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Funding Tips (Ways to get Malcolm McCrae to your event.)

1. Ask about grant information. Please be mindful that you must apply for grants well in

advance because it usually takes several months for a grant to be approved and funded.

2. Check with your State Department of Education or Department of Human Services. Alcohol

and Drug Abuse Divisions and Criminal Justice Departments may have funds for programs

that are directed at youth, educators, and/or parents.

3. Check with your school district and inquire about federal grant money which might be

available for a major theme such as Red Ribbon Week. For example, Safe and Drug-Free

Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) may approve a funding request for a drug and

alcohol free school zone or character-building speaker.

4. Check with your school district for Title VI funding for teacher in-service programs and staff


5. Contact local businesses. If they are willing to help sponsor a speaker, you can offer the

local business to set up a booth with products from their company, to distribute coupons to

drive business to the establishment, etc.

6. Invite other schools or clubs to participate and help co-sponsor and host a fund-raising


7. Consider a speaker from

8. Check the list on this Web site. We've compiled a list of funding sources that align with our



The following are possible resources for funding one of Malcolm's presentations, seminars, or



Safe And Drug-Free Schools

This program consists of two major programs: state grants for drug and violence

prevention programs and national programs. State Grants is a formula grant program that


Reading First

This program provides districts assistance in setting up scientific, research-based reading

programs for children in Grades K-8. Funds may be used for staff development or

instructional materials. – more info


Sunderland Foundation

Funds arts and culture and youth-services groups. (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska,

Arkansas) – more info


Title I

The largest of the elementary and secondary education programs, this program requires

states to develop standards in reading and math and assessments linked to those standards

for students. The program is also structured to assist high-poverty schools give their

students an equal opportunity to meet state standards.



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