Grant Writing For Public Schools

TCA began grant writing services in the summer of 2009 to help administrators take advantage of the many opportunities available for program funding. This can save the school staff's time and increase the likelihood of obtaining the funding from various sources.

Kristy Snider will work with our clients to identify grant eligibility, research the grant's requirements in relation to your school, write, and submit the grant. She has extensive experience in grant writing for schools in Oklahoma.

Where do you find funding?

  • Government
    • Federal - Department of Education
    • State
    • Local
  • Corporations
    • 501(c)(3) Grants - For Profit
    • Matching Gift Programs - Not-for-profit
  • Foundations

Government Grant Website

Grants.gov is a website to find and apply for government grants. You can sign up for an e-mail notification that will send updates as new grants are posted to the site.

Department of Education Funding Opportunities

The Department of Education lists requests for proposals for grant programs. The website separates grant opportunities according to the office the grant is distributed through. You can find dates of publication, links to the grant notice, and application deadlines.

501 (c)(3) Grant Possibilities

Target Field Trip Grants

Best Buy Te@ch Grants

State Farm Teacher Development, Service Learning, and Systemic Involvement Grants

Lowe's Build an Outdoor Classroom Grant

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation - Musical Instrument Grant

UPS - Human, Welfare, Educational Programs, Major Initiative (Adult Literacy)

RFAK - Early Childhood Care and Education

Corning Incorporated Foundation - K-12 Schools, Community Service, Curriculum Enrichment, Facility Improvement, and Instruction Technology

Many companies have matching gift programs that provide matching dollars for organizations that the employees are associated with. The following is a sample of organizations that your student’s parents may work for.

  • AT&T
  • Avon Products, Inc.
  • Citigroup
  • Public Service of Oklahoma
  • Verizon Communication
  • Williams Companies
  • Xerox Corporation

Available foundation grants for your teachers and classrooms for Public Schools and/or 501(c)(3)

Wal-Mart Community Education Grants

Hamburger Helper - Helping Hand

Oklahoma Geography Education Fund

Michael Jordan, Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program - Resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, field trips, software

Dollar General Literacy Grants

Research

The following information may be necessary in the writing of a grant:

  • Mission Statement
  • 501(c)(3) Letter from IRS (for Foundation Grants)
  • List of Project Advisory Council Members
  • Copy of Most Recent Audit
  • Map of Target Area
  • Demographics of Target Population
  • Resumes of Current and Proposed Staff for the Grant
  • Job Descriptions
  • Letters of Support
  • Letters of Commitment
  • History of Organization
  • Minutes of Board Meetings and Attendance Rosters
  • Diversity Statement
  • Future Funding Statement
  • Evaluation Statement
  • Capability Statement

Grant Writing Tips

  1. Be realistic. Are your goals, objectives, evaluation plan, and budget in line with the requests for proposal?
  2. Be complete. Follow the directions. Many RFP (Requests for Proposals) are very specific regarding margins, fonts, page limits, etc. If these instructions are not followed specifically your proposal will be thrown out immediately.
  3. Remember your purpose. Don't forget the students!

Grant Deadlines

July Oklahoma Parents As Teachers
August Gear Up: Raising College Aspirations
Community Energy Efficient Lighting Program
September Title II, D Competitive Technology
January Oklahoma Parks and Recreation:
Land and Water Conservation Grant
Trail Grant
Title 2D ARRA:
Competitive Computer Grant
March Improving Literacy Through School Libraries
Carol M. White Physical Education Program
April 21st Century CCLC
Title IV: Readiness and Emergency Management