How to Budget for SRP
The budget for the Shared Reading Project depends on the number of families you will serve, the cost for the tutoring, and other possible costs. Often, sites will use this budget, but then adjust it depending on the amount of money available.
Sample Budget Sheet
This is an example of a first-year budget established for 25 families for 20 weeks of tutoring.
|Description||Item Cost||Total Cost|
|480 English Version Family Book Bags complete with activity sheets, books and carry-bag (120 titles x 4 copies of each)
[$1,600.00 plus shipping costs of $95.00 per set.]
|$1,600 per 120 titles||$1,695|
2 hours per week for 20 weeks at $20 per hour multiplied by 25 families
|$800 per family||$20,000|
|TV/DVD Combination Portable Systems (minimum of 1 for site coordinator, 2 or 3 additional for loaning to families)||$250||$1,000|
|Reading to Deaf Children Video and Manual for tutors and families (25 tutors and 25 families equal 50 copies)||$10.95 per copy||$547.50|
|Kick-Off Workshop Celebration||$500||$500|
|¼ to ½ Coordinator Salary||$20,000||$20,000|
|Interpreters and Translators Costs based on $30 per hour and a total of 25 hours||$30 per hour||$750|
|Replacement Costs for Damaged DVDs and Books||1% of total costs||$445.00|
|Program Evaluation||15% of total project costs||$7,456|
Total Projected Costs*
*Tutor travel reimbursements, administration support, computer and office supplies, and printed materials used for recruiting and advertising of project are not included in the pricing. Translations of books and activity guides in Spanish are available for free from the Clerc Center.
How to Obtain Money for the Shared Reading Project
Most Shared Reading Project sites obtain money through grants. Besides this, community service organizations, such as the Lion’s Club, also may be of help. During the five-day training session, The Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success—Training for Site Coordinators, Clerc Center presentations and site coordinators discuss various places to obtain money for setting up the Shared Reading Project.
A Few Places to Get Started:
Grant Writing for Dummies by Bev Browning (2001). New York, NY: Hungry Minds, Inc.
I’ll Grant You That: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Funds, Designing Winning Projects, and Writing Powerful Grant Proposals by Jim Burke and Carol Ann Prater. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. (Grades K-12 plus a CD Rom)
Evaluation and Grant Resources
Here are a few places to start looking for grant funds:
Also, for more information on grant making strategies, try: