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Center for Grants Development at Harris County Department of Education supplies grant-related workshops

Center for Grants Development at Harris County Department of Education supplies grant-related workshops, services to area school districts, charters

HCDE Center for Grants Development staff member and workshop presenter Sharvon D. Pipkins leads the workshop: Grants Across the Curriculum: Reading, Literacy and Language Arts on Nov. 14. For more information about grant services and workshops provided to school districts, contact or call 713-696-8296.

Finding funding for new education initiatives can be a daunting task for educators who already have full calendars. Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Grants Development is offering solutions to area school districts by providing grant assistance services to 25 Harris County school districts, as well as area charter schools.

Since 1998, the center has worked within HCDE to apply for public and private grant resources to fund services such as after-school programs, adult education, early childhood intervention, educator alternative certification, and safe schools.  That expertise is now offered at no cost to school districts, including charter schools.

“Our staff has generated over $268 million in federal, state and local grants to support HCDE programs which benefit children and adults in Harris County,” said Gayla Rawlinson, director of the Center for Grants Development. “Through our combined years of experience, we can also provide valuable coaching and mentoring.”

The center provides information about district, school and teacher grant opportunities in addition to training in grant-related topics.

Staff member and development coordinator Sharvon D. Pipkins provides a workshop in a training series called “Grants Across the Curriculum: Reading, Literacy and Language Arts.”  The workshop shows educators how to plan, write and secure grants from funders in order to support their English and language arts programs.  One tip she has for grant novices is to make sure their grant applications are carefully planned, complete, compliant and persuasive.

Workshops are provided at no cost to school district staff and at a minimal charge of $35 to others. For upcoming workshops through HCDE’s Center for Grants Development, email or call 713-696-3106.


About HCDE

Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at

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