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Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Etc.

There are many sources of educational resources. Most schools and many educators are involved in seeking such resources.

National Sources of Funding Information

Oregon Sources of Funding



Sources of Funding in Oregon

The expectation is that eventually this section will contain a comprehensive list of funding agencies in Oregon that have a particular interest in education. A few examples are given below.

Community Foundations by State [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.tgci.com/resources/
foundations/community/. Quoting from their Website:

Community Foundations are nonprofit, tax-exempt, publicly-supported grantmaking organizations. These foundations are public charities, since they develop broad support from many unrelated donors with a wide range of charitable interests in a specific community. A community foundation has an independent board that is broadly representative of the public interest and it maintains a diverse grants program that is not limited in scope. In addition to making grants, these foundations often play a leadership role in their communities, serve as a resource for grant information and broker training and technical assistance for local nonprofits. Use this map to identify the community foundation in your locale.

Ford Family Foundation [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.tfff.org/. Quoting from their Website:

We are a private, non-profit foundation located in Roseburg, Oregon. Roseburg is near the confluence of the North and South Umpqua Rivers in Southwest Oregon. The "Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua" cut through from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, where tall timber prospers.

The Ford Family Foundation has its roots here, too. Started in 1957, we have grown considerably in the '90's. The Foundation now manages initiatives and makes grants to public charities in small and mid-size communities in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. Our heritage comes from such communities and the men and women in the forest products industry who created them.


Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 12:20:50 -0800

From: Denise Nkemontoh <dnkemontoh@hotmail.com>

To: macep@lclark.edu

Subject: HP grant

Well, here's the word on the HP grant. Unfortunately (for everyone else), it looks like it is a very limited program and we just got in at the right time.

This is what my contact just sent me:

The local HP office has a small budget that they allocate once ayear (which is the process that we just went through). Typically they focuson programs/schools where our HP employees are directly involved. Yourcontact can call Jay Altenhofen, who manages our local contributions, 503-598-8148, but I expect there isn't much Jay can do for them at this time since the funds were just allocated.

Denny Nkemontoh

InFocus [Online]. Accessed 1/28/01: http://www.infocus.com/. This company donates projection equipment to worthy causes. Details do not appear to be available on the Website. Write to:

Attention: Donations Committee
27700B S W Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Intel in Your Community: Oregon [Online]. Accessed 1/24/02: http://www.intel.com/intel/community/or/orgrant.htm. Quoting from the Website:

Intel Oregon's giving activities are focused on Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon. We aim to address specific community needs with a priority on education. Intel is committed to continuing to develop and implement strategic contributions that build and sustain existing site community alliances while expanding our impact. Organizations of national scope should request guidelines from the Intel Foundation or Intel Corporate Community Affairs.

Murdock Foundation [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01:
grants_information/index.html. Quoting from their Website:

Applications for grants are considered only from organizations which have been ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the Code. Priority is given to applications for the support of projects and programs conducted by qualified institutions within five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Of major interest are organizations and projects which are not primarily or normally financed by tax funds. Grants usually are awarded for a limited period of time, such as one or two years.

The Trust may, however, as part of its responsibility as a member of the local philanthropic community, pay special attention to meritorious projects and organizations in the Greater Vancouver/Portland area.

Solomon, Gwen (June 15, 2001). Deconstructing a Grant [Online]. Accessed 6/18/01: http://www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/
TL/200106/deconstruct.html. Quoting from the Website:

Whether it's a few thousand dollars for a classroom program or several hundred thousand to design and implement a district-wide plan, grants are a wonderful source of money to fund your technology dreams. But competition can be tough. What are the keys to writing a winning proposal?

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National Sources of Funding Information

Advanced Technology Education [Online]. Accessed 1/28/01: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0152.

This is a US Department of Education program.

Synopsis of Program: This program promotes improvement in technological education at the undergraduate and secondary school levels by supporting curriculum development; the preparation and professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; internships and field experiences for faculty, teachers, and students; and other activities. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program also promotes articulation between programs at two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities--in particular, articulation between two-year and four-year programs for prospective teachers and between two-year and four-year programs in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (with a focus on disciplines that have a strong technological foundation).

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Internet Resources [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://philanthropy.com/free/

World-Wide Web sites and electronic discussion lists on gifts, grant seeking, and good works.

Department of Education [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.ed.gov/

The US Department of Education funds many different projects and programs. Specific information about funding opportunities is given at http://www.ed.gov/funding.html. Here are some examples of information that is available:
  • Forecast of Funding Opportunities under ED Discretionary Grant Programs -- lists the dates, estimated number of awards, and funding amounts for virtually all the Department's direct grant and fellowship competitions for new awards.
  • What Should I Know About ED Grants -- offers a non-technical summary of ED's discretionary grants process (application, review, award, administration, grant closeout, and audit) and the laws and regulations that govern the process.
  • Guide to ED Programs -- provides a concise description of each of about 175 programs that ED administers, identifies who may apply, and gives the name and telephone number of the ED office to contact for more information.

Forecast of Funding Opportunities Under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs For Fiscal Year (Fy) 2002 (30 October 2001) [Online]. Accessed 11/12/01: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCFO/
grants/forecast.html. Quoting from the Website:

This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the Department (we) has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for FY 2002 and provides actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts -- organized according to the Department's principal program offices -- and include programs and competitions we have previously announced, as well as those we plan to announce at a later date.

Note: This document is advisory only and is not an official application notice of the Department of Education. We expect to provide updates to this document monthly starting in the first week of November 2001 and continuing through the first week of May 2002.

Federal Commons [Online]. Accessed 3/13/01: http://www.cfda.gov/federalcommons/. Quoting from tne Website:

In accordance with the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (P. L. 106-107), Federal agencies must develop plans for the electronic processing of grants by May 2001. The Act further requires agencies to adopt common forms and processes. These legislative requirements will be met by creating a government - wide portal for the administration of grants.

This portal, the Federal Commons, will become a common face of the government, offering all grantees (state and local governments, universities, small businesses, etc.) full service grants processing across all functions in the grant life cycle. The Federal Commons will provide both public information, such as grant programs and funding opportunities, as well as the secure processing of e-grant transactions.

The Federal Commons site is in its early stages of development. In the future, we will expand the Grant Transactions section, offering the capability to search for grant funding opportunities across the Federal government, and to apply for and report on Federal grants.

Federal Register -- U.S. Department of Education Documents October 1995 to date [Online]. Accessed 5/30/01: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/.

Foundations On-Line: A Directory of Charitable Grantmakers [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.foundations.org/. Quoting from their Website:

You can browse the foundation directory, pick a listed foundation, search any foundation's information page or search any foundation's home page. Foundation home pages may contain downloadable information such as grant applications, periodical and financial reports, and e-mail capabilities.

Grant Matters (College of Education, University of Oregon) [Online}. Accessed 5/16/01: http://interact.uoregon.edu/grants/homepage/index.htm.

This is a good source of announcements about up-coming grants that might be applicable to people in a College of Education.

National Science Foundation [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.nsf.gov. Quoting from NSF Website literature:

NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $4.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states, through grants to about 1,600 universities and institutions nationwide. Each year, NSF receives about 30,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 10,000 new funding awards.

For instant information about NSF, sign up for the Custom News Service. From the toolbar on NSF's home page, (http://www.nsf.gov), sign up to receive electronic versions of NSF news, studies, publications and reports. Follow the simple sign-on procedures that guide you to your choices.

Philanthropy News Digest Vol. 6, Issue 13 March 28, 2000 [Online]. Accessed 10/7/01: http://fdncenter.org/pnd/20000328/k12.html

This Special Issue of the PND focuses on funding for education.

SchoolGrants [Online]. Accessed 10/7/01: http://www.schoolgrants.org/welcome.htm. Quoting from the Website:

SchoolGrants was created to help fill the needs of the K-12 education community in locating and applying for grants so that some of the dream projects of our Nation's teachers can be realized. Sharing successful proposals and other tips and information with your colleagues is an excellent way to help all children across the United States.

The Foundation Center [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://fdncenter.org/. Quoting from their Website:

The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects.

Electronic Database The Foundation Center maintains a database on over 53,000 grantmakers and 215,000 grants. FC Search: The Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM is available for purchase through our publications catalog and for free use at at all Center libraries and Cooperating Collections. FC Search is searchable by subject, name of foundation, geographic focus, and other categories. The Center's database information is also available online in two DIALOG files. Center libraries in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco offer fee-based custom searching on DIALOG for the public.

Toshiba America Foundatoin [Online]. Accessed 10/20/01: http://www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html. Quoting from the Website:

The Toshiba America Foundation is a private, endowed, not-for-profit grant making organization dedicated to supporting education programs and activities in the United States. The mission of the Toshiba America Foundation is to contribute to the quality of science and mathematics education in U.S. communities by investing in projects designed by and with classroom teachers to improve science and science-related education for students in schools, grades 7 thru 12. The Foundation reviews hundreds of proposals every year. The average award for a small project is slightly less than $4,000. For a larger grant, the average is approximately $9,500. The Foundations total annual grants budget is approximately $500,000

Note: There is also a program of grants under $1,000 for K-6 education.

Zimmer, R., Krop, C., Kaganoff, T., Ross, K., and Brewer, D. (2001). Private Giving to Public Schools and Districts in Los Angeles County: A Pilot Study [Online]. Accessed 10/20/01: http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/
MR1429/index.html. Although specifically focusing on the Los Angeles area, may of the ideas covered in this book are applicable to other school districts. Quoting from the Website:

Summary: Through their pilot study of Los Angeles County districts and schools, the authors identify the private givers to public education, examine public-private partnerships that have developed and the mechanisms used to secure private resources, and identify the various types of private giving and how those contributions are used.

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Basic Elements of Grant Writing [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.cpb.org/grants/grantwriting.html. Quoting from the Website:

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting evaluates hundreds of proposals each year for a variety of funding purposes. This publication is an easy guide to the basic elements of grant writing and is offered to assist applicants to CPB and to other funding sources. It offers guideposts to help you through each stage of the process.

These guideposts are transferable to a variety of grant applications. However, we encourage you to carefully read the guidelines written for each grant you select.

Successful grant writing involves the coordination of several activities, including planning, searching for data and resources, writing and packaging a proposal, submitting a proposal to a funder, and follow-up. Here are some steps that will help.

Google Search Engine [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.google.com/.

Search using the term Grant Writing and you will get many of the links given in this References section, plus many more.

Grant Writing Tutorial from EPA, Purdue University [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.epa.gov/seahome/grants/src/intro.htm. Quotinf from the Website:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that lack of adequate funding may hamper the establishment of new or threaten existing environmental developing activities, such as solid waste management, in communities or non-profit organizations needing this kind of development. For this reason, EPA developed this program to help those communities and non-profit organizations identify financial assistance opportunities for their environmental-oriented development programs. Also, this program was developed to make it easier for applicants to produce more competitive grant applications.

Miner, Jeremy, and Miner, Lynn. A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.oryxpress.com/miner.htm

This Website provides a nice introduction to grant writing, based on a 1998 book.

Moursund, D.G. (1997, 2002). Obtaining resources for technology in education: A how-to guide for writing proposals, forming partnerships, and raising funds.

This book is being revised and made available (free) online. As of 1/7/02, more than half of the book has been revised and put online. It is available at http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~moursund/

Schmieder, Allen (August 15, 2001). Two presentations about obtaining funding for IT in education [Online]. Accessed 9/28/01: http://www.jdltech.com/. Quoting from the Website:

Dr. Allen Schmieder, JDL Vice President who served in the U.S. Department of Education for 33 years (including a three year stint in the White House), returned to his Washington stomping grounds and delivered two presentations to the PT3 leadership teams attending the annual national conference of the "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Teach Technology" Program. The $125 million federal program is directed at infusing technology into preservice teacher education in ways that will ensure that new teachers entering K-12 schools will be well prepared to provide their students with the kind of "Millennium" instruction they will need to thrive in, and lead, our 21st century technology-centered society. The meeting was attended by representatives from every state, including a large delegation from JDL's home State of Minnesota. Dr. Schmieder's two presentations, "How to Get Your Share of the Billions of External Funding Dollars Available for Educational Reform and Improvement" and "Ten Imperatives For A Sustainable Future For Your PT3 Project," were very well received.

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