Grants

Through customized job-embedded coaching and workshops, Empower’s consultants share with teachers and leaders the latest and most effective new techniques for success in reading, math, and writing. Explore tips on writing grants and getting funding to support teaching and learning with Empower.

Find A Grant

Federal Grants

Many Title programs can fund workshops and professional development to help teachers meet student needs and academic standards. Title I/CCRSF; Title III: Language instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students and IDEA, Part B: Special Education have sections which can fund professional development. All have funding for intervention and prevention.

Foundations

Foundations like NCTM, Toyota, and Honda have grants for professional development. GrantsAlert.com lists current funding opportunities by state, subject, and even grade. This grants site adds and subtracts grants on a weekly basis.

Write A Grant

While every grant application may be different, every successful grant proposal must answer 3 questions: What is your problem? What is your plan? How will you measure results?

WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?

The first step in writing a grant is to clearly and concisely describe the problem you need solved. What do you need help with? Gather evidence as you may be asked to provide past test scores or documentation of need.

sample

Students in our school have difficulty writing. They do well on standardized tests, except for the writing section. High school teachers feel that our students cannot write an expository piece of writing. Our teachers feel that they have had no real training in how to teach writing to our students.

All of these needs can be met with Empower’s Illuminated Writing program and professional development.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN?

The next step in writing a grant is to present a plan. How will you solve your problem? Your plan doesn’t need to be complicated to be impressive; simply state what, how, and when.

sample

Our school will host two full-day workshops where teachers will learn strategies for teaching writing to students at each grade level. They will discuss how to use anchor texts and meet common core standards. Teachers will bring past samples of writing and learn how to analyze writing problems and find solutions. Our school will purchase writing stations for each classroom. After the initial professional development, Empower coaches will work with teachers in their classrooms to develop strategies for introducing writing, using rubrics, and individualizing instruction for each student in the classroom. PLC meetings will focus on writing. An Empower coach will work with teachers at PLC meetings to help them teach all forms of writing.

This plan could be modified to fit your school’s need and your budget.

HOW WILL YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?

The final step in writing a grant is to explain how you will evaluate the success of your plan. How will you determine if you met your objective? List the indicators and evidence you will use. Measurable assessments are a strong indicator to the grantee of good stewardship and accountability.

sample

We will gather benchmark writing samples from every student at the beginning of the school year. Each rubric will be scored and student’s writing analyzed.
We will administer a writing prompt every (6) weeks and compare it with the first writing sample to determine progress
We will administer a writing prompt midyear and end of year to determine writing progress.
Students will be expected to grow at least 10% in writing proficiency as determined by standardized writing rubrics.

An Empower coach can assist teachers as they learn how to best use rubrics, diagnose writing problems, and utilize writing stations to support student growth.

Start Small

If you have never written a grant before, think small. Practice writing small grants first. The more money a grant offers, the more complicated the project and plan.

Keep At It

You will win some and lose some. If you don’t succeed try, try again.

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to submit the grant, and be sure to make a checklist so you know you have followed the rules of the funder.

Have a question about grant writing?

ASK DR. NANCY UPDEGRAFF