Navigating the Grant Process.
Winning Federal dollars.

Greenlights Grant Initiative provides tailored and free resources to assist nationwide school districts access school safety grants. Our tools include webinars, guidebooks, how-to’s, and tutorials. By providing information and support, the Greenlights Grant Initiative aims to enhance a school district’s ability to successfully apply for and receive federal grants so schools have the resources they need to keep students safe. Additional resources will be added to this page in the coming months as grant applications open, but be sure to take the next step to ensure your district receives all available GGI resources.

Tool Kit



5 Common Pitfalls for New Grant Seekers

For new federal grant seekers, getting started can be an intimidating process. It is important to take steps to avoid these common pitfalls to set your LEA up for success. Below are the 5 most common pitfalls experienced by new grant seekers with proven strategies listed to mitigate them.

Welcome to the Greenlights Grant Initiative

The Greenlights Grant Initiative began to protect the most precious asset we have – the next generation. Camila and I are launching this project with one simple goal: to help more school districts across the country gain access to federal funds to help make their students safer, healthier, and happier.

Top 5 Tips for Putting Together a Competitive Grant Proposal

Writing a federal grant application can seem like a complicated and daunting process. Here are some key tips to help make the process easier on you and your Local Education Agency (LEA) and make your grant application as competitive as possible.

Getting Ready for Grants

Prior to applying for a federal grant opportunity, your LEA or school will need to establish both a and account. Below is summarized guidance with website links provided to assist the process. Please keep all registrations, usernames, and passwords easily accessible as these will be needed each time you submit a grant application. Please note there are no fees involved in these registration processes.
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Top 5 Tips for Identifying Good Fit Grants

One of the most critical aspects of pursuing a federal grant is making sure that it is a good fit for your local education agency (LEA) prior to exerting resources on the application process. While the prospect of large funding amounts makes federal grant seeking an exciting endeavor, it is important to review the following details before your school district commits to pursuing opportunity.

Helpful links

Actionable recommendations for schools and districts to create a safe and supportive learning environment. 

The official U.S. Government site to find grants, search for assistance listings, and more.

Grant opportunities from federal grant-making agencies, along with access to instructions and application insights. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s site for various grants, resources, and application information.

The Department of Justice’s grants management system for the COPS Office, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). 

Grant opportunities to support mental health services and awareness in schools.


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