Beyond the grant application process : bridging educator motivations with grant provider expectations

Meghan McFadyen, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Grants are available for K-12 educators who need funding for additional classroom equipment and materials. Teachers are not applying for available funding due to their limited time, lack of familiarity with the grant application process and low award incentives. Officers of School Technology Resources were interviewed to learn more about the granting company's motivations and interests. A variety of teachers were interviewed to find out why they did or did not apply for grants and what might entice them to apply. The interviews found conflicting expectations between the granting company and the educators. Teachers need grants with immediate, substantial and assured payoff, while the granting company seeks to increase their name recognition and further product research and development. A report was issued to School Technology Resources conveying the results of the investigation and including suggestions for maximizing the number applications their grant program.