Fall 19 Big Deal Book of Technology

Get the fall 2019 Big Deal Book of Technology as a PDF or print edition for yourself, your school, or your district. Find informaton on funding, professional development, mobile learning, social media use in the classroom, and more.

Do You have a Power Word List to use for Winning Grant Proposals?

Are there trigger words that work better in a grant proposal than others? Yes, there are.

3 Tips for Crafting Needs Statements in Federal Grant Proposals

Writing a compelling needs statement for a federal grant can be tricky. Here are three tips on how to tackle the statement for a successful proposal.

Spring 2019 Big Deal Book of Technology

Get the spring 2019 Big Deal Book of Technology as a PDF or print edition for yourself, your school, or your district.

How to Secure Grant Money: Three Truths for Grant Seekers

Three essential truths about grant funding.

Measuring What Matters

How to measure the most impactful things in your grant proposal.

Your Biggest Questions about Program Budgets, Answered!

A good and well thought through budget can make or break your grant proposal.

Grant Proposal Budgets

Budget and budget justification are key areas in every application. A poorly written budget can ruin an otherwise good proposal. Here are some tips for writing fundable budgets and responsive budget narratives.

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal: The Budget

One of the biggest challenges in writing a grant proposal is developing a budget for your project. Finding the balance between too much detail and not enough to demonstrate what your school or district will do with the grant funds is difficult. This article will help you create a realistic budget and carefully think through exactly what you need from the funding agency to successfully implement your project.

5 Things to Know About the Language and Culture of a Grant Donor

Not all donors are the same and there is no "universal " donor culture.

Expert Tips on Evaluation

The grant evaluation is an important part of the application and implementation process.

Write a Strong Grant Proposal by listing Successes

One aspect of a strong grant proposal that is important yet easily overlooked is an organization's past successes.

Grant Proposal Writing for Teams: Avoiding Frankenstein's Monster

Writing a grant proposal as a team has many advantages. Here are some tips on ow to avoid a "Too many cooks" - scenario.

What Should You Ask Program Officers About Proposals?

In order to build a relationship with a potential funder, you need to reach out to the program officer.

Funder ROI: Sustainability After the Grant

How do you establish plans to sustain your program.

Best Site Visit Ever

Site visits are important events to showcase the relevance of your grant proposal. Navigating them correctly is crucial

Strengthen Your Grant Proposal by Talking up Your Organization Successes

A strong grant application should include a feature that is often overlooked: your organization's past successes.

10 Ways to Say 'Thank You' to Your Donors

It is vitally improtant to thank your donors after receiving your grant.

3 Steps to Plan Programs for Maximum Impact

Designing program "roadmaps."

7 Ways Organizations can get Started with Mobile Fundraising

A setp-by-step guide on how to get started with mobile fundraising.

The Best-Kept Secrets to Winning Grants

Grant writing experts offer some top tips and secret insights into successful grant applications.

How to Write the Evaluation of Your Grant Proposal

Writing an evaluation is necessary because it provides vital feedback to organizations.

The First 5 To-Do's after Receiving a Grant

These are the first steps you should take after winning a grant.

Arts Education Grant Writing Tips

A few helpful and important tips for writing applications that focus on funding for arts education.

Getting Creative: Funding Solutions for Ed Tech Purchases

Funding technology can be a challenge in K-12 educaiton. This white paper shows some creative solutions.

10 Common Grant Writing Mistakes

It is imperative for grant writers to write clear and concise proposals. Here are ten common mistakes that are seomtimes overlooked.

How to Prepare for a Successful Site Visit from a Foundation

Some funders and foundations require a site visit as part of their grant review process. How can you prepare for this crucial visit?

How Can a Fiscal Sponsor Help Your Nonprofit Startup?

A fiscal sponsor can help a new nonprofit organization get a foot-hold in the nonprofit sector until it is officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization.

10 Tips for Winning School Technology Grants

Sheryl Abshire shares her tips for writing winning applications and receiving technology grants for schools.

How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal in 11 Steps

Successful grants are well-crafted and carefully compiled. Here are 11 cruical steps that need to be addressed on a winning grant proposal.

Grants 101: The Federal Grant Lifecycle

Federal grants follow a linear pattern from the creation of the funding opportunity to the implementation of the award. The lifecycle is divided into three main stages.

Funding Digital Learning

What school districts should consider as they update technology resources and how to plan for funding technology purchases. Also included in this article is a Dear Colleague Letter: Federal Funding for Technology PDF that provides examples of how funds under Titles I through IV of the ESEA, as amended by ESSA, and the IDEA may support the use of technology to improve instruction and student outcomes.

How to Write Goals and SMART Objectives for Your Grant Proposal

The goals and objectives section can make or break your grant proposal. Get tips for writing effective goals and objectives.

Grant Writing Basics: Make Sure you are Eligible before Writing

It is important to closely read the eligibility requirements.

A Foundation CEO's Six-Step Formula for Winning a Grant

An Insider's perspective on how to win grants

How to Win Corporate and Foundation Grants for Your Tech Project

Grants from Corporations may be a way to source grant monies for technology projects. Here are six easy steps to follow.

Finding and Winning Grants

Following a few basic rules can ease the way to grant writing success.

How to Make the Right Decision on Your Grant Money

Funders might retract grant money if it is not used as proposed. Grant applicants must know how to use their funds before developing a grant proposal.

Time Management Tips for Grant Writers

Effective time management is one of the most valuable skills when writing a grant application.

Advice on Writing Proposals to the National Science Foundation

Advice for writing research grants to the National Science Foundation (NSF), including the latest versions of NSF forms.

Successful Grant Writing Strategies - Identify and Contact Potential Funders

Once you have defined your funding need, you must identify potential granting organizations. Here are some helpful tips to find the right funder and how and when to contact them.

Connecting Community Projects with Fiscal Sponsors

Fiscal sponsorship can increase the number and diversity of community programs. The San Francisco Study Center created this directory as a tool to connect community projects with fiscal sponsors.

Fiscal Sponsorship: Six Ways to Do It Wrong

It is important for a sponsor and its project to understand the nature of their relationship. Here are six examples of how not to do it.

How to Write Grant Proposals: 8 Tips from an Expert

Sukey Blanc, a member of the AAUW community and founder of Creative Research and Evaluation (CR&E), shares her tips on how to write a grant proposal that will get the attention it deserves.

Grant Proposals (or Give Me the Money!)

Academic grant writing varies across the disciplines. This practical guide gives advice on writing and revising grant proposals for research findings.

How to Establish Successful Partnerships and Secure Needed Documentation

Securing partners and obtaining quality documentation of the collaboration are some of the most important yet difficult parts of the grant-writing.

How to Build A Strong Research Team: Tips on What Funders Are Looking For

Building the right team of people to help you complete your project is an essential part of submitting the perfect application. Here are some tips to help you find and build the perfect research team.

Nonprofit Social Media: Defining "Success" For Your Nonprofit

There is great potential to leverage social media to help your nonprofit, but the use of social media is not an end on its own. This post will not explain "how to" use social media, but "why."

Five Ways to Build Donor-Centered Relationships

Every nonprofit organization needs donors to survive, but it is a big challenge for many to get and retain them. This article lays out five tips on how you can build the right relationship with your donors and help sustain your organization year after year.

Four Questions to Ask When Your Grant Request Is Denied

Unfortunately, not all grant proposals will be successful. Instead of focusing on the negative outcome, read this article to use the denied grant as a learning opportunity for future grant requests

Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits

What is fiscal sponsorship? What does the fiscal sponsor do? This article will answer these questions and help you to understand the role of a sponsor in the grant-making process.

School Grant Application Tips

Here are a few tips to read before starting to write your first school grant proposal. This article is a great refresher even if you have a few grant applications under your belt!

Grant Application Technical Assistance Resources

Navigating the ins-and-outs of federal grants can be challenging. Check out these tips from the U.S. Department of Education to help you understand what's expected.

How Social Media Can Help Your Grant Writing

When writing a grant proposal, you want to use every resource at your fingertips, including social media. This article provides insight into how your grant writing may benefit from your use of social media

12 Tips for Completing and Submitting Online Applications

As more funding organizations require grant proposals to be submitted online, be sure you understand the difference between online and traditional paper grant applications. Check out these tips to make sure you don't lose anything when converting to a different format.

Grant Writing Tips

As schools and districts continue to encounter budget struggles, writing grant proposals is becoming the norm. Here are tips and resources for writing an award-winning proposal for your school or classroom.

How to Write Educational Grants

While many common factors exist across all types of grant proposals, those for education funding have their own unique criteria. Check out this article to help you craft your next education proposal.

Proposal Writing Short Course

Fundraising is an art as well as a science: It requires both creativity and flexibility. It also requires following a proven process for writing a successful proposal. This short tutorial provides an easy-to-follow walkthrough of the process of successful proposal writing.

Tips for Writing and Managing a Federal Grant

Winning a federal grant is not an easy process, and managing your grant once you win it is often the beginning of the work. Check out these tips on what to do once you've been awarded a federal grant.

Grant Writing Toolkit: The Needs Statement

A needs statement answers the question: "Why Care?" The needs statement of your grant proposal is key to getting reviewers emotionally involved and convinced that their funding can make a big difference in your community. This PDF "toolkit" dissects the needs statement and provides tips for writing a winning one.

How to Write an Effective Grant Proposal Cover Letter

A finely tuned cover letter may turn a grant application in your favor.

Guidelines for a Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent (LOI) allows a foundation to quickly assess if there is a good match between the foundation's interests and the project. Explore the components of an LOI and techniques for writing.

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