Join Sean Colins for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting funding for your technology, part of iPads in Education: Deploying 1:1 iPads.
- I asked fellow lynda.com author, Karl Kapp, to send me some information about funding sources for 1:1 deployments, so I could help you to understand where to start if you have no money to purchase iPads, or the products and services to support them. He really came through with an amazing wealth of information. If you need more information after watching this movie, I recommend that you check out his title, Grand Writing for Education with Karl Kapp. Finding funding for technology purchases within schools can seem daunting.
However, there are a number of funding sources that can help defray costs, and provide you with the capital you need to successfully obtain funding. The first rule to keep in mind, however, is that your request for funding needs to focus on not the technology, but on the educational outcomes. Organizations want to fund successful educational projects. They're typically less interested in funding a pure technology purchase. One good place to start is the hardware or software vendors themselves.
Since we're talking about Apple and iPads, let's take a look at this one, here. Apple has a great PDF specifically designed to help match their products with specific federal funding opportunities. If your school is looking for technology and doesn't have the funds, it's possible to obtain used technology from the United States government program, Computers For Learning. In this program, a school is eligible to receive donations through the Computers For Learning program if it is public, private, or parochial, serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students.
A good strategy is to find software or hardware that you would like from a vendor, write about how you will use that software or hardware to enhance learning, and then explore that organization to see what type of educational funding opportunities they have available. You'll be surprised by the opportunities available if you look. Another good place to look for educational funding for technology is the federal government's Department of Education website. It provides grant information, and instructions on applying for grants.
One online location that lists federal grants all in one place, is the website grants.gov. This website provides a list of all federal grants, and you can search by terms like "technology" or "computers", "iPads" or "1:1 program", and find grants that relate to your technological needs. In addition to federal programs, there are a few websites that consolidate many different funding opportunities. Visiting these sites will save a lot of searching on the web.
One website that gives a collection of resources for funding educational products is GetEdfunding.org. This is a free resource that provides a listing of over 3,000 curated grant opportunities. The site provides technology solutions for educational institutions. The mission of GetEdFunding.org is to help educators and institutions to uncover the funds they need to supplement their budgets, and to expand innovative programs in the area of technology.
Another website, bringing together various school grant programs is called Grants Alert. This is a good place to find a number of grants related to technology, all in one place. The goal of Grants Alert is to help teachers, principals, counselors, coaches, parents, and school district staff, find and secure the local, state, federal, corporate, and private resources that are available to help them educate students. Sometimes, a good source to find funding can be the large publishers who supply products to educational institutions.
For example, McGraw-Hill Education provides advice, grants, links, and information about applying for state, federal, and local grants. Many of these grant applications can be applied to computer technology, if it's integrated into a larger project. The publisher Pearson Education has grant information on many of its websites, and even offers grant assistance, such as sample grant narratives and grant reviews, free of charge. And answers to your school's funding questions if you integrate their products into your grant proposal.
Even corporations you might not consider can be tapped for funding. Bank of America has a program that helps with matching funds and grants. The program emphasis switches from time to time, but there is usually a way to tie-in educational technology to match the goals of the funding. In addition to the federal government and corporations, don't forget your state government. Check your state's Department of Education page for possible grant opportunities. Often, state colleges have a grants department and faculty looking to team up with K-12 organizations for joint grant applications.
The example shown here is one I found in a five-second Google search. They were successful, and you can be too. Again, if you want to know more about the process and steps of writing a grant, you should check out the lynda.com course, Grant Writing for Education. That course contains step-by-step instructions for locating grants, crafting a grant to meet the requirements of the agency, and provide samples of successful grants. Also remember, that if at first you don't succeed, keep trying, there are lots of corporations and government agencies that can help you fund your technology initiatives.
It's just a matter of finding the right fit.
- Getting funding for your classroom technology
- Setting up an Apple Education account
- Choosing an iPad model
- Enrolling in Apple programs
- Planning a Wi-Fi network
- Setting up mobile device management (MDM)
- Getting free and paid apps
- Configuring MDM profiles
- Exploring 1:1 deployment alternatives