Grants For Educators Overview
School budgets are always tight and the team at FableVision Learning wants to help you add spark to your teaching! Consider applying for a grant this year. You never know where your innovative ideas may lead. Scroll down for more grants with rolling deadlines. Be sure to check back each month as we replace outdated grants!
Upcoming Deadline Specific Grants
Grants with Rolling Deadlines
Adobe Software Donation Program – International
Excerpt: "Adobe is pleased to support primary and secondary schools (U.S. K–12) and qualified nonprofit organizations/NGOs with donations of our latest version software. Adobe’s Software Donation Program allows schools and nonprofits/NGOs to request a maximum of four individually titled software products or one bundled software package per year. Donations are made to North American and international organizations."
Award: Up to four products per school per year.
Excerpt: "Adopt-A-Classroom partners donors with teachers so you can have funds to purchase critical resources and materials for your classroom. By registering, your classroom will be posted on the Adopt-A- Classroom website available for donors to select. When adopted, you will have full discretion to purchase items that meet your unique classroom needs through a network of online vendors affiliated with Adopt-A- Classroom."
Award: Average $500
After School Advantage Program from GTECH
Excerpt: "This company provides state-of-the-art computer labs to organizations in inner-city communities. GTECH supports after-school programs targeting disadvantaged youth and at-risk children ages 5 –15. Eligible applicants include nonprofits and public schools with existing after-school programs in need of a computer lab. Program must be in jurisdictions in which GTECH does business, which includes Washington, DC."
Award: An average of $15,000 in state-of-the-art computers, online technology, software, and volunteer hours
Bank of America Educational Grants
Excerpt: "We are committed to creating meaningful change in the communities we serve through our philanthropic efforts, associate volunteerism, community development activities and investing, support of arts and culture programming, and environmental initiatives. Working in partnership with community leaders, Bank of America’s local market leadership directs the majority of our giving through local grants that address pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of communities across our global footprint."
Deadline: Applications are reviewed throughout the year at regularly scheduled leadership meetings.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Excerpt: "The MLB's Baseball Tomorrow Fund is directed towards programs and schools that are determined to have youth involved in baseball. Funds may be used for improving the quality of baseball for youth ages 10-16 and support existing programs, new programs, and field construction or refurbishment."
Award: Maximum $50,000
Batters Up - P.E. Equipment Grant
Excerpt: "Batters Up USA® provides free baseball/softball equipment, primarily bats, balls, tee ball sets, helmets, catcher’s gear, and bases to local organizations to support the start up of new programs or to assist existing programs to grow. We serve boys and girls’ recreational programs up to age 13."
Award: P.E. Equipment
Beyond WordsSM: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund
Excerpt: "Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting. Grants will be awarded to public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism."
Deadline: Ongoing, but applications are reviewed monthly.
Award: Between $5,000 to $15,000.
Boston Foundation Grant
Excerpt: "Each year, the Boston Foundation distributes about $16 million from its Permanent Fund for Boston, an endowed pool of funds contributed by donors who want to see this community thrive. These discretionary grant funds are awarded through a competitive process that includes a variety of grant making programs open to requests from proven and promising nonprofits serving or benefiting the people of Greater Boston."
Deadline: Letters of inquiry accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Brown Rudnick Community Grant
Excerpt: "The Community Grant Program proceeds from the premise that those involved on the front lines of the educational system, 'below' the top management level, often have unique insight into small but significant needs or innovations that are often overlooked and which, with foresight and focus, could be addressed in the near future to make a positive difference to the community served. The proposed use of the grant must be to fully fund a specific, one-time, future education-related need or idea which promises to improve inner-city education within one year of the grant award in one of the cities eligible for Foundation grants. These cities are Boston, Hartford, New York City, Providence or Washington, D.C. Applications seeking funds for use outside of the boundaries of these cities will not be considered."
Brinker International Education Grants
Excerpt: "Brinker International is a global business, but our heart is rooted in the communities we serve. Giving back to the communities where we live and work is one of Brinker International’s core values. We contribute millions of dollars to charitable organizations each year, as well as thousands of hours of volunteer time from our Team Members. Our main areas of giving are Health, Arts & Culture, and Social Services."
Build-A-Bear Workshop Literacy and Education Grants
Excerpt: "We want to provide direct support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs."
Award: "Grants generally range between $1,000 to $10,000, but the average grant is $1,500."
The Charles Edison Fund
Excerpt: "The Charles Edison Fund is an endowed philanthropic institution dedicated to the support of worthwhile endeavors generally within the areas of medical research, science education, and historic preservation. The Fund is an extension of the benefactions and aspirations of its Founder, a man of discerning foresight, rare achievement and background."
Deadline: The Fund meets three times a year, usually in February or March, June and December, at which time requests which have been submitted at least three weeks prior to the meeting will be considered.
Award: $1,000 – $25,000
Computers for Learning
Excerpt: "This is not a grant for money, but instead for computers for your school. In order to encourage and promote the reuse of computers, GSA is proud to sponsor the new re-engineered Computers for Learning (CFL) website. The CFL program evolved as a guide for implementing Executive Order 12999, Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for all Children in the Next Century."
Award: Computers for your school.
Excerpt: "Digital Wish is a public charity designed to help educators locate much-needed funding for technology. All teachers who submit a technology-based lesson plan on Digital Wish will be automatically entered to win as many as 50 technology grants!"
Deadline: 15th of every month
Earthwatch: Education Fellowships
Excerpt: "As an educator fellow, you'll spend 1-2 weeks on an Earthwatch expedition alongside other teachers led by prominent field researchers. You will develop your skills and understanding around environmental concerns so that you are better able to pass on that knowledge to your students. The goal of this fellowship is to prepare you to return to your students and community with greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world."
Award: 1-2 weeks on an Earthwatch summer expedition
Eastern Regional Teaching with Primary Sources Program
Excerpt: "The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge."
Award: "Up to $20,000 on a rolling basis."
EPS Response to Intervention Grant Program
Excerpt: "EPS/School Specialty's Literacy and Intervention division, is pleased to announce a new grant program designed to assist school districts in the development and improvement of their Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. EPS/School Specialty has developed this grant program to support districts in their efforts to narrow the achievement gap. EPS/School Specialty has more than 50 years of experience working with school districts across the country to implement research-based reading and math intervention programs that help struggling students, including those in Tiers 1, 2, and 3, in Special Education, and English Language Learners."
Award: "Support of up to 35% of the program cost (materials and professional development) to support the purchase of EPS RTI solutions."
Fender Music Grant Program
Excerpt: "Qualifying applicants for the Fender Music Program are established, ongoing, and sustainable music programs in the United States which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. The intent of the program must be music instruction, not music appreciation or entertainment. Almost all of the selected programs to which we award grants fall into the following categories:
- In-school music classes, in which the students make music
- After-school music programs that are not run by the school
- Music therapy programs, in which the participants make the music
Almost all of the grants we award are traditional instruments and the equipment necessary to play them, ranging in value from $500 to $5,000. In order to be eligible for a grant, the instruments and/or equipment must stay in the program for the life of the instrument/equipment and must be played/used by the participants. We also award signed music memorabilia, which can be sold to raise money to purchase instruments or equipment."
Award: Usually musical instruments and equipment for the classroom
Ford Foundation Grants (International)
Excerpt: "We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Each year the Ford Foundation receives about 44,000 proposals and makes some 2,000 grants."
Note from the Editor: This foundation allows you the freedom to write your own proposal. While an applicant must be extremely proactive to apply for a Ford Foundation Grant, the result can be rewarding because funding can be directly applied to a specific need.
Deadline: Applications reviewed and accepted on rolling basis.
Fruit Trees 101
Excerpt: "Our orchard donations involve, on average, about 20 – 25 trees minimum (we do not currently offer single trees) to public schools. The trees, materials, orchard installation design work, and on site environmental curriculum with students are all donated, free of charge for the benefit of the school and its students. Download our application and ask an interested school official to complete and return it to us directly according to the instructions in the document."
Deadline: Applications reviewed and accepted on rolling basis.
Award: a minimum of 20–25 fruit trees
Excerpt: "Participants collect, pack, and ship used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and GPS devices. Items received at FundingFactory are sorted and inspected. The value of each item is entered into the participant's account. The participant can then choose to accumulate points and spend them in the Rewards Catalog or request a check payment. No selling, no paperwork, no obligation. Just a simple, easy way to collect items otherwise trashed and turn them into cash or rewards for a good cause."
Award: "Every qualifying item you send in has a cash value that's credited to your online account. And everything you send to FundingFactory is responsibly recycled or remanufactured."
Gateway to College Program
Excerpt: "New Gateway network members are selected through a rigorous discovery and selection process, which includes meetings with National Network staff both at an existing Gateway program and at the applicant college, submission of a letter of interest, and a budget review. Since Gateway to College represents a partnership between colleges and their local school districts, the application requires the participation of school district leadership. Once colleges are selected, they immediately begin hiring program staff who participate in intensive planning and training in preparation for program opening the following fall. Colleges use per-pupil funds from their local K-12 education partners to cover the cost of student tuition, books, and on-going student support."
Award: $1,000– $450,000
Host an EdTech Conference - Professional Development Grant
Excerpt: "By participating in this grant program your teachers will learn best practices to effectively integrate different types of technology and how to leverage your existing technology to optimize what you already have. It’s your conference, we just work with you to make sure it meets all your needs.
In addition, eInstruction® will assist you with a grant of $3,500 and free loaner technology for every presentation. You will also be provided with an eInstruction coordinator and a host guide toolkit. Plus, our conference model ensures that you can afford to bring this opportunity to your educators, and establish your district as a leader in interactive technology."
Award: "$3,500 and free loaner technology for every presentation."
LEGO Education Workshop Grant
Excerpt: "This grant program, offered by EBA, is available to help fund teachers using LEGO® Education products to facilitate hands-on workshops at national, state, or regional conferences or events, by reimbursing qualified facilitators for expenses. Once approved, facilitators will be required to hand out a survey (provided by LEGO® Education) to workshop attendees at the end of the workshop. Surveys must be returned to Educational Blueprints Association before reimbursement is made."
Deadline: Four months prior to the date of the workshop and applications are reviewed quarterly
Award: Details on webpage
Lilly Endowment Inc. Education Grants for Indiana
Excerpt: "Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937. Our education grantmaking revolves primarily around our interest in improving education in Indiana, with special emphasis on higher education and on programs designed to increase the number of Indiana residents with bachelor’s degrees. Besides grantmaking in our three principal areas of community development, education and religion, the Endowment also awards grants in support of youth development and philanthropic leadership education. We remain primarily committed to our hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana."
Deadline: Ongoing. Proposals are considered in March, June, September, November, and December.
Maximus Charitable Foundation Grants
Excerpt: "The MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation is committed to creating opportunities for young people through youth-oriented programs. We collaborate with organizations and charities in the United States that share our commitment in helping the disadvantaged achieve self-sufficiency and personal growth."
Deadline: August 31 (Annually)
Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Excerpt: "The MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 by MetLife to continue its long-standing tradition of contributions and community involvement. The goal is to empower people to lead healthy, productive lives and strengthen communities. The Foundation makes grants in health, education, civic affairs, and culture."
NEA Learning and Leadership Grants
Excerpt: "Our Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, for one of the following two purposes: grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment."
Deadline: Ongoing. Applications deadlines are February 1, June 1, & October 15 every year.
Award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in colloquial study
NEA Student Achievement Grants
Excerpt: "The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged."
Deadline: Ongoing. Applications deadlines are February 1, June 1, & October 15 every year.
Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Program 2012
Excerpt: "Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for ‘exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level.’ Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award."
Award: "Winners will receive NAGT membership, $500 in travel funds, $500 in classroom improvement funds, 1-year membership and subscription to EOS and Physics Today, 1-year subscription to The Professional Geologist, and an assortment of publications from the USGS."
PetSmart® Pets in the Classroom Program
Excerpt: "The goal of Pets in the Classroom grants is to support pets or an aquarium in the classroom for the purposes of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets responsibly. These grants are offered to Pre-K through 8th Grade classes in both public and private schools only. Home school settings do not qualify for grants at this time.
The welfare of the pets involved is of paramount importance. These grants must not be used for research or experiments of any kind."
Award: "Grants are available in the following categories through your local PetSmart store: Hamster, Guinea Pig, Fish, Leopard Gecko and Bearded Dragon."
Pets in the Classroom Grants
Excerpt: "Pets in the Classroom grants are offered to Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade classes only in both public and private schools. These grants are intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom for the purposes of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets responsibly. The welfare of the small animals involved is of paramount importance. These grants must not be used for the purposes of research or experiments of any kind.
There are four (4) grant types, including: 1- Rebate Grants in the amounts of $100 (for small animal or birds) or $150 (for reptiles or fish) for purchases at any pet store; 2- the Sustaining Grant in the amount of $50 to maintain an existing classroom pet; 3- Petco Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petco; and 4- a Petsmart Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petsmart."
Award: $50, $75, or $125
Teachers' Pet Grant
Excerpt: "Classroom teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors and, other certified support staff (exclusive of after-school programs) in Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls (South Carolina) are invited to apply. Awarding of grants will be based on merit, innovation, completeness, the enhancement of existing curriculum, and the availability of funding. Applicants may request up to $500 per project and are limited to one grant per school year."
Deadline: Ongoing: The last day of each month during the academic calendar year (September - March)
Award: Up to $500 per project and are limited to one grant per school year.
Toshiba America Foundation Grants for Grades 6–12
Excerpt: "Wanted: Classroom Innovators! Toshiba America Foundation is currently accepting applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Do you teach grade 6–12 science or math? Do you have a wish list of instructional equipment that will make learning more exciting for your students? If the answer is yes to these questions, Toshiba America Foundation would like to hear from you."
Deadline: Rolling for applications under $5,000.
Toyota USA Foundation Educational Grants
Excerpt: "The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of K–12 education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and environmental science. A high priority is placed on the following:
- Creative and innovative programs which develop the potential of students and/or teachers;
- Programs which are broad in scope and incorporate systemic approach; and,
- Cost-effective programs that possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort."
Award: $50,000 – $500,000
UPS Foundation Grants
Excerpt: "The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. As UPS begins a second century of service, The UPS Foundation global strategy is now structured to strengthen impact and better leverage UPS intellectual and physical assets. The five focus areas, Economic and Global Literacy, Environmental Sustainability, Nonprofit Effectiveness, Diversity, and Community Safety, are aligned with the company’s vision for the future. Formal request proposals may be submitted from nonprofit organizations that best align with the five focus area giving strategy."
The Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program
Excerpt: "The ARRL Foundation established the Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program, with the objective of providing support for the development of Amateur Radio among high-school age (or younger) youth. The program makes mini-grants available to groups that demonstrate serious intent to promote participation in Amateur Radio by youth and enrich the experience of radio amateurs under the age of 18. Groups that qualify for mini-grants will include, high school radio clubs, youth groups, and general-interest radio clubs that sponsor subgroups of young people or otherwise make a special effort to get them involved in club activities."
Award: Up to $1,000