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To assist you in writing grants for Perkins funds, Academic Innovations has prepared an easy-to-understand guide. You will find that the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 addresses the need for career counseling as a recommended program. This allows Career Choices to be purchased with Perkins funds. This guide will show you how to:

  • Develop clear goals, objectives, and outcomes, requirements for most proposals
  • Research funding opportunities in your state
  • Develop strong proposals
  • Eliminate common weaknesses
  • Prepare common proposal formats
  • Interpret rating criteria
  • Find other funding sources
Whether you are an administrator, counselor, supervisor or teacher, this resource will save time and help you write a successful proposal.

It is important to note that each state allocates Perkins funds differently. Before you spend valuable time writing a proposal, determine whether funds are available for the program you envision. You can do this by contacting your state (or district) Perkins Coordinator.

However, this grant writing process will be appropriate for obtaining funding from a variety of other sources, such as foundations, community organizations, PTA's, and local businesses. Whether you are an administrator, counselor, supervisor, or teacher, this resource will help you write a successful proposal and save you time.

There are many opportunities for funding from community businesses and service organizations. As education becomes more responsive to the needs of the workplace, more groups will respond by funding effective programs. If you can't obtain Perkins funding, review your proposal, change it slightly, and submit it to community sources: Rotary, Kiwanis, or a progressive business owner. If they see that a project can produce results and help young people focus on their future, persuading them to support you won't be difficult.

Unfortunately, many good projects go unfunded because people fear the funding process is far too difficult. In some areas (and for some projects) that may be the case. But in most school districts, developing funding proposals is not overwhelming -- if you have a strategy and a fundable program. This guide will help you with the strategy and Career Choices will provide the fundable program.

For more information, helpful tips, and sample text, use the links below.

How to Build a Strong Proposal

Defining the Need, Purpose, and Goals of Your Program

Suggested Narratives for Proposals

Examples of a District Plan and Objectives

Fundable Projects -- Team and Cluster Concept

Funding Decisions are Personal

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