If you are requesting apps or software, check to see what information is required for student use. Any app or software that requires personally identifiable information beyond student first name, last name, and email is in violation of Student Data Privacy and will require principal and district approval.
If you are requesting technology that connects to the network, be sure that you are requesting items from the approved hardware list. All exceptions must be approved by the technology department.
There is a technology approval form for any grant involving technology and apps that must be submitted and approved BEFORE your grant application can be submitted. After you have submitted the form, wait for approval from the technology department. Make necessary changes if requested. An explanation of the purpose of the form can be found here.
Following the proper procedures will ensure that you receive technology that works and supports student learning.
Since you are using your position as a teacher for Alpine School District to generate funds, any equipment or applications purchased with grant funds are property of Alpine School District and will remain in the district should you choose to leave. Unless otherwise specified by the grant, technology or licensing will stay in the school with the team you were on when you received the grant.
Grant Writing Tips
Grant Writing Tips
Be sure to carefully read the grant rules and guidelines.
Some grants are scored anonymously with a rubric. If this is the case, avoid including identifying information such as your name, school name, mascot, district name, or city. Including this information could disqualify your grant.
Grants that are creative and unique stand out. Grants that are too similar to others or copied/pasted could be disqualified.
Check to see if there is a rubric or application guide that will be used to score the grant.
Know the process of the grant. Will the money be sent to the school? Will the devices be sent to the school?
Watch what you say.
Don’t say disparaging things about the district, community, or the legislature in an attempt to gain sympathy for grant funds. It often backfires.
Be accurate in what you say.
Don’t focus on what other people around you have. Grant readers aren’t inspired by people saying that the reason they should have something is because the teacher across the hall has something.
Be strategic in your writing.
Be prepared to submit your grant many, many times. If you write strategically, you can use your grant numerous times with simple modifications for several different grant pools.
Even if it is a well-written grant, you still need to be prepared to submit it more than once.
Your grant needs to STAND OUT. You must impress grant readers in only a few minutes. They could be reading 500 other grants in that same sitting.
Make a good plan.
Propose a well-thought-out plan and make sure your grant matches that plan. For example, if you are proposing to improve literacy in your whole class, but you are only asking for 5 Chromebooks, you need to explain how those 5 Chromebooks will help your whole class.
Consider how many students your grant will impact. If you would like to have the grant impact more students, consider writing it as a team. This will allow the tech to benefit more than one class of students.
Does your grant align with Alpine’s Vision for Learning? Does it align with the goals in your building and those of your team?
Will you be the only one on your team that will have access to the equipment being requested? Will this impact collaboration?
Have a good, solid plan for refreshing your devices.
Golden Example: “I have provided a letter from my principal that states that if these devices accomplish my goals, he will find funds to refresh the devices after 3 years.”
SilverExample: “I will work hard to ensure my principal sees the value of these devices. If this works, I will ask my principal to find funds to refresh the devices after 3 years.”
BronzeExample: “I will write another grant.”
Don’t leave responses blank or write that you don’t know. Make an actual plan. If you don’t know the answer, have a conversation with your principal, your teammates, or your Innovative Learning Coach.
The Alpine School District Foundation provides grants and connects teachers in ASD to funding opportunities. This website will provide you with links to various grant programs that are supported by ASD Foundation.
“Our funding opportunities serve as Innovation Incubators that help Utah educators and organizations make the most of learning opportunities and give STEM students valuable learning tools and otherwise unavailable resources. These Innovation Incubators provide funds to enhance everyday learning, assist students in extracurricular STEM competitions, and support access to hands-on STEM experiences and activities.”