Mohonasen latest to benefit from grant writing
Mohonasen Central School District was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant from the New York State Education Department to increase its college-level programming, and Capital Region BOCES Grants & Development Service team is celebrating the win right along with Mohonasen staff.
The grant, written by Grants & Development Service grant writer Adrienne Leon, is the latest in 21 grant awards the service has won for school districts and BOCES since it started in November 2010. To date, the service has helped its 22 clients win $4.7 million.
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BOCES staff several free resources:
a searchable grants database, weekly e-newsletter and an annual grant-writing workshop.
Registration details for the February 2013 workshop will be included in a future Insider; for access to the database or to begin receiving the e-newsletter, send an email to email@example.com.
Note: BOCES staff who wish to apply for a grant for BOCES or a school district should first consult their supervisor.
"In this time of dwindling state and local dollars for education, we are glad to be able to offer districts the ability to tap an alternative source of funding," said Program Manager Megan Allen. "I couldn't be prouder of our grants team, which works so hard — at times under super-tight deadlines — to help all our clients in this highly-competitive field." Grant writers for the service also include: Mary Breslin, Judy Frost, Kate Geurin, Michele Kelly, Kim Smithgall and Laura Whalen. Many also work for BOCES' Communications Service, whose leaders launched the Grants & Development Service after recognizing a growing need among school districts for grant writing assistance.
The "School District Performance Improvement" grant won by Mohonasen will allow the district to expand its technical programs and to add more college-level opportunities at Mohonasen High School.
District leaders say the three-year grant (worth roughly $600,000 a year) will help the school offer more hands-on, real-world experiences for students. The funding will be used for teaching positions, the addition of a college and career coordinator at the high school and professional development. The grant is contingent on approval of the district's Annual Professional Performance Review, which is in process. For more grant details, see the Mohonasen website.
Other grants the Grants & Development Service has won for its clients include:
$2,000 to fund a visiting artist (a musician who sings about the Erie Canal) for Fort Plain elementary school.
$90,790 to pay for a family liaison for Middleburgh, Cobleskill and Schoharie school districts, to help students and staff in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
$47,194 to provide school building security upgrades and staff safety training in Schalmont schools.
$10,000 to fund mental health services for students in the Monroe-Woodbury school district.
$2,000 for leveled reading books in Broadalbin-Perth's primary school.
$700 to provide field trips for Ravena-Coeyman-Selkirk students.
Read more about the Grants & Development Service.