According to the most recently available federal data, it is estimated that 5.83 million public education students, ages 6-21, are living with a learning disability like dyslexia. As an educator or school administrator, you know that educational tools like assistive technology can help students with learning disabilities become more prosperous in and out of the classroom. With over 46% of school revenues coming from state funding, decreases in public school budgets on the state level can prevent educational institutions from purchasing the teaching tools they need to set all students up for success.
If your school is looking to bring literacy tools like assistive technology into your classrooms, applying for grants is a great way to alleviate the burden of some of the costs. Kurzweil Education wants to provide the basic steps and resources you need to complete the grant writing process for assistive technology.
1. Choose the Grant that is Right for You
There are countless grant options that are available for public schools (K-Postsecondary) and adult vocational rehabilitation centers. Many grants and funding resources help cover the cost of bringing assistive technology products into your institution, and in some cases, cover the entire amount. Exploring which grant options are right for your needs and which ones you qualify for, is the first step in the writing process.
2. Research the Required Request Format for Application
When beginning the grant writing process for assistive technology products, it is important to check with your state department of education to see if they require a certain format in their request for proposal. If your school or vocational rehabilitation center is applying through a private entity, the foundation may have specific requirements separate from government-based entities.
3. Resources for Writing an Assistive Technology Grant Proposal
Although each foundation requires a different application process, there is usually a written grant proposal that must be submitted in order to be considered for the funding. Below, you will find Kurzweil’s suite of resources that will walk you through sample grant proposals, the grant writing process, and more, to bring assistive technology into your classrooms!
- How to Write Assistive Technology Grants for Federal and Foundation Funding
- Sample Grant Proposals for Assistive Technology
- Grant Funding Sources for Federal and Foundation Opportunities
Are you in the beginning stages of submitting an assistive technology grant? Learn smart tips for selecting (and requesting) technology tools for your school through Kurzweil Education’s on-demand webinar!