Frequently Asked Questions
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Pearson Grant Support
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?
Many grants require a district-level application. So make sure that your school and district administrators are aware of your needs and project plan. They may be able to fund your project with an existing grant or include it in a future grant application.
To seek funding on your own, consider posting your classroom project on citizen philanthropy sites such as DonorsChoose.org
, and DigitalWish.com
Funding for Private Schools
FAQs regarding funding for private schools
Do private schools receive 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 federal 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
I am with a college or university. What grants can I apply for?
Pearson’s Higher Education group tracks funding for colleges and universities. For more information, please visit the Pearson Higher Education Group’s Grant Help Center
Are there grants available for home school parents and students?
There are no federal funds provided directly to home school families. Some states may fund lending libraries for home school families or provide other resources. To find funding for your homeschooling efforts, contact your local or state home schooling agency for suggestions.
How can I find grant money for college tuition?
The Pearson Grants Team focuses on K-12 education funding and does not keep a comprehensive list of college funding sources. For information on federal student aid, and how to identify and apply for college scholarships, please see the Department of Education
, College.gov, or Student Aid on the Web.
What kind of funding is available for prekindergarten centers, day care agencies, etc.?
Federal funding such as Title I can be used to establish a district prekindergarten program. IDEA funding provides prekindergarten services for students with special needs. Other federal funds such as Head Start and The Child Development Block Grant provide prekindergarten and child care services for low-income families.
Other grants may be found by searching for Department of Education grants by subject
. Look for grants that deal with early childhood education, early intervention, early reading, etc. You should also search your state department of education website for information on state funding for early learning.
My school is located outside of the U.S. What kind of funding do we qualify for?
The Pearson Grants Team tracks funding for U.S. schools only and does not have information on international funding. See the Foundation Center’s FAQ on international agencies
for further information.
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.