Be Aggressive: Use a Grant Database
I worry about schools not being aggressive enough about finding the grants they need. The budget shortfalls these days are just too critical to ignore. Schools are cutting, cutting, cutting, yet they often don’t seem to understand that an aggressive grant-writing program can do a lot to add money to the system without having to raise local or state taxes.
You can tell if your district is aggressively looking for grants. Ask these questions: Do you have one or more full-time grant writers on your district staff? Do you subscribe to a large grant database that provides timely information about available grants, or do you just sit back and wait for grant announcements to come in the mail? Is grant information made available to all teachers and principals in the district so they can apply for their classrooms and campuses? Do you have a grant committee that meets regularly and looks for applicable grants?