Obtaining Resources Home Page


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E


Index (Search Engine)

List of Moursund's Websites


This book is specifically written for people with little or no experience in writing grant proposals.

Moursund, D.G. (2002). Obtaining resources for technology in education: A how-to guide for writing proposals, forming partnerships, and raising funds. Copyright (c) David Moursund, 2002.

Contents of Preface


Six Major Sections

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This book is specifically written for people with little or no experience in writing grant proposals. However, no matter what your experience level, this book will help you get better at obtaining resources. The definition of the term resources includes money, but it also includes hardware, software, staff development, curriculum materials, consulting, and so on. It is essential that you think more broadly than just equating resources with money.

This is a "how-to" book focusing on methods for securing resources for educational technology. The term educational technology represents all of the computer-related technologies.

This book looks at six major sources of resources:

Competitive Situations

A number of people are competing for a limited pool of money or other resources. This may occur at a local, regional, or national level. The resources may be from a government agency or nonprofit foundation.

Noncompetitive Situations

There is no open competition for the money or other resources. The number of such noncompetitive situations is nearly unlimited. Seeking resources in a noncompetitive situation may be as mundane as asking your school principal for an extra professional leave day so that you can attend a computer conference or asking your library media person to subscribe to some technology-oriented periodicals for educators.

School&endash;Business Partnerships

A school&endash;business partnership is mutually advantageous to the school and business. Nonprofit organizations such as science museums can also forge partnerships with businesses.


A fund-raising activity or event can be conducted to raise money for quite specific or rather general purposes. This may be a one-time activity, or it may occur periodically.


You and others--perhaps you and a group of students--might want to start a business designed to generate funds to support projects in the field of educational technology. You might want to start a business all by yourself. Many people have found that there are significant tax advantages to doing so.

Other Resources

There are many other sources of support for educational technology. For example, many schools have equipment in their computer labs that is not used in the evenings and on weekends. This is a resource that can be used in teacher training and in generating money. Many software companies are willing to donate software to well-organized and effective software preview centers. Almost every school district has funds available for staff development--money that could potentially be spent on preparing teachers to work effectively with technology.

Much of this book focuses on writing proposals directed toward the first two sources of resources. Sometimes the dividing line between these two sources is blurred. Many ideas useful in writing proposals in competitive situations can be applied with equal success in noncompetitive situations. In addition, many of the ideas for obtaining resources in competitive and noncompetitive situations carry over to other situations.

Six Major Sections

This book is divided into six main sections.

  1. The first section provides some general background information on educational technology. If you are going to write educational technology proposals, you need to know quite a bit about educational technology.
  2. The second section examines the proposal business, including five key ideas, budgetary concerns, and the human elements.
  3. The third section focuses on proposal writing, with an emphasis on writing grant proposals in competitive situations. However, many of the ideas are also applicable to noncompetitive proposal writing situations.
  4. The fourth section focuses on other sources of resources, such as fund-raising, school&endash;business partnerships, and entrepreneurship.
  5. The final section offers several appendices that include a sample preliminary proposal and three sample proposals, and identify many sources of proposal-related information.
  6. Annotated Bibliography. Most of the references are Websites. The reader should be aware that Website references have a tendency to "disappear" over time, as the specific Website is no longer maintained by its creator.

Web Edition

This revised edition contains a number of changes from the original print edition. Out of date materials have been brought up to date. A substantial number of new Web sites and bibliographic references have been added.

However, the basic essence of the book remains unchanged. Suggestions for future changes can be send to the author to his email address moursund@oregon.uoregon.edu. Additional materials written by Moursund can be located at http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~moursund/dave/Free.html.

This Website is Copywrght (C) 2002 David Moursund. It is intended for non commencial use by students and their faculty.