How to Use Grants to Fund Your SolidProfessor for Schools Membership

Purchasing a SolidProfessor for Schools membership doesn’t have to break your budget. With just a grant or two you can easily cover the cost of a membership. This page is your go-to guide for finding funding, winning it, and using it to purchase SolidProfessor for your K-12 or postsecondary school.

How to find technology grants for schools

Sometimes, the hardest part of the grant process is finding the right one for your needs. So, we’ve curated this robust list of technology grants, STEM grants, and government funding that you can use to purchase a SolidProfessor for Schools membership.

Comprehensive list of technology grants

These privately and federally funded technology grants are open to most schools across the country. They provide funding for career readiness initiatives, certification prep, new ed-tech, and additional categories that SolidProfessor qualifies for.

Federal funding for schools

Federal funding is often the most difficult and time-consuming to figure out, but the pay-off can be significant. These are some of the most recognizable federal funds that you can use to pay for your school’s SolidProfessor for Schools membership.

The largest federal aid program for public schools, Title I provides funding to schools that have a high percentage of low-income students. The federal government disburses funds based on student enrollment, the percentage of students using the free and reduced lunch program, and other factors.

SolidProfessor qualifies for Title I by helping struggling students quickly get up-to-speed in key engineering, architecture, and manufacturing courses.

Title II provides federal funding for programs that improve teaching and leadership through professional development opportunities at the state and district levels. This funding is designed to increase student outcomes by providing professional development programs to teachers.

SolidProfessor qualifies for Title II as it’s an incredibly cost-effective way to provide teachers with professional development opportunities to brush up skills in CAD, CAM, and BIM design.

The Carl D. Perkins Act is the primary source of funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs for high schools, colleges, and universities. The Perkins Act focuses on preparing students for jobs in local and regional economies, with a strong emphasis on high-skill and middle-skill jobs.

The Carl D. Perkins Act was made for programs that give students applicable, industry-ready skills and credentials. SolidProfessor qualifies.

Grants for private schools

While most grants are earmarked for public schools, there are still plenty of tech grants and other grants for schools that private organizations can leverage to purchase SolidProfessor for Schools. Here are a few places to start:

Professional development grants for teachers

As the Official Training Partner of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), SolidProfessor is the industry-recognized online platform for helping educators like you get their engineering and architectural design skills up-to-speed quickly and cost-effectively. If you want to use SolidProfessor for professional development — and it’s not being covered by Title II — these professional development grants can help.

How to write winning grant proposals

While every technology grant or grant for education will have its own set of rules and criteria, the key elements will remain fairly consistent. Here’s a high-level overview of the steps you’ll need to take to start writing a winning grant proposal:

  • Reach out to the main contact from the funding source (unless the instructions explicitly state otherwise). In many cases, the grant contact can give you extra information. It helps to be in touch with someone who can answer your questions.
  • Get all key stakeholders on board, such as your principal, administrative office, fellow teachers, and whoever else will need to sign off on the grant proposal.
  • Gather all the materials needed for writing your grant proposal, including budgetary information, a copy of your school’s most recent financial audit or tax return, related research that supports your case, baseline numbers on how your class is currently performing, projections on how they will perform after the implementation of your new program, and how you will track those outcomes.
  • Create an outline of your proposal. Map out what information you’ll cover and where you’ll talk about it.
  • Embrace the editing process; your first draft will not be your final product! Make sure multiple people proofread your grant proposal.
  • Submit your proposal before the deadline and follow up with your contact at the end of the process for feedback on your application.

How to bring SolidProfessor’s online learning platform to your school

In addition to using local, state, and national grants to purchase SolidProfessor, you can also bring our online learning platform to your school through certification reimbursements.

Get students certified and receive reimbursement

About one third of states in the U.S. offer schools monetary incentives for getting their students certified in SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Fusion 360, Onshape, and more.

At SolidProfessor, helping students get certified in CAD, CAM, and BIM software is core to what we do. Our industry-leading certification prep courses will help prepare each of your students to pass one of these rigorous certification exams. Not only will they be better equipped to enter into college or a career, but your school could receive reimbursement from your state, too. So, your SolidProfessor for Schools membership pays for itself.

Get a Demo of SolidProfessor for Schools

At SolidProfessor, we believe every school — regardless of their financial situation — should have access to high-quality engineering, architecture, and manufacturing design education to prepare students for college and careers. So, we discount SolidProfessor for Schools memberships at up to 90% off the SolidProfessor for Business cost. Every school at every level qualifies!

To learn more, complete this short form and schedule a 30-minute phone call with an academic product specialist so we can get a better idea of your needs and goals.

FAQs about technology grants and STEM grants

Technology grants provide funding to help schools purchase new classroom technology that will improve student outcomes and prepare them for future careers. The grant provider might have specific types of technology that they fund or they might specify the outcomes the grant funding must produce. Either way, technology grants focus on connecting schools with the tech they need to help students succeed.
A large number of schools use technology grants and other external funding opportunities to purchase technology for their school. Federal agencies give over $500 billion each year in grants to schools, making them the largest source of educational funding. Additionally, state agencies and private organizations will provide technology grants for schools. Check out the opportunities we’ve listed above!
Title II funds are primarily used to provide professional development for teachers and staff members. Usually Title II covers ongoing, continuous learning efforts that help teachers better understand the subjects they’re teaching as well as new strategies for improving student outcomes.
If your school is interested in obtaining grant money, the first step is to really iron out what exactly you’ll be using that funding for. From there, you can start to search for grants that fund projects, initiatives, or equipment like yours. When you find a few grants that will support your needs, start compiling all necessary information like your school budget, latest tax statement, desired student outcomes, and more. Grant providers will typically award money to the project that’s the most thought-out and closely matches their mission and vision.
Educational grants are sums of money given to schools or other educational entities to fund specific programs or initiatives. Federal and state agencies provide educational grants, as well as non-profits and private organizations.
There are countless grants available for teachers’ professional development. Some of the most popular include Fund for Teachers, NEA Learning and Leadership Grants, Voya Unsung Heroes Grant, and much more. For the full list, visit our post “14 Professional Development Grants for Teachers.

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