Grants are a topic often brought up in the education world because they can create a myriad of possibilities for your classroom. However, the process for finding and receiving grants can be difficult. Where can they be found? What is the best way to ensure your application stands out? Look no further. This post contains that needed helpful advice on how to acquire your STEM grants.
Remember Some of the Best Opportunities are Close to Home
While there are a variety of grants at the federal and state government level, those grants are often much more competitive for what is a limited supply of funds. Because of this, one of the best places to seek grant opportunities could be right in your own backyard. Research local organizations with interests that align with yours and begin asking around. Local grants are less likely to be highly competitive, increasing your odds of being selected.
Use All Available Resources When Writing Your Proposal
Writing the perfect grant proposal is tough, there’s no doubt about it. Try checking with others who have applied for the grant you’d like to receive in the past. If they were a winner, ask their advice about what to include in your proposal. If they were not a winner, take the opportunity to learn from their mistakes by asking what feedback they received and what they’d do differently. In addition to finding those who have been through the process before, do as much research as you can online about the grant. Being an expert will only work to your advantage.
Never Give Up
Waiting to hear back from grant applications can be the worst part of the process, and it can be frustrating when all that work ends in a rejection letter. If you don’t get the first grant you apply for, focus on the benefit students will receive from the technology you plan to use the grant money for and continue pursuing other grant opportunities. The perfect one for your classroom is out there, but you’ll only find it if you’re willing to continue the search.
For more on how to find grants, check out this resource: Finding Grants for STEM Educators. For specifics about writing a good grant proposal, check out this resource: Writing a Successful Grant Proposal.