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Funding Opportunities

STEM improvement grants are often available from individuals, foundations, private companies, and state and federal programs. Assess your school or district’s need and start locally. Often rotary clubs, charitable trusts, community groups, and business associations offer education grants.

Finding a Grant

Organizations may offer ongoing or one-time grants. Grants are often a short-term solution to financing change in your school or district’s science program. Few grants are successful without including a reasonable plan for long-term sustainability within your school or district’s budget. Most successful grants approach donors for seed funding to allow time for district budgeting and district-wide buy-in. Those seeking to supplant district funding are rarely successful.

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Write Your STEM Grant in 8 Easy Steps:

We've reduced the grant writing process into 8 easy steps that help guide you along your way. We've also given pro tips to help you put the best proposal forward. When you're writing a grant for KnowAtom, we also offer a free final review.

WRITING A GRANT
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1. Getting Started

Download the grant proposal form or contact the donor.

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PRO TIP

Foundations love to help answer questions and explain what they are looking for. Don't hesitate to ask them your most pressing questions.

3. Make a Case

Make a strong case for how funds will be used to reach the foundation’s goals in your community. Match facts and figures about your community to the strengths of the program you’d like to fund. This will strengthen your argument more than anecdotes or abstract philosophy.

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4. Add Credibility

Identify key stakeholders, including teachers who are committed to carrying out the program, to add credibility to your ask.

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Add a brief letter of support from a member of a community organization or parent who can give their support and explain briefly what the grant award would mean for your community.

2. Do your Research

Research the grant’s website and speak with the grant administrator to help understand the foundation’s goals when granting funds. As a rule of thumb, foundations are focused on impacting the community most efficiently.

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PRO TIP

Pull talking points from KnowAtom’s About and Educator pages to help you describe what makes KnowAtom a unique and worthwhile investment in your community.

5. Write Persuasively

Write concisely and clearly for someone who has no background knowledge of your situation or the science program you want to fund. Help the reader understand the need of the students and school they will be transforming.

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REVIEWING A GRANT

6. Check for Completeness

Double-check that all of the components are complete and the budget adds up, including shipping and handling.

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8. Review

KnowAtom offers complimentary grant peer-review.

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7. Proofread

Ask a colleague to read the grant for spelling and grammar. Make sure that the type and the font are what the grant foundation specifies. See whether the organization wants the grant in digital and/or print format.

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PRO TIP

Most foundations require the same information. Save your application and letter to apply to multiple grants. If you are awarded funds you can update and reapply for more funding next year!

SUBMIT THE GRANT

If you don’t receive funding the first time, contact the grant administrator to solicit feedback. Ask the grant agency if it allows for revisions and the opportunity to resubmit.  Most organizations will, and resubmissions have a much higher success rate.