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FETC 2010 Grant Writing 101: Have you seen something you want? How do you get it? Jennifer Womble, nbct, Chiles High School, Tallahassee, FL

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1 FETC 2010 Grant Writing 101: Have you seen something you want? How do you get it? Jennifer Womble, nbct, Chiles High School, Tallahassee, FL

2 FETC 2010 Introductions: Why did you choose this workshop? What have been your previous grant writing experiences?

3 FETC 2009 Todays Objectives: Learn about types of grants Analyze grant evaluation process Explore various grant sources Discuss components of winning grant proposals Collaborate with colleagues in developing a grant idea

4 FETC 2009 What is your wish list? I want a Smartboard ® for my intensive reading classes. I want to instruct my students using an LCD Projector. My students are motivated by IPODS. They could Podcast their book projects.

5 FETC 2009 Nothing Beats a Good Idea! Articulate a worthwhile, single, focused goal. Clearly explain the lesson or unit that would improve academic achievement by infusing that technological tool. A Smartboard ® would really enhance the literacy instruction in my intensive reading classes. What is your goal? IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

6 FETC 2009 Where do ideas come from? Content integration Students Curriculum Journal Articles Professional Magazines School/District Data-Survey that indicate problem areas and technology solutions Other school/classroom(s) success-learn on the listserv or blogs Research on education, technology, learning

7 FETC 2009 Evaluating your Project Goal Keep your goals realistic! It is important to have an evaluation plan. How will you know when you have achieved your goals? Grantors want to know if the projects they fund are successful--that your project is meeting its goals ! Also, is your project replicable? If so, tell the grantor how you plan to extend the project to other grades or schools.

8 FETC 2009 How will this technology help you achieve your goal? My students will use tactile and kinesthetic learning to interact with text. The LCD projector will allow me to access and deliver instruction from a variety of media platforms. Students will increase confidence in fluency by constructing and sharing podcast book projects.

9 FETC 2009 What do you have in mind? Ideas should be innovative, creative and educational. Try proposing a project that puts a fresh spin on an existing idea. NOTE: Grantors often seek creative solutions to problems/needs, but they usually do not wish to fund risky projects.

10 FETC 2009 Do your research! Talk to colleagues who use the technology you wish to acquire. –What benefits have they experienced with this technology? –What support does the technology need to be successful? Training? –What learning gains are proven through implementing this project? –Go visit the class/school and practice with the equipment in a real setting. –No local? Go online and visit virtual professional learning communities: (collaborate in global community) (collaboration) (virtual learning community network)

11 FETC 2009 Get the Facts! Research product costs and practicality comparison of vendors (publications, conferences, etc.) –THE Journal, EdTech, Popular Science, Consumer Reports, Online Advisor Sites What do the professionals say? What are the system requirements? –Communicate with technology coordinator What comes with your purchase? –Support, training, repairs Create a reasonable, detailed budget.

12 FETC 2009 Got a projectget a plan and permission to move ahead! As soon as you have a project in mind and permission to implement it, formulate your plan. Solidify the details of your project! Begin right away with the details of the project's: –background. Document the need for your project with demographics, test results, and anecdotal evidence. –mission statement. Identify the projects potential outcome. –goals and objectives. Make sure they are specific and measurable. –timeline. –planned assessment tool(s). Again, be specific. –required materials, supplies, and personnel. –total cost. –Student sample products Having this information in hand will make it much easier to locate appropriate funding sources -- and to complete the grant application when the time comes.

13 FETC 2009 Know the trends! Current educational research trends and collect DATA from educational research to fuel the grant process. Collect your DATA and do your RESEARCH. Keep current on educational theories and authors that explain the buzz words Attend conferences to learn effective practices and hear speakers that relay data on pedagogical research and recent findings. For Example: How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20 th Century Time Magazine Article

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15 What grant is appropriate for your project? Foundation Grants Corporation Grants Private Foundations Professional Groups Federal/State Grants Discuss Grant Match Rubric

16 FETC 2009 How do you find the right grant? Grant search on the web Government agencies Subscription grant-finder services Listservs from state and professional organizations Professional organizations: FEA web site Corporate foundations Education-related businesses Civic organizations Product vendors: Professional journals and magazines: ASCD publications County/District level grant coordinators Grant consultants

17 FETC 2009 Department of Education RFP=Request for Proposal LEA=Local Education Agencies District level approval and support Write to the REQUIREMENTS Focus: Funding purposes and funding priorities (rubric) wd.html wd.html gwrp.htm gwrp.htm

18 Currently…… The US Department of Education grant forecast has been posted. forecast.html They may make additional changes over the next several months. Check daily for ED grants: ndex.html FETC 2009

19 Federal grants Once the federal budget is approved, funds for the grant projects start to become available and are "announced" in the Federal Register throughout the year. Grant projects that have been announced will appear in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Newly available grants programs are also announced in the Weekly Federal Funding Report, published by the House of Representatives and in the Federal Register as a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).Weekly Federal Funding ReportFederal Register Match services: nts.html

20 FETC 2009 Federal Grants Competitive grants are multi-sectional and complicated. Be sure to read all requirements and gather all student data BEFORE you begin. Be prepared for a time commitment to write and complete the grant. Be sure your administrators and district personnel are willing to support (financially). Partnerships enhance grant process and assistance in completing quality projects.

21 STEM GRANTS National Science Foundation: Discovery Research K-12 There is $55,000,000 in funding available with anticipated awards (20-25 Exploratory awards, Full Research and Development awards, 5-10 Synthesis awards, and 5-10 Conference/Workshop). Anticipated award amounts are as follows: (1) Exploratory projects up to $450,000 with duration up to three years; (2) Full research and development projects up to $3,500,000 with duration up to five years; (3) Projects that study scale-up of STEM education innovations up to $5,000,000 with duration up to five years; (4) Synthesis projects up to $250,000 with duration up to two years; and (5) Conference/Workshop projects up to $100,000 for duration up to two years. There is no match requirement. This competition is unrestricted and open to all 501C3 faith or community based nonprofits, school districts, colleges, individuals, etc. The focus of this program is to enable significant advances in pre K-12 student and teacher learning of the STEM disciplines through development, implementation, and study of resources, models, and technologies that eventually can and will be used effectively in many sites and circumstances across the nation. Funds should be used for projects that anticipate education as it could be in years (and beyond) and that put forward ideas, concepts, theories, and modes of research and development that challenge existing assumptions about STEM learning and teaching. All projects should use current research and broaden the boundaries of schools and disciplines FETC 2009

22 Foundation Grants Florida Education Foundation: Sample District Foundation: –Leon County Schools Foundation Technology Grants $The most important thing for grant-writers to remember is that they might submit a perfect application and still receive a rejection. Most foundations have limited resources with which to fund projects. Do not get discouraged if you get a rejection from a possible funding source. DO not spend the money before you ge the award!

23 Check your State For complete Listings Minnesota Council on Foundations: Nebraska Grants: 9-10%20CALENDAR%20PDF.pdf Floridaattend statewide conference: Florida Grant Developers Network (Jan ) FETC 2009

24 Private Grants Examples: Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative My Hometown Helper Community Grants Best Buy Technology Grants Target Field Trip Grants The Tech & Learning Grants CalendarThe Tech & Learning Grants Calendar

25 FETC 2009 The Grant Writing Process out TIPS: Be realistic about the time and effort involved -- both in the grant-writing process and in the project itself. Do your homework. Research extensively to find the most appropriate grantors for the project you have in mind. Don't work alone. Assemble a team -- consisting of (at least) a researcher, a writer, a proofreader, and a typist -- to help with the application process. Make sure everyone who will be involved in implementing the project also is involved in the application process. Read the grantor's guidelines carefully and follow them exactly. Have someone not involved in the application process check the application for clarity of content. Take time to review some successful proposals. This is a great learning tool.

26 FETC 2009 Evaluation of Grants Does the title reflect the purpose and mission of the proposal? Does the project description identify how the technology will meet a specific student outcome? Is the writing clear and concise? Is the grant formatted according to directions?

27 FETC 2009 Evaluation of Grants Are the objectives clearly stated? Do the objectives align themselves to project description? Are the objectives measurable? Who is the audience? -know your audience and their objectives

28 FETC 2009 Evaluation of Grants Does the grant indicate how progress towards goals will be determined? What assessment methods are used to evaluate progress? Does the grant include a realistic timeline for implementation? Does the budget reflect thoughtful planning? Does the proposal address all sources of support? (in kind donations, volunteers, etc.)

29 FETC 2009 Reflection on the Evaluation Process Note: If you are declined on a grant submission, ask for your scoring rubric and comment sheet to learn ways to improve your writing for next time. Process!

30 FETC 2009 How to be a winner! Do your homework! Speak personally with the grant contact person-tips! ALWAYS write thank-you notes - even if your project is not funded initially! Get the facts BEFORE you write. Have a strong proof-reader and be sure that ALL parts are complete! Be sure to inventory your in-kind contributions to match the grant allowances Watch deadlines and grant requirements FOLLOW THROUGHdata collection and final reporting is key and could cost you a future grant if incomplete (Market your OUTCOMES.) Share your success--post on web, school newsletter, local paper: improves chances of future grant opportunities or other donations. Dont get discouragedpersistence pays off!

31 FETC 2009 Additional Grant Sources The following sites are businesses or public, private, or government organizations that make funding available to K-12 schools. Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Grants Arts in Education Grants The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Verizon Foundation Howard Hughes Medical Institute Eleanor Roosevelt Fund for Women and Girls NEA Grants and Programs National Gardening Association Grants Program Mathematics Education Trust International Reading Association EDS Technology Grants

32 FETC 2009 Resources Education World: by Linda Starr Copyright © 2003 Education World cgrant.htm by Melissa Kelly for © AND PROGRAM PLANNING © Sylvie McGee/All For A Good Cause – pe=art&site=182&parentid=26 Grants: Beyond the Money From Electronic Learning, Special Edition - Grant proposals can be used as a vehicle for change. Written by Alan November in February 1993. pe=art&site=182&parentid=26

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