Free Website Provides the Latest Grants and Awards Available to Educators in Pre-kindergarten through Higher Education
VERNON HILLS, Ill. – September 19, 2012 – Education institutions are facing enormous pressures to find new and creative funding streams to keep curriculum, programs and technology up to date. A new website launched by CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), a leading provider of technology solutions to education and government, is an easy-to-use, relevant and reliable source of active grants and awards to help offset budget challenges in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and higher education institutions.
The website, GetEdFunding, is a free, searchable resource of more than 600 funding opportunities created by a team of current and former educators and grant specialists. The opportunities span the full educational spectrum, from adult education and arts to science, mathematics and technology.
“GetEdFunding comes at a critical time for education professionals, who have to do more and deliver more. They have to be creative in how they fund these programs,” said Julie Smith, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. “Dedicating staff resources to identify and apply for grants and awards is not always practical. GetEdFunding does most of the advance work for schools and universities in search of private and government funding. It should prove to be an invaluable resource.”
Once educators register on the GetEdFunding site, they can create custom searches based on any combination of six criteria, including 45 educational focus areas, nine subject areas and 21st-century themes and skills that support curriculum. In addition, educators can save the grants of greatest interest in a “My Grants” folder, receive regular emails with opportunities that meet their criteria, and search GetEdFunding in real time. The website also provides educators with relevant supplemental resources, including educational research, and in the coming months, advice from grant writers, and tips on applying for grants and awards.
Two early users of GetEdFunding offer this feedback for educators:
- “With limited time and resources, identifying and securing supplemental funding is difficult for us,” said Michele Crowley, chief information officer, Pendleton County Schools, Pendleton, Ky., who also manages her district’s grant applications. “GetEdFunding opportunities are vetted and current, and because I can sort based on the specific programs or projects we want to implement, it’s easier to apply for the grants that can make our district’s programs a reality.”
- “Even with a full grants staff, our district’s biggest challenge is finding the time to sort through countless grant opportunities. It’s easy to understand how educators can get discouraged,” said Tim Ashley, financial grant coordinator, Saginaw Intermediate School District, Saginaw, Mich. “GetEdFunding revamps the entire grant search process. It’s a one-stop shop that empowers educators to take ownership of the grant funding process.”
For more information and to register for GetEdFunding, please visit http://www.GetEdFunding.com.
A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW LLC, ranked No. 32 on Forbes‘ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s solutions architects and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.