The Grant Project Components
The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a variety of cost-effective project components and supports that can be written into grants to strengthen your proposal, increase the likelihood of project success, and achieve long-term sustainability beyond grant funding. Review our list of grant project components or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.
The NDPC/N partners with school districts, community-based organizations, and national organizations that serve youth from across the country. In that capacity, NDPC/N performs research and evaluation, and helps with implementing a variety of administrative and instructional practices to reduce the incidence of school dropout and increase students’ success in school. We also work closely with colleges and universities and collaborate with many businesses and corporations to develop and implement projects for youth.
Based on our research experience, a thorough understanding of the literature, and almost three decades of monitoring hundreds of successful school improvement and dropout prevention initiatives and programs, the NDPC has identified 15 effective strategies that have proven successful in keeping youth people in school, engaging them in their education, and giving them enhanced opportunities for securing places in the workforce or progressing into postsecondary education. Many states base their dropout prevention initiatives on the 15 effective strategies identified by NDPC/N. Since its beginning in 1986, NDPC/N has become the nation’s premier source of information on programs and strategies related to dropout prevention, intervention, reentry, and recovery. Our expertise; our network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners; along with our name and reputation all make us a strong partner and a leading organization for securing grants and contracts to address the nation’s school dropout crisis.
If you have identified a grant prospect and need a strong partner or if you are interested in contracting the Center or Network to advise, provide professional learning, or engage in research or evaluation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Selected Funding Opportunities
Each month, in our e-newsletter, Dropout Prevention Update, NDPC/N publishes links to selected current funding opportunities. You may subscribe to Dropout Prevention Update and receive this information right in your mailbox, or check the most recent archived issues of Dropout Prevention Update for current selected funding opportunities.
Other Funding Sources
An excellent source for funding information is the Foundation Center. Listings of foundations and guidelines for writing grants are available. Sample proposals and common grant applications are also provided. The Foundation Center provides a variety of other resources and materials, including prospect worksheets that can help you focus on funders whose priorities match those of your project.
Many businesses donate money to the communities in which they are located. You will usually find giving guidelines on corporate Web sites under headings such as “community” or “corporate citizenship.”
As a starting point for your search, we have provided an alphabetical listing of some corporations and foundations that provide funding to youth- and education-related programs. Many of these have specific time periods in which proposals are accepted, but some accept proposals year round.
Annie E. Casey Foundation – Funding for foster care, mental health for urban children, juvenile detention alternatives, etc.
BellSouth Foundation – Funds programs for developing educators for leadership and encouraging community involvement in education improvement.
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy – Grants do not exceed $50,000.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Robinson Mini-Grant program awards mini-grants for K-12 service-learning projects designed to address serious community issues.
Coca-Cola Foundation – Funds programs that raise standards in classroom teaching and learning.
Coming Up Taller Awards – Annually recognizes and rewards excellence in community arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth.
Corning, Inc. Foundation – Develops and administers projects in support of educational, cultural, and community organizations.
Dollar General Stores – Grants up to $20,000. Funding for literacy and youth development. Click on “Community Initiatives” link.
Grant Writing Tips and Additional Grant Resources
Proposal Writing Short Course
Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF)
Grantseeking in Minnesota. Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Extramural Research
Grant Writing Tips Sheets
Grant Writing Tools for Non-Profit Organizations
The University of Vermont
Agency and Organization Specific Proposal Writing Tips and Guides
Word & Raby Publishing
Getting Funded Grantwriting Resources
Government grants can be found at UCLA Center’s Mental Health in Schools site.
Grants Alert – A website dedicated to making life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants.
Grant Station can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions
Grant Watch – A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for school funding.
GrantWrangler – A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for school funding.
Youth Today Grants Today– A national source for news, views and important developments in the youth service field from a nonprofit organization.