Free Grant Database

This free database allows you to sort grants for public school, private school, or higher education.

Education Grants Help

Free Grants Database

Powered by Grant Finder, this is the most extensive grant listing database available for education grants.

One-Page Pubs

Quick Reference Guides and Cheatsheets for Schools

Explore helpful resources with the links below. Click on the "Learn more" button to find details and to download digital files from my product page on Gumroad. 

Save time and stay organized with these infographics and resource bundles.

Common Mistakes in Grant Writing

Printable Infographic

Ready to write a grant proposal? Don't let your plans be rejected for these common mistakes. Download this free infographic today. Print in color on 11x17 for best results.

4 Ts of Giving for Charter Schools

Printable Infographic

Download this infographic to remind you of the 4Ts of Giving. You can encourage your community to engage with your school deeply for maximum connection. Print in color on 11x17 for best results.

5 Strategies to Impact Through Grants

Printable Infographic

Based on my book, Grant Writing for Impact, this infographic will help you remember the 5 strategies for creating a sustainable grants program: Envision, Establish, Engage, Execute, and Extend. Print in color on 11x17 for best results.

Create Success with Classroom Grants

Classroom Grants Resources for Teachers

If you have purchased Create Success with Classroom Grants, use your special code to download this bundle for free.

If you discovered this page without purchasing the book, you can find it on Amazon.

Create Success with Classroom Grants by Peggy Downs


What You'll Get:

  • Classroom Grants for Teachers - Grants List

  • Grants Tracker - Excel Spreadsheet

  • Create Success - Printable Infographic


Download these resources and get ready to CREATE SUCCESS WITH CLASSROOM GRANTS.

Digital Fundraising for Your School

Printable Infographic

Download this infographic to help you remember to make digital fundraising a priority. Set your goals and post this where you'll see it every day. Print in color on 11x17 for best results.

Grant Writer Interview Questions

Work with a Grant Writer that Works for You

Interview professional grant writers to find the best match for your school.


Download this list of 10 questions to ask a grant writer, and 10 questions they may ask you. Be prepared to choose the best grant writer to help you meet your goals.

Grant Writing Starter Kit

Get Started Today

You want to write a grant for your school but it's hard to know where to start. The Grant Writing Starter Kit provides all my most popular resources at once. No need to track down each file or download from your email. They're all here!


What You'll Get:

  • 50 Grants for Schools - Grants List

  • COVID-19 - Grants List

  • Classroom Grants for Teachers - Grants List

  • Grants Tracker - Excel Spreadsheet

  • Grants Checklist - Word Document

  • Grant-Writing Worksheet

  • Tips for Success

  • Grants Comparison Chart

  • Visualize Your Grant Program

  • Grant Writer Interview Questions

  • Grants Admin Checklist

  • Quick-Start Guide for School Grants

Get started today with the Grant Writing Starter Kit.

How to Delegate (Without Losing Control)

Printable Infographic

I have good news!  This FREE PDF will help you decide when (and when NOT) to delegate, and how to manage outcomes and responsibility without wasting your time. Download this infographic to remind you of when and how to delegate without losing control. Print in color on 11x17 for best results.

Is Your School Grant-Ready?

Printable Infographic

The question I hear most often from school leaders is, "What can I do to make sure my school is ready for grants?" This infographic will help you know the 6 simple steps you need to take to set your school up for success. Print in color on 11x17 for best results.

Set Your Funding Goals

Printable Infographic

Learn how to set funding goals for your school with this helpful cheat sheet. Reviews the school support pyramid and the steps you can take to improve your fundraising success. Print in color on 11x17 for best results.

Get Results with Grants - Promo Video

Watch this video to learn more

Hide and Seek

Grants Management Tools

So how do you keep track of all your grant-seeking activity? Check out these grants management tools, recommended by school leaders and nonprofits.

Online Training Courses

Designed for Schools

#NCSC19 Workshop

Rated Top 20 by Attendees!

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

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