Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Because school counselors have a comprehensive view of the needs of students, parents/guardians, and educators, they are in a good position to apply for external funding (grants).

Seeking and applying for grants is one way school counselors can embody leadership & advocacy in order to enhance elements of their comprehensive school counseling program.

Most grants follow a standard format; and school counselors can use the school archival data and/or the needs assessment to help strengthen the rationale for the funding.


The following is a list of potential websites to use to search for grants:

U.S. Dept. Of Education: www.ed.gov

National Institute for Health (NIH): www.nih.gov

National Science Foundation: www.nsf.gov/funding/

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: www.dhhs.gov

Grants, Etc. (University of Michigan) www.ssw.umich.edu/public/currentProjects/grantsetc/

The Grantsmanship Center: www.tgci.com

The Foundation Center: www.fdncenter.org

Federal Information Exchange: www.fie.com

Federal Grant search: www.grants.gov/

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Programs www.gatesfoundation.org/grants/pages/overview.aspx

Amon G. Carter Foundation www.aera.net/grantsprogram/res_training/res_grants/RGFly.html

Carnegie Corporation of New York www.carnegie.org/sub/program/grant.html

RGK Foundation: www.rgkfoundation.org

University of Illinois – Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS): http://www.library.uiuc.edu/iris/index.html

IRIS Tutorial: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/iris/tips.html

** State sources: Dept of Education, State Agencies, etc.

Sources – Using cutting & pasting community data/social indicators:

a.       www.fedstats.gov – 70 federal government agencies

b.       Annie E. Casey Foundation – Kids Count Data Book – www.aecf.org

National Center for Educational Statistics – http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/onlinedata.asp