Grants and Funding Opportunities
- Association of American Educators Classroom Grants These grants (average amount: $500) can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audiovisual equipment, and lab materials. Classroom grants are available to all educators who have not received a scholarship or grant from the association in the last 18 months. DEADLINE: October 1 and March 1
- The Awesome Foundation Grant
The Awesome Foundation is focused on forwarding the interest of the arts and sciences. Awesome projects are not strictly defined, but tend to challenge and expand understanding of individual and communal potentials. Past projects ranged across a wide spectrum, from public artwork to mobile applications to scientific experiments. Submissions through the application form are placed in a common pool viewable by all chapters. Each chapter meets monthly to select a project to fund; selection is done by consensus. The grant is open to all people and organizations, and there are no prerequisites to apply. Applicants must complete an online application, which is available at their website. Deadline: Submissions are reviewed monthly.
- Air Force Association Educator Grants
The Air Force Association provides grants to public schools to support science and environment programs. Grants up to $250 are awarded per request and must be used for aerospace education-related items/activities such as books, videotapes, aerospace-oriented field trips, and aerospace education days. For more information, visit the Air Force Association Educator Grants Web site. Deadlines are March 31 for the spring cycle and September 30 for the fall cycle.
- American Association of Educators (AAE) Classroom Grants
AAE's Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audiovisual equipment, and lab materials. Classroom grants are available to all educators. Application deadlines are October 1 and March 1. For more details, visit the web site: www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/member-benefits/scholarships-and-grants.
- American Honda Foundation Grants
The foundation awards grants of up to $75,000 to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education. "Scientific education" encompasses physical and life sciences, mathematics, and the environmental sciences. The foundation is seeking programs that meet the following characteristics: scientific, dreamful (imaginative), creative, humanistic, youthful, innovative, and forward thinking. Deadlines to apply for the grants are May 1, August 1, November 1, and February 1. For more information visit http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx.
- AIAA Foundation Classroom Grants
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation gives up to $250 for science and math programs. AIAA Educator Associates who are K-12 teachers who develop or apply science, mathematics, and technology in their curriculum are eligible. Apply to become an AIAA Educator Associate Member by visiting www.aiaa.org/SecondaryTwoColumn.aspx?id=255. Grants may be used for classroom demonstration kits, classroom science supplies, or other materials that energize science, math, and technology hands-on learning. Grants will be considered in November, January, and April or until funding is exhausted.
- Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AATP) offers scholarships for future high school physics teachers. This scholarship is supported by an endowment funded by Barbara Lotze. To apply you must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. Also, you must be a U.S. citizen attending a U.S. school. Recipients of the award will receive a stipend up to $2,000. The scholarship can be granted to the awarded for up to four years. Deadline: Applications are accepted year round, but must be received by December 1 to be reviewed.
- Captain Planet Foundation Grants
The Captain Planet Foundation funds and supports hands-on environmental projects for children and youths ages 6–18. Its objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,500. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are September 30 and February 28.
- Classroom Materials Donation Forum
Teachers looking for materials for classroom activities need look no further than DonorsChoose.org. This website offers a unique opportunity for individuals to donate to the education and enrichment of young children across the country. The website is designed so that teachers are able to petition for any relevant material they may need but are currently unable to obtain. Teachers simply ask for specific materials that they desire for a particular project, and members of the community donate funds toward these proposals. Deadline: Requests accepted throughout the year.
- EPA Funding Directory for Environmental Projects
- "Funding Opportunities: A Directory of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Environmental Protection Assistance Programs" provides an extensive list of grants available from EPA, other federal agencies, state governments, and private foundations. Grants are organized by topic, with detailed descriptions and contact information for each grant. The document also provides links to online resources with more information. Various Ongoing Grants Available.
- FRED Technology Grants for Rural Schools
The Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) created this program to meet the need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants strive to help rural public schools connect to high-speed broadband, bring modern computers to every classroom, and ensure effective, engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the curriculum. The program runs annually and awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. FRED programs are designated for rural communities, residents, and organizations in the United States and Canada. Eligibility for FRED programs is determined by the Donor Circle. Applicants must have a letter of nomination from a Donor Circle company for that program year and meet the basic requirements outlined in the individual program brochure.
- Funding Opportunities (US Department of Education)
Grant and contract information from U.S. DOE, including departmental guidelines, regulations, and Federal Register grant related documents. Various Ongoing Grants Available.
- Great Lakes Protection Fund
- Funds projects that lead to tangible improvements in the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, promote the interdependence of healthy ecological and economic systems, and are innovative, creative, and venturesome. Deadline: awarded quarterly (March, June, Sept., Dec.).
- Great Lake Sediment & Nutrient Reduction Program
Eligible applicants include units of state, county and municipal government; tribal authorities; watershed councils; soil and water conservation districts; academic institutions; environmental groups; and other non-federal public entities or nonprofit organizations in the United States. Applications only accepted electronically. For more information, contact Tom Crane firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-665-9135. Deadline: Varies.
- Intel Community Grants
Intel Corporation provides grants to support K-12 education and community projects. Intel vigorously supports education through grants for programs that advance science, math, and technology education, particularly for women and underserved populations. Intel's community grant program specifically focuses on providing grants to K-12 STEM programs, environmental education (ecology, recycling and resource conservation) and community programs (food banks, shelters, youth programs, etc.). Community grant awards typically range between $5K - 10K. Applications are evaluated on a competitive basis each quarter. The quarterly submission deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. For more information, please visit the Web site: www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/corporate-responsibility/applying-for-grants.html.
- Lorie Otto Seeds for Education
Sponsored by the Wild Ones natural landscaping organization, the Lorie Otto Seeds for Education Grant provides educators with an opportunity to grow a “living classroom.” (1)The grants are designed to bring nature trails, wildflower gardens, native grass landscapes, and other projects to schools across the country. Projects must meet three criteria: students must be involved in the planning process, there must be a focus on hands-on learning, and an ecosystem based on native plant species must be created. Grant amounts can be up to $500 for plants and seeds. Deadline: October 15.
- Mott Foundation
- The Mott Foundation facilitates effective planning, networking, organizing and communication among individuals and groups fighting for environmental, economic and social justice. Lists more than 400 people of color, grant opportunities, resource and legal groups from 40 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.
Various Ongoing Grants Available.
- National Education Association Student Achievement Grants
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. Applications may be submitted at any time, and educators of students from Pre K through college are invited to apply.
- NEA Foundation Grants for Educators
The NEA Foundation is focused on funding and sharing successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. Any practicing educator, including education support professionals such as school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians are eligible. Grant awards can be between $2,000 and $5,000. Deadline: October 15.
- NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants
The NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants are available in the form of Student Achievement grants to K-8 public school educators. The Big Help Grants program is dedicated to work that addresses four key concerns: environmental awareness, health and wellness, students' right to a quality public education, and active community involvement. Proposals for work that advances low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education may apply. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15 each year. For more information and to apply, please see the NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants web site.
- NSTA New Science Teacher Academy
Applications for the 2014–2015 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy are currently being accepted. The year-long program was established to help reduce the high attrition rate in the science teaching profession by providing professional development and mentoring support to early-career science teachers. Science teachers located throughout the country that will be entering their second through fifth year of teaching and whose schedule is a minimum of 51 percent middle or high school science, are encouraged to apply to the program. For more information about the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy or to learn how to apply to become a fellow, please visit the Academy website. DEADLINE: August 22, 2014
- Pets in the Classroom Grants for Pre-K through 8th Grade Teachers
Pets in the Classroom grants are offered to Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade classes. These grants, ranging from coupons to rebate grants of up to $150, are intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom. Classroom pets are great for teaching children how to 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. They also may not be spent for overhead or administrative costs, and grants are only issued once per classroom per school year. DEADLINE: Open
- Qwest for Education
Qwest for Education focuses on enriching the lives of children by supporting solid K-12 educational programs. The Foundation will consider programs that support innovative models to strengthen K-12 public school education, improvement of skills and leadership of educators, and effective use of technology to improve K-12 public school instruction.
Various Ongoing Grants Available.
- Seeds for Education Grants
This Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Grant recipients are those which most successfully reflect the Wild Ones mission to educate and share information about the benefits of using native plants in landscaping and promoting biodiversity and sound practices. To be considered for the annual award, applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15th of the year prior to the grant year. Notification of awards will be made by February 15th of the grant year. Please visit www.wildones.org/seededuc.html for details.
- Toshiba Grants
There are two grant programs through the Toshiba America Foundation; the first is for grades k-5, and the second is through grades 6-12. These grants are awarded to teachers based on their ability to engage students in challenging topics in science and math. The deadline for the first program is October 1st each year, and the second is (check Toshiba Web site).
- Toshiba America Foundation Innovation Grants
The Toshiba America Foundation is offering grants to teachers who have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in the classroom. The grants will be awarded to elementary school teachers (K-5) who want to bring a creative hands-on project to their classroom. Applications are only available online at the Toshiba America Foundation website. A $1,000 grant will be awarded. Deadline: October 1.
- Tree Planting Grants Now Available
The Go Green Youth Challenge promotes environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning for Michigan's youth through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Pre-K through grade 12 students are challenged to collect coins individually or as a class or club each spring. The coins fund community tree plantings and program outreach efforts. The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge is awarded a tree planting in their community and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is offering local government, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments the opportunity to apply for a Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grant. Grant applications are available online.
- Verizon Foundation Grants
Verizon awards grants to innovative, technology based approaches to literacy and K-12 education. The Verizon Foundation focuses on supporting education, health care and sustainability. Elementary and secondary schools (public and private) registered with the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as eligible nonprofits, may apply for grants of up to $10,000. Verizon Foundation accepts proposals online from January 1 through October 1 and will make a decision within 90 days. For more information please visit the Verizon Foundation Web site at www.verizonfoundation.org/grants/.
- Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Opportunity
Five volunteer organizations have been awarded grants by the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) to assist the state of Michigan in monitoring water quality. These grants were awarded through the MiCorps Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program, which provides specialized training so that these volunteer groups would be able to obtain high-quality data on the state's water resources. Some of the work these volunteer organizations will be doing include monitoring small water-dwelling organisms, such as worms or mollusks, which can be affected by change in water quality as well as providing food for fish and other higher organisms. They also will be looking for traces of pollution by monitoring the water's chemistry.
- Young Explorers Grant
The National Geographic Society's Young Explorers Grants for 18-25 year-olds to pursue research, exploration, and conservation-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs. Grants vary in amount ($2,000 to $5,000) depending on the significance of the project. Deadline: Open
- Youth Venture
Youth Venture provides seed money grants of up to $1,000 for new youth-created, youth-led, sustainable ventures that benefit the community. Youth ages 12-20 who want to start a new ongoing environmental club or organization can get guidance on how to plan, organize, and launch their venture, along with funds for start-up expenses. Visit the website to get information and start the application process. Applications accepted throughout the year.