Writing and receiving a grant is easier than you think. While many larger grants are the responsibility of central office and require mounds and mounds of paperwork, there are many smaller grants, often between $500 and $5,000. Here are just a few of the sites that have grants you can easily apply for, often online. Though many of these may be smaller, you can put together many little grants to get lost of stuff. Over five years, I used a dozen different grants to get $15,000 worth of things. Many were achieved through grants related to service projects. The service project is rewarding to your students and your program, and you get to keep the equipment in the end. Innovation is the key! Try to come up with something that is "new" or unique for your school or your curriculum. If you have any questions on writing grants, what to include, or any tips for any specific grants, hunt me down here at the Keystone conference and I'll try to help you in any way I can!!
- Brian Querry, Huston Middle School (Lower Burrell, PA)

Grantwriting Resources from Tracy Smith - Nazareth Area School District (2006, 2007 Staff Member)

Presentation on Grant Writing from the 2008 WIU Tech Expo

McDonalds MAC Grant
Grades 5-8
Up to $500 for hands-on projects for your students. Before applying, you need to verify that your McDonalds participates. This is available on the grant site. This is an easy application and takes only a few minutes to apply.
Deadline: August 1, 2008

NEA Foundation
Learning and Leadership Grants - $2,000 to $5,000 for professional development activities
Student Achievement Grants - up to $5,000 for special activities centered around standards-based instruction

Best Buy Teach Awards
$1,000 to $10,000
Rewards schools who use technology in hands-on activities with students

In addition, many school districts have Education Foundations with awards of $500-$1,000. In addition, there are many local and regional community organizations that will award grants and other funding for service-based projects. For example, the local historical society may give you $500 to create a scrapbook on the history of your school. You can use some of the money for a digital camera, which you will then have for your program.


PDE Grant Guide - PREk-12

Grants Alert (list of national and state grant opportunities)

Education World Magazine - Grants List