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Finding Free Stuff
Even with government stimulus packages and big grants,
we teachers don’t see much money for our individual use.
So what do we do when the money just isn’t there?
Other grants: There
are a lot of grant sources
out there. Ask grant-proposal
writers or teachers
who have gotten grants
Donors Choose: A
great resource for funding
Just sign up for an account, fill out a project proposal, and
select from a variety of vendors
the items you need; people
with money to donate go
to Donors Choose and select
projects to fund.
Corporate grants: Toyota,
Toshiba, Verizon, Microsoft, Best Buy, and Target have grant
programs you can apply for.
Vendor deals: Some
vendors have their
own grant programs or
special pricing or can
help you find grants
with which to buy their
Mimio, and Vernier are some of these companies.
Donations: Local businesses may be looking to donate
money, supplies, or equipment—but you have to ask.
Do more with less: Look for cheaper or free alternatives
to the major brands.
Partner with local colleges: Sometimes they have older
equipment that they can donate to you. They may also be
able to get grants that benefit the K–12 system.