Frequently Asked Questions
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Pearson Grant Support
FAQs regarding the grant support available from Pearson
- Does Pearson give grants to individuals, classrooms, schools, or districts?
The Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc. The Pearson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating foundation and does not accept unsolicited grant applications.
- Does Pearson provide free grant writing assistance?
The Pearson Grants Team can provide complimentary sample narrative and grant reviews to help you create your application featuring Pearson products. For more information, please see our overview of grant support services
- Will Pearson write my grant for me?
The Grants Team does not write grants for customers, as we believe grants written by the school or district result in the most successful implementations. Districts that invest time and effort to write a grant application usually feel more invested in the overall outcome of the project. The Pearson Grants Team does provide a range of grant support services
to help you write and submit the best application possible.
- How can I receive sample grant narrative from Pearson?
If you are working on a grant that features Pearson products and services, be sure to contact your Pearson sales representative to help you plan the implementation, timeline, and budget details. Your sales representative will work with the Pearson Grants Team to make sure you receive sample grant narrative and a complimentary grant review.
- What grant writing guides would you recommend?
The Pearson Grants Team has put together information on how to prepare for grant competitions
to help you get started. For more information on grant writing tips and hints, consider the following sources.
School and District Funding
FAQs regarding funding available for US schools and districts
- What kinds of schools and districts qualify for grant funding?
Most state and federal grants are focused on supporting high-poverty, low-achieving school districts. Each grant application will set forth eligibility criteria; you should read grant applications carefully to be sure your district meets all criteria. Because most competitive grants must be submitted by districts, school administrators should work with districts to participate in the grant project.
- My school or district is not high poverty and is high performing, but we are still in need of extra funding. What can we do?
While most state and federal grants set poverty or achievement criteria for eligibility, not all do. You can search for federal grants by eligibility, subject area, and more on ed.gov.
Your state department of education will have information on what state grants are available and eligibility information for those grants.
You can also pursue foundation grants; foundations set their own eligibility criteria and many are interested in education. A foundation located in your area or state will be more likely to be interested in your project.
- I am a teacher and need supplies and materials for my classroom. How can I find funding for my project?
The first thing a teacher seeking funding should do is to speak with school and district administrators about the intended project. Securing funding always
involves presenting your project to those who control the funds, whether they are district administrators or grant reviewers. If your administrators are aware of your need and goals for the funding, they may be able to set aside money from existing sources for your project.
After speaking with administrators, teachers may wish to try further fundraising efforts. Consider posting your classroom project on sites such as DonorsChoose.org
, and DigitalWish.com
If you would like to write a grant for your project, you can work with your district to submit a federal or state grant that matches your project goals. Or, you can search for foundations that will allow you or your school to submit an application.
Funding for Private Schools
FAQs regarding funding for private schools
- Do private schools receive NCLB or other federal funding?
By definition, private schools do not receive any public funding from federal or state resources. Instead, private schools capture funding through tuition or fundraising. While private schools do not receive any NCLB monies directly, their students who are eligible for federal funds such as Title I or IDEA can receive coordinated services from the public school district. Public school administrators should work with administrators from the district to create a service plan for eligible students.
- What kinds of grants can private schools apply for?
Because private schools do not receive federal or state funding, they are usually not eligible for competitive government grants. Private schools interested in using grant writing to further their fundraising efforts should focus on foundation grants. Foundations set their own funding and eligibility criteria; many are interested in supporting education.
Funding for Other Institutions or Individuals
FAQs regarding funding outside of K-12 education
Identifying Funding Sources
FAQs regarding how to find funding or competitive grants
- Due to budget cuts, my state is not making money available for textbooks. We really need textbooks in my district. How can we pay for them?
Pearson customers have funded textbook purchases through a variety of existing federal, state and local funds. Common funding sources used to purchase textbooks include
- Title I, Part A
- Title I 1003(g) School Improvement Funds
- Title I, Part C, Migrant Education
- Title III, English Language Acquisition
- Title VI, Part B, Rural Education
- State Funds
- Local Funds
District administrators should examine how they are currently using these funding sources to determine if these could be used to fund textbook purchases. Competitive federal, state, or foundation grants might also be used to fund textbook purchases.
- I am looking for funding for a specific Pearson program. Where can I find out what funds can be used to purchase that program?
Each Pearson solution has its own page. On the product's home page, several potential federal funding sources will be listed below the product description. To find the product home page, use the search feature at the top of this page. For further information, consult your Pearson sales representative or submit a question
about the Pearson program you are interested in.
- How do I find open grant applications?
Information on open grant applications can be found in several places.
For federal grants, many resources are available on Ed.gov.
For state grants, see your state department of education website
for information on grant competitions.
To search for foundation grants, consider The Foundation Center
, where information is organized by name, state, or philanthropic interest.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
FAQs regarding Response to Intervention
- What is RTI?
Response to Intervention (RTI) is an instructional framework that provides tiered intervention for students. Under such a framework, all students receive screening assessments and the same core instruction. Frequent progress monitoring allows teachers to identify students who need additional interventions. Students not responding to interventions may be evaluated for an individualized education plan.
- Is there funding for RTI?
Response to Intervention programs may be funded through any source, though IDEA and Title I are most commonly used to fund these programs. In fact, up to 15% of IDEA funds may be used to implement an RTI program in reading or math. For more information on using federal funds for RTI, see this Department of Education presentation
- Can Pearson's products be used in an RTI program?
Pearson provides a wide variety of solutions for RTI, including core programs, supplemental interventions, progress monitoring assessments, and more. For more information see Pearson's RTI page
- Where can I find more information on RTI?
Common Core Standards
FAQs regarding Common Core State Standards