Now is the time for your school, preschool or other educational setting, to start your 2017 school grants planning. In addition to fundraising, donations and budgeting; grants are an effective way to raise funds for your projects. They’re most effective because they take less time, money and effort than running a school fundraiser. Grants are also a way to promote your school and draw money from a source other than your own community.
5 steps to 2017 school grants planning
1. Plan Your 2017 Focus Areas
When your team meets to discuss your goals and focus areas, establish a clear and realistic vision about which project/s will be a guaranteed success. Writing a winning grant application takes time and skill. But ensuring your project is a success and achieves its goals takes more effort. When you have established your goals and projects, you can now plan your 2017 school grants calendar.
2. Create a 2017 School Grants Calendar
Careful planning is key. If teachers are involved in the grant process, there’s no point planning a grant application in the middle of exam marking and report writing. For example, if your focus is on developing a great National Science Week program then October is a crucial month for your school. A grant application of this size and level of competition, will take your school a number of months to plan, budget and write. Add this to your school calendar.
3. Clarify the goals of your project/s in detail
To win a grant, it’s important to involve the relevant department/s and spend time fine-tuning your project. What will the project achieve? Who it will benefit? How much will it cost? What aspects of the project fit with the goals of the grant maker?
In planning your grant application schedule for 2017, the following ‘Possible 2017 School Grants Schedule’ may help. It’s designed to help you determine your focus for next year based on approximate timings of some major (and minor) school grants. A free template to help you plan your 2017 School Grants Calendar, with some examples of possible grants, can be found here in the free resources section.
4. Source the most appropriate grants to help you achieve your goals
This step can take some effort and research. One of the keys to success is aligning your goals with the goals of the grant maker. Given the many compliance procedures already required in education, aligning goals is fairly straightforward, but takes time and consideration to do it well.
5. Write a winning application
In some ways, grant money is easy to apply for with the right skills, a planned approach and IF the goals of your project can help the funding body achieve the goals of their grant. BUT… grants are competitive and take time, planning, skill… and a bit of luck, to be awarded one.
If you need help planning your 2017 school grants calendar, sourcing grants or writing a grant application, get in touch.
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