Monday, January 17, 2011

A Great Time To Find Grants for Your School

It’s always a good time to seek out and write grants for your school or classroom. The very best time to find grants for your school, however, is right now -- January and early February. This is true for several reasons: 1) More grants are available at the first of the year, 2) Many new grants are available, and 3) You can apply for grants for the spring semester, summer school, or the fall semester.

Generally, more grants are available at the beginning of the year than at any other time during the year. Grants have deadlines throughout the year. Some have several deadlines. But almost all grant programs are announced or renewed at the first of the year. Granting entities like to get the word out about their grant programs, build new links to their programs on their websites, and make changes to streamline their grant programs. The first of the year is the natural time to accomplish all of these tasks. You should take advantage of the increase in the number of opportunities in January to find money for your classroom or school.

January is also a logical time to announce new grants. The federal government, state governments, corporations, and foundations often take advantage of the New Year to announce new programs and new grants for those programs. Take advantage of these new opportunities they announce and make available to help your school.

One of the very best reasons for finding and writing grants in January is that you have great flexibility for finding the money you need for the current semester, summer school, and/or the fall semester.

If you need money for the spring semester, find grants with short deadlines so you can apply and get the money while it can still impact student learning during this school year. If you don’t need money for the spring, it’s certainly not too early to apply for summer school money. June will be here before you know it. And if you’re looking for money for fall programs, you do have a little more time for planning and can look for grants with deadlines further out, but January is still the time to start the process to make sure you have your money in hand when the fall semester does roll around.

January is absolutely the time to be thinking about grants. Use the free grant database that Discount School Supply so generously offers you and find the grants you need for this semester, summer school, or for the fall. Find that grant money that your classroom or school so desperately needs. Every dollar you find will enhance the educational experience of your students.

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