Understanding that financial resources may be limited, based on past successes in securing funding solutions, Paul offers the following suggestions for your consideration:
- Share Paul with another organization in your area on the same day. By partnering, the investment in his services will be split in half for each group. He can speak at your location in the morning and a neighboring site in the afternoon.
- Secure a major sponsor to underwrite the investment in Paul's services. In return, extend the offer for Paul to speak to the sponsoring organization during the same day.
- Contact a local civic organization, your community's chamber of commerce or an area business and request their sponsorship and support.
- To maximize your investment in Paul's services, consider featuring him for a breakout session in addition to his keynote presentation.
- Consider applying for grants by contacting your State Department of Human Services and State Department of Education. Contact other local agencies in your county that already have grants from state agencies. For instance, the Criminal Justice Department or Department of Public Safety may have distributed funds into mental health agencies or programs for mentoring youth, character development, leadership training, et cetera.
Additional suggestions for education:
- Inquire as to availability of funds through the office of the superintendent for a professional development day, parent presentation or student assembly/small group session.
- Share Paul with another school in your area on the same day. By partnering, the investment in his services will be split in half for each group. He can speak at your school in the morning and a neighboring school in the afternoon.
- Check with your school administration for possible funding from the Associated Student Body Fund. For professional development programs, ask about Staff Development—Title VI funding.
- Contact your school’s PTA/PTO and share your plans. Request funding for Paul to provide a presentation to parents on the same day he speaks to your school personnel or students.
- Inquire as to availability of Gifted and Talented Program funds identified for use in the area of student leadership development.
- Invite multiple campus organizations to participate in various fund-raising projects to help secure Paul's services.
- Plan to integrate and highlight Paul into a major theme such as cultural awareness week, Red Ribbon Week, et cetera. Depending on your theme, federal grant money may be available. For example, the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) might approve a funding request for a speaker who addresses alcohol and drug prevention, tobacco use and violence prevention. Check with state or federal government offices to find out who is dispensing these funds in your area.
For more information on how these funding suggestions can work for you, please contact Paul today!