School Letters of Support 

Most granting agencies will require that you have letters of support from school districts to be filed with your grant. Deadline for filing grants often arrive at very inconvenient times for school personnel to review proposals to decide whether to submit a letter of support so we need as much lead time as possible. In most cases we need your request at least 30 days ahead of your submission deadline. We prepare your proposal for district consideration and work with you to find districts and schools that fit your needs. Often we will have to look beyond your first choices for districts to obtain letters of support so it can take extra time to gather the letters you need. The more notice we have the more likely we are to meet your needs in time for the submission. The form you need to complete for letters of support is found at this link. You will need to have a form letter of support ready to upload for completion of that form. You can download a sample letter to give you guidance on what should be included. Please contact David Requa (drequa@illinois.edu), Coordinator of School University Research Relations, with any questions about acquiring letters of support for your proposal submission. 

IES deadlines and others in the fall create some difficulty getting letters quickly. Summer can be a very difficult time to contact school personnel. Other granting agencies will have other deadlines but the general rule is that earlier is better in order to gather the letters of support that you need.