Federal, state, and private foundation funders provide more than $600 billion in grant funding annually to communities across the country. The US Department of Education alone, one of 26 federal grant-making agencies, distributed more than $19 billion in grants last year.
In order to help your schools access more of the funding that is available to them, PSBA is teaming up with Grants Office to provide grants information, consultation, and support through the PSBA Grants Support Program.
Grants fund a wide range of projects and initiatives for schools, including:
- Essential services
- Professional development
- Classroom technology
- Innovative projects
The PSBA Grants Support Program includes both free services, included with your membership, and fee-based services.
All PSBA members can access Grants Office's UPstream portal to get:
- Real-time access to a searchable database of current federal, state, and foundation grant opportunities
- Email alerts of new opportunities and pending deadlines
- Invitations to training on grant-seeking and education-friendly grant programs
These resources are available to all members at no additional cost.
Funder Identification and Consultation
Funder identification and consultation are available in two levels of support, a la carte research and Unlimited support.
A la carte funder identification by project
Click on “Request Research” in the UPstream portal, and you can request a report of funders for a specific project. In about a week, a Grants Office consultant will deliver the report, with details on funding opportunities from federal, state, and foundation sources based on the project information you provided. The consultant will also review your report with you in a follow up call of approximately one hour, to answer any questions you have and help you target your best prospects.
Unlimited annual support
Unlimited support provides any employee of participating districts and their affiliated local educational foundations with unlimited access to Grants Office consultants through the PSBA Grants Support Program Helpdesk.
Typical Helpdesk support includes:
- Conducting basic funder research for identified projects
- Providing insightful analyses of grant programs
- Providing rationale for grant recommendations
- Participating in conference calls to discuss grant-seeking strategy
- Reviewing and supplying useful feedback on grants written internally by school or foundation personnel
- Procuring RFPs, grant contact information, funding histories, web addresses, etc., upon request
Helpdesk requests can be submitted by email, by phone, or through the UPstream portal. The Helpdesk will be available to receive calls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Unlimited support program participation runs from July 1-June 30, and the fee will be prorated appropriately for members that register for services after July 1.
Any PSBA member may also request proposal development services through the PSBA Grants Support Program. Fees for proposal development are based on the complexity of the grant application and the anticipated level of effort required to develop a compliant proposal. Regardless of the grant program you're applying to, PSBA members are eligible receive a 25% discount off Grants Office’s standard proposal development pricing.
Contact for a Quote
To discuss which grants support services might be right for your district, please forward your name, school entity, county, intermediate unit, number of buildings and student enrollment information to the Grants Support Program helpdesk, or call (800) 473-5608, and a Grants Development Consultant will reply promptly.