Type Program Deadline  
Foundations World Hunger Leadership Challenge 04-17-2015
Foundations Collaborative School Library Award 02-01-2015
Foundations Bezos Scholars Program 02-17-2015
Federal Student Support Services Program 02-02-2015
Foundations Teacher Innovator Awards 02-06-2015
Foundations 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year 12-31-2014
Federal National Guard Youth ChalleNGe and Job ChalleNGe Program 01-27-2015
Federal American Apprenticeship Initiative. 04-30-2015
Foundations FY 15 Operation AmeriCorps Competition 01-13-2015
Foundations The New Civics Small Grant Program 02-05-2015
Foundations Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award 01-16-2015
Foundations Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award 02-05-2015
Foundations The DuPont Challenge 01-31-2015
Foundations 2015 Rathmann Challenge 02-12-2015
Foundations C-Span Student Cam 01-20-2015

GrantsAlert Blog

October 1, 2014

K-12 Fundraising and Grants HQ

Looking for teaching grants? Technology grants? Public school grants? Look no further. Since 1996, GrantsAlert.comhas been the go-to FREE website for easy-to-use, relevant and reliable grant data. Grant seekers return again and again to uncover the funding opportunities that are available to them. Our number one goal here atGrantsAlert is to help teachers, principals, counselors, coaches, parents and school district staff find and secure the local, state, federal, corporate and private resources that are available to help them educate our children. When you combine our grants data and grant writers with the products and services offered by Fundraising.com America’s teachers and schools have a one-stop-shop to help you meet the broad array of funding challenges you face every day.

September 5, 2014

Let's Find More Ways to Engage Our Communities

I am often times asked, “What do you think is the key to a successful development campaign or fundraising campaign?” And as you know there are many keys to achieving success when seeking funds.  But, when asked this question I always think of the University of Miami and what they did many years ago to do what many thought they didn’t stand a chance of accomplishing—-raising millions of dollars from the Miami community.  The reason why most people figured UofM wouldn’t succeed was because most of the people who live in Miami were not raised there and found their way there from all parts of the world.  People thought there were no connections, no shared histories and that this disconnect would only bring disappointment in any effort to raise millions.  And if UofM accepted this thinking, they would have failed miserably, but they didn’t.

When UofM leaders looked at their communities and the individuals who had left their families, their churches, their neighborhoods, their museums, their civic groups and everything else that was near and dear to them, they saw opportunities, voids to fill, hunger for connections and people who were ready, able and willing to get re-engaged with meaningful activities and causes…and who better to meet those needs than the UofM. That is exactly what they did.  They began to offer the wide array of campus experiences available at the UofM to these folks to engage them in things that were meaningful to them and made them feel a sense of home away from home.  In doing so, the UofM nurtured a cosmopolitan community into some of the most active and generous university champions in America…generating millions of dollars in support for the UofM driven by immense community loyalty.

Why am I telling you all this?  Because, one of today’s alerts gives any college, university, or high school interested in starting a Campus Kitchen and also interested in working with older adults (50+) an opportunity to apply for a grant to help you become a Campus Kitchen.  Three schools will receive awards of $5000 each to develop Campus Kitchens to:

  • Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community;
  • Empower Minds by providing leadership and service learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families in need; and
  • Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.

This kind of grant opportunity excites me because it gives schools a tangible, purposeful way to connect with its community so that community can start to see what’s going on in that school and maybe, once they start to see the good things that are happening they too will become loyal, dedicated, generous champions of your school.

If we want our communities support our schools, we have to earn it and we don’t earn it by simply closing the doors and teaching our kids…we have to reach out and engage our communities and a Campus Kitchen is an excellent vehicle for doing exactly that.

Take a look at the Campus Kitchens project and see if it might be a good fit for what you are doing.

August 15, 2014

For the FundRaiser Crowd

Some teachers are really good at the “grants game.”  Many others are far more comfortable with running “fundraisers.” Today, I am speaking to you…the “fundraiser” crowd.  And you know as well as I do that carrying out fund raising campaigns can be tricky, but when done well can be very rewarding for everyone involved.

Yes, it can be difficult to get students excited in participating, let alone convincing parents and volunteers to actively get involved. With the right fundraising products and a dynamic approach, a successful fundraiser doesn’t have to be a burden on anyone. The key to a successful fundraiser is preparation: by following these seven steps, your fundraiser will practically run itself!

  • 1.     Rally Your Troops

Your fundraising staff consists of participants, parents, volunteers, and anyone else who will be helping with your campaign. Participants need to know well in advance that the fundraiser is coming, and when fundraising with children, parents will need to be kept in the loop as well, so be sure to send letters home with full details, and your contact information.

Volunteers are your support staff, so use them well! Divide up the responsibilities (responsibilities will depend on the type of campaign you’re running, so speak with your consultant for this step), and delegate to the people you feel are best suited to each role. If everyone knows his or her role beforehand, fundraising will go smoothly!

  • 2.     Know Your Purpose and Monetary Goal

Think about what the purpose of your fundraiser: are you looking to buy supplies for your classroom? Uniforms for your sports team? Funds to host a concert? Whatever your funds will be going toward, determine your goal.

Once you know what your funds will be used for, establish your monetary goal. Knowing how much money is needed to buy your new uniforms, supplies, etc., will make budgeting a breeze.

  • 3.     Plan Your Budget

Many programs require products to be purchased in advance, (not all – but some do!) Before you call your Fundraising Consultant, sit down with your group or committee and decide on a budget. That way, your consultant knows how to work for you within that budget.

Based on your planned budget and monetary goal, you can get a good idea of which fundraiser will work best for your group.

Not sure which is the best fit? That’s where your Fundraising Consultant comes in!

4.   Advertise Your Campaign 

People need to know about your fundraising campaign to support it, so be sure to start advertising well in advance. If you’re planning an event where people will have to buy tickets, start advertising about a month in advance. For fundraising sales, 2 weeks in advance should be enough.

Advertise with posters and flyers. Ask local businesses if your team can place posters on their windows and post flyers on community bulletin boards. Send emails and mailings to all your contacts, and tell everyone you know about your fundraiser. A great fundraising tip is to contact your local TV and radio stations, and your local newspaper. They will often include your fundraising information in their community news.

  • 5.     Motivate Your Team 

Be sure to keep your team motivated and excited with great incentives like prizes, fun activities and other rewards. When you set goals and offer incentives, your team members will be more excited about participating, and work harder to ensure the goals are met.

  • 6.     Always Say “Thank you.”

When it comes to fundraising, how you say “thank you” is as important as how you say “please”. Always follow up your fundraising campaign with a letter of thanks to your supporters and team members. They deserve it and will remember how their time and efforts were valued the next time you need their help.

No one offers such a rich array of fundraising products, services, tools, and expertise than the folks at FundRaising.com.  When you engage these assets you strengthen your team and make it all the more likely that you will reach your fundraising goal so you and your students can do what you need to do. 

When it comes to Fundraisers…FundRaising.com is #1.  When it comes to Teacher Grants, Classroom Grant and School Grants…GrantsAlert.com is #1.  

You want both on your team.  

Good luck.

March 28, 2014

Do we have a problem? AND Who has the right stuff?

Last week I told you that I was doing some research on how ready schools are to accept and manage contributions and donations from our communities.  This week I am here to tell you that I think I am hearing those words in my head, “Houston, we have a problem.”  Thing is I don’t know exactly how big this problem is and what kind of attention it deserves, but I continue to get info from friends that offers evidence that there are a number of schools and districts around the country who do not have policies in place for accepting and managing community contributions…and in many cases where there are policies, no one pays any attention to them.  This is an area we have to get right, because if we don’t, we will never realize the full potential of our schools and communities.  

Our communities need to trust our schools and school districts in order to support us.  And we all need to be on the same page when it comes to handling the support they lend us. 

I’m going to continue to study this issue and dig deeper to see just how big of a problem we may have…so, please, keep sharing your experiences and thoughts with me on this issue and I will keep digging. Here’s my email address: jmizereck@grantsalert.com   

I also received a question from a young woman, Sonia, who wants to learn how to write proposals and she wanted to know where she could find top notch training.  I asked someone I have complete trust in, Polk County (Florida) Grants Administrator Marcia Ford.  Marcia suggested that Sonia first look at the Grantsmanship Center, HQ in LA, They offer courses all around the country. Sessions are hosted at local nonprofits and should have a schedule of courses on the web site several months out. Not cheap, but thorough and widely recognized. 

Marcia also pointed out that the Foundation Center, based in New York, has some basic lessons online and offers workshops around the country. This organization doesn’t deal with government grants, just foundations. They sell reference books and an online service to find grant opportunities, and have some to look at online. 

Marcia reminded her that there are other commercial outfits out there, but the Grantsmanship Center and Foundation Center are the ones that have helped define the field over the years. They have the right stuff.

The Grant Professional Certification Institute, affiliated with the Grant Professional Association (formerly Amer. assoc of Grant Professionals) is an independent professional association (I.e. Nonprofit, not a vendor) that has published standards for grant developers. These were compiled by subject matter expert panels around the country in preparing certification exams. There are also vendors who offer “certifications” but they make you buy their courses to qualify. These are not bad, just not recognized by the field as a whole. 

Marcia reminded me to remind Sonia to start small. Trying to start out with a federal application is a recipe for wasted effort and frustration. And Marcia is absolutely right.  More importantly, those who get classroom grants are likely to keep trying and pick up the funder preferences that add to their success as they go. Like anything that matters…it takes time, practice and a few rejections along the way.

Please don’t forget  I am offering FREE general membership in the Grant Writers’ Directory to grant writers who join the directory in the next 7 days. All you need to do is insert SparkSomeGood (without the quotation marks) in the promo code when asked in the sign-up process.  Join the Grant Writers’ Directory TODAY! 

Remember, I want www.GrantsAlert.com to become your Grants-HQ. for grants for teachers, grants for schools and grant writers who can help you secure those grants. Our focus is on: what’s in the best interest of our kids.

March 21, 2014

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Last week I raised the question: is your school ready to accept donations/contributions/gifts/grants?  Special thanks to everyone who took the time to answer this question for me.  The 15 responses I received does not offer a large enough number to form any hard conclusions, but in most of the responses individuals expressed their concerns with the lack of adherence to district policies for managing community financial support.  And if you don’t mind, I want to spend a little more time researching this whole “readiness” issue.  My thinking on this is really simple…if a district isn’t ready to accept and manage funds from the community, then they aren’t ready to be asking for funds. 

Please, keep sharing your experiences and thoughts on this issue with me and I will keep digging to see what’s going on…and what’s not going on. Here is my email address: jmizereck@grantsalert.com

In the next couple of weeks I will be sharing some exciting news with you…news about some new tools that truly are amazing and you are going to have access to them.  I promise you, the first word out of your mouth will most likely be what I said, “Wow.”  So, give us a couple weeks to get everything ready and I will lay it all out for you to see what I am so excited about.

When it comes to grants for schools, grants for teachers, classroom grants, K-12 funding resources and experienced grant writers…we want www.GrantsAlert.com to be the first place you go to for the most up-to-date, accurate information you need to be successful. We want to be the Grants-HQ for America’s teachers and schools.

March 14, 2014

Is your school ready to accept contributions?

I have a sweet little neighbor who is in the 2nd grade.  Early this week I asked her if she had a good day at school and she said, “Mr. Joe, everyday is good at school.”  So, I asked her why her days were good and she said, “My teacher Ms. Brock is wonderful. She is even going to Sam’s tonight to buy goodies to give us when we are good in class.” I said, “That’s a pretty special teacher.”  And she said, “Yes sir, Mr. Joe, I love her.” 

I loved hearing this little girl talk about her teacher like that.  The next day I took a check by her school to help that special teacher cover the cost of those goodies…and my visit to the school and handing over my check got me thinking. What will happen to that check?  Will the funds end up where I want them?  Will the teacher be able to access the funds easily? Will I receive any kind of response?  Did I do it right?  Did I hand the check to the right person in the front office? Lots of questions… 

So, my question to you is this: does your school have a system in place to accept, deposit and distribute contributions from your community members? Do you have a protocol in place for recognizing and thanking those who lend their support to your classroom or school?  And, finally, are there checks in place to insure that the wishes of the donors are met?  I am very interested in knowing how schools are handling any funds they receive from their community members…especially, contributions from individuals, like parents, grandparents and other community members.  Let me know: jmizereck@grantsalert.com I will share what I learn next week.

March 7, 2014

America's Schools Need More Champions Like Alexandra Shaffer

By Joe Mizereck, Founder www.GrantsAlert.com and @GrantsBuzz

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a young woman who asked for my help in sharing info about a project she is involved in that will ultimately make life easier for teachers.  I posted her info on GrantsAlert in this Alert.  She asked me this week if I would be kind enough to mention her project in my bulletin…I told her I would like to first have an opportunity to see what she is working on to determine if I am comfortable encouraging  my readers to get involved.  So, we had a webinar and I was very impressed not only with the tool (a learning management system) she has developed, but with her. 

Alexandra Shaffer and her company, G2Collective Inc. are looking for K-12 schools and teachers to partner with them in a small business grant they are applying for from the Department of Education to test their platform, eTeach®.  This is a great opportunity for schools who don’t have Learning Management Systems yet or schools that are looking at what’s out there in terms of new technology to aid in curriculum creation and teacher collaboration.  

eTeach® is very different from other platforms out there because of its simple design, which makes it easy to use, and it’s patent pending module methodology, which is an innovative approach to helping teachers collaborate in the curriculum development process.  They have also focused on keeping the course delivery highly interactive, providing a structure for teachers to give high quality feedback on work that students submit, and an online learning environment that focuses on teacher/student and student/student interaction. 

They are offering a tremendous amount of support to the teachers and schools who take the time to partner with them.  Their deadline is coming up quickly (March 14), so please reach out directly to this remarkably bright young woman Alexandra Shaffer at allie@g2collective.com or call her at 917-482-3498 if you have any interest and would like more information!  

You might be asking, what’s in this for Joe?  The answer is, nothing.  I like what she has done, I like Allie’s passion and her interest in helping teachers and I really like what she has developed. I think you will too. 

Please don’t forget  I am offering FREE general membership in the Grant Writers’ Directory to grant writers who join the directory in the next 7 days. All you need to do is insert"SparkSomeGood"in the promo code when asked in the sign-up process. Join the Grant Writers’ Directory TODAY!

Remember, when in doubt ask this one question:what’s in the best interest of the kids?

Thank you.

 

February 28, 2014

#1 Goal at GrantsAlert

Please remember our number one goal here at GrantsAlert.com is to make life a little easier for you to search for, find and secure classroom grants, school grants, teacher grants and other funding opportunities for your K-12 schools, organizations, districts, consortia and state education agencies.

I have had several folks ask for help in finding good, talented, experienced writers to help them prepare proposals for grants offered here on www.GrantsAlert.com.  I always encourage them to look at our writers who are members of our Grant Writers’ Directory.  We have some excellent talent and experience to consider.  Problem is, we need more writers to join this directory.  Some states are not even represented and it’s good to have writers representing the states in which they live and work.  That familiarity can prove to be very valuable when helping the schools and not-for-profits that are in need of help.

So, with this need to build our directory to better serve America’s teachers and schools, I am offering FREE general membership in the directory to grant writers who join the directory in the next 7 days. All you need to do is insert "SparkSomeGood" in the promo code when asked in the sign-up process. 

Ok, what are you waiting for?  Let’s do it…Let’s Spark Some Good…

Join the Grant Writers’ Directory TODAY!
 
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February 22, 2014

Know These 7 Faces

Had a call this week from a parent who has volunteered to come up with a list of prospective donors to her child’s school for a significant campaign. I appreciate this kind of parent and when they call me looking for help I try to give them something that will help them succeed.  In this case, I suggested, before she do anything else, she get her hands on a book titled The Seven Faces of Philanthropy by Prince and File, 1994.  Why did I suggest this book as a first step? Because this parent wants to identify ten to twenty people who will write checks with a lot of zeroes.  Before she can expect to see that happen she needs to know where she needs to look for these people and once found, understand what motivates them to lend their support to good causes.  Prince and File lay it all out very clearly.  Here’s where you will find your prospective major donors and here’s why they would consider helping you.

More importantly, Prince and File describe how you need to communicate with these individuals.  For example, if one of these prospects has clearly demonstrated through her giving history that she does good (donate) because it’s God’s will you don’t want to be talking about how great an investment a gift would be.  You would do that with an Investor Face, not a Devout Face. Knowing the various faces and the corresponding languages can make a huge difference in the success of a campaign.

So, what are the various faces of philanthropists?  Here they are:

  1. Communitarians—Doing Good Makes Sense.
  2. Devout—Doing Good is God’s Will.
  3. Investor—Doing Good is Good Business.
  4. Socialite—Doing Good is Fun.
  5. Altruis—Doing Good Feels Right.
  6. Repayer—Doing Good in Return.
  7. Dynast—Doing Good is a Family Tradition.

I know your minds are swirling at this very moment about people who possess these various faces.  And that is the first step to success…knowing when and where to apply these faces and being able to speak the various languages that go along with the faces.  And I assure you, you will make little if any progress if you mix up the faces or the messages.  You may get a sympathy donation…but little more.

I hope that sound I am hearing are fingers pounding keys to order this book.  

February 7, 2014

Teachers: Ten ways to find money/supplies for your classrooms

By: Joe Mizereck, Founder, www.GrantsAlert.com

1. Box Tops for Education http://www.boxtops4education.com/homepageinterstitial

2. Campbell’s Soup Labels http://www.labelsforeducation.com/

3. Scholastic Book Clubs https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/LogonForm?fileName=welcome

4. Donors Choose http://www.donorschoose.org/

5. Classwish http://classwish.org/

6. Adopt-A-Classroom http://www.adoptaclassroom.org/

7. Supply Our Schools http://www.supplyourschools.org/index.asp

8. Digital Wish http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/home

9. Book Mentors http://www.bookmentors.org/

10. First Book http://www.firstbook.org/

January 30, 2014

Do you hate asking for money? STOP

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I often hear teachers say they hate asking others for money.  So, what do they do?  They dig into their own pockets to be able to provide things their students might need in their classrooms. This has to stop.

Teachers who hate asking for money need to understand that your children’s parents, grandparents and fellow community members are waiting to be asked, waiting to be invited to invest in what you have going on in your classrooms.   Waiting to be able to help you educate their children, grandchildren and neighbors.  Waiting to make a difference. All you have to do is reach out to them and welcome them into your schools and classrooms.  Engage and inform them about what you are doing and lay out the ways in which they can help…and they will help.

When parents, grandparents and community members know and understand the roles they can play in helping you achieve success with your children, indeed their children, they won’t need to be asked for money…they will ask you the amount to write on their checks.

It’s all about building Champions for the work you do and those served by it…our children. Champions get the job done.  And when you have turned your parents, grandparents and community members into Champions…your children become Champions. 

Go Build Some Champions.