How can I pay for Motion Math?
There are many options to help you bring Motion Math into your class without paying out of pocket. This brief guide is designed to facilitate your access to funding; another great resources is EdSurge’s guide.
The value proposition
No matter where you look to get funding, it will be crucial for you to clearly explain how Motion Math helps students master math concepts and gain a positive attitude toward math. Click here for a one-pager describing the value of Motion Math. Quotes from your students or observations from your classroom can also be very powerful.
Funding options: start internal
The easiest way for you to fund Motion Math for your classroom, school, or district is to look at existing budget. We recommend speaking to your department lead, the school administration, or the district office to determine availability. Here are some common resources which provide for discretionary spending and are well aligned with enabling access to our solution.
- Title I
- Title III
- School Improvement Grants (SIG)
- Textbook allocations
- STEM Initiatives
- Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) – Special Education
- Student / parent fundraising
- PTA funds and fundraising
If internal funding is unavailable and you’re a classroom teacher…
We recommend using Donors Choose given how easy it is to apply and the high funding rate: 70% of projects are successfully funded and it’s completely free for teachers! Here’s an example of a successful DonorsChoose campaign for funding Motion Math.
Tip: Be sure to tell a story that donors can resonate with. Quotes from your students, and an overview of how you have used or plan to use Motion Math in your classroom can help attract donors. You may also want to share the link to your Donors Choose project with parents over email and with friends and relatives on social media channels!
If internal funding is unavailable and you’re focused on multiple classrooms…
If the cost to your school/district is less than or around $1,000, you may still want to consider Donors Choose due to its simplicity and the high funding rate.
If the cost is higher, grants are the way to go.
Check out these options to help find the best opportunity for your particular scenario:
Foundation Center: A comprehensive site to quickly find relevant grant opportunities, proposal writing tips, and general funding research
Grant Gopher: A free online grant listing service for teachers and schools
Grants.gov: A central database to find and apply for government grants
GetEdFunding: Hosts a collection of more than 3,000 grants and opportunities culled from federal, state, regional and community sources
Grant writing tips:
- Seek out grants that best fit your context – the more specific alignment the better.
- Don’t waste your time applying for a grant where you are missing one or more criterion.
- Follow instructions exactly and be sure to submit in advance of the deadline.
- Use our value proposition page to help make your case for why Motion Math will move the needle in your class.
- Include a detailed budget and specify that this budget will allow for X seats over the course of Y calendar year(s).
- Write clearly and simply.
- Be sure to include all proper signatures.
- Proofread for spelling and grammar errors, and get feedback from a colleague.