Technology & Learning, June 1999

Here are four ways to give yourself a better chance at technology funding:

1. Determine the project. Instead of just asking for equipment, demonstrate how you will use the equipment to improve student learning. Focus on a problem, not a symptom, then decide what tools you will need to help solve the problem.

2. Find appropriate funding. Use available resources to locate funding sources and find out what their guidelines are. Be sure you are eligible for their grants, that you live in the right geographical location, that your subject is one of interest to the grantor, that it supports what you plan to do and can provide enough money for the project. Also be sure to check for deadlines.

3. Develop the proposal. Fine-tune your project by creating a step-by-step outline. This should include primary steps and smaller sub-steps. It will help you determine exactly what resources you need and how much you think it all will cost. Determine what costs you are looking for the grant to cover.

4. Draft the final proposal. Follow the grantor’s directions carefully—they have guidelines for a reason. Make your proposal easy to understand, as the grantmaker will likely review many proposals in a short amount of time. Be pursuasive and descriptive, and always check several times (and with several eyes) for errors. And, finally, be sure the final proposal package is in correct order and with right number of copies.