In an age of tight budgets and funding cuts, obtaining private grant funding is more attractive than ever. But how does a group sort through the plethora of grant information and find the grant that’s right for them? It’s important to follow a step-by-step process in any grant search, and remember it takes time, care, focus, and persistence to succeed.
A week ago, knowing that I wanted to write this month’s column on Autism Awareness Month, I went to a few of my groups on LinkedIn and Facebook where parents who are raising children with autism hang out. I asked them this questions, “If there was one thing that you wished your neighborhood playground had, what would it be?” Now we all know that sometimes when we ask questions on social media we get no response, while other times we get tons of responses. In this case, it was the latter. Within 24 hours, I had 150 responses to my question.
Practitioners and parents have discovered that the use of LEGOs during play therapy groups for children with autism leads to improved social skills and play skills. Research confirms that this is the case. LEGO brand toy building blocks offer a highly routine, repetitive, structured form of play that many children with autism find appealing.
Getting grants to fund the purchase of school playground equipment is a four-part process no matter how much money you actually need. It takes careful planning followed by strategic research to...