So you take all this time and effort to carefully craft a grant proposal…and you’re feeling pretty darn good about the prospects.
Just ONE THING has you worried: you know that the foundation that you’re applying for doesn’t want to be the sole source of funding.
Thus, you have to go after some more money elsewhere. But the prospects of THAT can seem even more daunting than the whole grant-writing thing was!
Well I have good news for you, my friend! You can take that data, all that yummy, winning-proposal verbiage, and turn it into some quality money-getting resources. Here’s what smart teachers, like you, should try:
1- Asking Businesses for Sponsorships
Chances are good if you have a decent size school, you’re going to have kids connected to local businesses, and vice-verse. For the businesses, the advantage is getting their logo or product in front of their ‘target audience’- so go after those that would sell to your students or their parents. Or, of course, those who have an interest in your program through the kiddos.
Just edit up your proposal so that it’s appropriate for your business audience, shorten it up so that it’s 2 pages or less, and take copies around to those businesses that you’ve identified as prime candidates!
Just don’t forget to offer them some kind of exposure: anything from being on a t-shirt, to getting Facebook mentions, to their logo having a permanent home on your website. Keep it easy but valuable for both of you.
2- Creating an Online Donation Page
Sites like “Donor’s Choose” “Teacher Lists” and “Go Fund Me” are all the rage for school funding right now. But they can be time consuming to set up, especially if you want to make it a really powerful request- all emotional and stuff.
The wise teacher will take the info and anecdotes from their grant proposal and use it to create that powerful donation page- then go nuts sharing it and gently pressuring friends/colleagues/students to share it as well.
3- Creating a Social Media Engagement Campaign
So you have a Facebook, Twitter, or You Tube account but aren’t sure what to post? Break your grant proposal down into pieces and make each piece a post, image, or video. Post them once a day over a few weeks and you’ve got a campaign. Just remember to add a link to your online donation page, too!
4- Asking for Donations in a Live Presentation
Many local service groups that offer grants also provide opportunities for live presentations, where you can talk about the need your program will fill and what outcomes you hope to accomplish. You can just take your grant proposal info and all those beautiful graphics and quickly turn them into a PowerPoint, SlideShare, or Prezi. Record your presentation with a little voice over and you’ve got a video you can use as well. Show it at your next concert, fundraiser, and online.
5- Creating Marketing Materials
It’s a whole lot easier to share your message and ask for funding if you can hand over a pamphlet, booklet, or pass-along card. Pull the main points from your grant proposal, slap them together with an emotionally-provocative picture of a cute kid, and BOOM! You’ve got yourself some powerful forms of funding requests. Hand them out at concerts, take them around to businesses, have your students or boosters or PTA take them around as well. Make your message powerful and easy to share.
6- Writing a Press Release
Take your proposal and distill it to a 3-paragraph message, like an announcement. Add a few quotes and email it to all your local TV, Radio, and Newspapers. Let them spread the word about your need and what you’re going to do for the community. You’ve already got the information, you already know it’s going to make a serious impact, and you KNOW that your media outlets are going to eat that up!
But what do you do if you don’t already have a proposal you can morph into all these powerful requests? Then attend my “How to Write a Grant in 30 Minutes or Less”. You’ll come away with a step-by-step process for how to create a powerful proposal, even if you never actually submit it for a grant, you now know all the ways you CAN use it!