Research - find funding sources, document the need for your project, get writing tips

 

Grant seeking requires research, and so does grant writing.  

For grant seeking, there are several websites you can search for funding sources. Try these:

grantwrangler.com
Current grant possibilities

grantexperts.com/toolbox/research_websites.php#educational
Good list of resources and sample grants

donorschoose.org
Put a small project online for support

ideaencore.com
Great free online non-profit knowledge sharing network; read sections of successful grant applications

In addition, the Grants Coordinator office has subscriptions GrantStation and Foundation Directory Online, grantmaker databases which all AAPS employees can access.  After your project description is completed and you have approval from your principal or supervisor, call the Grants Coordinator at extension 51288 to arrange access to the grantmaker search tools.

For grant writing, you will need concrete information that illustrates the need for your project.  Gather data to support your proposal with help from the AAPS Student Accounting department for demographic information, relevant grade and test results, etc.  

For state and national statistics look at the list of resources here:
grantexperts.com/toolbox/research_websites.php#statistics

For writing guidance, check out:

plainlanguage.gov/howto/guidelines/FederalPLGuidelines/index.cfm
Government guidelines on writing clearly for your intended audience

and

http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/project.html 
Short course on proposal writing

For templates and information on developing a logic model, look at:
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evallogicmodel.html

For grant support, contact Annette Ferguson at ferguson@aaps.k12.mi.us.