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Creating a healthier school environment involves pulling together many resources – in particular, financial resources! Writing and managing grants is essential for bringing about the changes you want. With thousands of grant, sponsorship, and funding prospects available, it can be very difficult and time-consuming to find opportunities and decide which ones are worth pursuing.  On this page you will find resources for learning how to write and manage grants, along with names of organizations and websites dedicated to making this process easier for you.

Writing Grant Proposals

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Grant Makers Reveal the Most Common Reasons Grant Proposals Get Rejected

Colorado Grants:A Colorado-based organization that can provide you with training and tools so that you can begin to write grants successfully. View information on-line, or sign up for a course!

Colorado Grants Guide Online: For an annual fee you can gain access to the profiles of hundreds of organizations, governmental entities, corporations, foundations and trusts. Targeted searches help you find those organizations whose interests align with yours.

Grant Writers Online: A free online reference to help you become a better grant writer. Short articles include Grants Application Checklist,  Financial Samples, and Grant Writing Mistakes.

Grantsmanship Center: Fee-based database. In-person workshops are available throughout the year, covering topics such as “ Essential Grant Skills” and “Competing for Federal Grants.” Informational articles regarding grant writing are available for free. 

Grantsmanship Institute provides group workshops and self-study options for learning how to write grants. One-hour free webinars on grant writing and program development are available each month.

GuideStar: What Grantmakers Want Applicants to Know

Kurzweil Educational Systems: Sample Grant Proposal (Education Sector)

The Foundation Center: Some information is free; in depth access at a cost. Includes instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing, tools for locating prospective funders, news and research on the field, or a library or training class near you.


Grant Opportunities

Colorado Department of Education K-12 Schools State and Federal Grants Index

Colorado Grant Deadline Calendar

The Colorado Health Foundation offers three grant application deadlines per year: February, June, and October. They support organizations who share their mission in making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. Grants available through the Foundation for schools include: School-Based Health Care, Active Play Areas, and Physical Education Quality Improvement.

Community Grants

The Denver Foundation provides funding for health education initiatives along with grants to 6 counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson. Grants are due  on February 1, June 1 and October 1 (for the following year). Please note: The Denver Foundation does not fund requests from individual schools that do not have a coordinated request with their district (see page 3 of their guidelines).

Fundsnet Services:Free grants directory, including fundraising ideas.

GrantsAlert: Excellent free listing of Federal, Corporate, State, and Foundations grants, including brief descriptions of the grants and application due dates.

GrantWatch:  Free archived listing of past grants. For a weekly, monthly, or annual fee you may also gain access to funder profiles, grant writing help, current grant descriptions and deadlines, and more.

Grantwriting USA: Grant Writing USA: National organization that provides half, full day, and multi-day grant writing workshops for a fee. 

The National Council of Teachers of English: Listings of grants for elementary, middle, and high schools. The opportunities listed expand beyond literacy and classroom instruction of English.

NOZA: Free searchable database of charitable foundations.  For an annual fee, you may have increased access to information such as individual and corporate sponsorships.

The US Department of Health and Human Services/grants.gov: Thousands of grant opportunities including the areas of education, food and nutrition, and health.  Search by category, agency, or key word.


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