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How Can You Write Effective Educational Grants for Kids?

Exclusively written for by Isa Parker

High-quality writing is valuable to a wide range of organizations, especially if you’re educated in a diverse scope of topics. Currently, there are 15,400 job openings for writers projected each year. In 2020, the employment size for writers was 143,200. Over the next decade, the number of writing careers is expected to grow by 8% due to this
demand. Among the types of writers in demand are grant writers, who are tasked with creating proposals that seek funds from donors. This is so organizations can secure funding to support their mission. Writing a grant for them can give them an opportunity to better serve their community. For educational organizations, grants increase access to innovative practices, which can greatly benefit a student’s achievements.

Additionally, this can serve as a side job for educators. Working closely with institutions, they have a better grasp of students’ needs and would more effectively be able to write grant proposals. Though it seems intimidating, anyone can learn to write quality classroom-focused grants as long as they’re articulate and aware of what needs to be
included in the proposal. With that said, here is an article on how you can write effective educational grants to support classroom innovation:

Specify the needs for the grant

First and foremost, you need to state why the grant is needed. This lets the grantmaker immediately know the reason behind your proposal.

For this article, the example that will be used is asking for a grant for an educational field trip. You should present documents that will support the need for the grant. If your institution does not have money set aside for field trips, show proof and write the reason behind it. Use storytelling to your advantage too. If applicable, cite an experience, such as a time when the kids asked for a field trip but were unable to get one. This helps the grantmaker better understand the reason behind the grant request.

Outline the objectives that will be attained

Questions that the grantee needs to answer include: “What is the problem? Why does it matter? What are the effects of the problem? How does it affect other members of the community?” This gives the grantmaker an idea of what their funds will accomplish for your organization or cause.

Create a numbered list of specific estimated results. Usually, the number of objectives ranges from one to five. Keep in mind that these objectives must be attainable and measurable. For example, one objective that can be met after a field trip to a history museum is that students will become more interested in history. This objective is attainable because you can stimulate their interest during the trip by showing them pieces of history. It’s measurable by the number of questions they ask about history after the trip or even the number of history books they check out at the library.

Explain how the grant will be used

This is the part where you tell the grantmaker how their contribution will be put into use. Present your solution in a step-by-step format.

For example, the funds that will be granted will only cover the transportation and trip tickets of the kids. It’s crucial to be as transparent as possible so that the grantmakers can trust that the money will be handled responsibly. This is also the part where you can present the budget, so they have an idea of the amount needed.

Justify why the grant should be awarded

This is the last but most important part of the proposal. You need to justify why the grant is needed. As proof of its effectiveness, indigenous students in Oregon received grant assistance because their proposal mentioned the systemic barriers that they face. By citing proof that 40% of indigenous people who applied for financial aid still
cannot afford college, they received a grant.

Present research or data that proves educational field trips are beneficial to kids’ learning. Also, state the reasons why your institution specifically should receive the grant. Maybe it’s because this is the first time any of the kids are going to experience a field trip. Ultimately, you should convince the grantmaker why your institution needs to be chosen, backed with facts and research.

Visit our Grant Gurus page and use our free grant research tool to find grants for your classroom or program. By writing effective educational grants, you have the potential to secure funding to support educational innovation. In fact, if you’re an educator that writes grants as a side job, you are helping students (even those that aren’t your own)
get a chance to receive great educational opportunities.

Still, if this seems too complex, EnvisionEdPlus can write grants for you. Check out our services today to get started.

Exclusively written for by Isa Parker