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Suggestions for Requesting Funding for Professional Development

Started almost 3 years ago by Kimberly Duncan.

Can anyone share ideas for how they have successfully submitted requests for funding specifically for professional development? This could include request for local and out-of-town workshops and conferences, as well as reimbursement for joining professional organizations such as AACT.


  • Kimberly Duncan

    Posted almost 3 years ago

    You might want to check out the "Enhance Your Chemistry Classroom with Other People’s Money" webinar in the AACT webinar archive. This is an unlocked resource! You will learn how to successfully apply for a grant - and there are downloads available to help you get started! https://teachchemistry.org/professional-development/webinars/enhance-your-chemistry-classroom-with-other-people-s-money

  • Heather Weck

    Posted almost 3 years ago

    While I certainly don't have an answer as complete as Jenelle's, I have seen free grant writing courses that offer tips on applying for funding. Unfortunately, I haven't seen anything in a while and they were usually specific to a geographic area. Not very helpful, I'm afraid, but keep your eye out and you may get lucky!

    Other than through my district, I've received some funding over the years from local universities. The opportunities generally found their way to my inbox because I signed up for list servs. If you can stand the increased number of emails, it may be beneficial.

  • Jenelle Ball

    Posted almost 3 years ago

    Here are some of the things that I always do:
    1. Completely fill in the form required by my school
    2. Have an estimated budget that has all cost included (even the substitute) and decide in advance if you might be able to personally cover part of the cost
    3. Write down why I want to attend and what I hope to learn
    4. Know and be able to communicate how this will benefit my students
    5. Be able to share information that shows this is a quality event
    6. Have and be able to communicate a specific plan for sharing what you learn with other teachers at your school and/or in your district

    When dealing with my principal, I always talk in person first. I want to convey my enthusiasm and show that I have researched my request. Here is where I make sure that I discuss the ultimate benefits to my students and my school. If I am asking for equipment, I bring a lesson example that shows the use of this equipment. Then I submit my paperwork immediately (in fact, I bring it to the meeting).

    Stay positive and keep asking for the opportunity to better what you are able to offer students (not money).

    Finally, when you receive funding, be sure to follow through on your plan and sharing. That will increase the likelihood of being funded again.
    Jenelle Ball