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Grant Writer Guide

AVKO is a small non-profit organization that could use government and foundation grants to help promote its ideals and goals, and continue to provide low-cost materials and free services to homeschoolers, educators, and people around the world.  Though AVKO has done some grant writing in the past, we have not spent much time or money on this in the recent past; we can provide some resources and the necessary information for grants, but this will be one of the more laissez-faire positions.  We can provide you with some print resources that will help you write grants. 

As a grant writer, you may do any or all of the following:

  • Research foundations, benefactors, and other entities that have money to give to non-profits. 
  • Contact organizations with similar goals and clients for networking, resources, and information on what they have done for fundraising and grant writing. 
  • Examine the financial statements of AVKO and develop budgets for grants.
  • Write the grants.
  • Follow up with those to whom we have submitted grant proposals.
  • Write thank you and thank you for your consideration cards.

Specific Projects:

  • Pilot Research Project
    • Money to sponsor a research project in a school to prove the efficacy of Sequential Spelling
    • Grant money would pay for materials used in the schools (Student Response Books, Sequential Spelling), time for Don McCabe to train the teachers how to use the materials in a teacher workshop, and the statistical analysis of the results.
  • Extreme Makeover
    • Money to sponsor a promotional video showing Don McCabe take "learning disabled" and "dyslexic" children learn to read and spell normally.
    • Grant money would pay for the video equipment (or video services), the materials used in the training, the editing of the film, and its post-production.
  • Tutor Training Video Series
    • Money to sponsor the production of a series of videos teaching a parent or educator how to teach a dyslexic or illiterate how to read and spell, using the AVKO methods.
    • Grant money would pay for the video equipment (or video services), the materials used in the training, the editing of the film, and its post-production.
  • Other

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