Grant Writing Advice and Tips: The Grant Helpers Blog

Grants for Technology-Assisted  Education

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 11:02 AM
Tech EdThere is still much debate about the ideal role and typical results of technology use for educational purposes. Some worry that technology is a distraction to students, decreases individual critical thinking skills, or inhibits quality research from reputable sources. Yet many studies and surveys have actually found substantial benefits to technology use in educational settings, such as increased student engagement, better workforce preparation for students in today’s digital age, more personalized educational experiences, and even monetary savings on the development of and access to curriculum and learning materials (Centre Technologies, 2015). However, many students, teachers, and schools lack access to technology due to financial constraints. Luckily, many organizations and businesses offer grants to support technology-assisted educational initiatives.

IGT's After School Advantage Program
IGT’s main goal for this program is to equalize after-school educational opportunities for underprivileged youth aged 5 - 18 through added or enhanced technology for learning purposes. To this end, IGT works with chosen non-profit agencies to build customized digital learning centers or renovate existing digital learning centers to improve after-school programming. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
This Foundation offers a variety of educational grants. In particular, the Data-Driven Education grant supports learning programs and school-wide initiatives that make it possible to collect and assess data toward improved educational gains. Technology resources and education are essential for any educational data collection enterprise, and grant proposals may include requests for new technology in the classroom to assist data collection, plans for professional development programs to help teach educators innovative data collection methods, or initiatives to improve safety and security measures when gathering and storing student learning data. Eligible organizations must be located in the United States, Africa, or India; please take the Foundation’s eligibility quiz for more information on the grant’s eligibility requirements. The Foundation typically funds no more than 25% of a proposed project’s budget. Initial proposal applications are accepted on a rolling basis and typically reviewed within six weeks. 

Schools and Libraries E-Rate Program
This Universal Service Administration, Co. program offers discounts to eligible schools and libraries to obtain internet access and other telecommunications connections essential for quality educational programming. For details on specific school and library eligibility requirements, visit this page.  Service discounts range from 20% - 90%. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please review the “application process flow chart” PDF at this website for more information on the full application requirements and process.


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After-School Program Grants For Under-Served Youth

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 @ 16:02 PM

afterschoolWhile the American education system has put much money and effort toward improving in-class education in public schools, after-school programs are often harder to justify in already-stretched school budgets. This statement is especially true in high-poverty, high-crime areas where under-served students are likely to drop out of school or engage in risky behaviors.

However, according to the Harvard Family Research Project, after-school programs are essential for under-served students. Those students in their study who were in a safe, structured after-school program environment during the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each school day showed reduced rates of juvenile crime, teen sex, teen pregnancy, and drug use (American Institutes for Research). In addition to deterring risky behavior, after-school programs also provide many benefits for under-served students, including academic gains and improved physical health (

Given the need for quality after-school programming for at-risk students, many grant opportunities haven arisen for schools, non-profits, and other organizations that offer extracurricular educational programs to under-served youth. Check out a few such grant programs below.


The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s motto is that “preparing a child for the future doesn’t end when the school bell rings.” Accordingly, they fund after-school programs that take place both during the school year and in the summertime, primarily programs that benefit underprivileged and low-income kids and families. Funding is typically reserved for U.S. schools, non-profits, and other educational organizations.  Please note that award amounts vary, and funding for unsolicited proposals is limited. Letters of Interest (LOIs) are accepted online throughout the year.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

This foundation’s Academic Enrichment Grants fund both in-school and after-school initiatives. Schools and non-profits that educate children in grades pre-K to 12 are eligible to apply. Proposed programs must show improved student learning and must serve students from low-income households. Grantseeking institutions also must already have the facilities, staff, and educational expertise in place to execute the proposed program. Grant awards are for up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years. Up to 350 submissions are accepted between January 15th to April 15th each year, so it is important to apply as early as possible after January 15th for this grant opportunity.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program  

This grant program is coordinated through the U.S. Department of Education and administered on a state-by-state basis. As the program name suggests, this grant supports plans to build community learning centers for after-school programs. Like the above-mentioned grant opportunities, this grant prioritizes after-school programs that serve academically-struggling students and schools in high-poverty areas. This grant program also particularly solicits standards-based afterschool educational initiatives.
State Education Agencies (SEAs) are eligible to apply in their state; local education entities and non-profit agencies may not apply directly for this opportunity but can apply to their states for subgrants. Please see the State Contact List for the website, contact information, request for proposals, and deadline information in your state.

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10 of the Most Money-Giving Private Foundations:

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

dollar sign resized 600When looking for a grant to fit your organization’s needs, consider both government grants and foundation grants.  While both types can provide the funding you need, government grants can take six months to a year for review while private foundations typically take only three months.  So, if you need a quicker turnaround, you may want to look at which private foundations are giving the most money and consider how you can appeal to those foundations’ goals.  Here are 10 foundations that are giving the most money. 

10. PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation supports programs for education and economic development. PNC’s Grow Up Great program has funds set aside for early childhood education. Organizations supporting students in the classroom or community, teacher professional development, and family engagement are specifically targeted by this program. Additionally, the economic development grants support programs to help low-to-moderate-income communities with affordable housing, community development, community services, and community programs for revitalization, stabilization, arts, and culture. Having giving more than $50 million in grant support, the PNC program has shown a commitment to building better communities in the regions it supports.  For a closer look at these regions and an on-line application, visit the Foundation’s website.

9. Caterpillar Foundation
The Caterpillar Foundation has given more than $55 million in grants since its launch.  This foundation supports programs for women and girls in poverty by “champion[ing] programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs.” Applications are accepted by invitation only, but the Caterpillar Foundation works with the United Way, so contacting your local United Way may be your first step in attracting the attention of the Caterpillar Foundation. This foundation has a “partnership philosophy” and does a lot of grant matching.  Therefore, if you already have some grant funding, you may be able to work with them to get more. The current list of Caterpillar Foundation partners is available on their website.

8. ExxonMobil Foundation
Supporting “math and science education, economic opportunities for women, and malaria prevention,” the ExxonMobil Foundation has given more than $72 million in grant support.   $100,000 was given for the 2014-2015 school year to support STEM programs in classrooms with individual grants of up to $4,000 offered.  Teachers, last year’s application was due at the end of September and is still available for you to work from on their website. Plan some proposal writing into your summer break and be ahead of the game when the new application goes up!

7. Citi Foundation
Focusing on financial inclusion, youth economic opportunities, and urban transformations, the Citi Foundation has given more than $80 million to worthy organizations.  Although this foundation does not take unsolicited grant proposals, your program might benefit from looking into the Pathways to Progress program.  Last year alone, this program helped 24,622 youth and invested $15 million.

6. Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.
The Coca-Cola Foundation says they are committed to “women, water, and well-being.” In 2013, their grants ranged from $25,000 to over $100,000.  The Foundation takes applications via their online process year-round and reviews them as quickly as possible.  There is no deadline for submission, and no limitation on dollar amount.  A special emphasis is given to programs that support healthy communities.  The Cola-Cola Foundation has given more than $100 million dollars to programs around the world.

5. JPMorgan Chase Foundation
According to their website, “In 2013, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $210 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 44 countries around the world.” The JPMorgan Chase Foundation supports programs providing workplace development, financial capability, small business development, and community development. In order to apply for a grant you must first submit your letter of inquiry stating your mission and explaining who and where your project serves.  Grant applications are accepted year-round and are broken down by region.   

4. GE Foundation
GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. Through its gift-matching program, the GE Foundation has given away more than $1 billion in the last 60 years.  Although the Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, it does work with current or former employees, as well as with The United Way.  You may want to consider whom you know when thinking about this possible grant matching program.
3. Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is working for stronger neighborhoods, a better-educated workforce, and support of basic human needs by helping programs that teach financial stability and create better money habits. This Foundation has invested $2 billion over 10 years toward this goal. Currently two applications are available: Housing—community development; and Hunger—basic human services.

2. WalMart Foundation
In 2013 alone, the WalMart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in charitable donations globally. The Wal-Mart Foundation accepts proposals for small, local grants as well as for large, more comprehensive grants. The foundation’s focus areas are: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and career opportunities. Grant awards range from $250 to several thousand dollars.  Grants for 2015 are being accepted now through December 31, 2015 and will be reviewed in May, July, October, and January.  Grant applications are available on-line.

1. Wells Fargo Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation is proud of its charitable abilities, and rightly so: “In 2014, we donated more than $281 million to 17,100 nonprofits and surpassed our $1 billion philanthropy goal three years early.” Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in almost every state in the U.S. Each state has a different set of guidelines to be followed when seeking a grant, but they all have commonalities.  Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in housing, education, the arts, the environment, and civic services. In order to apply for a grant, check your state’s requirements online and contact your local Wells Fargo store for information.     

Foundations are ready to support worthy programs, so work to make your program stand out above the rest.  That’s where we can help. We work with you to find the grant that’s right for you, develop grant proposals, and more.  Contact to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.   


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Grants as American as Apple Pie

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 @ 16:07 PM

The Fourth of July conjures thougUS_Grantshts of backyard barbeques, complete with all things as American as apple pie: hot dogs, potato chips, corn on the cob, s’mores, soda pop, and more. In the spirit of celebrating the United States’ Independence Day, has put together a blog that highlights a select few foundations of the U.S.’s largest household names. Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

PepsiCo Foundation

The PepsiCo Corporation includes brand names such as Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade, Quaker Oats, Frito-Lay, and more. According to its website, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation have donated over $600 million in cash and products to qualified nonprofit agencies since 2005. These donations are most often awarded to agencies that work in the environmental, educational, civic, arts, and health and human services sectors.

Strategic priorities include human sustainability, environmental sustainability, and talent sustainability. Awards are made globally. Specific information on the foundation’s grants and deadlines are not published on its website. However, you can visit PepsiCo’s Global Citizenship website to contact them if you are interested in learning more about PepsiCo grants or if you are interested in learning more about their specific programs.

The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses on several initiatives, including the following:

  • water stewardship, to support access to clean and sanitary water;
  • healthy and active lifestyles, to promote exercise and physical well-being.
  • community recycling, to increase litter reduction, recovery and reuse, increase community awareness, and support research
  • education, to support scholarships, drop-out prevention, and other education initiatives.

Additionally, the foundation supports student scholarships in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Pacific. It also supports HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Africa and Latin America.

To learn more about the Coca-Cola Foundation and how you can apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.

The Ford Foundation

According to its website, the Ford Foundation assists organizations that focus on “reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.”

In order to apply for a grant, applicants should read through the various initiatives and find one that is most relevant to their work. There is an online Grant Application Guide and application that can be submitted online. You can learn more about the Ford Foundation’s grant application process on its website.

The General Motors Foundation

The General Motors Foundation supports education initiatives, particularly those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The foundation also supports youth programs that give students “hands-on experiences that further their environmental studies and cultural experiences within their communities.”

To learn more about the foundation or apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.

The Hershey Foundation

The Hershey Foundation specifically funds organizations for children of Northeast Ohio. The foundation meets twice a year to review and approve grants. There is no formal application form. Instead, applicants must submit specific documents, including a one-page cover letter summarizing the proposal and requested amount of funding; the applying organization’s mission, history, and services provided; a current list of officers, directors, or trustees; and several other documents. For a full list, visit the Hershey Foundation’s website. The next round of proposals is due February 1, 2015.

Procter and Gamble (P&G)

P&G supports hygiene education and illness prevention around the world. The corporations looks for grants that align with the following:

  • “Providing the comforts of home… the everyday essentials that help create the experience of home for families who can’t afford them or who have been displaced.
  • Supporting hygiene education and everyday healthy behaviors that help prevent illness and improve confidence.”

Grant application cycles are July 1-September 30 and from December 1-February 28. To learn more about P&G grants, including whether or not your program qualifies, visit the P&G website.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of the U.S.’s favorite brands. has an expert staff and can help your organization find funding from some of the thousands of potential grant agencies. This Independence Day and always, you can depend on us to assist your organization in any part of the grant process. Contact us today for a free consultation, and again, enjoy your 4th of July.


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Nutrition and Fitness Grants for Kids

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Food Programs for KidsEvery year, millions of Americans make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and/or become more physically fit, and each year only about 8% achieve their goal. One of the many tips for ensuring success is to get a partner to join you in your efforts.  Partners motivate us, hold us accountable, and make the whole process more fun. Educators and parents might want to consider choosing a young partner – their children and students. By working to instill healthy eating and exercise habits in young people on a daily basis, the adults may well find themselves acting as healthy role models.

In the spirit of nutrition and fitness goals that are often associated with the new year, dedicates this blog to helping organizations that are looking for nutrition and fitness grant opportunities for kids.


The General Mills Foundation: Champion for Healthy Kids

This program will award fifty $20,000 grants to organizations that develop creative ways to help children ages 2-18 adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. Champion for Healthy Kids is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Deadline: March 14, 2014


Culinary Trust: Chefs Move to Schools 

To support healthy eating habits, this grant program provides $1,500 grants to support volunteer efforts by culinary professionals in public schools that serve children living at or below the poverty level. Chefs can apply for funding in support of programs that promote health and wellness in schools. Examples include school gardens, healthy eating curriculum, chefs as guest speakers, and wellness programs for students and/or parents.

Deadline: Grant applications are reviewed quarterly.


Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Program

The Aetna Foundation provides grants between $25,000 and $40,000 for communities served by Aetna. The Foundation’s priorities include healthy food choices and programs promoting physical activity for children and families, including nutrition programs, access to fruits and vegetables, and community gardens.

Deadline: 2014 deadline will be announced this summer.


The Coca-Cola Foundation

This foundation supports access to exercise, physical activity, and nutritional education programs. It also supports programs that motivate behavior modification and that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes.

Deadline: See the foundation’s website for more specific details.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundations

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundations are set up in the states served by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Each places an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices including nutrition and physical activity for children and families. For more information on the BCBS Foundation programs and deadlines for your state, contact your states’ BCBS Foundation.


Working with our children to instill healthy habits may be the key to achieving that elusive New Year’s resolution. The Grant Helpers also want to be a part of helping you achieve your goals. If we can help you find additional funding opportunities in this or any other funding area, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Afterschool Program Benefits and Grant Opportunities

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 @ 15:09 PM

Student engagement does not need to cease when the bell rings to signal the end of the school day. Many school districts and educational and non-profit organizations are pushing afterschool programs for students. In this blog, we discuss some of the benefits of afterschool programs, which could help stimulate your thinking while making your case for funding. We also provide an excellent afterschool program resource and several afterschool program funding opportunities.


Benefits of Afterschool Programs

According to, afterschool programs actually increase student attendance and engagement in elementary through high school-aged children. Afterschool programs are also said to raise test scores and grades in reading, English, and math; afterschool programs are credited with helping students at the greatest risk to achieve the greatest gains in achievement.After School Programs

In addition to the educational benefits of afterschool programs, these programs also help working parents and keep kids safe and provide them with a healthier lifestyle in regards to eating habits and exercise. In fact, teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are approximately three times more likely to use drugs, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and engage in sexual activity than teens who do participate in afterschool programs.


Afterschool Program Resources

After examining this information, afterschool programs seem to make perfect sense for making a difference in student’s lives. If you or your school is interested in starting an afterschool program, or if you already have an afterschool program but could use some refreshing information, you may be interested in The Wallace Foundation’s After School Program Resources webpage, which offers resources on budget planning, strategic financing plans, funding opportunities, and other strategies for planning and implementing afterschool programs.


Afterschool Program Funding and Grant Opportunities

Federal funding for afterschool programs is provided to the states for distribution to programs determined by each state’s afterschool needs. Below is a listing and summary of these programs, as described on the webpage titled “Funding for Afterschool.”

  • The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC):
    This is the only federal funding source that supports nothing but afterschool programs. The 21CCLC program aims to support community learning centers that provide academic tutoring and homework help; community service; and music, arts, sports, and cultural activities. The Department of Education works with State Education Agencies (SEAs) to manage statewide competitions for funding.
  • The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF):
    This program helps low-income families by providing child care vouchers. The CCDF also funds state child care quality improvement initiatives, which may include training programs and capacity-building for afterschool providers.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF):
    TANF funds provide financial assistance for low-income families. These funds can also be used to support afterschool programs in ways that are consistent with the TANF program. States can spend TANF funds on afterschool programs and initiatives or transfer up to 30% of the funds to CCDF.
  • Federal Food and Nutrition Programs: These programs support snacks and meals for participants of afterschool programs. In these cases, afterschool programs may receive reimbursements from one of four food and nutrition programs made available by the United States Department of Agriculture. These food and nutrition programs include the National School Lunch Program: Afternoon Snacks; the Child and Adults Care Food Program; the Summer Food Service Program; and the School Breakfast Program.


Some private foundations also support afterschool programs. The Wallace Foundation, mentioned earlier in this article, is one of them. They award grants between $1,000-$5 million in several educational areas, one of which is afterschool programs.

Another place to find afterschool funding is through JC Penney Cares, which focuses on
supporting educational organizations and programs. is here to help you reach your funding goals. Whether it’s finding more funding opportunities for afterschool programs or helping you write a proposal or develop a grant application, we have the experts you need to give you your best chance of funding success. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Initial consultations are always free.


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