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Show Me The Money!!!

March 27, 2018

It has been reported that teachers spend at least $600 out of their own pockets to supply educational materials to their classrooms. Many educators have been able to cut some of those costs by applying for donations from crowdfunding sites like Donors Choose or Adopt a Classroom. If you're looking for another great way to receive significant funding for your classroom or school, try applying for a grant. While the grant writing process can be somewhat tedious, don't let that deter you. There are many resources available that will help increase your chances of being awarded

 

Receiving a grant can provide you with the funds to do a lot of important work, such as address a local or national problem, build infrastructure, and perform academic research. Oftentimes, a grant gives an organization instant credibility and public exposure which can make it easier to raise money from other government and private sources. After all, success often breeds more success when your program/idea gets funded.

I wanted to put this list together for you all because I always hear people talking about how much FREE MONEY there is out there, but that's where the conversation typically ends. It's on us to do the research and find it. Lucky you, you're part of our network and I've handled that step for you! Now, it's on you to finish the process and get the funding you need to help your students succeed.

 

All the grants listed below are still active and available for teachers Nationwide. Some have deadlines that are quickly approaching, so don't waste any time reading through them and seeing if it will be a good fit for your classroom/school. At the end, I also listed additional sites where you can look for state specific grants, professional development grants/opportunities, and travel grants for educators. Good Luck!   

 

Educators of America:

Educators of America is driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need, but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible. If you are a teacher that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom, but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out their grant application.

 

Classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (January, April, July, October). Forms can either be mailed in or emailed directly to grants@educatorsusa.org. Be as specific as possible when filling out the application, including what technological resources, how they will be used, and what long term strategy will be employed to ultimately increase student achievement and technology integration. 

 

Click here to visit their website and download a PDF version of their Grant Application Form

 

Toshiba:

Toshiba America Foundation's mission is to provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects. After school and summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible. The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms. Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners. Applications must be for project based learning. Toshiba does not consider requests sole for computers, laptops, or tablets.

 

K-5 teachers in a public or private (not-for-profit) school is eligible for a grant to support science or math education up to $1,000 for project materials only. Applications must be received by 10/1/18.

 

6-12 teachers in a public or private (not-for-profit) school is eligible for a grant to support science or math education for project materials only. Requests under $5,000 are accepted on a rolling basis.  Requests over $5,000 must be submitted by 5/1 and 11/1.

 

Click here to visit their website and being the application process. Be sure to select the correct grade levels from the side panel. 

 

Home Depot:

The Home Depot Foundation is focused on empowering organizations that serve veterans or underserved communities and give back to and engage with the community, in order to make a lasting impact. It offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of approval date.

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and decision is provided via email 4-6 weeks after submission. Schools should use the link for "Government Funded Organizations" when applying.

 

Click here to visit their website to begin the application process.

 

FormLabs:

The Formlabs Education Grant is an opportunity for educational labs to receive a Form 2 for their research facility by sharing a project that will benefit from the use of a 3D printer. This grant is open to all accredited educational institutions in any department. Submit a detailed project outline or proposal that your lab is working on to be considered.

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awards will be granted to approximately one lab or educational facility per quarter.

 

AWARD: Form 2 Complete 3D Printer Package

-Form 2 3D Printer

-1L Cartridge of Standard Resin

-Finish Kit

-Resin Tank

-Build Platform

-One Year Warranty 

 

Click here to visit their website and submit your proposal.

 

NEA Foundation-Learning & Leadership:

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. The NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants support the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

 

Individuals: to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research

Groups: to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

 

Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

 

Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. There are three grant deadlines throughout the course of each year. Deadline 1: February 1, Deadline 2: June 1, Deadline 3: October 15

 

Click here to visit their website and begin filling out an application.

 

NEA Foundation-Student Achievement:

The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students’ curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens. The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants support NEA members that are helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems. The NEA Foundation has successfully provided funding to thousands of educators to enable them to take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.

 

Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. There are three grant deadlines throughout the course of each year. Deadline 1: February 1, Deadline 2: June 1, Deadline 3: October 15

 

Click here to visit their website and begin filling out an application.

 

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund:

The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF) makes grants in four priority areas: conservation education, species research, habitat protection, and animal rescue and rehabilitation. 

Within the area of conservation education, funding priorities include the following:
• Nature deficit disorder: encouraging youth to spend time outdoors connecting with nature, and understanding the value of nature and mechanisms for sustainability.
• Leadership development: identifying potential conservation leaders and developing their leadership skills and knowledge.
• Alternative income: retraining and developing viable employment opportunities for people and communities reliant upon jobs that directly impact wildlife and habitat, such as poaching, livestock farming, or logging.

Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and schools and universities. The fund works with organizations to support programs that are science-based, solution-driven, and community-oriented. Each applicants is required to create a login and the application must be completed online.

 

Applications received by November 30, 2017 will be considered for funding in the first two quarters of 2018. Applications received by April 30, 2018 will be considered for funding in the last two quarters of 2018.

 

Click here to visit their website and apply. Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions to ensure you're eligible for funding.

 

Pets in the Classroom:

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

 

This grant is open to teachers and librarians in public or private schools from Pre-K to 9th grade level. Grant applications are accepted from August 1 through June 1st each year.

 

For the regular store coupon grants, you will receive an email notification within 2-3 weeks of when you apply. If approved, you should receive your coupons in the U.S. mail within 4 -6 weeks of when you apply.  For the REBATE and SUSTAINING grants, you should receive an email from Pets in the Classroom with the grant certificate attached within 2-3 weeks of when you apply. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: During times of very high volume (August – October), it may take a little longer to get your coupons out to you.  Be sure to check your spam folder for emails.

 

Click here to visit their website and begin the application process. Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions for information about the different types of grants they offer.

 

ASM Materials Education Foundation:

The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society.

 

To apply, you will describe a hands-on, curriculum-based K-12 project that involves student observation, teamwork, mathematics, and science skills that enhance student awareness of the everyday materials around them. ASM encourages you to contact local ASM chapter members for assistance in creating imaginative, original projects that other teachers will want to emulate. Cooperative proposals are also welcome.

 

The application deadline is May 25 and results will be communicated in early August.
Any applications received after the deadline will be considered in next year’s cycle.

 

Click here to visit their website and apply. Don't forget to lean on members of the local chapters for support during this process. 

 

VOYA Financial:

Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.

Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:

  • Innovative method

  • Creativity

  • Ability to positively influence the students

Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Winners are selected by Scholarship America, a national non-profit educational support and student aid service organization.

 

Of the 100 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. The top winners are selected by the Educators Advisory Board, consisting of six distinguished educators from across the U.S.

 

Your application must be submitted on or before April 30, 2018. All applicants will receive notification via email by June 30, 2018 with the status of their application. Payments for awards will be presented no later than December 2018 to recipients by local agents of Voya.​

 

Click here to visit their website and apply.

 

The Snapdragon Book Foundation:

The Snapdragon Book Foundation was founded by a former school librarian in December, 2008 to provide funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools. During a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, The Snapdragon Book Foundation hopes to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read.

 

Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. When you apply for a grant you should ask for the amount that the project requires. At times Snapdragon is not able to fulfill the complete request, but offers a partial grant.

 

The application deadline is April 20th and winners will be notified by email in June. Checks will be mailed to the schools at that time. A list of the winners will appear on the website. Funds are expected to be used within nine months.

 

Click here to visit their website and apply. Before applying, be sure to thoroughly read the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Alternative Fuel Foundation:

Funds are available for educational institutions to aid in the development of programs that promote renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship. There is a preference for funding requests that promote the awareness and use of alternative fuels or promote the concept of sustainability. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.

 

Typical grants range from $250-$500. Larger grants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants will be notified of their status via email approximately 60 days after the application is submitted. When submitting an application, the contact email address included should be for a contact that will be available throughout the grant. The Alternative Fuel Foundation will only consider grants for projects that will be completed within one year of when the grant is received. 

 

Please note the grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third party funding. Only 10% of any award granted can be used toward outside resources such as labor, installation, consultation and delivery.

 

Any individual non-profit public or private K-12 school or parent group associated with a non-profit public or private K-12 school may apply. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent tax ID # and official 501c(3) status from the IRS. If your group does not have 501c(3) status, please apply through your school. Pre-schools are not eligible. Universities are also eligible to apply provided the project meets grant criteria.

 

Click here to visit their website and apply. It is strongly recommended that you fill out the application offline first, before transferring it to the online system.

 

Kinder Morgan:

The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders, and our mission is to provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. Their goal is to help today's science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support diverse communities for many years to come. To accomplish this goal, Kinder Morgan funds programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.

 

Program support is only provided to communities where Kinder Morgan has operations. The program must support K-12 students serviced in non-profits, public schools, or private schools. Non-profits and private schools must have a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. In Canada, non profits and private schools must provide documentation that enables us to determine that the organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity.

 

Focus Areas

  • Academic programs, including tutoring

  • Arts education programs

Click here to visit their website and apply. Be sure to also review their guidelines and restrictions.

 

Walmart Foundation:

There are 8 areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Please review the areas listed below to ensure your organization’s goals fall within one of these areas.

  • Hunger relief and healthy eating: Providing Federal or charitable meals/snacks for low income individuals and families in the United States

  • Health and human service: Providing medical screening, treatment, social services, or shelters for low income individuals and families in the United States

  • Quality of life: Improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low income individuals and families in the United States

  • Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low income individuals and families in the United States

  • Community and economic development: Improving local communities for the benefit of low income individuals and families in the United States

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering the building of relationships and understand among diverse groups in the United States

  • Public Safety: Supporting public safety programs through training programs or equipment in the United States

  • Environmental sustainability: Preventing waste, increasing recycling or supporting other programs that work to improve the environment in the United States

The 2018 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2018 and the application deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2018. Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days. Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000.

 

Click here to visit their website and apply for the Community Grant Program. Walmart also offers other grant programs that you may be interested in.

 

SYTA Youth Foundation:

The SYTA Youth Foundation established the Road Scholarship program in 2002 to award funds to youth who, for various reasons, are unable to afford the cost of student group trips. Based on the belief that travel is essential to a complete education, it is SYF's goal to make a positive difference, through travel, in the young lives of our global citizens. Since its inception, SYF has awarded scholarships to over 6,000 deserving youth. Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's circumstances and need as documented in an application form.

 

The next nomination period will open October 1, 2018 through November 16, 2018. All nomination results will be sent out the week of December 10, 2018. The scholarship amounts vary on a case-by-case basis, based on the demonstrated need of the applicant, and the number of applicants in a given application period. The average Road Scholarship granted is $750. No more than $1,000 USD will be awarded to an individual nomination and no more than $5,000 USD will be awarded to a group nomination. Your nomination will not be considered if you request an award higher than the maximum award.

 

All Road Scholarship nominations must be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official or program leader for students in grades K-12 and 18 years of age or younger. Please note that the SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) will not consider nominations submitted by parents and/or guardians. The educator, designated school official or program leader MUST register and create a profile, in order to view and submit a Road Scholarship nomination.

 

Click here to visit the website, keep up with the next nomination period, and learn more about this scholarship.

 

Additional Grants for Educators:

https://www.edutopia.org/grants-and-resources

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-travel-grants-resources-matt-davis

https://www.grantwatch.com/cat/42/teachers-grants.html

http://www.grantsforteachers.com/G4T_Grants-For-Teachers-BySubject-And-Category

http://travelbeyondexcuse.com/grants/

https://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2013/02/the-top-13-grants-every-teacher-wants-how-get-them/

https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-apply.html

 

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