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Hello, my friend, and welcome to
the Schools Winning Grants show.
I'm your host, Rodney Walker.
Glad to have you on this day.
We're going to have a great time today.
And I've got some fantastic information to share with
you to help you to continue winning grants.
That's what this show is
all about, Schools Winning Grants.
And so many more schools are out there
gathering up the information like you to learn
what they need to do to win grants.
And that's why I'm thrilled that you are
here today to join me.
On today's show,
I'm going to be talking about how to use focus.
Yes, F - O - C - U - S
to turn your school
into a grant writing cash cow.
We want to moOve some money your way.
And that's what this show is about on the day.
But as always, I like to share with
you some favorite memories that I had from
being in school way back in the day.
One of my favorite times of being in school was
when I was in the fifth and sixth grade, we
had a competition, you know, those great field days that
we have so much fun with so many classmates.
No, it was 100 yard dash.
And I also remember running the four X 100 relay.
And guess what?
I was like the third.
I think it was the third leg... Well, I'm running the
third leg and I'm running as fast as I can.
And my friend, let me tell you what happened.
As I was running, I handed the
baton off to my best friend Dwayne.
And as I handed the baton to him, somewhere in
the midst of that exchange, we dropped the baton.
So even though I think our team was the fastest
that day, we didn't win because I was partially responsible
for dropping the baton and Dwayne dropped the baton.
We go back and forth, but we dropped the baton.
But needless to say, just fun memories.
My friend Dwayne has since passed on.
And so today's show is dedicated to my buddy,
my friend Dwayne Billington, wishing you love, my friend.
And as you are out there today as a school
administrator or as a principal, maybe you are a teacher
trying to find ways to get funds for your school.
Well, you tuned into the right show today
because I want to share with you some
information that's going to help you.
But I want to just get the perspective
right as we get the perspective right.
One thing that's going to help us today
is this quote today coming from Christopher Rice.
Christopher Rice says this "Everyday is a
bank account and time is our currency. No one is rich.
No one is poor.
We all got 24 hours each." Wow.
What a powerful quote, especially when you look at it
from that standpoint that every day is a bank account.
What are you doing with your time?
That's my question to you. Today.
What are you doing with your time, and are you using
it in an effective way to bring funds to your school?
Are you using an effective way to
do more good for our world?
Well, I'm hoping that that's what you're doing
because we want to maximize that 24 hours
to do as much good as possible.
And with that being the case, my friend, let's
go on to how we can do it by
turning your school into a grant writing cash cow. Yes.
We're going to mooO some money your way.
Let's talk about focus.
On our last episode, we talked about clarity.
And now I want to talk to you about focus because
how can you turn your school into a cash cow?
Well, a lot of it starts with focus.
Now what is focus exactly?
Focus is the center of interest or activity.
It's the point of concentration.
So what is your school right now focusing
on as it relates to its grant focus?
Now I'll be honest, a lot of
schools don't have focus in this area. And guess what?
They're getting exactly what they're focused on.
It may not be grants, but whatever
they're focused on, that's what they're getting.
And others are focused actually on
getting grants and getting funded.
That's their focus.
And they are getting exactly what they're focused on.
So how do you turn your school
into a grant writing cash cow?
Well, we want to use focus to win.
And I want to give you five things.
Yes, five things right now that you can begin to
focus on, to start growing your grant revenue and bring
it in so that you can have more resources, so
that the teachers don't have to reach into their own
pockets to be able to get resources for the classroom.
The average is spending over $700 every year.
So here are five things that you, my
friend, can begin to focus on right now.
And I'm going to encourage you first, and this
is being brought to you by the letter F.
Do you remember that show where every show
was being bought to you by some letter?
Well, this is being brought to you by the letter F.
And the first thing I want to encourage you to
focus on is focus first on your funding goals.
What are your goals?
Get them in writing.
Get them in writing, my friend.
And then Secondly, I want you to focus on getting
a funding team, a grant writing team, to be exact.
This funding team should be meeting often to
help concentrate his efforts toward getting funded.
And third, I want to encourage you, my friend,
to get a funding game plan in writing.
If it's not in writing, it's a wish.
And we don't want to be wishing for money.
We want to have a concentrated game plan where
we are focusing our attention so that we can
go and get the money with some concentrated effort.
The fourth thing, my friend, I want you to
focus on is the funders and funding opportunities.
You've got to learn how to research.
Where are the people that are giving the monies out?
And I'm going to do a show a little bit late.
I can't do it right now, but
I'm going to focus on the show.
We're going to look at funders.
You want to focus on the
funders and the funding opportunities.
What are the opportunities that are out there that
you and your school are a great match for?
Some of those may be governmental funds.
Some of those may be private foundations that
are giving out monies to educational things.
We want to find those.
And the fifth thing, my friend, that I want
you to focus in on is friend raising. Yes.
You like "What is friendraising?" Right?
Well, here's what it is.
Friendraising is exactly what it says.
It's raising friends because who gives
money most often to who?
It's friends giving funds to friends. People
that they know like and trust.
So what your school has to do if it's going
to start winning these grants, if it's going to start
securing the most funding, you've got to raise some friends.
You've got to raise and plant friends.
And what I mean by that, you got to plant some seeds.
You got to be friendly.
Your school has got to be friendly.
If you are a school administrator, if you're the principal,
if you are a teacher, what are some of the
funders in your areas that you can begin to cultivate?
Yes, I'm using some forming terms to cultivate
some relationships with that may fall in love
with your school that may want to give
more funds to some specific programs.
Some have a heart for different things that
they want to see happen in the world.
And if your school can be a
match for their interests, then my friend,
just like Cinderella, that shoe would fit.
And guess what?
They'll bring funds your way.
Is school over right now?
Is it time for me to get out of here already?
I'm just having so much fun with you.
I'm having fun sharing winning strategies with
you because I believe in you.
And I know, my friend, if you will focus
your energies, funds can come your way and you
can turn your school into a mooOO!
Yes, a cash cow.
Well, I'm about out of time, my friend.
So on today, I want to thank you
for listening and I want to encourage you.
If you haven't already, go over to iHeartRadio go
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hang out sometime and get a chance to chat.
Now if you have questions.
I want to remind you you can send me your
questions over at [email protected] and don't forget
on the fourth Friday my friend we have the free
four hour grant writing class for those who are members
of the Get Funded Inner Circle. You're like "Rodney,
what the heck is a Get Funded Inner Circle?"
It's exactly what it sounds like.
It's a circle where we get funded.
Yes go over to GetFundedinnercircle.com and find out more
information and if it makes sense come hang out with
me on the fourth Friday so I can share with
you winning ways for you and your school to get
funded with some winning grant writing strategies and until next
time my friend, just know on the next show I'm
going to be sharing with you why every school should
be friendraising to rake in the money.
Yes, it's time to rake some money in and I'm
going to help you remember until we meet again.
Be brave, be bold, be brilliant and take charge.
I'll see you next time.