Education grants, along with health care grants, represent the largest percentage of grant giving in the United States. The federal government, state, county and city governments, as well as private and corporate foundations all award education grants. Some the largest foundations that give education grants include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The largest percentage of education grants are awarded to non-profit organizations, health care agencies, colleges and universities, local government agencies, tribal institutions, and schools.
U.S. Government Grants specialize in the arena of education grants. Its founder and lead instructor, Beverly Santicola, has a track record of success in writing education grants for elementary-secondary education, technology, healthcare, science, literacy programs, economic development and labor-management cooperation. With an average of one million dollars in grant awards each year, Santicola has authored education grants that have:
· Increased learning outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics.
· Increased interest and learning outcomes in science and citizenship.
· Promoted labor-management cooperation.
· Encouraged economic growth.
· Advanced professional development.
· Established community technology centers.
· Increased access to healthcare.
· Facilitated early detection of breast cancer.
In her grant writing workshops, Santicola shares the secrets to her success and provides students with samples of many of her award-winning grant proposals. In the workshops, she shares stories of unique and creative proposals that generated over $3 million in K-12 education 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 grants. Santicola teaches students in her workshops how to increase community collaboration and how to make it work to everyone’s advantage. Each participant that attends a U.S.G.G. Workshop receives a list of 10-100 potential prospects for education grants in their field of interest. Al Sierra, a recent San Antonio participant, who represents an international non-profit organization called “For Love of A Child”, Inc., wrote an e-mail to say, “The workshop was superb. Not only the techniques and methodology learned on grant writing, but also all the information related to foundations and funders was very useful. I will be happy to recommend the workshop to others.”