Because there are so many schools in the U.S. and because foundations would be inundated with grant requests, some foundations will not allow schools to apply for grants, but will give school grants to non-profit organizations that support schools. While schools are eligible to receive grants from the federal government, state, county, and city governments, as well as from some private and corporate foundations, schools should set up a separate 501(c)(3) organization to be eligible to apply for all school grants.
USGG specializes in the arena of school grants for educational nonprofit organizations. Its founder and lead instructor, Beverly Santicola, has a track record of success in writing school grants for elementary-secondary education, technology, healthcare, science, literacy programs, economic development, and labor-management cooperation.
In her grant writing workshops, Santicola shares the secrets to her success and provides students with samples of many of her award-winning school grant. In the workshops, she shares stories of unique and creative proposals that generated over $3 million in K-12 school grants in just three years. With one project that taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to build computers in less than 30 minutes and one after-school program that involved students in revitalizing a downtown business district, these stories will help participants learn how to start thinking “outside the box” and develop one-of-a-kind projects for whatever target population they serve. Special emphasis is placed on community collaboration in winning school grants. Santicola teaches students in her workshops how to increase community collaboration and how to make it work to everyone’s advantage.
After attending a two-day USGG workshop in Mishawaka, Indiana, Mike Hucker, a former school board member said, “Three things really impressed me about this grant writing workshop: 1) the passion, 2) the professionalism, and 3) the morality of it all. I just can’t say enough to express how good I feel about the training I received.” The bonding among participants that takes place over the course of the two-day workshop is almost magical. Some participants, like Mike, grasp it so well and make such a positive impression that other participants in the class offer them jobs as grant writers before they leave.
USGG, in partnership with the Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services, began offering a course called The Growing SMART Project: How to Teach Teens Science, Math and Art Through Grant Writing. It is a project-based learning program that not only teaches teens problem solving and grant writing skills, but also how to apply for school grants. The grant writing for teen course is available to any school district interested in helping students learn how to find, write, and win school grants.