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Extempore is a low cost alternative to a language lab that can easily be funded by a grant.
First things first…
The most important thing about grant writing is that you cannot fit a square peg into a round hole. What this means is that you cannot use a technology grant to fund an art program because a computer is involved. There is a perfect fit for every grant and when the fit is perfect, the grant writes itself.
Using the steps from before, Grant Writing for Education, let’s break down what Extempore is. Extempore is cloud based language learning and development that is at the forefront of school technology. The cost is a fraction, wait- let me rephrase, the cost is a micro-fraction of what a language lab costs. While a language lab provides permanent equipment, the technology is frozen at the purchase date. With cloud based learning, Extempore will constantly be at the cutting edge, as the technology expiration date is constantly being pushed forward with each renewal.
The cost is stagnant, with average pricing from $7-$9/student/year, creating the need for not large grant, rather a mini-grant.
Breath a sigh of relief friends, 500 students costs less than $3,500 for the year. That is a wealthy parent kind of donation. That is a PTO kind of donation. That is, oh… wait? No wealthy parents or a PTO with those kind of funds?
So… now what?
Let’s hit the pavement and see what we have at hand. Grants that are less than $5,000 can typically be funded through national or regional teacher associations. A match might be required, meaning that some money will have to come from the school, but that is not always the case. If the PTO does not have the full amount to invest in Extempore, do they have a portion of it? A portion is better than nothing and a great place to kickstart the process. Phrases like “We have already invested $X into this advanced opportunity for the students of ABC School,” go a long way in the eyes of grant readers. Schools that are willing to invest themselves are more than likely to be met halfway.
You don’t want to get crafty or your time is limited? Call Rachel with Grant Work, LLC. She’s wily and able to manipulate words into a tapestry that is easy for both a grant reviewer and parent to understand what is at stake: tomorrow’s adults being successful assets to not just the national society, but internationally with the ability to communicate on multiple platforms.
Rachel Cagle, head grant liaison for Grant Work, LLC is based out of Augusta, GA with a home office in Tuscaloosa, AL. Rachel has been writing grants for almost five years and has been awarded over $2,000,000 to non-profits in that time.