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Current Grants Available

“Linking Resources to Support Student Success”

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

GRIND

 

(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)

 

APRIL 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

 

2018 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes 

Purpose: To offer one school a chance to win a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies or technology. 

Funder: The Siemens Foundation along with Discovery Education.

Applicant: K-12 schools.  Educators can enter daily.  The winner will be chosen through random drawing. 

Amount:  $10,000 award.

Deadline: April 27, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

www.siemensstemday.com/sweepstakes

 

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 

Purpose: To honor teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science), and recognize those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.  Anyone – principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public – may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers.  Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. 

Funder: The National Science Foundation. (NSF)

Applicant: Mathematics and science teachers (including computer science) working in grades

K-6.

Amount: A $10,000 award from NSF.  Award recipient will also receive:  a certificate signed by the president of the United States; a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Deadline:  May 1, 2018.

www.paemst.org

 

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation & Inspiration in Math Teaching  NEW!

Purpose: To recognize and award exceptional 4th through 12th grade teachers who employ innovation(s) appropriate to the 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 State; and to encourage innovation and incorporation of hands-on methods in classrooms around the country.  The winning activity must be innovation, engaging, hands-on, original and replicable.

Funder:  National Museum of Mathematics.

Applicant:  4th – 12th grade teachers.

Amount: The winning teacher will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000.  The winning activity will be shared with interested teachers across the country.  Up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative and inspirational activities will be awarded. 

Deadline: May 22, 2018.  After submitting a preliminary application, please check your email in late June for results from the preliminary round judging.  Finalists will be invited to submit additional application materials due in Fall 2018.

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

 

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

http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

 

 

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.

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

 

 

Technology Grants

 

 

 

School Climate and Safety Grants

 

 

 

Arts and Enrichment Grants

 

 

Youth and Community Development Grants

 

 

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants

 

 

Mini-Grants

 

2018 Student Congressional Art Competition       

Purpose: To recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district.  Representative Mark DeSaulnier, Democrat-Martinez, invites students to participate in this annual competition.  Students submit entries to their representative’s office and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

Funder: The Congressional Institute.

Applicant: High school students living in California’s 11th Congressional District.

Amount: The winning piece from the legislative district will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  In addition, the winner and one family member will be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend an event support by the National Congressional Art Competition in June.

Deadline: Submissions must arrive at one of Congressman DeSaulnier’s district offices, in Walnut Creek or Richmond, no later than 5:00pm on April 30, 2018.

https://desaulnier.house.gov/services/art-competition

 

The Stepping Stone Grant   

Purpose: To provide support for teacher-initiated projects that foster an arts-infused approach to inquiry-based learning and that emphasize a holistic methodology that addresses all learners through creativity and the incorporation of the arts as a fundamental tool for learning.  Lily Sarah Grace grants incorporate the 5 C’s of art infused inquiry based learning:  Community, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication.  This grant needs to focus on Creativity, Critical Thinking and Collaboration.

Funder: Lily Sarah Grace Fund

Applicant: K-5 Title I Schools.

Amount: Grants up to $450.

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

http://lilysarahgrace.org/grants

 

The Paradigm Challenge

Purpose: The challenge is an annual competition that invites students ages 4-18 around the world to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve a real-life problem and make a difference in the world. 

Funder: Project Paradigm.

Applicant: Individuals ages 4-18.

Amount: Awards range from $50 - $10,000.  One of the first-place teams will be selected as a grand prizewinner.  A team of four or more qualifying members that wins the grand prize will share $100,000 instead of the $10,000 first place prize.  If the grand prize team has less than four qualifying members, each qualifying member will receive $25,000.

Deadline:  May 1, 2018.

www.projectparadigm.org/rules#

 

Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants  NEW!

Purpose: To help educators improve the education of their students, their school, and/or their community in the science of meteorology.

Funder:  The National Weather Association.

Applicant:  K-12 teachers.

Amount: Grants up to $750.

Deadline: May 3, 2018.

http://nwafoundation.org/scholarships-grants/sol-hirsch-education-fund-grants

 

 

Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools & Technology Grants (Pre-K-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 April 20, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership, and currently teach mathematics in grades Pre-K-12 at least 50% of the school day.

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

Deadline: May 4, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Enhancing-Student-Mathematics-Learning-through-the-Use-of-Tools-and-Technology-Grants-(Pre-K-12)/

 

 

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.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, 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 a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership are eligible to apply for this grant.

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

Deadline: May 4, 2018.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/School-In-Service-Training-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.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, 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 a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership are eligible to apply for this grant.

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

Deadline: May 4, 2018.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/School-In-Service-Training-Grants-(6-8)/

 

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.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, 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 April 20, 2018) Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM are eligible to apply for this grant.

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

Deadline: May 4, 2018.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/School-In-Service-Training-Grants-(9-12)/

 

 

Program of Mathematics Study & Active Professionalism Grants 

Purpose: To provide financial support for teachers seeking to improve their understanding and appreciation of mathematics by completing course work in school mathematics content and pedagogy working toward an advanced degree, and taking an active professional approach toward teaching mathematics.  The plan may take several forms, such as a multi-year sequence of summer(s) and evening course work, institutes, graduate programs in mathematics education, or leaves of absence. 

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Lola J. May – Shirley M. Frye Fund.

Applicant: Must be a current (on or before April 20, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or must teach at a school with a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  The applicant must be presently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K-6 and intend to continue teaching in the next school year. 

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $24,000.

Deadline: May 4, 2018.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Program-of-Mathematics-Study-_-Active-Professionalism-Grants/

 

Reading the Redwoods Contest  NEW! 

Purpose:  To inspire young people to discover California’s redwood forests.  To enter the contest, participants are asked to complete five reading activities.

Funder: Save the Redwoods League and various partners.

Applicant: K-5 students.

Amount: Participants can win weekly prizes.  One first prize winner receives a Riprock 24 kids bike from Specialized.  One grand prize winner will receive a trip to visit the redwoods in northern California, including a two-night stay at the Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn near Humboldt National Park, a $300 rental car voucher, and guided adventures like horseback or kayaking.

Deadline: May 10, 2018.

www.savetheredwoods.org/100-years/reading-the-redwoods

 

 

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: May 10, 2018.  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

 

 

 

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.  The request should also include a 200-word synopsis of the proposal.  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 10, 2018. 

https://www.mvdreyfusfoundation.org/

 

American Historical Association Beveridge Family Teaching Prize 

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.  

Funder: American Historical Association. (AHA)

Applicant: K-12 teachers.  This 2018 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.

Amount: A cash award plus travel expenses to the January 2019 AHA annual meeting at which the prize awarded.

Deadline: May 15, 2018.

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

 

 

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.

CONTEST PERIODS:

TEACHERS SUBMIT PROPOSALS BY:

PUBLIC VOTES ON PROPOSALS

WINNERS NOTIFIED:

Apr 2 – May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

June 1-30, 2018

July

July 2 – Sept 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

Oct 1-31, 2018

November

https://www.farmers.com/thank-americas-teachers/

 

The Concord Art Association Annual Teacher Grant  NEW!

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.

www.concordartassociation.com

 

Teacher Awards for Literacy  NEW! 

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.

http://foundation.penguinsrandomhouse.com/learn-more/teacherawards

 

 

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.

www.stuckatprom.com

 

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.

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

 

 

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.

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

 

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.

http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/

 

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.

http://www.crayola.com/for-educators/ccac-landing/grant-program.aspx

 

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.

www.wtso.com/scholarship

 

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.

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

 

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.

http://www.mlbcommunity.org/programs/baseball_tomorrow_fund.jsp?content=about

 

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.

http://www.riteaid.com/company/community/foundation.jsf

 

James Patterson & Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway  NEW!  

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.

www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership

 

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/

 

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.

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

 

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.

http://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/k12grants/airforcejuniorrotcgrant

 

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.

http://www.musicisrevolution.com/teachers

 

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.

https://www.wildones.org/seeds-for-education/sfe/

 

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants (PreK-2)  NEW!

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.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Using-Music-to-Teach-Mathematics-Grants/

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (PreK-5) NEW!

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.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants/

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants ( 6-8)  NEW!

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.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants-(6-8)/

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (9-12)  NEW!

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.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants-(9-12)/

 

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

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.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Mathematics-Course-Work-Scholarships-for-Grades-Pre-K-5-Teachers/

 

Equity in Mathematics Grants (6-12)  NEW!

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.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Equity-in-Mathematics-Grants-(6-12)/

 

 

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. 

https://corporate.homedepot.com/grants/community-impact-grants

 

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.

http://giving.walmart.com/walmart-foundation/community-grant-program

 

 

RESOURCES

 

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

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.

https://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/2827/The-March-2018-Not-A-Raffle-Raffle

 

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.

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/

 

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.

www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-online-community-sees-crowdsource-teachers-leadership-improve-education.

 

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/

 

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.

www.iss-casis.org/education.aspx

 

Disneynature   

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.

http://nature.disney.com/bears/educators-guide

 

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.

www2.discounttwo-wayradio.com/l/7092/2011-06-08/5RZ9

 

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.

www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/ProStart-Project-Taste-Test-program-makes-debut

 

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 

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.

www-03.ibm.com/ibm/university/academic/pub/page/academic_initiative

 

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.

http://corporate.discovery.com/blog/tag/curiosity-in-the-classroom/

 

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.

www.natureworkseverywhere.org

 

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.

www.teachstemnow.com

 

Thinkfinity 

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.

http://www.thinkfinity.org/welcome

 

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

 

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.

http://onebyone.4imprint.com/default.aspx

 

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/

 

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

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

 

www.ebmud.com/for-teachers

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.

 

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

 

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.