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April 2022 Grind (PDF)

 

Linking Resources to Support Student Success”

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

GRIND

 

(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)

 

APRIL ISSUE                                                                                   2022

 

Congratulations to the schools and/or individuals for applying and receiving the grants and awards on behalf of Mt. Diablo students! Please email me at robertss@mdusd.org to share your success!

 

A detailed chart of current grants across the district is available at www.mdusd.org/DEPARTMENTS/GRANTS/Pages/default.aspx

 

Time Sensitive Due Dates:

 

 

 

Academic Support/Professional Development Grants

 

After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program  NEW!!

Purpose: To provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe, constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade.  Funding is designed to: (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit quality applications throughout California.  The application is for new grantees and as well as existing grant recipients who wish to increase funding.

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Local educational agencies.  ASES programs at elementary and middle/junior high schools.  Nonprofit organizations may apply, but the local educational agency or the public agency must agree to act as the fiscal agent of the grant.  Grade levels K-8 are eligible.

Amount: Maximum of $152,612.13 for elementary schools and a maximum of $203,482.84 for middle schools.

Deadline:  March 30, 2022.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5750

 

California Community School Partnership Program: Implementation Grant  NEW!!

Purpose: To support the establishment of new community schools and/or the expansion or continuation of existing community schools.  A community school is a “whole-child” school improvement strategy where the local educational agency and school(s) work closely with teachers, students and families.  Community schools partner with community agencies and local government to align community resources to improve student outcomes.

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Local educational agencies.  An applicant must be a school district, charter school or county office education.  Pre-K thru Adult eligible.

Amount: Total available $400,000,000 and the recipient amount is $2,375,000.

Deadline:  April 11, 2022.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5707

 

 

Teacher Development Grants 

Purpose: To promote best practices through cooperative and sustained commitment to increased efficacy, improved teaching and active learning.  The Foundation values proposals aimed at concurrently boosting student understanding and proficiency and instilling a passion for lifelong learning.  This grant supports small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking K-12 classroom instruction.  Consider applying if you and/or a small group of your colleagues:

  • Are eager to improve your classroom instruction.
  • Are willing to document your new approach in detail.
  • Have an imaginative and well-considered plan for enriching classroom instruction.  

Funder: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.

Applicant: Educators who are licensed K-12 teachers employed in public or private schools; have the background and experience to complete the project successfully; and are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation.

Amount: Grants up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

Deadline: April 15, 2022.  Apply early!  The application system closes when they reach 350 submissions.

https://mccartheydressman.org/teacher-development-grants/

 

 

Academic Enrichment Grants 

Purpose: To develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning.  The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.  These grants provide funding for programs that nurture intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of child from low-income households.  Consider applying if you and/or a small group of your colleagues:

  • Have a unique idea for a project that will supplement your regular classroom curriculum or after-school activity.
  • Your students have ideas for enrichment activities or a need for strengthening their academic experiences.
  • You have facilities, expertise, and community endorsement, but need additional resources for materials, time and transportation.

Funder: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.

Applicant: Educators who are employed by schools or non-profit organizations; have the background and experience to complete the project successfully; have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to12; work with students from low-income households; and are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation.

Amount: Grants up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

Deadline: April 15, 2022.  Apply early!  The application system closes when they reach 200 submissions.

https://mccartheydressman.org/academic-enrichment-grants/

 

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12 

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, 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.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.  Applications must be for project based learning.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools in grades 6-12.

Amount: Grants requests of more than $5,000.

Deadline: May 1st and November 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612_apply.jsp

 

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation & Inspiration in Math Teaching  NEW!

Purpose: To recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms; To demonstrate to the education profession and the general public that innovative math teaching exists and can successfully reach the middle grades; To replicate the successful innovative activity of the winning teacher, distribute it to the classrooms across the country, and positively impact math education in the United States; and To encourage innovation and incorporation of hands-on methods in classrooms around the country.  The winning activity must be innovating, engaging, hands-on, original and replicable.

Funder:  National Museum of Mathematics.

Applicant:  4th – 12th grade teachers.  You must be an educator who regularly teaches mathematics, a mathematician, or a person whose primary, full-time career is focused on math outreach.  Although you need not teach in a regular school setting, you must be able to demonstrate your lesson with a classroom group of at least eight middle school students, should you be selected as a finalist. 

Amount: The winning teacher will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000.  The winning teacher (s) will have the opportunity to share their innovative activities with educators around the world.  Up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative and inspirational activities will be awarded. 

Deadline: May 15, 2022.  After submitting a preliminary application, please check your email in early July for results from the preliminary round judging.  Finalists will be invited to submit additional application materials due in Fall 2022.

https://momath.org/rosenthal-prize/

 

 

Technology Grants

 

 

School Climate and Safety Grants

 

 

Arts and Enrichment Grants

 

2023 GRAMMY Music Educator Award  NEW!!!  

Purpose: To bring attention to the excellent and impactful work being done by thousands of music teachers across the United States. 

Funder: This award is supported by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) and the National Association for Music Education.

Applicant: Current, full-time educators in the United States who teach music in public or private schools – Kindergarten through college.  Teachers in after-school, private studios or other educational settings are not eligible.  Teachers who are planning to retire at the end of the current school year are not eligible.  Music educator applicants will be evaluated based on the demonstrated evidence that they:  have made a measurable difference in the lives of students; have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education; are exemplars of the best in the field; have shown commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools; and have made a significant impact on their school or community. 

Amount: The winner receives a custom award and a $10,000 honorarium.  Finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium, while semifinalists receive a $500 honorarium.

Deadline:  Nominations are due April 15, 2022.  The deadline for teachers to apply is April 30, 2022.

 

Youth and Community Development Grants

 

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants

 

 

Mini-Grants

 

The Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Microgrant Program 

Purpose: To provide funds to help young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world.  The funds are to be used to complete service projects in their communities, such as turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. 

Funder: The Karma for Cara Foundation.

Applicant: Youth 18 years old and under. 

Amount: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.

Deadline:  April 1, July 1, October 1, and January 1annually.

https://karmaforcara.org/microgrant

 

The Frances R. Dewing Foundation Grants    

Purpose: To support innovation in early childhood education.  Emphasis is placed on new, untried or unusual projects and programs that if successful could have a snowball or ripple effect benefiting the larger educational or local community.  Generally, such projects and programs need seed money to develop and try new educational methods and tools.  The foundation provides seed money in the form of small grants to projects concerned with early childhood education, specifically for children up to 6th grade.

Funder: The Frances R. Dewing Foundation.

Applicant: United States based 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000 and 20-30 are awarded per year.

Deadline:  April 1 and October 1 annually.

https://dewingfoundation.org/apply/

 

The Robert Lehman Foundation Grants 

Purpose: To enhance the role of the visual arts within American and world culture.  The foundation supports museum exhibitions, art education programs, scholarly publications and art history lectureships that complement the strengths of the Robert Lehman Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and advance the goal of identifying the foundation with serious scholarly endeavors.  The art education programs supported share the goal of providing art education to underserved communities that have insufficient access to any type of arts learning.  This stems from the foundation’s strong belief that access to the arts improved the lives of people and communities. 

Funder:  The Robert Lehman Foundation.

Applicant: Museums, arts organizations, educational institutions, and other cultural organizations.

Amount: Varies by request. 

Deadline: April 1, 2022 and September 2022 annually. The Board of Trustees of the Foundation reviews proposals in October and May.

https://www.robertlehmanfoundation.org/contact.html

 

Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To help today’s science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come.  To accomplish this goal, we fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.  This grant is for program support only.  The focus areas are:  academic programs, including tutoring and arts education programs.

Funder:  The Kinder Morgan Foundation.

Applicant:  K-12 public and private schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States with a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.  Schools must be in an area where Kinder Morgan has operations and they do have a facility in Concord. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: April 10, 2022.  The deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.  Applications postmarked on or before a deadline will be accepted.  You will be notified of the board’s decision 60 to 90 days after it is received.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/community/km_foundation_guidelines.aspx

 

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) School Supplies Grant  NEW!!

Purpose: To help offset the financial burden and support their network of educators, especially those who are constantly looking to support their students.

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Applicant: Any high school educator employed in the United States, particularly those who are also heads of clubs in their schools.  Applicants must send a 500-word response to the following question:  How would this grant provide opportunities for your classroom that otherwise would be difficult to come by?  Applicants must also provide a color headshot, professional resume and a principal/administrator recommendation.

Amount: Twenty $500 grants will be awarded.

Deadline:  April 15, 2022.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/school-supplies-grant/

 

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) College Counselor Service Award  NEW!!

Purpose: To honor hardworking counselors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life.  These awardees are steadfast advocates for their student, are peer role models, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education. 

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Applicant: Any high school counselor currently working within a public or private high school in the United States or abroad.  Applicants must send an 800-1,000-word response to the following question:  How do you best advocate for your students?  Describe in detail your passion for education and its’ impact.  Pictures/videos/media showing your leadership in action are option, but strongly encouraged.  Applicants must also provide a color headshot, professional resume and a principal/administrator recommendation.

Amount: NSHSS is awarding three $1,000 awards.

Deadline:  April 15, 2022.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/nshss-college-counselor-service-award/

 

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Advanced Placement Educator Grant  NEW!!

Purpose: To provide funds for Advanced Placement teachers to use for supplies, materials, field trips, or other supplemental aids to enhance the delivery of Advanced Placement courses for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Applicant: Any educator teaching an Advanced Placement course.  Applicants must provide a color headshot suitable for website posting, professional resume, personal statement and a recommendation.

Amount: NSHSS is awarding five $1,000 awards.

Deadline:  April 15, 2022.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/nshss-advanced-placement-ap-educator-grant/

 

The Outride Riding for Focus (R4F) Grant  NEW!

Purpose: To empower communities to launch youth cycling programs.  Their program promotes cycling as an outlet for students to improve their cognitive, physical and socio-emotional well-being.  Schools can purchase the program and for schools serving marginalized communities, they can apply for a program grant.    

Funder: Outride.

Applicant:  Middle schools with students in 6th-8th grades.  This is a middle school-based PE program.

Amount: Schools are provided with everything they need to get the students riding, including bikes, helmets, curriculum and intensive teacher training.

Deadline:  April 15, 2022.

https://outridebike.org/grants

 

Bio-Rad Science Teacher Grants Program  NEW!   

Purpose: To support innovative and creative approaches to science education and provide students with the opportunity to learn about and experience research techniques in a hands-on way.  The program encourages sustainable projects that improve the way science is taught at the K-12 level.  Priority is given to requests involving the Bio-Rad products and technologies provided by the company’s Biotechnology Explorer program and/or involve Bio-Rad employees.  Priority is also given to inquiry-based approaches to science education.

Funder: Bio-Rad Corporation.

Applicant: Only public schools (and organizations) are eligible to apply.  The school must be located within a 50-mile radius of Bio-Rad’s headquarters in Hercules, CA.  Only one grant will be awarded per school, per year. 

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.  This amount may be cash, Bio-Rad products, or combination of the two. 

Deadline: April 15, 2022.

https://www.bio-rad.com/webroot/web/pdf/corporate/literature/science-teacher-grants-application.pdf

 

Justin J. Watt Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To provide afterschool opportunities for middle school-aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while in a safe and supervised environmental with their peers.

Funder: The Justin J. Watt Foundation.

Applicant: Sixth- through eighth-grade afterschool athletic program at schools with over 60% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program.

Amount: Varies by school budget.  Funds may be used to purchase:  game jerseys and one set of game pants with school name, numbers and JJWF logo.  These cannot be personalized with student names; safety equipment like helmets, pads, and wrestling or cheerleading mats; balls, bats, nets and other equipment vital to the sport; reasonable storage equipment.  For example, the foundation would not fund ball carts, as mesh bags would serve an equal purpose. 

Deadline:  Winter sports (basketball, wrestling, and volleyball):   Aug 15, Sept 15, and Oct 15.

Spring sports (baseball, softball, and track):   Jan 15, Feb 15 and Nov 15.

Fall sports (football, soccer, cheer):  March 15, April 15 and May 15.

http://jjwfoundation.org/request-funds

 

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes  

Purpose: To celebrate inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

Funder: Young Heroes Project.

Applicant: Young people who are, on the April 15th deadline:

  • Between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • Permanent residents of and currently residing in the United States or Canada.
  • Currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months.
  • Working as an individual to lead their service work.  The Barron Prize does not accept application from large groups of young people.

Amount: Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.  In addition, each winner receives a beautiful personalized plaque and recognition certificate.

Deadline:  April 15, 2022, by 5pm Mountain Time.

https://barronprize.org/

 

Educators of America MicroGrants 

Purpose: To supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need to assist in bettering student achievement, not only in the classroom, but throughout the entire institution.

Funder:  Educators of America, Inc.

Applicant: K-12 public, private and charter schools.

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.

Deadline:  April 15 and September 15 annually.

https://educatorsusa.org/our-programs/micro-grants/

 

2022 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes  NEW!      

Purpose:  To support educational activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with STEM-related equipment, supplies, technology, and science lab makeovers.  Sweepstakes entries and votes must be submitted online.

Funder:  Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, Inc. 

Applicant: K through Grade 12 teachers at Title I designated public schools or tax-exempt schools. 

Amount: Five grants of $5,000 will be awarded.

Deadline: April 22, 2022, by 5:00pm eastern time.

https://www.siemensstemday.com/competition/sweepstakes/enter?destination=/sweepstakes/enter

 

School Band & Orchestra Scholarship Magazine Essay Contest  NEW!    

Purpose: To provide scholarship and grant opportunities to high school students involved in music education and music performance.  In 250 words or less, answer the question:  Why did you join band, and why do you stick with it?

Funder:  School Band and Orchestra (SB&O) Magazine and the National Association of Music Merchants.

Applicant:  Open to students enrolled in public or private K-12 school instrumental “band” programs.  Not open to private music students.  Instrumental programs can mean orchestra, symphony, jazz band, mariachi, wind band, marching band, concert band, literally any kind of “instrumental” program.  The synonymous term “band” is for any programs taught in school instrumental programs, regardless of genre or discipline. 

Amount: Five $1,000 scholarships to students in grades four to eight.  Five $1,000 scholarships to students in grades nine through twelve. 

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

https://sbomagazine.com/2022-sbo-essay-contest-entry/

 

National History Teacher of the Year Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To recognize exceptional K-12 American history teachers across the country. 

Funder: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Applicant: Any full-time educator of grades K-12 who teaches American history (including state and local history).  American History may be taught as an individual subject or as part of other subjects, such as social studies, reading, or language arts.  The nominated teacher must have at least three years of classroom teaching experience and be planning to teach for at least one year following the award year.  Past state and national winners are not eligible.  Self-nominations are not accepted.  Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors:  a demonstrated commitment to teaching American history; evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; and effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary sources to engage students with American history.  Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, or principal or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work.

Amount: The national winner chosen from among state winners receives a $10,000 prize presented at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City.  State winners receive a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources, and recognition at a ceremony in their state. 

Deadline:  April 30, 2022.

https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-and-events/national-history-teacher-year

 

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program  NEW!      

Purpose:  To support full-time educators and their schools fund classroom projects.  Projects must be effective and innovative and must improve student learning.

Funder:  Voya Corporation via Scholarship America. To ensure impartiality, the program is managed by Scholarship America.

Applicant: Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States.  Applicants may be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff.

Amount: Awards range from $2,000 - $25,000.  Each of the 50 finalists will receive an award of $2,000.  Of the 50 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards.   First place will receive a bonus of $25,000; second place will receive a bonus of $10,000, and the third place winner will receive a bonus of $5,000.  All awards must be used to further the projects, as described in the submitted application, within the school or school system.  Scholarship America processes the award payments on behalf of Voya.

Deadline: April 30, 2022, by 3:00pm Central Time. https://apply.scholarsapply.org/unsungheroes/information.php

 

 

2022 “Celebrate the West” Regional Art Competition 

Purpose: To challenge high school students to create works inspired by their state.  The students are asked to create original two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state or informed by living in the West.  Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities and culture.  Funder:  Western Governors’ Association. (WGA)

Applicant: Students enrolled in grades 9-12 in the 16 Western states and three U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association.  Students are encouraged to think about what the West means to them.  What does it mean to call the West home?  What have we learned about its complex past and what do we imagine its future looks like?  See website for detailed guidelines.

Amount: WGA’s panel of art experts will select one finalist from each state and territory.  State winners will receive $200 and compete for 1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $750; 3rd Place: $500 at the regional level.  State winners will be announced on or before May 7.  Regional winners will be announced at the Western Governors’ Association’s annual meeting on July 26-28, 2022, in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. 

Deadlines: April 30, 2022.

https://westgov.org/celebrate-the-west/competition/2022-competition

 

 

Mary Pope Osborne’s Gift of Books Grant Program    

Purpose:  To get books directly into the hands of children in a way that sparks their interest in reading and learning while simultaneously accomplishing classroom requirements in creative, meaningful and long lasting way. 

Funder: Magic Tree House Adventures.

Applicant: The books and Fact Trackers are most effective for K-5th as well as special education classrooms.  Applicant should be a Title I school or writing on behalf of a Title I school.  If not a Title I school, applicant must give an explanation of the school’s need for books, citing percentage of free and reduced lunch or other qualification for low income status.  After-school programs may submit proposals.  Schools will be eligible to receive books once every two years.  Schools may request books for multiple classrooms within the school.  Also, more than one teacher per Title I school may apply for a grant. 

Amount: In-kind donations of Magic Tree House books and Fact Trackers.

Deadline: Proposals are accepted between September 15, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Any proposals after April 30th will be reviewed in September.

https://www.mthclassroomadventures.org/gift-books

 

National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants  

Purpose:  To 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.

Funder: The NEA Foundation.

Applicant:  Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel, and must be current members of the National Education Association. Current NEA Foundation grantees are ineligible for a concurrent funding opportunity.  Education support professionals (ESPs) are defined as: paraeducators, school bus drivers or other transportation staff, custodial and maintenance staff, food services staff, school nurses, health aides and other health and student services staff, clerical staff, security staff, skilled trades staff, and technical services staff.  Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) include professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists and others.

Amount: Learning & Leadership grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000.  Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

Deadlines:  Application Periods:  Spring-March 1, 2022 - May 1, 2022, with notifications July 1, 2022.  Summer-June 15, 2022 – September 15, 2022, with notifications November 15, 2022.

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/

 

National Education Association (NEA) Student Success Grants 

Purpose:  To support educators engaging students in project-based and deeper learning to support the development of skills and dispositions contributing to success and fulfillment in a changing world. 

Funder: The NEA Foundation.

Applicant:  Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel, and must be current members of the National Education Association. Current NEA Foundation grantees are ineligible for a concurrent funding opportunity.  Education support professionals (ESPs) are defined as: paraeducators, school bus drivers or other transportation staff, custodial and maintenance staff, food services staff, school nurses, health aides and other health and student services staff, clerical staff, security staff, skilled trades staff, and technical services staff.  Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) include professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists and others.

Amount: Student Success grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000.  Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.  Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or technology. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. If your budget includes materials, the application must demonstrate how they will play a central role in deepening student knowledge and habits of inquiry.  Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, or for lobbying or religious purposes.  While we recognize there is a tremendous need for student devices, unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to fund proposals solely focusing on electronics such as laptops, Chromebooks or tablets.

Deadlines:  Application Periods:  Spring-March 1, 2022 - May 1, 2022, with notifications July 1, 2022.  Summer-June 15, 2022 – September 15, 2022, with notifications November 15, 2022.

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/student-success-grants/

 

National Education Association (NEA) Envision Equity Grants   

Purpose:  To enable educators to test creative new ideas and innovations, demonstrating exemplary teaching and learning. They also support project-based learning and help educators to advance students' cultural understanding and appreciation, anti-racism commitments, and understanding of civic engagement and democracy.  The NEA Foundation wants to ensure that educators have opportunities to lead in an equity-focused reimagining of public education, encouraging students’ love of learning, and the best possible educational experience for every child.  Examples of possible uses of funds (this is not an exhaustive or prescriptive list):  Bring trainers to your school to support culturally-sustaining teaching and learning; Purchase and implement new social and emotional learning curriculum materials; Pay for supplies to implement project-based learning, addressing a real-world challenge; Develop stronger education-focused family, school, and community partnerships; Gain access to resources that can help to deepen students’ understanding of racial equity and anti-racist commitments and actions; Implement projects elevating student voice and supporting students’ engagement in civic and community life.

Funder: The NEA Foundation.

Applicant:  Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel, and must be current members of the National Education Association. Current NEA Foundation grantees are ineligible for a concurrent funding opportunity.  Education support professionals (ESPs) are defined as: paraeducators, school bus drivers or other transportation staff, custodial and maintenance staff, food services staff, school nurses, health aides and other health and student services staff, clerical staff, security staff, skilled trades staff, and technical services staff.  Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) include professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists and others.

Amount: Envision Equity grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000.  Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. 

Deadlines:  Application Periods:  Spring-March 1, 2022 - May 1, 2022, with notifications July 1, 2022.  Summer-June 15, 2022 – September 15, 2022, with notifications November 15, 2022.

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/

 

School In-Service Training Grants Grades (PreK-5) 

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to elementary schools for in-service education in mathematics.  Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.  No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multi-ethnic student body and its impact on performance.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Clarence Olander Fund.

Applicant: Only schools with at least one current (on or before the application deadline) Essential or Premium member of NCTM can apply for this grant.  Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to re-apply.  No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education trust in the same academic year.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $4,000.

Deadline: May 1, 2022.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants/

 

School In-Service Training Grants Grades 6-8   

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to middle schools for in-service education in mathematics.  Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.  No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multi-ethnic student body and its impact on performance.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Clarence Olander Fund.

Applicant: The primary applicant must be a current (on or before application deadline) Essential or Premium member of NCTM.  Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to re-apply.  No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education trust in the same academic year.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $4,000.

Deadline: May 1, 2022.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants/

 

School In-Service Training Grants Grades 9-12 

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to secondary schools for in-service education in mathematics.  Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.  No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment. While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.   Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multi-ethnic student body and its impact on performance.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Clarence Olander Fund.

Applicant: Only schools with at least one current (on or before the application deadline).  Essential or Premium member of NCTM are eligible to apply for this grant.  Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to re-apply.  No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education trust in the same academic year.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $4,000.

Deadline: May 1, 2022.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants/

 

Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools & Technology Grants (PK-12) 

Purpose: To encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools to help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions.  When used appropriately, they can enhance other effective teaching and promote meaningful learning opportunities for students.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Isabelle P. Rucker Fund.

Applicant: Must be a current (on or before the application deadline) Essential or Premium member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades PK-12 at least 50% of the day or be a full-time mathematics coach.  Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to re-apply.  No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education trust in the same academic year.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $3,000.

Deadline: May 1, 2022.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants/

 

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants 

Purpose: To provide support to museums, culture and performing arts programs, schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, and programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped.  Environmental and wildlife protection activities and other community-based organizations and their programs are also supported.

Funder:  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Applicant: Community-based non-profit organizations.  Organizations seeking support may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is requested.  Please include an itemized budget for the program or project, along with the total operating budget for the organization.  A copy of the IRS letter stating your Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/not a private foundation status, must be included with the application. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 - $20,000.

Deadline: May 10th and November 10th annually.

 

American Historical Association Beveridge Family Teaching Prize  NEW! 

Purpose: To recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives.  The prize is awarded on a two-year cycle rotation:  in even-numbered years, to a group, in odd-numbered years, to an individual.  The 2022 prize will be awarded to a group, which can be recognized either for excellence in teaching or for an innovative initiative applicable to the entire field.

Funder: American Historical Association. (AHA)

Applicant: K-12 teachers. 

Amount: The current prize amount is $1,000 and the recipients will be recognized at the January 2023 AHA annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Deadline: May 15, 2022.

https://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/awards-and-prizes/beveridge-family-teaching-prize

 

 

 

Dollar General Foundation Youth Literacy Grants  NEW!!

Purpose:  To help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading.  Funding is available to:  Implement new or expanding existing literacy programs; Purchase new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; Purchase books, materials or software for literacy programs.

Funder: Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Applicant: Schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations within a state that Dollar General Corporation operates in and that is within 15 miles of a Dollar General store.  There is a Dollar General store in Concord.

Amount: Grants up to $4,000.

Deadline:  May 19, 2022, by 10pm Central Standard Time (CST).

https://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/?#youth-literacy-grants

 

Stronger than Hate Challenge  NEW!!

Purpose: To find inspiration in the stories of survivors of genocide.  Students, working alone or in groups, are invited to create a video; write a poem, song or blog; or produce a painting or piece of artwork that demonstrates the chosen medium’s potential to create a community that is stronger than hate.  Entries will be judged on creativity, connection to testimony, social impact, and the power of storytelling.

Funder: The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, Inc.

Applicant: From the time of entry through the award of prizes, students must be at least 13 years of age and enrolled in 6 through grade 12 at a public, private, parochial, or home school located within the United States, District of Columbia or Canada.  Entrants must have parental approval.  Entries must be submitted online.

Amount: One first-place prize of $6,000, plus a trip to the USC Shoah Foundation to meet powerful storytellers and changemakers; one second-place prize of $3,000; and one third-place price of $1,000.

Deadline:  May 26, 2022.  The judging will happen on or before June 17, 2022, and the winners will be announced in the Fall of 2022.

https://www.teachingwithtestimony.com/challenge

 

The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation Grants  

Purpose:  To provide funding for special projects that could not otherwise be realized.  The foundation makes grants in the areas of education, the arts, social welfare, and medical research.  Previous grants were used to fund international baccalaureate programs at charter schools, outreach programs for abused and neglected children and youth, projects for children on the autism spectrum, and housing projects for at-risk teenagers.

Funder: The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation.

Applicant:   PreK through 12 grade schools.  Public, private, charter, and other (including homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations. 

Amount:  Grants up to $20,000 are awarded.

Deadline:  May 31, 2022.

https://graeffoundation.com/grant-rules-and-deadlines/

 

Pets in the Classroom Grants  

Purpose:  To provide financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets – an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

Funder:  The Pet Care Trust.

Applicant: PreK-9 grade public or private school teachers in the United States or Canada.  Only one grant per teacher is permitted.  Teachers may re-apply for grant money each fall.

Amount: There are three different types of grants:

Store Grants (choose one of 4 participating retailers)

Rebate Grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian)

You can receive only one store or one rebate grant per lifetime, not per school year.

Sustaining Grants ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet)

If you have received a store or rebate grant in any previous school year, you are only eligible for a sustaining grant. 

Deadline: You may apply any time between August 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022.

https://www.petsintheclassroom.org/

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12      

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, 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.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.   Applications must be for project based learning.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools in grades 6-12. 

Amount: Grants requests of less than $5,000.

Deadline:  June, September, December and March 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612_apply.jsp

 

Saucony Run for Good Foundation Grants 

Purpose:  To improve the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and a healthier lifestyle.  Funding is available to organizations that initiate and support running programs for kids. 

Funder: Saucony Run for Good Foundation.
Applicant: Community nonprofit organizations.  Program participants must be 18 years of age or younger.

Amount: Varies by request.

Deadline:  June 15 and December 15 annually.

https://www.saucony.com/en/content?caid=cat-landing-slotbanner-RunForGood-20150824

 

Hunter Brooks Watson Grant 

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to young people enabling them to follow their dreams, to think outside the box and to pursue their visions.  Preference is given to applications in the areas of music, performing arts, computer science and entrepreneurship. 

Funder: Hunter Watson Fund.

Applicant: Applicants must be at least 16 years old and not more than 26 at the time of submission of application and a legal resident of the United States or St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Amount: Awards range from $500 - $5,000.

Deadline:  Grants are awarded twice a year.  Applications are due on and June 15th and November 15th annually.

https://www.hunterwatson.org/hunters-grant

 

Classics for Kids Foundation Matching Grants for Stringed Instruments 

Purpose: To enhance school and community youth music programs in need by providing matching grants for new, high-quality stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos.  Funder: Classics for Kids Foundation

Applicant: Public, private, or charter schools serving grades K-12.

Amount: Grants vary based on the number of instruments requested.  A proposed grant of $5,750 (to be matched dollar for dollar) would purchase 20 stringed instruments.  (12 violins and 8 cellos)

Deadline: Applications are accepted quarterly, with deadlines of June 30, September 30, December 31 and March 31, annually.

https://classicsforkids.org/apply-for-a-grant/

 

James Dutton Foundation Grants

Purpose:  To award grants for projects that enhance human life through nature-related activities and education, and those that positively impact the environment, wildlife, and animal life.  Proposals must specify how educational and other goals will be met and how a project aligns with the foundation’s mission. 

Funder: The James Dutton Foundation.

Applicant: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations including PreK-12 Public, Private, Charter, and Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations).  There is no formal application.  Grants requests should include a cover letter with contact information and a narrative description of the organization and its mission; project or program, including purpose, schedule, and budget; and how project/program success will be determined and measured.  Completed applications must be submitted by email or postal mail. 

Amount: Grant awards vary.

Deadline:  June 30, 2022 and October 12, 2022.  Decisions are made on the following board meetings on July 13 and October 26, 2022, respectively.

http://www.jameseduttonfoundation.org/our-approach-to-giving

 

Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award      

Purpose: To honor and recognize the accomplishments of a high school science teacher who has demonstrated a significant and sustained impact on pre-college age students. 

Funder: ASM Materials Education Foundation.

Applicant: Candidate must be a full or part-time actively employed high school teacher in the U.S.A. or Canada.   

Amount: The award includes a cash grant of $2,000 plus the recipient’s travel cost of up to $500 to receive the award at the ASM Awards Luncheon.

Deadline:  June 30, 2022.

http://www.asmfoundation.org/awards/kulkarni/

 

Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concert Grants    

Purpose: To support string education by inspiring middle school string students through direct experience with accomplished classical musicians. Mentoring programs and high-level concert experiences are two examples. The grants focus on financial need in school and nonprofit music programs throughout the United States. Priority will be given to well-designed projects that provide comprehensive immersion into or guidance from the musical talents of advanced musicians. String education must be a key component of any music program requesting funds, and the music program or curriculum must already be in place.

Funder:  Sharon Gerwirtz Kids to Concerts Fund.

Applicant:  Public or charter schools serving grades 5–8, or nonprofit/501(c)(3) organizations directly funding string education, regardless of their ability to pay, should apply.

Amount: Grants up to $1,000 are made on an annual one-time basis. 

Deadline: June 30, 2022.

http://mossfoundation.org/grants.html

 

Office Depot Foundation Give Back to Schools Program 

Purpose:  To support schools by helping stretch their budget and allow them to provide the best education possible.  This program is available at Office Depot and OfficeMax store locations, by phone at 1-800-GO-DEPOT and online at OfficeDepot.com.

Funder: The Office Depot Foundation.

Applicant: Pre-K – 12th grades schools only. 

Amount: Five percent of qualifying school and office supply purchases made during each program period will be tallied under the name of each school designated by our customers.  At the end of each program period, the total credits tallied per school will be offered to that school in the form of an Office Depot OfficeMax Merchandise Certificate for the school’s use toward the purchase of any products or services from any Office Depot or OfficeMax store, by phone or online.

Deadline: There are four program periods: April 1 thru June 30; and July 1 thru Sept 30; Oct 1 thru Dec 31; Jan 1 thru March 31;

https://www.officedepot.com/cm/school-supplies/give-back

 

 

Frederick & Florence Bauder Endowment Fund for the Support of Physics Teaching

Purpose:  To support special activities in the area of physics teaching.  Applicants can apply for funding:  For the development and distribution of innovative apparatus for physics teaching; To obtain and or build and support traveling exhibits of apparatus; For local workshops for teachers who spread the use of demonstration and laboratory equipment.

Funder: The American Association of Physics Teachers. (AAPT)

Applicant:  AAPT members.

Amount:   Grants up to $2,500.

Deadline:  July 1 for consideration at the summer meeting and December 1 for consideration at the winter meeting.

www.aapt.org/Programs/grants/bauderfund.cfm

 

2022 Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To help students on the autism spectrum or students with close family members with autism spectrum as they pursue a higher education.

Funder: The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.

Applicant: Applicants must have been diagnosed or have a close family member who has been diagnosed with a form of autism, including Asperger syndrome, and they must be currently enrolled in, or have been accepted to, an accredited college, university, or vocational school, either for an undergraduate or post-graduate program.  Applicants must submit their most recent official or unofficial transcript.  Applicants must be United States citizens. Applicants must also submit an essay between 500 and 1,000 on one of the following topics:

 

  • Tell us about a time that you have had to overcome an obstacle as a person with autism that other people would not have had to face.
  • Explain how your loved one’s autism has affected you and how you have adapted to help them.
  • Answer this question:  What do you feel is the biggest obstacle holding back people with autism today?

 

Amount: $5,000 scholarship.

Deadline: July 31, 2022 by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (EST).

https://www.perecman.com/avonte-oquendo/autism-scholarship/

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grants  OPENS MAY 1!!

Purpose: To provide funds to benefit students and these funds may be used toward supplies, materials, field trips, or other resources for courses/diversity efforts.

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Applicant: Any high school educator employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally.  This grant is for educators who serve in rural areas, working with diverse populations or actively promoting diversity/equity/inclusion initiatives in their school or wider community.  Applicants must send a 500-800 word response to the following question:  How important is diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and beyond?  Describe specific examples from your classroom.  Applicants must also provide a color headshot, professional resume and a principal/administrator recommendation.

Amount: Five grants of $1,500 each will be awarded.

Deadline:  August 15, 2022.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/nshss-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-in-teaching-grant/

 

Next Gen Personal Finance $2 Million Gold Standard Challenge  

Purpose: To encourage high schools to adopt standalone personal finance graduation requirements of at least one semester, focusing on the planning and coalition-building that takes place throughout the process.  Grant funds will be awarded to grantees who plan and execute steps to successfully spur adoption of standalone personal finance graduation requirements in their schools or districts.

Funder: Next Gen Personal Finance. (NGPF)

Applicant: Teachers at public and private high schools in the United States and Puerto Rico, who as of January 1, 2019, had not yet received school board approval for a standalone personal finance graduation requirement.  The definition of NGPF Gold Standard graduation requirement: 

  • Students are required to take at least one semester, or the equivalent of 60-90 consecutive instructional hours, in personal finance through a standalone course.
  • No other course may be used to satisfy the personal finance requirement.

Amount: Grants awards are limited to one per school (up to $10,000).  If a school has less than 300 students the grants award will be $2,500.  300-999 students equal a $5,000 grant.  More than 1,000 students equal a $10,000 grant.  School districts may be awarded up the three individual grants (up to $30,000) that collectively impact multiple district schools or the entire district.  Grants will be paid out upon NGPF receiving school board minutes confirming adoption of a personal finance course graduation requirement and teachers’ description of their efforts to spur adoption.

Deadline: August 31, 2022.

https://www.ngpf.org/goldstandardchallenge/

 

The Chisholm Foundation  NEW!!

Purpose: To support education, the arts, and religious endeavors.  The foundation welcomes the opportunity to consider special projects, especially demonstration or seed projects, which can be continued with support from an organization’s operating budget or other funding sources beyond the grant period.  The foundation has no specific application form or fixed proposal format.  Interested applicants should submit the following information in their proposals:  purpose & objectives, plan and budget, oversight, evaluation, board of directors, financing, outcomes, and reporting.

Funder: The Chisholm Foundation.

Applicant: Public, private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter schools in the United States.

Amount: Awards vary.

Deadline:  September 1 and March 1 annually.  Applications are reviewed twice a year and grants are made in May and November.  Applicants should plan their submission well in advance of need.

http://www.chisholmfoundation.org/Guidelines.htm

 

Les Paul Music Grants 

Purpose: To support music-focused activities.   The foundation makes grants for music, music engineering, and sound programs for youth; medical research; programs related to hearing impairment; and public exhibits.  Previous grants were used to fund music camps, music and hearing programs and classroom projects.

Funder:  The Les Paul Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.   

Amount: Awards vary.

Deadline:  September 15 and January 15 annually.

https://www.lespaulfoundation.org/programs/

 

“We the Future” Lesson Plan Contest  NEW!

Purpose:  The contest asks educators to design a lesson plan to teach the United States Constitution.  The focus should be on one specific age group:  Elementary School, Middle School or High School. 

Funder: Constituting America.

Applicant: Teachers, K-12th grades, are eligible to sign up.   Public schools, including charter schools and private schools are eligible.  Home educators are also eligible to participate.  Winners must agree to attend the Winner Mentor Trip tentatively scheduled for June 2023 (all costs fully covered) and to participate in our Constitution Education Skype/Google Hangout “virtual” class before the trip, scheduled at a mutually agreeable time for the winner. 

Amount: A $1,000 cash prize for the teacher who coordinates her class/school/school district to send in the most contest entries.  Plus, there will be special presentation at the teacher’s school.   

Deadline:  September 17, 2022.

https://constitutingamerica.org/contest-categories/#toggle-id-6

 

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants  OPENS MAY 30, 2022!!

Purpose: To provide teachers and librarians an opportunity to present a special project outside the standard curriculum or an engaging way to help students meet curricular goals.  The program is a creative and innovative activity that take place in class or out in the community, and provides an enriched experience.  Examples of projects are story walks, multicultural portrait projects, school gardens, bookmaking, puppetry, and intergenerational storytelling. 

Funder: Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Applicant: Public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs in the United States and U.S. Commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam.

Amount: Up to 70 grants of $500 each will be awarded.

Deadline:  September 30, 2022.

https://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/section/ezra-jack-keats-mini-grant-program-for-public-libraries-public-schools/

 

Association of American Educators Foundation (AAE) Classroom Grants 

Purpose:  Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including, but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials.  Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.

Funder: Association of American Educators Foundation. (AAE)

Applicant: Grants are available to full-time educators at public, private, other (homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations) who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the previous three grant cycles. Grants are competitive and AAE members receive additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  October 1 and March 1, annually.

http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/classroom-grant-application

 

Association of American Educators Foundation (AAE) Teacher Scholarships 

Purpose:  To support teachers in their professional development pursuits.  These scholarships can be used for a wide variety of professional development opportunities and materials.  These include:  conferences, inservices and materials for PLCs (Professional Learning Communities).  The scholarship will cover all associated costs with attending these events or obtaining these materials. 

Funder: Association of American Educators Foundation. (AAE)

Applicant: All full-time public, private, other (homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations) who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the past two years. Awards are competitive and AAE members receive additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  October 1 and March 1, annually.

https://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/teacher-scholarship-application

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades K-5    

Purpose: To provide funding for innovative ideas for improving Science, technology, engineering and math learning in the classroom.  The idea needs to be project-based learning with measurable outcomes and should make learning math and science fun for your students.  Endorsement from a school official is required.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Public or private school teachers in grades K-5. 

Amount: Not more than $1,000.

Deadline:  October 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp

 

Target Local Store Giving  

Purpose: To contribute to the communities in which they reside.  You may go to a Target store and request a Target gift card donation.

Funder: The Target Corporation.

Applicant: Any non-profits 501(c)(3) accredited school or government agency.  Public schools will need to provide a Government Affirmation letter or other IRS-provided letter.

Amount: An average donation is $25-$50 with a maximum donation of $500 per year per agency.  Target does not donate merchandise.  Stores typically take up to 30 days to review and respond with an approval or decline.

Deadline:  Gift card donations are available February thru December.

https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/philanthropy/corporate-giving

 

 

RESOURCES

 

Online Food Education Center 

Pilot Light announced the launch of the online Food Education Center.  The center is designed to provide food education lessons and resources to K-12th grade teachers and educators for use within classrooms.  Lesson plans are aligned with Common Core State Standards for education while integrating food education within the lesson.  New lesson plans will be added to the Food Education Center on a regular basis.

https://foodedu.pilotlightchefs.org

 

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence:  Education, Prevention, Tobacco, and Health 

The American Lung Association announced the launch of the Intervention for Nicotine Dependence:  Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTHTM), which offers schools new resources to deal with the rise in youth vaping.  The interactive program teaches teens about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives, and how to beat tobacco addiction.

www.lung.org/stop-smoking/helping-teens-quit

 

Varsity Tutors Test Prep 4 All Initiative 

Varsity Tutors recently launched a new initiative to provide free live, online SAT and ACT test prep classes for all students in the United States.  The initiative is called Test Prep 4 All.  The classes will consist of 10 sessions, each 2.5 hours in length, and will be time to sync with major test dates throughout the year for a total of 25 hours of live instruction.

www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-act-prep-course

 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K-12 Classroom Engagement Program 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the launch of a comprehensive K-12 classroom engagement program starring iconic globetrotting super sleuth Carmen Sandiego.  The program features original lesson plans, Google-powered field trips and games, and digital content.  The downloadable classroom activities are designed to support student learning around geography, history, culture and diversity.

www.carmensandiego.com

 

LG Electronics USA Launches its Life’s Good Experience Happiness Initiative 

The initiative brings together various resources to promote sustainable happiness for youths and raise awareness about the science of happiness.  As part of the initiative, K-12 classrooms have access to virtual field trips and audio-guided mindfulness practices.  In addition, LG is partnering with Project Happiness to launch High School Happiness Clubs.

www.lg.com/us/experiencehappiness

 

New Fundraising Platform Launched 

TeacherFunder, a new fundraising platform, seeks to help educators receive funding through public donations.  To utilize the site, teachers register, create a profile, and let donors know why they need funding and how it will be used.  TeacherFunder does not charge a platform fee.  A minimal 3.9% plus $1 is taken from each donation to process through merchants.  All remaining money goes directly to the teachers.

http://teacherfunder.com

 

Essity Handwashing Works! Hand Hygiene Education Program 

The program provides resources for preK-2nd grade educators to use when delivering handwashing education in their schools.  Educators can order a free instruction kit, which includes a lesson plan and materials for in-class activities.  Educators can also request a free ultraviolet flashlight and glow-in-the-dark lotion. (representing germs).

http://www.handwashingworks.com

 

Interactive, On-Demand Algebra Tutorials 

Designed by Benciti Technology, the Algebra on Nudge app for iOS and Android presents interactive, on-demand algebra tutorials that include practice problems for students in grades 6–9 to attempt to solve on their mobile devices. The tutorials “nudge” students toward the solution to an algebra problem one step at a time. When they get stuck, students can ask for a hint or a demonstration of how to solve the problem. Nudge also shows students where they made mistakes in coming up with their solution. Students can practice, learn, and master linear equations using the Nudge algebra app. The app chooses interactions that best suit a topic and provides visual cues designed to reinforce concepts. With intuitive gestures and resulting visual transformations, Nudge provides a unique sensory learning experience for an abstract topic such as algebra. Solutions are worked out to look like handwritten answers. Teachers can view reports that provide comprehensive feedback, including ratings for each concept that is practiced and applied. Cost: Free

https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2017/02/nudge-interactive-algebra-lessons-on.html

 

Course Hero 

Course Hero announced the release of over 200 literature study guides and infographics with detailed analyses on some of the most taught literature books in high school and college.  Each study guide includes an infographic, a character and plot diagram, a timeline highlighting key events, and more.  The guides also feature historical and literary context to help students recognize the complex themes and symbolism in each work.  The Course Hero literature guides and infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download and share.

www.coursehero.com/lit

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a new initiative to teach kids in grades 3-7 how to identify hazardous products and the way recalls work.  The outreach offers free materials and lesson plans to teachers and youth community leaders.  Once kids complete the program activities, they earn a Consumer Protection Safety All-Star certificate.

http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/cpsc

 

MassMutual Foundation 

The MassMutual Foundation, Inc. announced the launch of a new digital financial education curriculum as part of its FutureSmart program.  The curriculum, which is geared toward middle school students, is offered for free to schools.  It is offered in English and Spanish.

http://futuresmart.massmutual.com

 

Junior Achievement USA 

Junior Achievement USA announced the launch of a new interactive web experience called JA My Way.  The free experience is an online destination for teens to learn about careers, starting a business, and managing money.  It combines games, rewards, information, and social media to help teens explore these topics in a fun and exciting way.

www.jamyway.org

 

Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative 

The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Office announced the launch of the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.  The initiative is a new program designed for K-6 students to educate them on the importance of online safety and top equip them with skills to protect themselves on the internet.  The program includes several interactive modules designed to excite K-6 students about computers and teach them basic practices for staying safe online.  Participation in the initiative is free for schools and organizations utilizing the digital copy of the program.

http://uscyberpatriot.org/special-initiatives/elementary-school-cyber-education-initiative/escei-overview

 

Science Fair Central 

Scotch Brand Products and Discovery Education offer a website that supports educators, parents, and young scientists as they embrace one of the school year’s greatest opportunities for project-based learning:  the science fair.  Featuring comprehensive free resources, Scotch Science Fair Central provides clear guidance to teachers and science fair leaders on how to help students capture the spirit of innovation as they plan, complete and present a successful science fair project.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

 

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Teacher Rewards Discount Card  

Teachers can sign up for a Rewards Discount Card.  The card can be used to receive 15% off purchases.  Eligibility is limited to current K-12 public, private, and parochial school teachers; higher education learning institution instructors; authorized home school teachers; and current credentialed, licensed or certified child care providers.

http://www.joann.com/teacherrewards/

 

Nature Works Everywhere   

The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education launched Nature Works Everywhere, an online resource designed to help students learn the science behind how nature helps our everyday existence and the importance of environmental conversation.  The website provides middle school teachers, students, and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature, which include videos, interactive lesson plans, and an interactive game.

www.natureworkseverywhere.org

 

California Coastal Commission 

The “For Educators” page has detailed information and links to many free resources.

http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/directory/educate.html

 

Stop Bullying Now 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) offers a website on bullying for kids.  The site defines bullying and describes ways in which kids can stop or prevent bullying from occurring.  The definition includes cyber-bullying, and describes specific ways in which some children use e-mail, social networking or texting to bully other children.  An adult page on the site provides in-depth information and resources on bullying for parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults in contact with youth.  For more information, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/

 

Howtosmile.org 

Launched by the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Howtosmile.org, is an online collection of thousands of hands-on, interactive science and math activities dedicated to making learning exciting and engaging for everyone.  All the activities at the site are free and there is no subscription required.  The website brings together a consortium of science museums across the country to empower educators working with school-aged children in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

http://howtosmile.org/

 

NASA’s STEM Engagement

The Educational Materials section at NASA’s website has available classroom activities, teacher guides, posters, and other educational materials.

www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/index.html 

 

VSP’s Sight for Students Program

This program offers free eye exams and glasses for students who are from low-income families and uninsured.  To find out more about whether there are VSP partners available and participating in this program near your school, visit their website at http://www.sightforstudents.org/

 

www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants/us/programs/techloop.html  Educational resources for grades 4 through 6 on technology and the environment.

 

www.digitalwish.com

 

https://www.healthiergeneration.org/

 

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/

 

www.AdoptAClassroom.org

 

www.classroomwishlist.org

 

www.DonorsChoose.org

 

http://givv.org/recipients/i-love-schools-inc

 

www.healthinschools.org

 

http://www.afterschoolnetwork.org/

 

http://www.edweek.org

 

http://www.eschoolnews.com

 

 

*Please email robertss@mdusd.org to share your success stories about any of the resources and/or grants you receive.