Valuable advice on preparing your proposal

Taking It for Granted

Grant money may help fill the gaps, but do you know how to find it?

However large or small your operating budget is, there never seems to be quite enough funding to accomplish all your goals. In this series, Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons, a former school district grant developer, offers practical advice and valuable guidance to help make your quest for grant funding a little easier and (we hope) more pleasant.

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What Are Grants, Anyway?
What grants are, what they aren’t, why you should (or shouldn’t) apply for a grant, and where to go from here.



First Things First
Developing a concept paper—the first and most important step you’ll take to get your project funded.



Finding Funders
Learn how to research various types of funders to determine which grants you’d like to pursue.



Government Grants
Making sure you stay informed about new and upcoming federal and state grant opportunities.



Foundation & Corporate Grants
Things to consider when applying for grants provided by corporations and private foundations.


Learning Sciences International will help you:

Find Grants

Identify the opportunities that are most likely to benefit your school

Create Proposals

Improve your chances of securing the funding your school needs

Sustain Funding

Show how your program will continue after grant money is used

Do Final Checks

Make sure all the required numbers, signaures, and documents are included

Merewyn E. “Libba” Lyons

Grant Professional Certified (GPC) Proposal and Grant Developer

Dr. Merewyn E. “Libba” Lyons is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Over the past seven years, she has successfully developed more than $65 million in grants.

She is currently helping school districts in Florida and Minnesota develop grant applications to implement Demonstration Schools for Rigor, as well as district and school leadership programs. She is also working with the Heart of Florida United Way as a member of their Healthy Children and Families Cabinet, providing grants to non-profit social services organizations in the Orlando area.

Don’t Stress Over Grants!

We’ll help you formulate the most effective grant applications and narratives to get your school the money it needs.

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