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Three Things to Know about Grants in 2018

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

Happy New Year from all of us at We want to help you start off the new year with some important updates and tips about the grant world.

But before discussing more general areas, here is one specific opportunity that just opened. Lowes Toolbox for Education has announced its spring cycle. K-12 public and private schools, as well as parent-teacher groups, are eligible to apply. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is Feb. 9.  However, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, then the application process will close.

  1. Get Organized Now for the New Year

Lots of organizations, especially federal grant-making organizations, have already laid out a schedule of their grants for the new year. Some are already accepting applications for the spring cycle. For instance, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has its 2018 Forecast of Funding available here. Now is the best time to get pertinent dates on your calendar and get your boilerplate documents updated. Review the timelines for your likeliest funding sources, and prepare to apply well in advance.

  1. New Way to Apply for Federal Funding has rolled out a new way for groups and individuals to apply for federal grants. This has been a two-year transition, and on Dec. 31, 2017, the legacy PDF application package was officially retired. In the past, applicants downloaded and completed a single, big PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package.”) To work as a team, you had to email the file back and forth while making sure all contributors were using the same version of Adobe software. The new Workspace program is intended to make collaborating on an application very efficient and easy. Forms can either be completed online within a web browser or downloaded individually and uploaded to Workspace. According to the blog, applicants who have already used the new program say it is making the process faster and more streamlined.  For more information and tutorials on how to use the new program, visit the blog.

  1. Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants may not be funded in 2018

The heavily subscribed COPS grant may be on the chopping block this year. This Department of Justice grant program provides money to law enforcement agencies for a variety of needs, including hiring new police officers, testing new strategies, and purchasing technology. In recent years, money was also set aside toward curbing the opioid epidemic and addressing gang violence. In 2017, the COPS office allocated of $98.5 million to fund 802 police officer positions for the next three years. However, a working White House budget showed the elimination of the entire COPS office. The COPS hiring program is not listed by name in the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, and very little information is being shared. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated on its status.

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Federal Education Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

Federal Education Grant ProgramsAny educator knows that it is never too early to start planning for next year. While the traditional school year is currently coming to a close, highlights the following federal educational grants that may be of interest to educators and the non-profit organizations that provide support to schools and students. All of these highlighted grants are from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Generally speaking, state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and non-profit organizations are invited to apply for these grants.


School Climate Transformation Grants (for SEAs or LEAs)

The School Climate Transformation Grant Program offers grants to both state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs). These grants support the development, enhancement, or expansion of systems that support “an evidence-based  multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.” School climate can be positively affected by reducing bullying behavior, reducing the number of suspensions, improving students’ social skills, and more, all of which have a link to greater academic achievement.

Funding Specifics: Grants to SEAs will total 18 awards and average $400,000 each. Grants to LEAs will total 200 awards and average $118,000 each.

Due: 6/23/14


Project Prevent Grant Program

The Project Prevent Grant Program awards grants to LEAs to “increase their capacity to help schools in communities with pervasive violence to better address the needs of affected students and to break the cycle of violence.” This program is based on the idea that children experience long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm when they are exposed to violence, either as victims or witnesses.

Funding Specifics: Grants to LEAs will total 20 awards and average $487,500 each.

Due: 6/30/14


Innovative Approaches to Literacy

The Innovative Approaches to Literacy program supports programs that develop and improve literacy skills of children from birth through 12th grade. Early literacy, motivating older children to read, increasing student achievement through school libraries, and distributing free books to families are some of the programs that are encouraged.

Funding Specifics: There is little information available at this time. A full release of information is expected on 6/18/14.

Due: Final applications are expected to be due 7/18/14. However, there might be a separate deadline for notice of intent to apply. Be sure to check the program’s full information once it is made available. has educational experts who can help your school or organization achieve your funding goals. If you need assistance finding grants, applying for grants, or meeting tight deadlines, we can help. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.


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