Step One: Understanding Your Needs

If you want to secure grant money for your school, your very first step is to understand — in detail — the needs your school faces. To understand the true depth of those needs, you must consistently perform needs assessments. A good needs assessment measures the difference between what you expect of students in your […]

The First Step: Understanding Your Needs

If you aim to secure grant money for your school, your very first step must be understanding — in detail — the needs your school faces. To understand the true depth of those needs, you must consistently perform needs assessments. A good needs assessment measures the difference between what you expect of students in your […]

Get All the Grant Money You Need

I wish there were secrets for getting grant money for your school.  If there were, I’d be more than happy to share them with you in this blog.  But there are no secrets to getting grant money. You can get your share of grants provided you follow the proper steps consistently. Most of the schools […]

What If Our School Is Not Grant Eligible?

Last time I discussed low-performing schools and how they seem to get a lot of grant money.  If you’re not one of those schools, don’t despair. Thousands of grants worth millions and millions of dollars are available to all schools. These grants tend to be more subject- or program-oriented than those that target primarily low socio-economic or […]

Quick Tips for Getting More Grant Money

Here are 25 quick tips for getting more grant money: 1.      Follow application directions carefully. All of them. 2.      Stay focused on your need for grant money. Don’t add fluff or filler to your application. 3.      Use a grant database to find grants quickly and easily. 4.      Before you write a grant, visit the grantor’s website. 5.      […]

Get All the Grant Money You Need: 7 Steps

There are no secrets to getting grant money for your school. You can get your share of grants provided you follow the proper steps persistently and consistently. Most of the schools that don’t win grant money either don’t apply for grants or do so in a haphazard way. Below I offer a list of seven […]

Developing the Budget from Your Narrative

by Neva Fenno, M.S.Ed., MLIS You are well on your way to finishing your narrative for your grant application to XYZ Foundation. You’ve crafted a most persuasive argument, using data and demographics from reliable sources; your need has been thoroughly explained and documented. You’ve developed a tone and voice that is professional, but compelling. As […]