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A K-12 classroom teacher turned resource developer, a grant administrator with a nonprofit background, and a consultant with a doctorate in education share three successful approaches to win grant awards not only for teachers but with teachers.
#1. Little Grants, Big Impact
Faced with limited government resources, teachers can find success by applying for small classroom grants to support creative projects. Grant professionals can leverage educators' talents by training them on grantseeking fundamentals, disseminating funding opportunities, researching prospects, and promoting teachers' successes to stakeholders. Practices will be shared from a pre-K-12 district whose teachers win up to $1M per year in small grants.
#2. The Fleet-Footed Grants Office
A district-funded teacher grant program is a low-risk way to try new initiatives, generate baseline outcomes data, and identify faculty who can become skilled partners on larger projects. Partnerships between school districts and their 501c3 supporting foundations can open additional funding opportunities. Examples will be provided of innovative teacher/grant pro collaborations in a large, suburban high school district.
#3. Gutsy Grant Go-Getters
What if a district can't afford full-time grant professionals or pricey consultants? With web-based grant training, self-starting teachers can learn the basics of writing foundation proposals, then share their skills with other teachers to build an internal culture of grantsmanship. The outlines of a model grant training program will be presented by an educator turned consultant.
- Identify grant-seeking strategies and collaboration paths that correlate with a school's/district's grant readiness, needs, resources, and organizational culture.
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Maureen Stabile, GPC has worked in nonprofit development since 2004. Her experience includes writing and managing grant proposals from foundation, corporate and government sources, both for social service organizations and for a public school district. Maureen has B.A. and M.A. degrees in literature and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. She currently serves as President of the GPA Chicago Area chapter.
Stacey Smith, GPC holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of North Texas and a Master's Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. She served as President of the Southeast Texas GPA Chapter from 2015-2018. Stacey is a Board member of the Aldine Education Foundation and serves as Secretary.
Toni Rockis, Ph.D. founded Granted, Inc. in 2010 as a service company for educational professionals. Her primary interest is helping schools and nonprofits find resources to expand their programs. During more than three decades, Toni has won over $72M in grants. She has secondary and post-secondary teaching experience, serving 23 years as a Professor of Education at Illinois State University. Toni is also the author of "Grant Writing Success: Opening the Doors to Financial Opportunity."