Grants00Teachers, who as a group spend in excess of 1.3 billion of their personal funds per year on classroom materials according to the AMerican Federation of Teachers, learn how to easily and successfully tap grant givers instead of their own pockets for much-needed funds with Chris Taylor's newest book, Granted! A Teacher's Guide to Writing & Winning Classroom Grants.


With GRANTED!, Taylor, a lawyer, educator and school advocate, shares her 20-plus years of experience with readers to simplify the sometimes intimidating application process for novice grant seekers, while at the same time revealing strategic, insider advice of benefit to even the most veteran grant writers. Taylor, who helped win numerous grants for deserving individuals and institutions, expertly guides teachers, librarians, administrators and PTO leaders step-by-step through every aspect of the grant process, providing proven methods for writing and winning grants. Invaluable worksheets organize and record grant seekers’ thoughts, research, actions and data to give them the best possible chances of securing grants for school projects, supplies and anything else a grant might help fund. GRANTED! not only improves educators’ chances of winning a grant, but also saves them valuable time when writing it by navigating them through a more direct route to the finish line.

Granted! Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – The Grant Process

Chapter 2 – Your Granted! Noteboook

Chapter 3 – Your Classroom Project

Chapter 4 – Finding the Right Grant for Your Project

Chapter 5 – You’ve Gotten Your Grant, Now What?

Chapter 6 – We Won’t Take You for “Granted?”

Chapter 7 – Worksheet Appendix

Just as important, Taylor’s support doesn’t end once GRANTED! has been added to a personal or school library – itGrantsCover continues indefinitely through, a virtual café of a website that offers additional grant data, messages from fellow grant seekers, downloadable worksheets, a sample grant application package, contact info to help grant seekers connect with grant givers and much more.

About the author

Though her successful career as a lawyer and educator might be Chris Taylor’s most impressive professional credential, it was her volunteer work for the public school system that led to her most personally rewarding vocation as grant writer, author and public speaker.


After graduating from law school, Taylor worked as the chief attorney at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and as a private practitioner in her native state of Oklahoma. In 1983, she moved to Tennessee and taught legal research and writing and appellate advocacy law classes at the Memphis State University Humphreys College of Law, while also working as an attorney for the Memphis Area Legal Services where she represented low-income clients in civil rights matters. From there, she became a director for the Tennessee Department of Employment Security in Nashville before accepting a position to head the Paralegal Studies Program at Volunteer State Community College.


Writing grants for schools perfectly combined her professional background with her desire to help the educational community. In addition to grant writing, she organized read-a-thons and book fairs for elementary schools and taught high school students about various aspects of law.


In addition to GRANTED!, Taylor is a published poet and has written legal materials, such as a handbook to assist legal aid clients in understanding their rights. She lives in Arizona with her husband, two children, three dogs and numerous fish.

Granted! A Teacher’s Guide to Writing & Winning Classroom Grants (ISBN: 978-1-58985-113-9), a Five Star Publications book, retails for $24.95 and can be purchased in bookstores and through,,,,, and Visit more information.