Grants and Development Service

This service offers a flexible range of services, from basic workshops and access to an online searchable database, to editing of grant proposals and start-to-finish grant-writing. Our staff includes grant-writing experts with proven success in writing and obtaining local, state and federal grants, ranging in size from $500 to $19.9 million.

In the last eight years, 88% of our clients received more back in grant funding than they invested in the service. That return on investment jumps to 97% for districts that have subscribed to the service for two years or more during the same period.

The service also offers a “Community Liaison” position to help enhance student programming. This staff person serves as an ambassador for school districts, researching and developing partnerships between school districts and alumni and/or businesses, colleges and other organizations. Note: This is not a fundraising position.

Grant-writing levels available:

Level 1: Knowledge

  • Free for all component school districts. Also free for non-component districts that contract for Level 2 or Level 4 service.
  • Weekly e-mail list of grant opportunities sent to unlimited number of staff members in your district.
  • Access to searchable online database of grant opportunities targeted to school districts.
  • Annual workshop for staff on basic grant-writing, developing ideas for fundable projects or other topics as requested by participating districts. The workshop is held annually in February, with registration details announced in January. Note: this workshop is open only to districts that are Capital Region BOCES components, or Level 2 or Level 4 Grants Service clients.

Level 2: The Basics

  • Grants and Development Service staff meet annually with district staff to complete a needs assessment and help districts determine and outline fundable projects/proposals.
  • Research and identification of viable grant opportunities (a minimum of three) that would be good matches for priority projects. Additional research can also be conducted throughout the school year as priorities change.
  • Up to 16 hours of writing, editing or coaching support.
  • Assistance with identifying potential collaborations/partnerships.
  • Level 2 subscribers receive priority when demand for grant writers is high.

Level 3: Grant-writer (Hourly)

Work can include any of the following:

  • Writing complete or partial grant proposals.
  • Editing grants written by district staff.
  • Support and coaching for district staff members writing grants.
  • Assistance identifying and facilitating collaborations/partnerships.
  • Follow-up on proposals submitted.
  • Customized workshops on grant-writing fundamentals for district staff.
  • Client districts need not purchase Level 2 to access Level 3 assistance.

Level 4: Grant-writer (Annual)

Annual service options are also available for the work listed under Level 3. These hours are delivered as needed and are available in increments of 150 hours. Level 4 subscribers also receive priority when demand for grant writers is high.

Community Liaison Assistance

Help on an annual basis to develop partnerships between school districts and alumni, businesses and/or other organizations.