I'm starting this discussion as a place for all of us to share funding and grant sources for educators.
I'll start off by noting a Qwest Foundation grant available to schools in the Qwest (telephone) service area. To learn more about it, go here.
Also, for smaller amounts of money, check out DonorsChoose.org I know several teachers who have gotten some funding here. A teacher goes in and requests funding for a project, tells about their idea and need, and people voluntarily come in a decide to fund all or part of your project!
DigitalWish.com is another site a lot like the previous one. It's quite fun to describe your idea and have it funded. Quite a few teachers in my area have been funded from this and the previous site.
Just imagine if you or one of your participant teachers designed a project Unit Plan, then got funding for some resources through one of these sites! SWEET!
With the funding cuts we will all experience next year and beyone, we need to share all the sources we can!
And don't forget to come back and tell us all about your successes with grants!
Happy April Everyone! Great discussion thread Bonnie on grant resources. Yes, I am sure many of us get many grant requests or are asked where do find and locate such resources. Based on this constant need I put together a PDF of educator grants that are sometimes one page applications and others are essay types, and some are very competitive 10 page narratives- but all in all it is collection I put together this past January for our Midwest educators. I am sure many are available nation wide that I have listed on the two page PDF.
Hope this attachment assists your grant writing and exploration efforts!
Naomi once again has shared a FABULOUS resource! Thanks to her for sharing the results of her tireless efforts! I'm hoping to hear about many Intel educators who write proposals and receive funding! Let's make the most of these opportunities and fund our great projects!
Often, the best advice I can give someone who is writing a grant proposal is this: "Answer the questions." You would be surprised how many people write proposals which don't address the grant RFP! After this advice is, "Have a couple of friends read it before you submit it." Ask educators and non-educators to read it for you. Listen to their advice about not only proofreading, but also about clarity and organization.
And lastly, "Just DO it!" Put your passion for using innovative methods with students on paper and go for some financial support!
SPECAL REQUEST OUT OF THE ORDINARY!
Dear Inte Community,
A very special elementary class is planting a garden at Sand Lake Elementary, located near Holmen, WI. This class has applied for a microgrant through a website called WeAreTeachers. Please help this elementary class win $200 and a Flip Video camera for their unique and special garden project. Please go to this website http://www.weareteachers.com/web/immersion_learning/microgrant and search for Ann Marie Dahl and vote for their project.
I know for fact - this educator truly makes a positive difference- every single day with every child in her classroom. She is a phenomenal and innovative Wisconsin educator!
It only takes a minute to vote and they will really appreciate your help. Please spread the word to fellow educators, friends and family members.
Naomi Harm, on behalf of Grant Lambert (a student) and Mrs. Dahl’s Class
Today I found We Are Teachers
This is a website where teachers submit their project and can win $200 to make their project happen. They also win a flip camera or another camera to document their project to submit online.
It's not a large grant, but sometimes $200 is all you need!
More April grant opportunities for everyone!
Grant Name: Music Is Revolution Foundation Mini-Grants
Funded by: Music Is Revolution Foundation and Svengirly Music, Inc.
Description: The Music Is Revolution Foundation administers a mini-grant program for Music Is Revolution activities designed by teachers to implement, support, and/or improve their ability to provide quality music education for their students. Mini-grants up to $500 are available to teachers for music education activities of all types. Only projects that clearly contain a music education focus -- that is, projects based on the concept of music education, through musical experiences, initiating students into a sense of their social, academic, and cultural identity, and humanizing them through the emotional, cognitive, and/or physical impact of music -- will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to include activities that expose students to genres and styles of music not likely to be experienced as a part of their normal daily lives, and to plan the project with input from students, parents, and school administrators, so that the project supports the imaginations of the students while maintaining relevance to the curriculum already in place.
Program Areas: Arts Recipients:Public Schools Proposal Deadline:4/15/10 Average Amount: $500.00
Address: Music Is Revolution Foundation, c/0 Svengirly Music, Inc., PO Box 91894, Pasadena, CA 91109
Grant Name: ING Unsung Heroes Program Funded by: ING
Description: Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. For more than 10 years, and with $3.0 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
Program Areas: General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies, Special Education
Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter School
Proposal Deadline: 4/30/2010
Average Amount: $2,000.00 - $25,000.00
Grant Name: MIT: Lemilson-MIT 2011 InvenTeams
Funded by: Lemelson-MIT
Description: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams foster inventiveness among high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers, and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project.
Program Areas: Math, Science/Environment, Technology
Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools
Proposal Deadline: 4/23/10
Average amount: $10,000.00
Availability: All States
Grant Name: Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Pollinator Garden Grants
Funded by: Project Learning Tree
Description: GreenWorks! grants engage PLT educators and their students with their local community in "learning-by-doing" environmental projects. Student leadership, service-learning, and community participation are the cornerstones to GreenWorks! projects. These grassroots action projects enable schools and youth organizations across the country to make a positive impact on their communities.
Program Areas: Science/Environment
Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter Schools, Other
Proposal Deadline: 9/30/10
Average Amount: $500.00
Availability: All States
Grant Name: Spencer Foundation’s Areas of Inquiry Small Grants
Funded by: Spencer Foundation
Description: Spencer Foundation Awards grants in the following areas of interest: Education & Social Opportunity; Organizational Learning; Teaching, Learning & Instructional Resources; & Purposes & Values of Education. Principal Investigators applying for a Research Grant must be affiliated with a school district, a college or university, a research facility, or a cultural institution. The Foundation accepts proposals from institutions and/or researchers from the U.S. and internationally. Researchers must also have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or appropriate experience in an education-related profession.
Program Areas: General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies
Recipients: Public School, Higher Education, Other
Proposal Deadline: 4/30/10
Average Amount: Up to $40,000.00
Availability: All States
Here is another great 2010-2011 grant resource from Dell Connected Classroom for US K12 Grants: http://www.eweek.com/dellconnectedclassroom/assets/case-studies/US_K12_Grants_Calendar%5b1%5d.pdf
Thanks to Julia for sharing this great resource with the rest of us!!!! I have also attached the PDF as an attachment below as well.
Here are more grant opportunities that have Fall 2010 deadlines. Hope these are some possibilities from many of you that you can apply!
1. Healthy kids gardening grant worth $500 each: http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants/healthysprouts.asp
2. National video ed grant for students with disabilities: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/oseptms/index.html 1 million dollars due 10/12/10
3. Kids in Need Foundation grants of $100-500 each http://www.kinf.org/grants/index.php innovative learning opportunities for your students.
4. 5,000 field trip grants of $700 each by Target- apply by Sept. 30th http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031880
5. K-12 Education Grants: http://grantsalert.com/
7. Yahoo education grant directory: http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Financial_Aid/Grants/
8. School grants: http://www.schoolgrants.org/
9. Grants for education: http://www.sabine.k12.la.us/vrschool/grants.htm
10. Grant Wrangler for Teachers: http://www.grantwrangler.com/
Naomi...you beat me to it....I was posting the Target one. - 5,000 field trip grants of $700 each by Target- apply by Sept. 30th http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031880
Many of our schools have received this one and it is super easy to apply. I also like the link which provides suggestions for trips from the ones taken in the past
Samsung is giving away 1 million in technology.
The application requests minimal information along with the following 3 questions:
· #1. How would you utilize this project to raise student interest in science, math or the environment? (100 words max)
· #2. How would you engage your students to enthusiastically participate in this project? (100 words max
· #3. How could winning a technology package in this Contest help your school? (100 words max)
Here are a few grants....
Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Annie’s Homegrown, Inc. provides support for community gardens, school gardens and other educational programs that connect children directly to gardening. Funds may be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.
A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) annually awards the A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship to teachers of grades K-12 who have shown excellence in teaching gifted students, the ability to meet the needs of gifted students, and commitment to furthering the development of their teaching skills. The scholarship is designed to reimburse/defray the costs of continuing education for up to two eligible teachers currently teaching gifted students in a variety of educational settings ranging from a homogeneous or fullday special class to a heterogeneous classroom. K-12
teachers who have been members of NAGC for at least one year are eligible to apply for the $2,000 scholarship.
Deadline: April 18
AIAA Classroom Grants
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. (AIAA) offers grants of up to $200 to assist K-12th grade educators in presenting math, science, technology and engineering principles to students. Funds from the grant may be used for classroom demonstration kits, science supplies, math and science software, supplies for model rocketry or robotic
program, or other similar materials and/or supplies to improve instruction in science, mathematics and/or technology. Applicants must be a current AIAA Educator Associate member (no cost) or an AIAA Professional member actively engaged as a K-12 classroom educator prior to receiving the grant. One grant per teacher will be considered under this program. Grants are limited to amaximum of five Educator Associates per school.
Deadlines: April 30, July 31, November 30 and January 31
Blockbuster Corporate Giving
Blockbuster considers funding requests from non-profit organizations for projects that meet one or more of the following requirements: 1) has film/video industry focus, 2) impacts children/families, 3) supports a particular Blockbuster business objective (i.e. employment), and 4) includes clearly defined and measurable goals. Requests are reviewed monthly. Note:
Per communication with Blockbuster staff, tax-exempt public schools are eligible to apply for funding. Proposals
should be mailed to: Blockbuster, Inc., Office of Corporation Contributions, 1201 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75270. Fax submissions to: (214) 854-3824
Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama
The Charlie Lovett Fund supports productionbased theatre arts programs at the elementary school level. Elementary teachers throughout the United States are eligible to apply for grants up to $300. Decisions are
made within 30 days.
Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit
Elmer’s, an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products, is accepting applications for the new Teacher Tool Kit grant program. The grants, ranging from $100 - $500, will be
awarded to teachers who wish to replicate projects found in the Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit catalog in their own catalog.
Special consideration will be given to first year teachers, but all certified K-12 teachers are eligible to apply.
Deadline: April 30
Hungry for Music
Hungry for Music is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment, both in the United States and abroad, by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play. The Foundation is interested in providing instruments to children who demonstrate a
desire to learn music or teachers who have willing students, but no instruments. For the 2011 cycle, the Foundation will begin accepting requests for instruments on January 15.
McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants
Licensed K-12 teachers employed in public or private schools are eligible to apply for Teacher Development Grants provided by the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation. The grants, of up to $10,000 a year for a maximum of three years, provide funding to individuals or small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking, collaborative K-12 classroom instruction. Projects must be submitted in the name of one person, regardless of the number of teachers involved in the group.
Deadline: April 15
Ok - this isn't really a "Grant" - it's a "contest" - but the winner receives a $25,000 technology package for their school:
Kids are wired to learn and technology can help them achieve their dreams. Enter by telling us in 500 words or less why your favorite K-12 school deserves a technology package, featuring industry-leading technology from Intel, exciting learning and teaching apps, and more. If your story gets the most votes by December 4, your designated school will win a technology package worth $25,000 (USD). Second and third place winners receive technology packages valued at $10,000 (USD) and $5,000 (USD) respectively. And every week we’ll give away a netbook – to reward you for helping your community. See the steps to enter here: http://contest.appup.com/#Challenges
This is only open to the US and Canada.
Reminder: Everyone is welcome to submit their Intel Teach story here - http://10millionteachers.intel.com/share-story. You might win story of the week ($50 USD), story of the month ($200), or most inspiring (an Ultrabook). We have a winner from China, a winner from Pakistan - are you next?
Here are some recent awards and grants that I think anyone here in the Intel Teacher's Engage site would be a shoe-in for:
The Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching will recognize and honor three (3) full-time PreK–12 teachers of science who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in their classroom. The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers provides selected K–12 teachers (up to 25) in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients will be mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with NSTA and its activities. This award recognizes one outstanding classroom science teacher (K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary classroom science teaching. This award honors one elementary school teacher who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plan. The lesson plan will fully reference sources of information and any relevant National Science Education Standards and benchmarks found in the Atlas of Science Literacy. Vernier Technology Awards The Vernier Technology Awards will recognize and reward the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. A total of seven awards are presented: one award at the elementary level (grades K–5); two awards at the middle level (grades 6–8); three awards at the high school level (grades 9–12); one award at the college level.
Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Education Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching
Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers
Award: $1,500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference, and $1,500 for the awardee
Eligibility: To be eligible, a teacher must be within the first five years full-time at the time of application and be an NSTA member in good standing; to the extent possible, recipients must have been a student member of NSTA as a preservice teacher
Award: The award consists of up to $1,000 to be used to attend the annual National Conference; recipients will be invited to attend a variety of workshops and presentations that are of particular interest to new teachers at the annual National Conference
Shell Science Teaching Award
Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers
Eligibility: K–12 classroom science teachers
Award: $10,000 and an all-expense paid trip to attend NSTA’s National Conference; two finalists will also receive all-expense-paid trips to the conference
See also: Shell Science Lab Challenge »
Eligibility: Elementary school teachers (grades K–6); applicants must be a full-time teacher with a minimum of five years of experience
Award: The award consists of $1,000 and up to $500 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education; the recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA Conference
The Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching will recognize and honor three (3) full-time PreK–12 teachers of science who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in their classroom.
The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers provides selected K–12 teachers (up to 25) in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients will be mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with NSTA and its activities.
This award recognizes one outstanding classroom science teacher (K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary classroom science teaching.
This award honors one elementary school teacher who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plan. The lesson plan will fully reference sources of information and any relevant National Science Education Standards and benchmarks found in the Atlas of Science Literacy.
Vernier Technology Awards
The Vernier Technology Awards will recognize and reward the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. A total of seven awards are presented: one award at the elementary level (grades K–5); two awards at the middle level (grades 6–8); three awards at the high school level (grades 9–12); one award at the college level.
Oooops I forgot this one from Cabot Cheese in Vermont. It's a matching grant up to $200. Something is better than nothing and it's super easy to apply for with no deadlines and a response within 2-4 weeks!! It supports fitness and healthy living!
Student Conservation Grants are offered by our Planet Connect program, a youth engagement initiative of the National Environmental Education Foundation. We are offering high school students grants of $1,000 – this funding will give grantees the opportunity to implement wildlife conservation projects in their schools or communities and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation or natural resources.
Watch the video that quickly explains the grants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G450jl_2NKo&feature=channel_video_title
To learn more, please visit the grant web page, located here: http://planetconnect.org/2012wcgrants
Direct - 202.261.6468
National Environmental Education Foundation
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 160
Washington, DC 20008
Main - 202.833.2933
Knowledge to live by
Intel Schools of Distinction
Every year, Intel honors U.S. schools that implement innovative, replicable programs that inspire their students and lead to a positive educational outcomes in the areas of math and science.
Up to three schools at each level—elementary, middle, and high school—will be named as finalists in the math and science categories.
The 18 schools will receive a cash grant of $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a four-member team from their school and district. Six winners will be selected from the finalists and will receive an additional $5,000 cash grant for a total of $10,000. One of these winners will be selected as the "Star Innovator" and will receive an additional $15,000 grant for a total of $25,000. All five winning schools and the Star Innovator will also receive products and services from program sponsors.
Don’t miss this opportunity to apply at www.schoolsofdistinction.com – the application deadline is Feb. 23, 2012.
Attached is a list of some funding options you might want to investigate.
2012 Educator and Youth Grants
Check out these cool grants- deadlines are fast approaching! I have also attached a PDF of the curated collection so your can download and share with others. Good Luck!!!
Agriscience Awards (Due 3/13/12)
Barnes and Noble "My Favorite Teacher Contest" (Due 3/1/12
Doodle for Google (3/23/12) Big biucks here and computer labs!!!
Do Something Awards for Youth (due 3/1/12) Big bucks here!!!
Enrich the Experience of Radio Ametures (Ongoning)
Enviromental Science Teach Awards (Due 3/15/12)
Friends for Change Grants (2/28/12)
Intel Schools of Distinction (De 2/23/12) $25,000
Innovativions in Reading Prize (Due 2/21/12)
Listen to Life Essay Contest (Due 3/30/12)
Middle School Teaching Prize (5/1/12)
Mini Grants for Schools and Public Libraries (3/15/12)
Music Education Grants (Due 8/1/12)
NEA Learning and Leadership (Due 6/1/12)
Office Depot Grant (next round starts in March 2012)
PD Grants from eInstruction (Ongoing)
Run For Somthing Better (5/15/12) Physical Ed grant
Sharp Mind Sweepstakes (Due 2/28/12)
Teacher Vision Grants (Due 2/24/11)
Message was edited by: Naomi Harm