MRA International is committed to getting schools “grant-ready”. Through a partnership with certified grant specialists, MRA delivers Grant Research Opportunity (GRO) reports for schools interested in pursuing grants for education technology. The purpose of these reports is to identify the full range of grant opportunities that are available to support your project in K-12 or Higher Education.
By exploring grant opportunities for education technology, you will discover the following criteria for each grant.
Total funding available – The size of the program gives you an idea of how broad the program will be, and how competitive.
Application burden – Some programs require a 100-page narrative, while others may look for ten or fewer.
Matching requirements – Some programs require a dollar for dollar match, while others may require a 5% match or no cost-sharing at all.
Scale – You don’t want to write 100 $5,000 requests to get your $500,000 project funded, nor do you want to commit to a lot of extra activities that you didn’t intend for a huge grant, just to get what you needed.
Collaboration/partnering requirements – Consider what new partnerships the grant will require.
Lead time – More lead time generally equals more time to develop the project and articulate that in the grant application. Six weeks is good, and three weeks is almost essential.
Track record with the funder – Generally, more essential or local donors than federal sources, experience with a funder is a consideration, nonetheless.