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5 tips and 1 Big Resource: EdTech Grants for Teachers

Check out the Updated Spring 2016 Comprehensive Teacher Guide to Classroom Technology Grants

Using EdTech and blended learning has become increasingly important for teachers and their students, and while they are asking “How did we teach without these tools?” research confirms that it does make instruction and learning more engaging and more student-centered. There are many benefits for blended learning for teachers, including motivating hard-to-reach kids, focusing on deeper learning, and extending time with students.

Blended Learning and EdTech Benefits for Teachers

Research Supports the Use of EdTech

1:1 improves 21st century skills—and more. For example, Laptop Initiatives: Summary of Research Across Seven States found that teachers and students generally agree that laptops increase student engagement and that students tend to develop 21st century skills after implementation of 1:1 initiatives. The study also details how teachers shifted away from traditional pedagogical approaches and became facilitators and coaches, and how students became more engaged in student-centered activities.

Blended learning improves outcomes. Meta-analyses, like The Effectiveness of Educational Technology Applications for Enhancing Reading Achievement in K–12 Classrooms: A Meta-Analysis, and Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies found that blending technology with face-to-face teacher time generally produces better outcomes than face-to-face or online learning alone.

Higher engagement and gains for at-risk students. When students are struggling, blended learning leads to higher engagement and learning gains. See Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning.

Kids love technology in the classroom. Trends in Digital Learning: Students’ Views on Innovative Classroom Models found that 50 percent of middle school students who take an online class on their own feel that online learning makes it easier for them to succeed, and that students are looking for a classroom environment that more closely replicates the way they are using digital tools outside of school to support greater communications and collaboration.

Teachers and students want technology in the classroom. Here are some ways to find the funding to get it!

Help Finding the EdTech Funding You Want

1) Start early. It takes time to clarify needs and goals, get support and resources in place, and write a winning grant proposal.

2) Use these suggestions to help you write a standout grant proposal.

  • Make sure you have the right match. Once you are sure that you need a grant, look for grant opportunities that match your program’s goals and objectives. Understand the mission of the grantor, look at previously funded programs, and determine the range of grant awards typically awarded by that agency.
  • Understand guidelines and requirements. Most funding agencies publish grant guidelines or requirements. Be certain you understand them and follow them to the letter. Note the deadline and whether the proposal must be received or postmarked by that date.
  • Be clear about your mission. Your “needs statement” drives your entire grant proposal. The proposed program should be clearly based on the challenges you face. The purpose of the grant is to meet the specific needs you have identified, so adequately describe the reason you need the program and include the use of statistics and other research data when possible.
  • Write a golden abstract. Most proposals, particularly foundation and corporate proposals, require a project abstract. The abstract defines your entire project—needs, goals, objectives, and budget—within a few paragraphs or a page at most. This summary is usually read first. Grant writers often find it helpful to save writing the abstract for last because you can include excerpts from your own text, edited to suit the shorter format. Make the abstract easier to read by using subheads and bullets. Use the active voice in your abstract.
  • Use “SMART” goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable (or attainable with budget), relevant, and time-bound. Every proposal will require at least one section that describes the broad goals and measurable objectives of your project. Take the time to detail the activities that will be implemented to accomplish the program’s goals and objectives. Your budget and budget narrative must closely match the described activities. Your evaluation should carefully measure whether the stated project objectives are being met on a timely basis.
  • Don’t do it alone. Work with other educators and parents, especially those who have a passion for the project—and even better, grant writing experience!
  • Write a standout cover letter. Your cover letter should not simply repeat the information in the proposal; it is different from the abstract or needs statement, which is a concise summary of the complete project/proposal. The cover letter should bring your project to life and actively engage the recipient in one page with 3 to 4 paragraphs. Keep your tone positive. 1. Your first paragraph should be short and focused. Introduce yourself and your district or school, and summarize any recent communication with the funding organization. 2. State your purpose, the amount of money you are requesting, and who it will serve. 3. Explain how your request fits the funder’s mission or funding priorities. 4. Include a final thought about what this funding partnership can mean, and focus on solutions, not problems.
  • Be grateful and collaborative. Even if your proposal is not funded, it is a good policy to send a thank you note to the grantor for the opportunity to submit your proposal. Ask if it is possible to receive reviewer comments so that you can see why your proposal was not funded. Use the reviewer comments to improve your proposal-writing techniques. If you are selected, keep your funder informed about the progress of your project, particularly about documenting results—it can make it easier to obtain your next round of grant funding

3) Take advantage of these technology grant databases. They’re an easy way to search for grants that apply to you and your classroom needs.


  • What is it A unified site for interaction between grant applicants and the U.S. Federal agencies that manage grant funds.
  • Who needs it  For individuals or organizations who are looking for funding, including many for professional development.  There are also links to non-federal grants programs on the site.
  • Why it works One stop site for government grants, large and small
  • How to get it Every grant has different criteria, so check listings for details.


  • What is it An online database of funding opportunities such as grants (for programs, professional development, projects, planning, start-up, endowments, technical assistance, facilities and equipment, etc.), awards, and fellowships.
  • Who needs it The site has grant information for schools and school districts, nonprofits, libraries, colleges and community colleges, and researchers.
  • Why it works Provides links to government and private funders for a wide variety of projects. Funding opportunities range from pure research grants to arts programs, biomedical and health care research, community services programs, children and youth programs, K-12 education funding, international programs, and operating grants for nonprofit organizations.
  • How to get it Every grant has different criteria, so check listings for details.


  • What is it Search engine identifies grants for: universities, hospitals, government agencies, schools, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, research institutions and some small businesses and individuals.
  • Who needs it Any individual or entity who is looking for a highly detailed source.
  • Why it works Easy to navigate with links by category in an easy-to-understand pick list.
  • How to get it As with most other aggregated sites, check each grant for specific details.


  • What is it. Lists grants for teachers, school grants, and money for arts, history, mathematics, science, technology, literacy, and more.
  • Who needs it Geared to funding for K-12 teachers and schools, makes it easier for educators, school libraries, and parents to find school funding.
  • Why it works Good professional development listings and up to date information. Helps education foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, and other grant-giving organizations more effectively promote funding to teachers and schools.
  • How to get it Every grant has different criteria, so check listings for details.

Teachers Count

  • What is it: A wide variety of school and teacher grants are listed on this website. These grants award $200 up to to $10,000.
  • Who needs it: Educators looking to improve their lesson plans, gain new insight and ideas, or supply their students with new programs and technology should consider these grants.
  • Why it works: Teachers Count works as an education resource that aims to provide teachers with a list of grants that will suite their academic needs, so the list of grants available is diverse and frequently updated.
  • How to get it: Check each listing for application details and deadlines.

4) Check out Twitter for Technology Grants! There’s an amazing amount of grant writing and hunting advice just a tweet away.

5) Don’t miss the Updated for Spring 2016 Grants Guide with 50+ resources! How and where to secure funding for STEM, EdTech, and Professional Development.

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