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LA Fund wants teachers to know: There's a grant for that



Staff and students from the James A. Foshay Learning Center pose with Superintendent John Deasy, Megan Chernin and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on March 17, 2014.
Staff and students from the James A. Foshay Learning Center pose with Superintendent John Deasy, Megan Chernin and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on March 17, 2014.
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The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education has launched a new initiative aimed at helping teachers land grant funding for their classroom. Grants HQ is a searchable grant database for Los Angeles Unified School District teachers.

"There are 700,000 reasons why this is critical. Every single student in LAUSD has the right to a high quality education every single day. And the state of California yet does not meet the promise of funding that," Superintendent John Deasy said during a short speech at a press conference announcing the initiative. "That's why we are always encouraged by the lift of business and philanthropy."

LA Fund has also hired grant specialist and former teacher Andrea Kobliner to lead grant writing workshops for teachers (see full list below) and help them through the process. 

"This project is about no teacher left behind, because we're going to be able to bring them resources," Kobliner said.

Grants HQ is one of several programs the LA Fund has launched since it was co-founded in 2011 by Deasy and education activist Megan Chernin. (Chernin is a member of KPCC's board, but is currently on leave.) Much of LA Fund's focus has been on arts education.

LA Fund Grant Writing Workshops: