Government Funding

All or some of TAI programs qualify for government funding through:

  • Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
  • Title II, Title IID – Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)
  • Title III – Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient Children and Immigrant Students
  • Title IV – 21st Century Schools
  • Title VI, Part B – Rural Education Initiative
  • Title VII – Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education
  • IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


The U.S. Department of Education is the administrator for all federal education programs and funding. Information about the programs can be found in The Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs, which is published annually.

Specific programs in the Guide that may be beneficial to understand include:

  • Academic Improvement Programs
  • Assessment Programs
  • Indian Education Programs
  • Reading Programs
  • School Improvement Programs
  • Special Education Programs
  • Technology Programs


There are also free lesson plans, forums, libraries, and workshops listed at the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence.


TAI Grant Writing Tips

There is no formula for writing a grant proposal or application. In fact, the most common rule is no two grants are alike! However, we have some tips to help you maneuver through the process


  1. Read. Read. Read. Be sure to read through the grant carefully. There are guidelines, rules, deadlines, qualifications, and instructions that are generally spelled out in great detail for the grant. Ensure that you qualify and meet or exceed the requestor’s expectations; otherwise, your response most likely will be turned away.

  2. Write Cleanly and Concisely. It is always best to say it straight. Answer each question/section directly with enthusiasm and excitement in a specific manner. Use terminology from the grant to highlight the parallels in the request and your answer.

  3. Map Out Your Goals/Plan. The more specific you are, the better. Remember that you are competing with others for the same funds. The most detailed, creative, and effective proposals are more likely to be selected.

  4. Find a Sample of Success. If it’s possible to review a past successful grant, do it. Sometimes they are published, or you may request one from the funders.

  5. Ask for Help. If something is unclear in the request, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. There are also a number of Web sites that offer free help. And, as always, Study Island will do whatever possible to assist you or point you in the right direction.

  6. Proofread. No explanation necessary!

  7. Be Positive. Remember, grants are competitive and limited. You will not be awarded every grant you apply for, but the experience will benefit you in the future.

  8. Copy. Copy. Create a log of all the submissions you make, and keep a reference copy for yourself. Occasionally, you will be asked for additional information related to your proposal, and it’s good to have a copy of your original on hand. They can also become a good resource library for future applications!


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The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, Public Law 105-332

For Information:

Andrew Johnson

Phone: 202-260-4170

Fax: 202-205-5522


Vocational Education

--Basic Grants to States

OSEP has information regarding grant funding for a variety of special education programs, which include transition.

Web Site:

Contact: Edward Smith

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Division of Academic and Technical Evaluation

550 12th St. SW

Rm. 11057

Washington, DC 20202-7241

Phone: 202.245.7602; toll-free: 800.USA.LEARN; 800.872.5327

Fax: 202.245.7170



OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs)

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education

Web Site:


The US Department of Education

This area of the USDEd web site talks about the different types of grants, and will link you to currently "open" grants. There is a quick link to a search window. As of spring 2013, if you type in transition, you get over 40 "hits." Keep in mind grants come and go, so the information is constantly changing. If you don't see anything today, check again in a few weeks!

Web Site:


Education World: The Grants Center

This is an educator's website with a section devoted to grants.

Web Site:

The Grants Center:


School Funding Center

This is a school funding search engine. It searches nationally, as well as by individual states. The downside of this site is it is a fee-based service. However, they do allow one free search . . . use it well!

Web Site:







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