Many school districts are finding that private foundations are a viable source of funding for classroom or schoolwide projects. Here are some tips for seeking grants from these foundations.

Private or independent foundations are usually established by a contribution from a single source, such as a family, individual, bequest, or group of individuals. Grant decisions are made by a board of trustees who often include the donors or members of the donors' families. In most cases, private foundations restrict their giving to certain geographic regions and tend to fund only the program interests of the


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