Diving Into Grants! Navigating School District Waters!

You know your students would benefit from innovative partnerships, but how do you pay for it? This panel session will teach nonprofit organizations and educators how to work within educational systems/school districts to apply for and acquire grant funding.

Participants will be introduced to resources that may be available at the individual, campus, and district level to support innovative partnerships. They will learn to navigate district processes to access grants and other types of funding.

The panel of educational grant specialists from the Greater Houston Texas education community will also illustrate the best strategies to navigate district regulations and avoid challenges when working on grant projects with school districts.

Participants will learn:
1) how districts and/or education systems work with campus teachers and leadership to acquire funding;
2) how nonprofit organizations can partner with districts on grant projects; and
3) tools; processes and resources to work with their campuses and nonprofit organizations.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Olivia Smith Daugherty, GPC, Executive Director of Grants for Pasadena ISD holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University. Olivia served two terms as president of the Grant Professionals Association-Southeast Texas Chapter from 2013-2015. Currently, she is the secretary for the Grant Professionals Foundation.

Stacey A. Smith, GPC, serves as the Program Director of Resource Development for Aldine Independent School District. Stacey also serves as President of the Grant Professionals Association Southeast Texas Chapter. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and has a Master of Education Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University.  

Gayla Rawlinson Maynard, the Director of the Center for Grants Development division with Harris County Department of Education, is a nationally Certified Grants Professional (GPC) with over 20 years' experience. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master's degree in Sociology/Social Research from Sam Houston State University.