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5 Ways to Apply for (and Win) a Technology Grant for Your School

Posted By christina On July 14, 2020 in Blog

Whether you are involved in early childhood education field as a tech teacher working in a school innovation lab, or makerspace, or you’re a classroom educator who would like the opportunity to incorporate more technology into everyday curricula, funding for such resources is in short supply.

A technology grant may be exactly what you need to help offset district costs and afford more learning tools to students. Applying for a grant however can be tricky and a daunting task. Here is a quick breakdown of why technology grants are so competitive and how to write a winning proposal and be awarded the money for programming resources.

The Importance of Applying for Grants

Having adequate funding to support technology innovation within your school is critical to learning. Why? Being innovative means staying one step ahead with the evolving tech world. Imagine if your students were still learning on clunky Windows 97 desktops while another school in your area was integrating VR/AR and coding robots into their curriculum. The difference is mind blowing.

Technology grants have increased in popularity over the years because companies and private donors have seen the need for education-based and innovation-based financial help in not just their community but across the nation. Technology grants are available from federal, state, and private agencies. However, these grants are very competitive; hundreds of people just like you apply with the goal to win.

There are plenty of grants out there available for everyone, so not taking advantage of them is doing your school/lab/makerspace a disservice. Do your research and get ready to put your best writing skills to use.

How to Apply for a Technology Grant and Win

Applying for a technology grant essentially involves writing an application to the grant provider that explains your situation, why you need the funding, what you will use it for, etc. The application may ask for other key details as well.

As mentioned earlier, tech grants are highly competitive because 1) many schools are in need of funding and 2) technology innovation is what everyone seeks. Your application must be written to stand apart from the rest in order to obtain grant funding.

1. Don’t Put it Off Until Last Minute

Writing a technology grant proposal takes time, effort, focus, and multiple revisions to ensure your application is perfect. This process can take a week or longer so it behooves educators to start early and spend time on the process.

2. Read the Rules and Guidelines

Make sure your application follows every rule, guideline, and addresses every detail to a “T”. Make a checklist and check it twice. Miscommunication, incomplete applications, or absence of information leads to disqualification. With hundreds (sometimes thousands) of applications per grant, don’t give them any reason to pass up your request.

3. Be as Specific as Possible

Avoid being generic in your wording. Spell everything out, clearly and directly. Don’t use jargon or unnecessary filler words.

4. Use Research to Backup Your Story

Whoever reads your grant proposal wants to hear your story, but they also want hard facts to back up your claims. The more data, need and school insight you can provide, along with the personal narrative the more compelling a grant application is.

5. Align Your Missions and Goals

This can’t be stressed enough and should be a pre-cursor to all other steps. Before you start writing, outline your mission for funding and align your mission with the goals you want to achieve by obtaining the grant. There needs to be merit behind the desire to obtain money for expenditures beyond what has been given to a district. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean it can be experimental, there just needs to be a clear objective as to how the spending of monies will impact the classroom experience.

Early tech education impacts STEM learning in young children. Obtaining a tech grant could mean cultivating high-performing students. And, by equipping your school with technology, like coding robots for example, you foster more than an appreciation for programming but also provide developmental opportunities that can be seamlessly integrated into daily lesson plans.

For more information on grants and specifically technology and STEM grants for funding for coding robots and programming in early education, please visit our Grant Opportunity Page.


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