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Mt. Diablo Unified School District



(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)


NOVEMBER ISSUE                                                                                                          2017



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


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program  NEW!

Purpose: This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Funder: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Applicant: High-achieving high school seniors with financial need.  At a minimum applicants must:  plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2018; intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college or university beginning in fall 2018; earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above; SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above; demonstrate significant unmet financial need. Applicants with family income up to $95,000 will be considered; however, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant

Amount: Up to $40,000 per year for four years of study, as well as opportunities for internships, study aboard, and graduate school funding.

Deadline: November 14, 2017, at noon eastern standard time (EST).



Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest  NEW!

Purpose: The contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.”

Funder: The Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education.

Applicant: Elementary schools.

Amount: The winning school receives $10,000.  A $1,000 grant will be awarded to a charity of the winning school’s choice.  In addition, the winning school will receive a fun financial literacy event at their school and will enter the running to spend time with children’s educational media expert Dr. Alice Wilder, cocreator of Blues Clues and Super Why!, and the characters of


Deadline: December 14, 2017.



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:   February 1st and August 1st annually.



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




Technology Grants




School Climate and Safety Grants




Arts and Enrichment Grants




Youth and Community Development Grants


Education for Homeless Children and Youth  NEW!

Purpose:  To facilitate the enrollment, attendance and success in school of homeless children and youth; and ensure homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education as provided to all other students.  Services provided cannot replace the regular academic program and must be designed to expand or improve services that are part of the school’s regular academic program.

Funder: California Department of Education

Applicant:  Local educational agencies (LEAs).  LEAs include school districts, county offices of education and direct-funded charter schools.  PreK-Adult.

Amount:  Total Available is $8,152,927 and the recipient amount is $250,000.

Deadline: February 1, 2018.




Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants


FY 2018 Farm to School (USDA) Grant  NEW!

Purpose:   To assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm-to-school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

Funder: The United States Department of Agriculture.

Applicant: Schools, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers are eligible to apply for Implementation grants and Planning grants.

Amount: Grants range from $20,000 up to $100,000 for grant periods of 12 or 24 months in length.  Applicants are required to provide matching support of at least 25 % of the total project budget in the form of cash or in-kind contributions.

Deadline: December 8, 2017.





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: November 10, 2017.  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.




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: November 10, 2017 and May 10, 2018. 



2017 Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest   

Purpose: This year’s contest theme – sports – invites students to build milk carton creations inspired by games and recreation, from archery to zip lining, amateur to Olympic-level.  To enter, classroom teams collect empty milk or juice cartons to use in their carton creations and write a 200-word essay about what makes their project unique.  Creations should primarily consist of paper cartons.  Supporting materials may be used, but should only comprise a small percentage of the final creation.  Supporting materials made of natural, renewable resources (wood, newspaper, cardboard, etc.) are encouraged. 

Funder:  Evergreen Packaging

Applicant: PreK-12.

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.

Deadline: November 15, 2017.



Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program 

Purpose:   To support new or existing edible school garden projects that help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.

Funder: The Whole Kids Foundation, in collaboration with FoodCorps.

Applicant: K-12 schools and 501(c)(3) organizations working in partnership with K-12 schools.  Garden projects may be at any stage of development.  Priority will be given to limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders, as well as demonstrating ability to financially sustain the garden.

Amount: $2,000 grants.

Deadline: November 15, 2017 at 3:00pm Pacific Time (PT).



American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Shade Structure Grant Program  NEW!

Purpose: To provide funding for the installation of permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces.

Funder: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Applicant: Must be a nonprofit organization or a public school.  Also, must be considering a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the AAD;  must be recommended by an AAD member; and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun-safety with your organization.

Amount: Up to $8,000.  This can include the cost of the structure and its installation.

Deadline: November 17, 2017.



Deb’s Happy Hands Contest  NEW!

Purpose: To give schools the tools to make hand hygiene fun and to educate students about the importance of hand washing, while also allowing them to express their artistic sides through the creation of an original design for a Deb dispenser. 

Funder: Deb Group, Inc.

Applicant: Students in grades K-12. 

Amount: The grand prize is a $200 gift card, a $500 donation to the school and up to 500 manual Deb soap/sanitizer dispensers custom printed with the winning design.

Deadline: November 30, 2017.




Team America Rocketry Challenge  NEW!

Purpose: To inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians to join the aerospace industry.  The challenge is an extracurricular, hands-on, project-based learning program incorporating aerospace-specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Teams of three to 10 students design, build, and fly a rocket.  Each year a unique task is included in the challenge.

Funder: The Aerospace Industries Association and National Association of Rocketry.

Applicant: Public, private, charter, other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations) students in grades 7-12.  A team can consist of three to ten students.  Teams must be supervised by an adult and have the approval of the principal of the sponsoring school. There is a $125 entry fee per team.

Amount: A pool of over $100,000 in prizes and scholarships is awarded.

Deadline: December 1, 2017 for registration. 



“Light the Way:  Outreach to the Underserved” Grants  NEW!

Purpose: To conduct outreach programs to underserved populations through new programs or the expansion of existing programs.  Preference is given to programs serving children with learning or physical differences, ESL speakers, children from nontraditional school environments or in foster care, children in the juvenile justice system, or those who need accommodation services.

Funder: Candlewick Press, administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. (ALA)

Applicant: Public and school libraries.  Interested applicants must be ALA members. 

Amount: Grants of $3,000 are awarded.

Deadline: December 1, 2017.



Scholastic Art & Writing Awards  NEW! 

Purpose: To identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Judges look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Funder: The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

Applicant: Any public, private, parochial or home-school student in grades 7 – 12 in the U.S., Canada or an American school abroad may participate.  They can apply in various categories of art and writing. 

Amount: Awards range up to $10,000.  Winners also receive the chance to have their works exhibited or published.

Deadline: December 7, 2017, for the art or writing category. 



2018 Youth Garden Grant  NEW!  

Purpose:   To support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. 

Funder: The 2018 Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by KidsGardening’s generous donor base with contributions from leading companies in the horticulture industry: Dramm Corporation, Eartheasy, Fiskars Brands Inc., Gardener’s Supply Company, Growers Supply Company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, JavaCycle, and Smart Pots.

Applicant: Any nonprofit, school or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18.  The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability.

Amount: A total of 25 programs will receive award packages.  The top 5 programs will receive award packages valued at $1,600 that include:  $1,000 cash prize and a variety of gardening tools and supplies.  20 programs will receive award packages valued at $600 that include a variety of gardening tools and supplies. 

Deadline: December 8, 2017.



Technology Teacher Grant Program  NEW!

Purpose: The program asks teachers to share their education technology plans for a chance to receive grants.  Proposed lesson plans should:  teach students why technology is important (and how to use it) in the applicant’s subject; include a detailed description of lessons, handouts, homework assignments, etc., plus a list of required resources; encourage participation and engagement with in-class demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, etc.; be designed for students between grades K-8; specify benchmarks for measuring students’ comprehension of major concepts; and be solely the applicant’s work, without the use of prepared educational materials available elsewhere.

Funder: The Beacon, a technology blog,

Applicant: K-12 teachers.

Amount: Grants are awarded in amounts of $500 and $1,000 in the form of VISA reward cards.

Deadline: December 9, 2017.



Scholastic’s Lexus Eco Challenge   

Purpose: This is a STEM-focused contest that gets students involved in an environmental issue that affects their community and gets them to use their critical thinking and research skills to come up with a solution, and to report on the results by way of an action plan.

Funder: Scholastic, Inc. and Toyota Motor Sales.

Applicant: Students in grades 6-12.

Amount: Sixteen (16) prize winning teams will each get $10,000.

Deadline: December 11, 2017 for air and climate issues.




Purpose: The competition is a web-based STEM competition for teams in grades 6-9.  Teams are asked to propose a solution to a real problem in their communities. 

Funder: The National Science Teachers Association in partnership with the Army Educational outreach Program.

Applicant: Students in grades 6-9.  Each team must have one advisor.  The advisor must be at least 21 years old, and can be a teacher, parent, sports coach, club leader, or any other active community member.

Amount: Awards range from honorable mentions to $5,000 savings bonds.  Finalist team will also have a change to complete for a $5,000 grant to implement their proposed mission.

Deadline: December 13, 2017 for initial registration.



Educator Grants Program  NEW!

Purpose: To fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students.  The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum.  Acceptable activities may include, by are not limited to, the following:  classroom science or technology demonstration kits; classroom science supplies; science & technology software for K-12 use; science manipulatives; supplies for making flying objects; and supplies for robotic program.

Funder: Air Force Association.

Applicant: K-12 schools.

Amount: Grants up to $500.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.



Shell Science Teaching Award 

Purpose: To recognize one outstanding classroom teacher who has had a positive impact on his students, school and the community through exemplary science teaching.  Special projects may be mentioned, but should not be the main focus of the candidate’s application. 

Funder:  The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Shell Oil Company.

Applicant:  K-12 classroom science teachers.  Nominees must be classroom teachers who responsibilities include teaching science, and they must have a minimum of eight years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science and must teach in a private or public school.

Amount: Winner receives $10,000.  In addition, the recipient and the two finalists each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.  Ten semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.



DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award 

Purpose: To recognize excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education.  Proposals should highlight the following:  Effective planning skills, which includes goals and objectives; Demonstrated impact and engagement of students; Opportunities for students to attain science standards; Description of how the award would be used to further their agricultural science program.

Funder:  DuPont Pioneer and The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Applicant: K-12 science teachers who incorporate innovative agricultural science activities into their existing science curriculum.

Amount: Each awardee will receive a $2,500 grant for their classroom or program, up to $1,000 paid travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.




Shell Science Lab Challenge          

Purpose: To recognize outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, and raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.  The challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.

Funder:  Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Applicant:  Individual teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6-12, in the United States and Canada, representing their schools.  A teacher is limited to one application per year whether submitting as an individual or team applicant.  A school may submit an unlimited number of applications.

Amount: One grand prize winning school will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.  Four national finalist schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500.  18 district winner schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000.  Prizes include Shell cash grants, NSTA memberships, NSTA Learning Center subscriptions, support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education, and donated science lab equipment.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.



2017-18 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program  NEW!

Purpose:   The program awards scholarships to outstanding student athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, school and within their communities. 

Funder: Foot Locker Foundation.

Applicant: The applicant must:  be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited U.S.  college or university in the fall of 2018;  be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports. (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.); have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from 9th grade to the first semester of 12th grade; and be a United States citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident.

Amount: Twenty (20) Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports team and in their communities.  In addition to the $20,000 scholarship, one of the 20 winners will also be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game.  This winner will receive an additional $5,000 award.

Deadline: December 17, 2018.



Walmart Community Grant Program 

Purpose: To provide support in the areas of:  hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and opportunity.

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, 2017.



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



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. 

Funder: The Home Depot Foundation

Applicant: Public schools, registered 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S

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.

Deadline: December 31, 2017.




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:  January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, 2018.



Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge  NEW!

Purpose: The challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production. 

Funder: The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Theatre Wing, Playbill, Inc., and Disney Theatrical Productions.

Applicant: Any student enrolled in High School (grades 9-12) who demonstrates talent and a passion for writing musical theatre songs that could be part of a musical theatre production. 

Amount: Six finalists will receive mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians and the opportunity to have an original song performed by those musicians.  Finalists will also receive scholarship awards and more.

Deadline: January 5, 2018.  Six regional semi-finalists will be announced in February and the national competition among the six regional semi-finalists will be held in April in New York City.



U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Program NEW!

Purpose:   To recognize outstanding high school athletes who are chosen as finalists based on their excellence in academics, athletics, and community service.

Funder: The United States Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Applicant: Sophomore, junior and senior high school athletes in the United States.

Amount: Finalists attend and are honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.  The overall 2018 Award for Excellence winner receives a $2,500 grant from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will also be recognized during the Enshrinement Ceremony.

Deadline: January 12, 2018.


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:  January 15, April 15 and October 15 annually.



California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) School Garden Program 

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 t eligible.

Amount: 24 grants of $1,200 each will be awarded each year.  (12 awarded twice a year.)  At the end of the year, CFF will invite those schools to reapply for a “progress grant” of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip.

Deadline:  January 15, 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:  January 15 and September 15 annually.



National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants  NEW!

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:   February 1, June 1 and October 15, 2018.



National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants  NEW!   

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:   February 1, June 1 and October 15, 2018.




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.  February 10 and October 10.




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:  March 1 and October 1, annually.



Assistance League of Diablo Valley High School Seniors Scholarships  NEW!

Purpose: To aid students with college expenses based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Must be a graduating senior entering a two-year or four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on official transcript.  Must have a financial need and be a resident of Contra Costa County, California.  Must have community involvement, school activities, if applicable, work hours.  Applicant does not have to be a chapter member or a relative of a chapter member of the Assistance League of Diablo Valley.  A complete application must be submitted, including one school recommendation, one community recommendation, financial report and a personal statement.

Amount: Maximum amount is $6,000.

Deadline: March 13, 2018.



Assistance League of Diablo Valley Foster Youth Scholarships  NEW!

Purpose: To aid students with college expenses based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of Contra Costa County and living in the county or elsewhere, or a current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of another county, but living in Contra Costa County; High school graduates, G.E.D. recipients, or other students eligible to attend or enrolled in an accredited four-year college, community college or vocational school or community college graduates transferring to an accredited four-year college or university.

Amount: Awards range from $500 to $4,000.

Deadline: March 14, 2018.




Wonder Certified Kind Classroom Initiative   

Purpose: To focus on bringing acts of kindness, acceptance and inclusion to life for third through sixth-grade students. 

Funder: Lionsgate Entertainment.

Applicant: Grades 3-6 classrooms.

Amount: Prizes vary by contest.

Deadline: April 1, 2018 is the deadline for the “Fill a Jar with Kindness In Your Classroom” contest. 



Carton 2 Garden Contest  NEW!

Purpose:   To encourage kids to use their imaginations to repurpose their milk and juice cartons into a creation that fosters environmental stewardship and focuses on the creation of school gardens.  This program is part of Evergreen Packaging’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among consumers on the eco-friendly benefits of paper cartons. 

Funder: Kidsgardening.org and Evergreen Packaging.

Applicant: Any school (public, private, or charter) grades PreK-12.  Your school does not need a garden to participate.

Amount: There are fourteen (14) awards being offered.  One grand prize winner will receive a prize valued at $5,000.  Three winners will be selected for exemplary demonstration in the following specialty areas:  STEM, Sustainability, and Health & Wellness.  These three winners will receive a prize valued at $2,500 each.  Ten winners, five from middle/high school and five from elementary school, will receive award packages valued at $1,000 each.

Deadline: April 16, 2018.



Pets in the Classroom Grants  NEW!

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 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.






Interactive, On-Demand Algebra Tutorials  NEW!

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.