Finding Inspiration

By Diane Ross, M.Ed., Realityworks Senior Field Account Manager for NC, SC, VA, WV

I attended the NC WORKS Conference last month and walked away truly inspired.  I work in sales for Realityworks and keeping a pipeline of customers is essential for company survival.  Inspiration comes from seeing students become successful in life as a result of our products.

NC WORKS is not really focused on just finding jobs for people, but that is a GOOD thing.  They are focused on preparing people for well-paying careers and they have a great plan in place.  The pipeline starts with Career and Technical Education Directors looking at middle school, where kids explore careers suited to their intellect, their interest and their lifestyles.  That pipeline extends to high school, where students begin to make career choices, such as healthcare, or welding, or electrical trades, for instance.

Students choose a life career pathway that leads them to a certification, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  But, the NC WORKS group does not want the student to stop there.  They want the student to get that certification as a step into post-secondary, where the community college might take the student from CNA into an allied health field, such as respiratory therapy.

The goal is to get a student highly skilled so that they can best support themselves (salary) in their communities. That salary amount depends on where they choose to live, such as the higher end for areas like Charlotte and maybe less for more rural areas.

The bottom line here is the planning that goes into making sure we are pointing students toward careers that will allow them to live and prosper, create and support their families and be productive citizens.

The good news is that the products that my company is offering align directly in the pathways laid out by the NC WORKS commission.  Our products allow students to experience workplace skills, such as geriatric nursing, welding or electrical trades in a safe environment and allows a student to find out early if they are well-suited for this line of profession.  That makes me feel good.

This is a big charge to take on especially with and this month’s proposed Presidential Budget.  It is aimed at cutting Career and Technical Education funding by a national average of 15%, this certainly won’t help this initiative.  In North Carolina alone, according to ACTE, the state could lose 28% of federal funding under the President’s proposed budget.

Let’s hope they keep working on that budget and keep education in focus.

Using our Grants Search Database: A Search for Ohio Health & CTE Grants

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

If you’re struggling to find funding for your educational program, our free grants search database can help. Located within our online Funding Center, this database is a powerful resource for identifying potential funding sources for Health classes, Family & Consumer Sciences classes, Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes and more. In this new blog series (which began last week), we’ll show you how to maximize this tool by locating one national or state-specific grant each week, then showing you exactly how that grant was found and why it’s worth applying for. In this week’s post, we’ll explore searching for a grant within the state of Ohio for which health or CTE programs would qualify.

Begin by going to our website and clicking on the “Funding Center” button:


This button will take you to the Funding Center homepage. Click on the “Nationwide Grants Database” button, choose the state of Ohio and look for grants relating to health and CTE. Enter your email address and for now, skip keywords as they might limit your findings.

Next, you’ll choose the type of institution or organizations that qualify for various grants. For this illustration, we have chosen “all.” The last criteria you will choose is the type of category that the grants relate to. For our example, we have chosen health/PE and Career and Technical education as we want to search for grants available for health and CTE teachers. Click “Search” and you are on your way!


Now’s let’s take a look at the types of grants that we found in our search for grants in Ohio that all types of organizations that relate to health / PE and CTE. This search has identified 259 grants that you can take a closer look at:


Note: Any national grants will also show up when you do a state-specific search. The list of potential grants goes in chronological order with the application deadlines that’s coming up the quickest listed first.

As you scroll down the grant listing, you can click on individual grants for more details. We will pick the Monell Foundation Educational Grants to take a closer look at:


You can see that it is geared towards education, health and social services. These are all areas that our RealCare Baby infant simulators are used widely within. If you are a public school, you qualify for this funding source. You can see that Health/PE and General Education are specific instructional areas that also qualify. This particular grant has an application deadline for the end of October. Visit the grant’s website for even more details and application information.

Take a few moments today to try a search on your own. Look at the types of grants that are available nationwide. You may just find a hidden gem that will work for your program!

Do you have any questions about how this grant was found, or about searching for school funding in general? Contact us via email at or leave a comment! 



July Grant of the Month: The Kids In Need Foundation

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Baby Product Manager

KidsInNeed-MainLogoContinuing our monthly “Grant of the Month” series (click here to read June’s post), we are choosing this month to highlight a grant found using the Kids In Need Foundation. These posts are intended to help our customers connect with funding sources. Many of these sources are found by conducting simple internet searches for grants. Just remember: Realityworks does not endorse nor have any connection with this foundation or grant; we are simply passing along funding information that we have found that may be beneficial to customers searching for funding that could be used to purchase our products.

This month’s grant was uncovered using our grant database search tool. The Kids In Need Foundation awards between 300-600 awards annually directly to classroom teachers for up to $500. Realityworks’ Total Parenting Experience program falls within the “program funded” areas of health/physical education and technology.

Below is the actual database entry for this grant:

Teacher Grants from The Kids In Need Foundation
Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource our nation’s teachers. All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $100.00 – $500.00
  • Address: 3055 Kettering Boulevard, Suite 119, Dayton, OH 45439
  • Telephone: 877-296-1231
  • Email:
  • Website: click here
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School
  • Program Funded: Arts, ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Technology
  • Deadline to Apply: 9/30/2014

Selection is based on innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. This grant would be a great fit for teachers who are using RealCare Baby and other products in a creative way in the classroom. Please be sure to read the fine print in the grant guidelines and suggestions. This grant does NOT fund the purchase of pre-packaged lesson plans. It can be used to purchase supplies, materials or technology that are used in a new and creative way.
They look for projects that “engage students in hands-on activities that lead to acquisition of new knowledge, awareness or self-discovery.” This seems like a good match for the experiential learning products that Realityworks has.

Do you have any advice regarding the discovery of educational grants? Share them in the comments below!


Creative Ways to Fund Your RealCare Baby Program

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks Product Manager

Are you looking for creative ways to fund your RealCare Baby or Total Parenting Experience program? Don’t overlook local organizations and resources. Many national organizations have local chapters that may be interested in supporting local causes. Look for groups, foundations or associations that have missions that align with your program. 

For example,The Arc is a national organization (with a list of local chapters on their website) that “promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.”  They support a project relating to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention called the FASD-Prevention-Project. The TPE program includes the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Baby and curricula Understanding Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. It might be worthwhile to contact your local chapter to see if there would be any partnership opportunities.

Another organization, March of Dimes, has a mission to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. Many of the lessons taught in the Total Parenting Experience include helpful information on prenatal decision-making. Our program also supports educating young adults on the impact of decisions made while pregnant to help ensure the health and well-being of infants. The March of Dimes website has contact information for chapters in each state. This may also be a source of local support that could be helpful to you.

Here is a list of national organizations that you may wish to consider approaching for help in funding your program:

While we cannot guarantee that any of these organizations will fund a program, we have had RealCare Baby programs funded by similar local groups. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask. You may be surprised and successful!!