How to Fund Your TinkRworks Program​​

Enhance your STEM education program with title funding and grants. By partnering with TinkRworks, you’ll have the support and resources needed to secure funding for STEM learning, pursue grant-writing opportunities, and bring exceptional STEAM curriculum to your school. Let us help you open the door to new possibilities and inspire the next generation of innovators.

STEM Funding and Grant-writing Opportunities

It is important to remember that grants are a cycle. There are many interpretations of the grant cycle. The cycle varies from grant to grant. In some cases, the cycle can be completed in weeks. In other cases, it may take months or years. Grant cycles can overlap, you can apply for multiple projects at a time or for multiple grants to support one project.


Federal Grants​​

Federal formula or “Title” grants are non-competitive—each state receives a portion of the funding based on a formula. States in turn pass the funding on to local districts and schools.

Competitive Grants​

States and organizations award competitive grant funding through a careful and selective process. Schools or districts must apply for consideration, and eligibility criteria differ from grant to grant. Considering applying for competitive grant funding? Carefully review the funder’s grant guidelines for program requirements and eligibility criteria. 

Foundation & Corporate Grants ​​

Foundation and corporate grants are another source of potential funding. Foundations are typically funded from a single source, such as a family, an individual, or a corporation’s charitable entity. Each funder determines eligibility criteria, based on its priorities and values. Grants often require awardees to follow reporting guidelines that define how the grant funds are to be used.   

STEM Grant Writing Support

What to Expect When You Partner With TinkRworks

Assess: We work with you and our sales representative to determine what type of grant is best for you and how much money your project will cost.

Research: Once we have total cost we will find the appropriate grant(s) for you to apply for. We will collect all data needed to complete the grant. This step is done with your support.

Write: Working closely with your team or a designated point of contact, we write the grant application to fit the funder’s requirements.

Review: Working closely with your team or a designated point of contact, we review and finalize the grant, making sure its information is accurate and current.

Submit: We can help with the submission process, though often we encourage clients to submit grants themselves so that they are the final point in the chain of submission.


Federal grant usually takes the longest to write. They can take up to 100 + hours to complete. You should set aside several weeks to complete a federal grant. Especially because you need to factor in turnaround time for feedback and revisions.

Foundation grants are usually not as complex as federal grants. Therefore, they usually take between 15-25 hours.

The federal government is one of the largest grant makers. It gives out completive grants and formula grants (non-competitive grants based on a predetermined formula.               

While public-sector grants are the most common, private-sector grants from foundations and corporations are also available. These entities typically give grants to nonprofits instead of for-profit businesses. They may also give grants to individuals, such as students.

For a non-profit organization a grant committee/team is typical. This usually  of key stakeholder for the organization. Possible people would include, but not limited to, a grant writing, staff members, principal/director, and board members.

Most grants contain specific elements or parts.

  • Introduction/Project/Executive Summary
    • This would include summary of proposal, overview of organization, the ability to be self-staining after grant cycle ends, and the needs of of the organization
  • Organization Background
    • This would include a description of your organization, mission and vision, and demographics
  • Needs Assessment
    • State the problem that your project will address and use data to support your problem.
  • Program Goals and Objectives
    • Set goals and wanted outcomes for the project
  • Activities
    • Detail all activities, timeline, and key staff members that will help help meet the goals and objectives of the grant.
  • Evaluation
    • Explain you plan to measure the success of your projects
  • Budget
    • Show how funding will be allocated to accomplish grant goals

You can receive generous amounts of money. Can bring recognition to the organization. Once you have received on grant you will probably receive others.

Most grants are short term.

Many are time consuming to write.

They can only be used for what is in the grant.

You need someone that is experienced in writing grants.

You need to make sure and look at the specific requirements of the grant you are applying for to make sure you are eligible.

Identifying your need and determining the programming required to meet those needs.

Meet Your Grant Writing Partner

Vera Jones | STEM Grant Writer

Vera Jones holds an M.S. in School Administration and multiple educational licenses. With over 33 years in education, she has served in various roles including Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Building Administrator; Curriculum Coach; Curriculum Coordinator for Special Education; Science Teacher; Athletic Director; and Coach. Most recently she served as Assistant Executive Director at Discovery Charter School. Trained by top educational experts, Vera excels in data-driven instruction and curriculum development, as well as fostering successful learning environments.

Learn More

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Our grant expert Vera is here to assist you with questions grant writing and about questions about STEM funding.