Tips on Fundraising for School Projects
If you are interested in having a digital imaging project in your school or classroom, consider looking for funding from within your own community. A word of caution…before you go any further, however, share your plan with your school administration and be sure they support the idea. Most contributions from philanthropic organizations must be given to a not-for-profit institution. In this case, the funding would go to your school for the specific purpose of underwriting your proposed project.
The following information is an overview of the fund raising process. We have also included a sample proposal written by a person experienced in fund raising. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have. Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you decide to “go for it”, we would be very interested in hearing your story. Good luck.
Funding School Projects with Community Support
Seeking funding is a 4-step process:
Researching Grant Opportunities
Writing the Proposal
Researching granting sources and writing the proposal are often done at the same time. Many newcomers to grant writing are easily intimidated by the process. To make it easy for you, APTE has asked an experienced grant writer to prepare a sample proposal to fund a digital photo project for a typical classroom or school.
Click here to download this sample proposal in Word (.doc) format
Read this proposal carefully and customize the contents to suit your classroom or school needs. If you are a teacher employed in a school or an employee of a not-for-profit youth organization, please feel free to use all or part of this proposal when applying for project funds.
Submitting the Proposal
Once you have identified the most likely sources of funding, write or call and ask for application information. Some sources many have a formal Request For Proposal (RFP) process. Others may have critical deadlines for applications to be submitted. Most local organizations review requests on a regular basis. Submit your proposal with a one-page cover letter.
Follow Up Efforts
It’s always a good idea to follow up within a week to confirm the proposal has been received and is in the hands of the right person. Be sure to mention that you would be happy to make an appointment to talk about why this proposal is so important and how valuable their help would be. Once you have been successful, send a thank you for their help.
Follow up doesn’t end when you have successfully achieved your fund raising goal. Consider inviting a representative from the funding organization to visit your classroom or school for a “thank you” ceremony by and with the students. You might want to consider working with your school administration to submit a press release to the local media about the project acknowledging the help you were given by your funder. Most philanthropic organizations are grateful for this kind of public recognition of their good works. Keep your funder informed about the project and at the appropriate time submit a report on its success. After all, fund raising is really all about good manners.
Some Online Funding Resources
K-20 Technology Solution Center
Primarily a newsletter with current information about the education industry, eSchool News features a monthly column on who is giving and getting funding in the school sector. Devoted entirely to school philanthropy, this column is a valuable tool to anyone seeking educational funding information.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides information on grants, fundraising, managing nonprofits, seminars, as well as other useful resources for nonprofits seeking grants.
Nonprofit Charitable Orgs
This is an excellent site to learn about the fundraising world. Packed with tips, advice and helpful information, this very practical site is a great introduction to the world of philanthropy.
U Tenn Funding
At this site you will find links to many different funding resources including directories of foundations and corporate givers, grant writing books, electronic publications, federal grants sites, and more.