Three Tips for Getting Funding for New EdTech in Your Classroom

Scarce resources, scarce funds? Here are some things you may want to try.

This article previously appeared on Common Sense Media and is being republished with permission. 

Dreaming of new devices or tools for your students, but your school doesn’t have the budget? You’re not alone. Even with edtech spending in most schools increasing, it’s not always easy to secure the funds you need for your individual classroom needs. Here are three tips to help you find additional funding for edtech.

  1. Apply for project support on sites like Donors Choose and Digital Wish. The application process is typically straightforward and not all that time-consuming. It’s a bit like writing a lesson plan: Start with your goals and then outline your strategies for reaching them. We’ve put together an example that just so happens to be focused on our new Digital Citizenship iBooks Textbooks.

Once you’ve submitted your project, be sure to share it with your students’ families. While many families will not be able to support the project due to their own limited finances, it never hurts to ask! (So long as you make it clear that giving is voluntary, that is.)

  1. If you have more time, you can search for grant opportunities that align with your needs. Start with your school or district’s foundation, if you have one. You can also look online. One site that caters to teachers is Teachers Count. Or check out this great list of grant-writing how-tos for educators and other sites that offer a clearinghouse of both private and government grants.
  2.  This may be an obvious one, but don’t assume that your school budget is tapped out, even if you’ve been told that “the school has no money.” Especially if your project budget isn’t too high, your principal may be able to find the funds through school-based efforts (bake sales!) to support your project. You just have to make the case. Like writing up a project for Donors Choose, share your needs and goals with your principal and IT director.
Rebecca Randall

Rebecca Randall

Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships and Regional Growth at Common Sense
Rebecca Randall has nearly twenty years of experience working in the nonprofit sector on behalf of children and families. In her first ten years at Common Sense, Rebecca developed the education outreach program and strategy, and was responsible for partnering with school districts and departments of education. Prior to joining Common Sense, Rebecca was an Associate Vice President at United Way of the Bay Area. She holds a BA in social work from the University. She is Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships and Regional Growth at Common Sense.
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