It’s official, I’ve been dubbed the grant queen.
No music program ever has the kind of financial support that we need, so I knew getting into this job that I’d have to look for money to support the music program from outside the district. I don’t whine about not having enough funding, I go find the people who are only too excited and happy to help.
Below are a list of places I have had luck finding grants. You are your best advocate. As I found on the NEA grants writing tutorial page, “don’t be intimidated; as much as you may need grant funds, those providing grants equally need you.”
1. Local Non-Profit and Business Organizations
There is an organization in your area that wants to help you. No really, there is. Go find them. Search Google using all the different search words you can think of. Go to events and look at their list of sponsers on the back of the program and give them a call. Local organizations like to help local schools.
2. Local Education Grants and Awards
Have you checked your county education office’s website? This year I discovered that my county offers seven different grant opportunities to teachers only in my county. Sweet!
3. Online Donor Websites
My experience is with Donor’s Choose, but there are others out there such as Adopt a Classroom. On Donor’s Choose, teacher’s post project ideas and request funding to purchase supplies, materials, furniture or to cover field trip expenses.
4. National Organizations
The National Education Association gives grants three times a year in two categories, Learning and Leadership and Student Achievement. Many national subject based organizations also give out grants.
Happy Grant Writing!