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Current Grants Available

“Linking Resources to Support Student Success”


Mt. Diablo Unified School District



(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)


MAY ISSUE                                                                                         2018



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

*Blue: Academic Support/Professional Development Grants, Purple: Technology, Pink: School Climate and Safety, Red: Arts and Enrichment Grants, Orange: Nutrition and Physical Fitness, and Green: Youth Development and Community Service Grants.


Academic Support/Professional Development Grants


Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust Awards  NEW!

Purpose:  To foster excellence in education by providing monetary grants to outstanding teachers in Contra Costa County.  This grant recognizes truly gifted teachers who excel in the field.

Funder: The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust.

Applicant: K-12 teacher at a public, private or parochial school in Contra Costa County.  Teachers can self-nominate or be nominated by an administrator, colleague or student.

Amount: Grants up to $10,000 to three teachers.  The award may be used in any manner the recipient wishes.  The grants will be given at an awards dinner to be held at the Diablo Country Club on November 15, 2018.

Deadline: May 31, 2018.



American Honda Foundation Grants 

Purpose:  To support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy.

Funder: The American Honda Foundation.

Applicant:  Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Amount: Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.

Deadline                      Board Review             Grants Awarded        

August 1                      October                                    November 1




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.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools.

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

Deadline:   August 1st and February 1st annually.




Technology Grants




School Climate and Safety Grants




Arts and Enrichment Grants


Assistance for Arts Education Development & Dissemination(AAEDD)  NEW! 

Purpose: To promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities.  The AAEDD program specifically supports the development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming.

Funder:  United States Department of Education.

Applicant: Local education agencies or consortium of LEAs.

Amount: Varies - $525,000 to $625,000.

Deadline: July 2, 2018.



The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town, FY 2019 Grants  NEW!     

Purpose: To support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthens communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.  Our Town offers support for:

     Place-based projects – Through arts engagement, cultural planning, design, and/or artist and creative industry support, these projects contribute to improved quality of life in local communities.  These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity.

     Knowledge building projects – These projects build knowledge about how to leverage arts, culture, and design as mechanisms for strengthening communities.  These grants are available to arts or design service organizations, and other national or regional membership or university-based organizations.

Funder: NEA.

Applicant: Independent school districts, institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and city, township, county, state and special district governments.

Amount: Grants range between $25,000 and $200,000. 

Deadline: August 9, 2018.




Youth and Community Development Grants


Mental Health Awareness Training Grants  NEW! 

Purpose: To provide training to school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders. 

Funder: United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental

Health Services

Applicant: State governments and territories, governmental units (including local educational agencies), institutions of higher education, tribal organizations and governments, community-and faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit organizations.  All recipients must meet three additional requirements related to the provision of mental health services:

Each recipient organization is required to identify at least one experienced and licensed mental health provider to which the selected population of focus can be referred to.

Each experienced and licensed mental health provider must have at least two years of experience (as of the due date of the application) providing relevant services to the selected population of focus.

Each experienced and licensed mental health provider must comply with all applicable local, county, and state licensing, accreditation, and certification requirements, as of the due date of the application.

Amount: Awards range up to $125,000.  The department estimates that it will award up to 126 grants.

Deadline:  June 8, 2018.



Street Outreach Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To ensure that evidence-informed prevention and intervention strategies are in place for runaway, homeless, and street you to:  1.) build skills that will contribute to the healthy, positive, productive functioning of children and the healthy transition of youth into adulthood, 2.) end the sexual victimization of youth, and 3.) identify youth victims of labor and sex trafficking.

Funder: United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Applicant: Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education.

Amount: Awards range from $90,000 to $150,000.  Projected number of awards is 37.

Deadline:  June 20, 2018.




Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants





Thank America’s Teachers Contest 

Purpose: To recognize educators for the great work they do every day to make us smarter.  Whether it is a teacher who went the extra mile for your kids or your now retired third grade teacher who taught you to believe in yourself, every person has a story of a teacher who made a positive difference in their life.  Share your heartfelt story and make a difference in their lives.  America’s thank-yous will have the power to help teachers deliver even more success for their classrooms, schools and communities.

Funder: Farmers Insurance Exchange and Adopt a Classroom. 

Applicant: Full-time, employed school teachers K-12 grade, who have been officially thanked at www.thankamericasteachers.com, who have not been a “THANK AMERICA’S TEACHERS” $2,500 contest winner, and who are legal residents of the United States. 

Amount: Grants up to $2,500.  The funds will be awarded to the teacher in his/her name through AdoptAClassroom.org.  180 teachers will receive $2,500 grants to fund projects in the classroom.

Deadlines:  February 27, May 30 and September 27, 2018.





Apr 2 – May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

June 1-30, 2018


July 2 – Sept 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

Oct 1-31, 2018





The Concord Art Association Annual Teacher Grant 

Purpose: To help fund needed art supplies related to artistic and creative projects including the visual arts.   Proposed plans should address specific needs and interests of the school’s professional learning community.  Applicants should consider how they’d create the team, craft a common vision, chart a strategic plan, embrace art-infused teaching strategies, build creative confidence, teach design thinking, align standards; embed creativity into the school culture, and use professional development, peer observation, and coaching to implement the plan.

Funder:  The Concord Art Association (CAA).

Applicant: Teachers within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  All grant recipients will be required to submit details as to how the funds will be spent.  Recipients may be asked to provide a progress report with classroom and/or project photos.

Amount: Total annual grant fund amount varies from year to year.  Each year, the funds will be allocated between as many applicants as possible.  A typical grant amount awarded may be between $150 and $300.

Deadline: May 31, 2018.



STEM Outreach Boosting Engineering Science and Technology Robotics Grant  NEW! 

Purpose:  To support local school systems and their experienced Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology Robotics team teachers for the opportunity to attend BEST national teacher professional development training.  The national BEST Robotics Inc. summer training will provide teacher professional development in STEM areas, including computer programming, with up to five continuing education credits.

Funder: The United States Department of Defense.

Applicant: K-12 school districts.  Teachers identified by their district for training must be full-time employees, have at least one year experience with BEST Robotics as the team teacher for a competing team, and this must be the teacher’s first national conference experience.

Amount: Grants range from $2,100 to $10,500. 

Deadline: June 1, 2018.




Teacher Awards for Literacy 

Purpose:  To recognize innovative projects in support of cultivating literacy & lifelong readers. 

Funder: Penguin Random House.

Applicant: Full-time or part-time public school teachers in the United States in grades K-12.

Amount: Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000 for use by the winning teachers and payable to their respective schools.  Transportation, lodging, and conference registration is also provided for the $10,000 grant recipient to attend the Penguin Random House Awards event at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Houston from November 15-18. 

Deadline: June 1, 2018.




Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest   

Purpose: The contest asks students to create unique prom attire using “Duck” Tape.  Entries will be judged based on workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories, and use of “Duck” Tape. 

Funder: ShurTech Brands.

Applicant: High school students who are at least 14 years of age or older.  They can be part of a Home School Association or attending a school sanctioned prom.  They must be a legal United States resident and have not been a finalist in the competition previously.

Amount: There are two 1st place prizes this year.  The 1st place winner of the Dress Category will win $10,000 and the 1st place winner of the Tux Category will win $10,000.  8 Runner-Up prize packs will be awarded. 

Deadline: The contest opens April 2, 2018.  The deadline is June 1, 2018 for entry submissions.  Each entry will be scored by a panel of judges from June 2, 2018 through June 8, 2018, and the top scoring finalists will move on to Community Voting which will run from June 14, 2018 through June 25, 2018.  The final winners will be announced on or about July 9, 2018.



National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants 

Purpose:  To help educators take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.  Funding may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.  The foundation gives preference to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning.  It also strongly encourages education support professionals to apply for funding in any area.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant: Any practicing United States teacher, counselor, or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions.  Applicants must be current members of the NEA.

Amount: Grants are awarded in amounts of $2,000 and $5,000. 

Deadlines:   June 1 and October 15, 2018.




National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants 

Purpose:  To support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:  Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  All professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement. The foundation gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant:  Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals to apply.  Education support professionals can be classified as: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000.  The $2,000 grant amount is for individuals and $5,000 is for groups engaged in collegial study.  Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.  Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.

Deadlines:  June 1 and October 15, 2018.



Pets in the Classroom Grants 

Purpose:  To provide financial support for teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. 

Funder: Pets in the Classroom.

Applicant: PreK-9 grade public or private classrooms.

Amount: Applicants may apply for one of the following grants:  store grants (choose one of six participating retailers); rebate grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish, reptile, or amphibian); or sustaining ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet).

Deadline: June 1, 2018.



The Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program  NEW!

Purpose: To support students who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an institute affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. 

Funder: The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.,

Applicant: Qualifying applicants must have completed high school, will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2018, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States, demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA), demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity, be under the age of 30 and be a United States citizen.

Amount: Ten scholarships of up to $2,500 each will be awarded in each of the 50 states. 

Deadline: June 15, 2018.



California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) School Garden Program  NEW!

Purpose:   To provide funding for California public and private elementary, middle and high schools for continuation and/or implementation of in- and after-school garden programs.  The goal is to increase California children’s understanding and awareness of agriculture through school gardens, and, in so doing, enhance existing curriculum and goals in the classroom.

Funder: California Fertilizer Foundation
Applicant: Public and private K-12 schools.  Pre-schools, community gardens, and colleges are eligible.

Amount: 24 grants of $1,200 each will be awarded each year.  (12 awarded twice a year.)  Deadline: June 15, 2018 and January 15, 2019.



2018 Speech Tablets for Apraxia Program  NEW!     

Purpose: To provide qualified children with a diagnosis of apraxia of speech with speech tablets and protective cases in order to assist with speech practice and use as a communication tool and educational support. 

Funder: Apraxia Kids.

Applicant: Children ages 3-18 who have a primary diagnosis of apraxia of speech from a speech-language pathologist and are currently in speech therapy.  Financial restrictions apply.

Amount: In-kind donations of speech tablets, either an iPad with a case, or the Tobii-Dynavox    Indi with a case and the Snap + Core First app installed.

Deadline: June 15, 2018.




2018 Creatively Alive Children Grant  

Purpose: To provide grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary and middle schools.  Proposed plans should address specific needs and interests of the school’s professional learning community.  Applicants should consider how they’d create the team, craft a common vision, chart a strategic plan, embrace art-infused teaching strategies, build creative confidence, teach design thinking, align standards; embed creativity into the school culture, and use professional development, peer observation, and coaching to implement the plan.

Funder:  The Crayola Company in collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Applicant: Elementary and middle schools.

Amount: Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Deadline: June 22, 2018.



2018 John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards  NEW!   

Purpose:  To promote excellence in economic education at the K-12 level by honoring inspirational teachers whose innovative teaching concepts improve and stimulate economic understanding in and out of their classrooms and achieve results.

Funder: The Council for Economic Education.

Applicant: Current K-12 teachers from public, private or parochial schools. 

Amount: Awardees receive $1,000 cash and all expenses related to transportation, hotel accommodations, and conference registration to attend the 57th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Atlanta on Oct 5-6.

Deadline: June 29, 2018.



The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund  NEW!   

Purpose: To support string education by inspiring middle school string students thru direct experience with accomplished classical musicians.  Mentoring programs and high-level concert experiences are two examples. Priority will be given to well-designed projects that provide a 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.  Schools and programs must already have an existing music program/curriculum in place. 

Funder: The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund.

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

Amount: Grants up to $1,000.

Deadline: June 30, 2018.




Wines ‘Til Sold Out Scholarship Program 

Purpose: The scholarship program seeks to reward five students who produce the most thought-provoking answers to the question:  What can be done to establish and maintain strong relationships with customers in the digital age?

Funder: Wines ‘Til Sold Out.

Applicant: Any students who are entering or currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program for the 2018-19 school year in the United States. 

Amount: Five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Deadline:  June 30, 2018.



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 June 30, September 30, December 31 and March 31 annually.



2016 Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) Grants 

Purpose:   To promote and enhance youth participation in baseball and softball and to address the unique needs of each community.  Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.  The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or necessary equipment.

Funder: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Applicant: Tax-exempt organizations (i.e. municipalities, school districts) and 501(c)(3) organizations involved in youth baseball and/or softball.

Amount: The amount varies by project, but the average grant amount is approximately $40,000.  BTF carefully considers the case and in-kind funding that has been secured and committed toward a project.  Generally, at least 50% of the total cost of the project should be committed by other sources of funding; however, the higher the ratio of matching funds, the better chance the application will be successful.

Deadline:  July 1, October 1 and January 2, 2019.



The Rite Aid Foundation 

Purpose: To support and fund programs that focus on health and wellness in the communities in which Rite Aid operates.  To help people in the community Rite Aid serves lead happier, healthier lives.

Funder: The Rite Aid Foundation

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations.

Amount: Varies.

Deadline:  July 1 and October 1.  The committee reviews proposals as soon as possible after the deadline.  The goal is to review and respond to all correctly submitted applications within 60 to 90 days of arrival in their office.




James Patterson & Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway   

Purpose:  To get books into the hands of as many kids in as many places as possible and it is known that, for many children, access to quality books begins with (and too often is limited to) what their teachers can offer them in the classroom.  To enter, applicants are asked to write a short response to the prompt:  “Here’s how I would use $500 and 500 bonus points for our classroom library.” 

Funder: Author James Patterson and Scholastic, Inc.

Applicant: Current PreK-12 teachers in a United States School.  Must be current legal resident of the United States.

Amount: 4,000 teachers will win $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Clubs bonus points for their classroom libraries

Deadline: July 31, 2018.



Teaching Tolerance Diverse Democracy Grants  NEW! 

Purpose: To fund projects that involve students in non-partisan voter registration and turnout efforts.  Apply for this grant if you have a project that will help students become empowered voting advocates in their communities or one that encourages older high school students to register and vote.

Funder: Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Applicant: Educators who work in the United States based public or private K-12 spaces, as well as in alternative schools, therapeutic schools and juvenile justice facilities. 

Amount: Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000 for classroom or school projects and up to $10,000 for projects on the district level.

Deadline:  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 31, 2018.



2018 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge  NEW!

Purpose: The challenge is a free online reading program designed to help students turn the “summer slide” the learning loss which can occur over the summer months – into a “summer leap” by discovering the job and magic of reading for fun.  The 2018 theme is “A Magical Summer of Reading.” 

Funder:  Scholastic, Inc.

Applicant: All students in the United States, territories and the District of Columbia. 

Amount: Recognition award.

Deadline: September 7, 2018.




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.



Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants  OPENS AUGUST 6TH!

Purpose:  To provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact.  Projects should fall into one of the following categories:  technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvement.

Funder: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF).

Applicant: Any individual public/charter K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with that public/charter K-12 school.  Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.  If your group does not have 501(c)(3) status, please apply through your school.  Pre-schools are not eligible. 

Amount: Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: September 28, 2018.  Lowe’s reserves the right to close the application process if 1,500 applications are received.



Project Learning Tree (PLT) GreenWorks! Grants Program  NEW!

Purpose: To provide funding for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.  Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.  The projects provide opportunities for student leadership and partner students with their whole school, local businesses and community organizations, and natural resource professionals.  The funds can be used for students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, or restore a natural habitat, and more.

Funder: Project Learning Tree.  The projects must incorporate service learning, exemplify student voice, involve at least one community partner and secure at least 50% matching funds. (in-kind acceptable)

Applicant: Any organization, community group, nature center, museum, school, etc. that is based in the United States or U.S. Territories and that involves youth in environmental and/or conservation education.  To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online, that provides training, lesson plans, and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into your curriculum or youth programs. 

Amount: Grants up to $1,000. 

Deadline: September 30, 2018.




Association of American Educators (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. (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. (or 18 months).  Grants are competitive and AAE members received additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  October 1 and March 1, annually.



Junior ROTC Program Grants 

Purpose: To promote aerospace education throughout classrooms and units.  This is an opportunity to enhance your students’ ideas on how aerospace plays a prominent role in today’s and tomorrow’s society.

Funder: Air Force Association.

Applicant: Aerospace science instructors in K-12 classrooms.

Amount: Grants up to $250.

Deadline: Grants are issued Air Force twice a year.  October 10 and February 10.



The Michael Davis Music is Revolution Mini-Grant   

Purpose: To implement, support and/or improve teachers’ abilities to provide quality education for their students.  Funds may be used for supplies, materials, equipment, transportation for a field trip and/or to bring a performer or musical group to the school. 

Funder: The Music is Revolution Foundation

Applicant: Public school teachers of children in grades K-12.  Students and/or parents may participate in the writing of the application.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  October 15, January 15 and April 15 annually.



Seeds for Education Grant Program  

Purpose:   To help educators expand learning opportunities outside the classroom through the expansion of schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects.  These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.

Funder: Wild Ones.

Applicant: K-12 schools.

Amount: Grants up to $500 for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations. 

Deadline: October 15, 2018.




Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants (PreK-2)  

Purpose: To incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics.   Proposals must address the following:  the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement.  Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Esther Mendlesohn Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach in a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM PreK-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in grades PreK-2.

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

Deadline: November 2, 2018.



Teacher Professional Development Grants (PreK-5)

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning.  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.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the John Van de Walle Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  Recipients must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-5.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.




Teacher Professional Development Grants ( 6-8) 

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning.  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.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Mary Dolciani Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.




Teacher Professional Development Grants (9-12) 

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning in accordance with adopted standards.  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.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Mary Dolciani Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 9-12 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.




Mathematics Course Work Scholarships for Grades Pre-K-5 Teachers

Purpose: To provide financial support for improving teachers’ understanding of mathematics by completing course work in mathematics.   Primary emphasis is placed on appropriate mathematics content courses.  Mathematics education courses may also qualify if a suitable rationale is furnished by the applicant.  Proposals must address the following:  rationale for the coursework, anticipated instructional improvements and expected impact on student learning outcomes

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Dale Seymour Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  Recipients must have taught school mathematics for at least three years and intend to remain in teaching. 

Amount: Award maximum is $3,200.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.




Equity in Mathematics Grants (6-12) 

Purpose: To incorporate classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement, sometime identified by race, gender, region, or culture.  This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels.  Proposals must address the following:  the mathematics content as defined in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM; the plan for improving achievement of the targeted students; and the anticipated impact on their achievement.   

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Iris Carl  Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $8,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.




The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program 

Purpose:  To support volunteer efforts that improve the physical health of your neighborhood and community by creating a healthier, more stable environment where families can thrive.  Repairs, refurbishments and modifications to specific to ADA compliance or safety regulations to low-income and/or transitional housing, or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.) will be considered.  Grants must support work completed by community volunteers.  The focus is on serving veterans within local communities.  If your focus is not veterans then is your organization providing support for diverse and underserved communities?

Funder: The Home Depot Foundation

Applicant: Public schools, registered 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S.  If you are a school, please use the link for “Government Funded Organizations.” 

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.  Grants are given in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of approval date.

Deadline: December 31, 2018.  You will receive a decision via email 4-6 weeks after submission. 



Walmart Community Grant Program       

Purpose: To provide support in the areas of:  hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of  life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety and environmental sustainability.

Funder: Walmart Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations and K-12 public and private schools, charter schools, community and junior colleges, state/private colleges, and universities.  Funds must benefit the facility’s service area.  Potential grantees should have programs that benefit communities within the service area of the Walmart store, Sam’s Club or Logistics facility from which they are requesting funds.

Amount:  Grants range from $250 - $2,500. 

Deadline: December 31, 2018.






National Gardening Association (NGA) Not-a-Raffle Raffle Program  

The program allows participants to earn acorns to trade in for raffle tickets.  Acorns are earned by posting on the NGA’s website.  Prizes include plants, seeds, gift cards, and other merchandise.  Raffles are held monthly.



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


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.



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.




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.



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.



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.



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.



The U.S. Department of Education & the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards  

These two groups announced the launch of a new online community titled Commit to Lead.  The community invites educators to post quick ideas (under 300 words) that advance teacher leadership in their schools, districts, or states to address a pressing problem in education and improve student outcomes.  ED hopes that the community will allow the most talked about ideas to rise to the top so they can gain traction and prominence in the field.



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.



The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)  

Interested educators or school districts can sign up on the website for free and receive access to lesson plans to help equip students for ongoing paths of inquiry and engage them deeply in STEM subjects and “On Station” communication from CASIS, which includes the most up-to-date news about research on the International Space Station National Laboratory.




Disneynature offers educators a free Bears Educator’s Guide that includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2-6.  The lessons are aligned to next generation science standards, National Science Standards, and Common Core language arts and math standards.  Educators can download the guide from the website.



Discount Two-Way Radio 

Discount Two-Way Radio announced the release of the Emergency School Planning Guide.  The guide, which is offered free of use, seeks to help campus security administrators protect children during lockdowns, natural disasters, and violent crimes.  It offers 50 pages of guidelines and can be downloaded from their website.



Project Taste Test Initiative

The Project Taste Test Initiative was launched by The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to showcase career opportunities in the food service sector.  The initiative is an ongoing video series that features leading industry executives and give advice to ProStart students seeking a food service career.  In addition to the videos, educators have access to in-classroom discussion and activity guides.



Elmer’s Products, Inc. 

Elmer’s announced the release of a new teaching resource to help teachers familiarize students with the properties of common adhesives and the science of polymers in a fun and creative way.  The resource, The World of Glue:  An Inquiry-Based Investigation of Adhesives is geared toward K-5 students.  The resource materials feature a 22-page plan, including activity instructions, discussion questions and handouts.



IBM launched an array of programs and resources to help students and IT professionals develop new technology skills and prepare for jobs of the future.  The initiative includes new training courses and resource for IT professionals, technology and curriculum materials for educators, and expanded programs to directly engage students with real-world business challenges.



Curiosity in the Classroom   

This is an interactive, educational tool from Discovery Education and the Intel Corporation which contains cutting-edge curriculum examining topics such as artificial intelligence, communications, computers, nanotechnology, and robotics.  The updated site now features new topics, integrated into multidisciplinary lesson plans and activities for English/Language Arts and World History to make real world connections to STEM topics, and help students gain essential problem-solving skills.



The Union Pacific Railroad New Teacher’s Resource Kit 

To help students learn the history of America’s first transcontinental railroad.  The free kit will help educators meet national standards for history and social studies course for grades 3-8.  www.uprr.com/software/survey/ssl/150teacherkits.cfm


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.



Teach STEMNow.com   

Tormach LLC announced the launch of TeachSTEMNow.com, an n online resource that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics in education.  The website, which places emphasis on manufacturing technologies and real-world shop skills, offers lesson plans that can be readily implemented into classroom curriculum, and also contains STEM-related articles and editorials, and teaching tips and ideas.




Thinkfinity is Verizon’s keynote vehicle for delivering powerful education and literacy tools to teachers, librarians, students, parents and nonprofits.  It’s designed to improve learning and student achievement in traditional settings and beyond the classroom.



California Coastal Commission 

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



4imprint onebyone Donations

Provides promotional products to help organizations spread the word, recruit volunteers, thank donors, offer comfort to someone in need, or in some other turn one thing into something much more.  In-kind donations of $500 are awarded each business day.  Applications are due be two months before the proposed event.  See website for online contact form.



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/



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.




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



Your resource for student workbooks and teacher guides, events, contests, grants, outdoor education program and community resources for teachers.  Printed copies of “Currents” and paper order forms will no longer be mailed to schools.  Order your EBMUD classroom materials online! 


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.
























Shopping Online Can Increase Your Classroom Funding

BuyToTeach.com exists to increase the resources available to education. It is a new, exciting and simple concept that partners with schools or classrooms to re-direct the commissions paid when shoppers make online purchases. This partnership will provide cash contributions to your school or classroom for every purchase made in your BuyToTeach Mall. For more information, go to www.buytoteach.com/BTTHome.aspx.


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