Susan Riley | October 2015

Getting Funding for STEAM

Of the hundreds of emails we receive every day, the ones that hit home the most come from educators desperate to use arts integration and STEAM, but feel lost or at their wits end.  The reasons for this vary, but in most cases, I want to help in any way I can to eliminate barriers, so our students have the opportunities they deserve through the arts.  Today’s email from a classroom teacher in Kansas is no different:

“I definitely know that I want to use STEAM in my classroom, and my administrators are supportive, but I have no money to get started.  The project I want to do requires materials we don’t have and as a Title I school, I can’t ask the parents who are already working so hard.  Any suggestions?”

Funding for STEAM and Arts Integration doesn’t have to mean big grants or asking parents to contribute more money to the classroom.  There are other options available to you!  In today’s Periscope PD, I offer 4 ways you can get the funding needed without feeling like the cliched used car salesman.  Money doesn’t need to hold you back from delivering arts integration and STEAM lessons. There are lots of different resources out there that would love to help!


Want some resources to help open some of those doors for you?  If you’re looking for grants, you can start here with our free grantwriting quick start guide. This one-pager has a list of sites that you’ll want to approach.

Want something a little more comprehensive?  You can download the 20-page Show Me the Moola Grant Guide for Arts Integration and STEAM efforts for free as well.

And if you’re in need of email scripts and ideas for how to approach businesses and organization, check out our Creative Mindset Blueprint Online Class – those downloadable scripts are included as a part of the class.

You CAN do this – don’t let money be the thing that holds you back!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan