In this section, you will find learning materials to do with improving your knowledge and skills in seeking funds:
 
Building a Culture for Partnering Program and Kit has been developed because there is a growing body of evidence that shows that school-community partnerships are an effective tool for improving outcomes for students, but for many schools this presents a whole new way of thinking and working. This program has been developed with both primary and secondary schools in mind. This kit is used as the basis for this two-day Tender Bridge professional learning program.
 
LLEAP Dialogue Series: A guide to grow your ideas in education for maximum impact and Cases companion document. The LLEAP Dialogue Series is a practical guide for inexperienced grant seekers and grant makers in education of all levels. The Guide is a concise summary of findings from a national study of philanthropy in education, clear and immediately useable support materials, short powerful thought pieces and tools for those from schools, not-for-profit organisations and philanthropy. The Cases bring to life factors for effective engagement of philanthropy in education through compelling stories of success.  
 
The Successful Schooling Toolkit is the first of its kind to be launched in Australia. Funded by the philanthropic sector it provides practical tools to help schools and teachers to support students from disadvantaged and non-English speaking backgrounds to engage and learn. The development of the toolkit constitutes a unique response to the need to address the growing gap in educational outcomes between the rich and the poor in Australia. The toolkit has been developed as a navigable PDF file and is being distributed for free.
 
Rising Tide: A new report by Sally Edwards and Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares AO (2010) and funded by Lottery West. The report is based on a study they undertook in WA to investigate how to encourage more, and more effective, giving in Western Australia. The study has underpinned the new Perth-based philanthropy umbrella group, Giving West.

Great Ideas: This article was first published in September 2010 Teacher, Australia's award-winning national monthly education magazine for educators across all state, Catholic and independent schools. Reproduced with kind permission. It summarises key tips about identifying, preparing and successfully securing a grant.

Great Foundations: New Book by Catherine Brown (2010). A practical 'must have' guide for people working in not-for-profits.

Fundraising: You work hard to raise funds for your school, so it's worth having tax deductible status, but make sure you meet the legal obligations that go with that concession. This article was first published in the September 2010 Teacher. Reproduced with kind permission.

Schools, Fetes, Fundraising and the GST: This article was first published in Teacher, Australia's award-winning national monthly education magazine for educators across all state, Catholic and independent schools. Reproduced with kind permission. Subscribe to Teacher by visiting http://teacher.acer.edu.au
Writing for successful grant seeking: Let’s say you have found a potential funding source through the Tender Bridge website:
• After that first rush of excitement, now what should you do?
• How do you crystallise what your ‘big idea’ is?
• What happens (as is the case for many philanthropic fund sources) if you need to partner with another organisation(s) to put in a proposal? Before you even start writing, you will need to provide a compelling case for your idea to these potential partners and/or supporters.
These are just some of the issues we all face when we seek and attempt to secure funding.
 
The good news is that: Like any skill, proposal writing can be learned. If you speak, you can write a good proposal. And the more often you do it, the better your proposals will be.(Haydon, R. 2007, ‘The Shredder Test’, p. 12)
 
For more information, click on the following links:
Preparing for submission
Writing a submission
After proposal is submitted

Philanthropic funding eligibility requirements: A key decision for school leaders seeking additional funds is to work out whether their school is even eligible to go for a grant. Each philanthropic funding source has a range of eligibility requirements, often relating to the legal tax status of the applicant organisation. This is a two page tool for schools developed by Catherine Brown of Catherine Brown & Associates Pty Ltd. More details relating to philanthropic terminology can also be found in the LLEAP Dialogue Series Guide (see above).
 
Boardroom to classroom: The role of the corporate and philanthropic sectors in school education (May 2009): This informative research report by the Foundation for Young Australians was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Several issues were the focus of the research, conducted during 2008 to 2009. One of these was to investigate trends in corporate and philanthropic involvement in government school education in Victoria.