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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)

 

MAY ISSUE                                                                                                                    2016

 

 

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

 

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

November 1                 January                                    February 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

 

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizen Company Grants  OPENS 9/1/2016  

Purpose: To help build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States.  State Farm supports efforts to provide all children with an education that will allow them to reach their greatest potential and prepare them to participate in a nation and economy that continues as a global leader.  Three types of grants are funded:  Teacher Development, Service-Learning and Education Reform/Systemic Improvement.

Funder: State Farm Companies Foundation.

Applicant: Eligible applicants include:  educational institutions (K-12 public schools), government entities, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  

Amount: Grant amounts vary, but amounts requested must be $5,000 or more.

Deadline: October 31, 2016.

https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/community/education-programs/grants-scholarships/company-grants

 

 

Technology Grants

 

See Mini-grants (DonorsChoose.org)

 

 

School Climate and Safety Grants

 

 

 

Arts and Enrichment Grants

 

The National Young Arts Foundation 2016 YoungArts Program  NEW!

Purpose: To identify and nurture emerging artists ages 15-18 (or in grades 10-12) in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. 

Funder: The National Young Arts Foundation. 

Applicant: Students in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 on December 1, 2016.  Applicants must be either a United States citizen or have permanent resident status.

Amount: Up to $10,000; an exclusive U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nomination; Master classes with world-renowned artists; Access to scholarships, career opportunities, and professional contacts; and an opportunity for works to be viewed by top artists in their field. 

Deadline: October 14, 2016 by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. 

http://www.youngarts.org/apply

 

 

 

Youth and Community Development Grants

 

Personal Responsibility Education Program Innovative Strategies  NEW!

Purpose:   To target services to high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally underrepresented youth populations.  This includes youth in foster care, homeless youths, youths with HIV or AIDS, pregnant and parenting women who are under 21 years of age and their partners, youths who have been trafficked, and youths residing in high teen birth rate areas.  Projects are required to implement at least three of six adulthood preparation subjects:  healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career success, and healthy life skills.

Funder: The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Applicant: For-profit and nonprofit organizations; Native American tribal organizations and governments; institutions of higher education; independent school districts; public housing authorities; and city, township, state, special district, and county governments.

Amount: Grants range from $550,000 to $975,000.

Deadline:  June 27, 2016.

http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp?content=programs&program=baseball_tomorrow_fund

 

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants

 

 

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 and Oct 1, 2016.

http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp?content=programs&program=baseball_tomorrow_fund

 

 

 

 

Mini-Grants

 

The TJX Foundation Grants 

Purpose:  To contribute to programs that provide basic-need services to disadvantaged women, children and families in communities where the company does business.  The foundation focuses on the following:  Civic/Community; Domestic Violence Prevention; Health; Education; and Social Services.  In Education, support will go to programs that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged – including early – intervention, mentoring, tutoring, GED, and college coursework as well as programs that teach people to speak, read and write English. Funder: The TJX Companies, Inc.

Applicant: 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

Amount: Varies by request.

Deadlines:   June 27, 2016.  The applications must be received by the end of the day, Eastern Standard Time.

2016 Taking Roots Scholarship Program  NEW!  

Purpose: To award scholarships to students pursuing full-time studies in forestry, plant sciences, horticulture, entomology, environmental science, or a related major at an accredited two-or four-year college. 

Funder: Arborjet.

Applicant: Must - Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States; be high school seniors; plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2016-17 academic year; plan to pursue a forestry course of study or related major. 

Amount: Ten $1,000 awards will be granted.

Deadline: June 30, 2016.

http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/arborjet/index.html

 

Roads to Reading Literacy Initiative  

Purpose: To provide new books for remedial programming to organizations that serve underserved communities.  Books are provided for circulation and story times in school and public libraries, remedial reading programs in schools, afterschool programs, community centers and story time in home daycares and daycare centers.

Funder: Pathways Within, Inc.

Applicant: Private and public schools, daycare centers, home daycares (with state licenses), public and private school and community libraries, community centers, afterschool programming, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. 

Amount: In-kind book donations.

Deadline: June 30, 2016.

 

The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund   

Purpose: To support music education by providing children with the opportunity to experience classical music firsthand at live performances.  Priority will be given to music education programs and initiatives that directly support the purchase of tickets for music education students for live classical music performances.  Classical musical education – vocal or instrumental – must be the key component of any music program requesting funds.  Schools and programs must already have an existing music program/curriculum in place. 

Funder: The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund.

Applicant: Public or charter schools or non-profit/501(c)(3) programs directly funding music education, serving students (K-12) regardless of their ability to pay. 

Amount: Grants up to $500.

Deadline: June 30, 2016.

https://sites.google.com/site/gewirtzkidstoconcerts/

 

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

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

 

$100,000 Dream Big Challenge Contest 

Purpose: The challenge asks teachers to submit proposals on how they could make an impact in their schools or communities and provide opportunities for students to succeed.  Some of the projects Farmers Insurance funded last year include:  indoor equestrian learning facility for special needs children and adults; teen driving training course; literacy initiatives to help at-risk readers.

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 “DREAM BIG TEACHER CHALLENGE” contest winner, and who are legal residents of the United States. 

Amount: Each winner will be awarded a $100,000 grant and there will be six winners. 

Deadlines:  Contest Entry Period:  January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016; Judging Period:  July 1, 2016 through September 20, 2016; Voting Period:  October 1 - 31, 2016; and Vote Results Period:  November 1- 30, 2016.  Winner Announcement Period:  December 1 – 18, 2016.

 

Community Grants Program  NEW!  

Purpose: To support educators and community organizers in engaging their students and communities in thoughtful dialogues centered on the issue of immigration and multiculturalism. The center awards bi-annual grants for immigration-themed classroom and community-based projects.  Proposals that are classroom-based will receive strong consideration, and the Council encourages projects that can be replicated in other classrooms and communities across the nation.  This year’s focus is on proposals that relate to the following categories:  innovative use of technology and/or service-learning; professional development and team teaching; community outreach and partnerships with community based organizations; math, science and the arts; service-learning; and grants focused on teaching and learning of fundamental constitutional rights and/or border issues. 

Funder: The American Immigration Council Community Education Center.

Applicant: Educators teaching in public or private primary, intermediate and secondary level schools as well as extension educators and community leaders.

Amount: Grants range from $100 to $500.

Deadline: July 1, 2016 and November 7, 2016.

http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community-grants-0

 

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

 

California Casualty Academic Award  NEW!  

Purpose:  To help public school teachers cover expenses for classroom materials that teachers often purchase from their own pocket.

Funder: California Casualty.

Applicant: Eligible applicants may be active or retired employees of a public school serving kindergarten through grade 12 located in the United States.  Applicants must be a current member of the California Teachers Association, National Education Association (NEA) or referred by a current member of the state NEA affiliate or another of California Casualty’s participating educator associations.

Amount: Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded.  Winners are selected from a random drawing of eligible entries.  Academic grants are paid to the winning school. 

Deadline:  July 8, 2016.

http://www.calcasacademicaward.com/?elqaid=509&elqat=2&elqTrackId=a166d338e1184efe938ac6f9de366944

 

 

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: July 10, September 10 and November 10, 2016.  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

 

Impact Award Grant Program  NEW!  

Purpose: To recognize individuals that have donated their time, efforts, and resources to have a positive effect on the health of children and promote the Healthy Classrooms Foundation mission. 

Funder: The Healthy Classrooms Foundation.

Applicant: Individuals that provide a service to the community, promoting the Healthy Classroom Foundations mission.   

Amount: $1,000 award.

Deadline: July 15, 2016 by 5:00pm Central Standard Time.

http://www.hc-foundation.com/grants-application.html

 

The Robert J. Stevenson Scholarship   NEW!  

Purpose:  To assist a classroom teacher working toward an advanced degree to enhance teacher leadership skills.  Applicants may be engaged in the study of curriculum and instruction or supervision.  The scholarship may be used for tuition, books or other education expenses.

Funder: Leadership foundation for Teacher Education of The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and The Stevenson Family.

Applicant: Eligible applicants must be an ATE member, a full or part-time graduate student; and have a GPA of 3.0. 

Amount: One scholarship of $1,200 is awarded. 

Deadline:  July 15, 2016.

http://www.ate1.org/pubs/Stevenson_Scholars.cfm

 

2015 From Failure to Promise Scholarship Essay Contest       

Purpose: To inspire and motivate youth to reach great promise.  Many students face challenges and circumstances that cascade the reality of reaching their academic hopes and dreams.  The contest invites students to write an original essay of at least 1,500 words long addressing three prompts from Dr. C.  Moorer’s 2nd ground breaking work From Failure to Promise:  360 Degrees.  The details can be found on the website which is listed below.

Funder: Dr. C Moorer & Associates, Inc.

Applicant: High school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate-level college students with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, pursuing or planning to pursue a degree at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. 

Amount: 1st place $10,000.  There will be three (3) $500 honorable mentions.

Deadline: July 31, 2016.

http://www.fromfailuretopromise.com/#!essay-scholarship-contest--html/cfvg

 

 

The D’Addario Foundation Grants 

Purpose: To provide monetary and product support to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education.

Funder: The D’Addario Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations and public schools.

Amount: The average grant award is $2,500.  The foundation also makes in-kind product donations.

Deadline:  Letter of Inquiry deadline July 31, 2016.  You must submit a letter of inquiry before being invited to submit a formal grant application.   Application deadline is September 15, 2016. 

http://www.daddariofoundation.org/grants

 

2016 K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant  NEW!  

Purpose: To encourage teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their normal curriculum.  Grants may be used to pay for a bus and admission fees to take students to visit an aviation museum, go on a field trip to the local airport, buy materials to build a balsa wood glider or model rocket, or fund another type of project with an aviation or aerospace theme.

Funder: The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.

Applicant: K-12 educators.

Amount: $250 grants.

Deadline: August 31, 2016.

www.safepilots.org/programs/grants/k-12-classroom-teacher-grant-2016/

 

 

2016 I Love My Librarian Award 

Purpose: To recognize the accomplishments of exceptional librarians. 

Funder: The American Library Association’s ilovelibraries.org initiative.

Applicant: Public, school, college, community college and university librarians.  Nominees must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies, or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an education united accredited by the Nation Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Amount: Ten winners will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City.

Deadline: September 5, 2016.

www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian

 

2016 Syngenta Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program  NEW!     

Purpose:   To encourage and support the establishment of gardens by schools and organizations that facilitate the education of local communities. 

Funder: Syngenta.

Applicant: Non-profit, charitable organizations, which are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to schools and government agencies.  All organizations must be within the United States.

Amount: Garden packages include vegetable seeds and a monetary award.

Deadline: September 15, 2016.

http://www.syngenta-us.com/thrive/news/vegetable-seed-grant.html

 

 

The Comerica Charitable Foundation Grants 

Purpose:  To support programs and initiatives that address key issues in communities where the company has operations.  Education is one of their giving priorities.  This includes:  Financial literacy programs (K-12 and adult) and scholarships for students with income needs for studies in business, finance and growth industries.

Funder: The Comerica Charitable Foundation

Applicant: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in communities where Comerica does business.

Amount: Varies by request. 

Deadlines:  September 15, and November 15, 2016.

https://www.comerica.com/about-us/community-involvement/charitable-giving.html

 

Dow Community Grant Program 

Purpose: To seek projects that improve the environment, support hands-on science and math learning, and contribute to the community’s success in the areas of educational opportunities and environmental protection.  Project examples include restoring wildlife or recreation areas; expanding educational opportunities for students of all ages or their teachers, especially in the areas of science and math; and workforce development programs for local students.  Projects with an emphasis on visible improvements and long-lasting results will be the most competitive in the selection process.  Capital, maintenance, structural or systems improvement projects will not be considered

Funder: The Dow Chemical Company.

Applicant: Certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, schools, municipalities, county and governmental or state agencies that reside or provide services in the following neighboring communities:  East Contra Costa County, specifically Antioch, Bay Point and Pittsburg.

Amount: Awards vary from $2,500 to $5,000 depending on the scope of the project. 

Deadline: September 16, 2016 by 2:00pm.  The application must be submitted online.

http://www.cybergrants.com/dow/applications/open to obtain application.

 

2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology 

Purpose:  To promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects.  It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.  You can compete as an individual or as a member of a team.  High schools students are invited to submit original research projects in math, science and technology for the opportunity to win college scholarships.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

Funder: Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education.

Applicant: High schools students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Students must be enrolled in high school (grades 9 – 12) during the 2016-17 school year.  

Amount: Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000.

Deadline:   September 20, 2016.

https://siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com/

 

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants     OPENS AUGUST 1ST

Purpose: To provide financial support to help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging time efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.  Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:  reading gardens, vegetable gardens, physical fitness areas, school landscaping projects, school nature trails, parent involvement centers, peer tutoring centers, playgrounds, and rotating student are exhibits.

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

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

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

Deadline: September 26, 2016.

http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

 

Green Thumb Challenge Grant  NEW!   

Purpose:   To support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.  Submit chronicles of your garden project in a race to win the grand prize.

Funder: Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company.

Applicant: Existing garden programs involving children currently in grades K-12, from schools and youth groups nationwide.  Please note that this grant is not for gardens that have not yet been started.

Amount: $250 award.

Deadline: September 30, 2016

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/greenthumbchallengesub/green-thumb-challenge-winners.html

Project Learning Tree Grants 

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

Funder: Project Learning Tree.

Applicant: Any organization, community group, nature center, museum, school, etc. that is based in the United States or U.S. Territories and that involves youth in environmental and/or conservation education.

Amount: Grants up to $1,000.  The project must secure at least 50% matching funds (in-kind acceptance.)

Deadline: September 30, 2016.

https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant

 

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 29, May 31 and September 30, 2016.

CONTEST PERIODS:

TEACHERS SUBMIT PROPOSALS BY:

PUBLIC VOTES ON PROPOSALS :

WINNERS NOTIFIED:

No. 3: Aug 1–Nov 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

Oct 1-31, 2016

Nov 1-30, 2016

 

 

Kids In Need Foundation (KINF)Teacher Grants 

Purpose: To provide funds for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas or who want to replicate a project previously funded.  Your project may qualify for funding if it makes creative use of common teaching aids, approaches the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or ties nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.  Innovation and merit account for 40% of the evaluation.  When it’s time to apply, teachers choose from a menu of different applications to request the funds that best meet the needs of their students, including a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores application that fund projects in any subject area and the Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit grants application that funds projects teachers select from more than 1,200 ideas on the KINF website to replicate in their own classroom. 

Funder: The Kids in Need Foundation, Elmer’s Products, Inc., and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Applicant:  PreK-12 certified teachers working at a public, private, charter or parochial school in the subject of the project.  Home school projects are not funded.

Amount: Grants range from $100 to $500.

Deadline: Applications accepted from July 15 – September 30, 2016.

http://www.kinf.org/grants/

 

StudySoup Future Innovator Scholarship Program  NEW!  

Purpose: To recognize outstanding students who exemplify one or more of StudySoup’s core values:  be a knight, make an impact, or succeed together.  For example, students who have mentored a fellow student, organized a fundraiser for charity, or gone on a humanitarian trip abroad may be eligible. 

Funder: StudySoup

Applicant: Students who are at least 16 years old, and currently attending high school (or equivalent) and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year.   

Amount: Up to $2,000.

Deadline: Oct 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017.

https://studysoup.com/scholarship

Target Field Trip Grants  NEW!  OPEN AUGUST 1ST 

Purpose:  To support learning opportunities outside the classroom by funding field trips.  Field trips benefit student studies in the area of the arts, math, science and social studies.

Funder: The Target Corporation.

Applicant: K-12 schools nationwide.

Amount: Grants up to $700.

Deadline: Applications open at noon (Central Standard Time) on August 1, 2016 and

closes at 11:59 pm Central Time on October 1, 2016.

https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants

 

 

Kids Run the Nation Fund 2016 

Purpose:   To assist running clubs, events, and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program.  The running program should be more than just a one-time event.  It should be a structured running program that ideally utilizes the Road Runners Club of America youth running materials.  The goal of the program is to have kids running regularly, at least once a week for multiple weeks, as opposed to participating in a single event.  However, the program may culminate in participation at a kid’s race.

Funder: Road Runners Club of America. (RRCA)

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations, running clubs, and elementary or middle schools that provide an organized afterschool running program.

Amount: Grants range from $500 - $1,000.

Deadline: October 1, 2016.

http://www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/programs/kids-run-the-nation

 

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

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 science or math education for project materials only.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation

Applicant: Any K-5 teacher in a public or private school.

Amount: Up to $1,000.

Deadline: October 1, 2016.

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

 

The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant 

Purpose:  Donald Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his students.  These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with his students will continue for years to come. 

Funder: The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull.

Applicant: Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students.

Amount: Ten (10) schools/classrooms will receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish an herb garden (indoor or outdoor).  The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. 

Deadline: October 1, 2016.

http://herbsociety.org/resources/samull-grant.html

 

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, annually.

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

 

Spark a Story High School Writing Contest  NEW!  

Purpose: The contest asks youth to submit original short stories (fiction).  The contest will culminate in an anthology featuring the winning entries that will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.    

Funder: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Applicant: High School students.   

Amount: Winners will receive a free copy of the anthology and a cash prize of $100.

Deadline: Stories accepted from August 1 – October 7, 2016.

www.hmhco.com/common/spark-a-story

 

Air Force 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 twice a year.  Deadlines October 10 and February 10.

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

 

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day  NEW!   

Purpose:   To learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch, and for parents and school officials to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals.  Parents visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria.  Afterwards they can nominate and share the story for a chance to win a grant to improve the lunch program at their child’s school.

Funder: KIWI Magazine in partnership with the Whole Kids Foundation.

Applicant: Elementary Schools.

Amount: $1,000 grants.

Deadline: October 12, 2016

http://www.kiwimagonline.com/lunchday

 

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

 

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.

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.  Educational 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.  Full time administrators, such as principals, assistant principals, and school district staff, are not eligible.

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. 

Deadlines:   October 15, 2016.

http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/

 

 

National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants   

Purpose:  To improve the academic achievement of students in United States public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s).  The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter.  The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.  Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.  Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.

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.  Educational 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.  Full time administrators, such as principals, assistant principals, and school district staff, are not eligible.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000. 

Deadlines:   October 15, 2016.

https://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/

 

Lorrie Otto 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, 2016.

http://wildones.org/seedmony.html

 

2017 GRAMMY Signature Schools Awards Program 

Purpose: To honor exceptional public high school music programs and to keep music programs alive and well despite budgets and school politics.  This award is based on excellence.

Funder: GRAMMY in the Schools, part of the GRAMMY Foundation.

Applicant: Public high school music programs in the United States.

Amount: Each school gets a GRAMMY Award and a cash prize of up to $6,000. 

Deadline: October 22, 2016.

http://www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-signature-schools

 

2017 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Awards Program 

Purpose: To provide special awards and cash grants to public high school music programs based primarily upon need and to keep music programs alive and well despite budgets and school politics.  This award is based on need. 

Funder: GRAMMY in the Schools, part of the GRAMMY Foundation.

Applicant: Public high school music programs in the United States.

Amount: Each school gets a GRAMMY Award and a cash prize of up to $5,500. 

Deadline: October 22, 2016.

http://www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-signature-schools

 

2016 Disney Dreams Academy  NEW!

Purpose: The academy is an innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.  Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal stories and their dreams for the future.  Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude, and determination to achieve their dreams. 

Funder: The Walt Disney Company along with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine.

Applicant: High school students, ages 13-19.

Amount:  Select applicants, along with parents or guardians, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology.

Deadline: October 31, 2016.

www.disneydreamersacademy.com/be-a-dreamer/apply

 

 

Professional Development Travel Grant for ESL & EFL Teachers 

Purpose: To support the professional development of ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers by making it possible for more teachers to attend the annual TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Convention & English Language Expo.

Funder: TESOL International Association.

Applicant:  Practicing ESL and EFL teachers and teacher trainers who are also active TESOL members and who need financial support to attend the annual TESOL convention.

Amount: Grants consist of $1,500 each to pay the cost of attending a TESOL convention, including travel, accommodations, and registration fees.

Deadline: November 1, 2016.

www.tesol.org/enhance-your-career/tesol-awards-honors-grants/convention-travel-grants-scholarships/professional-development-travel-grant-for-practicing-esl-efl-teachers

 

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants  NEW!  

Purpose: To increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning.  The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within his or her school or district.  The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.  The grant recipient will be expected to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their mathematical understandings and instructional practices.

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

Applicant:  The applicant must be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  The applicant must be a classroom elementary school teacher with at least three years of experience and have mathematics as a regular teaching responsibility.

Amount: Award maximum is $6,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Emerging-Teacher-Leaders-in-Elementary-School-Mathematics-Grants/

 

Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants  NEW!  

Purpose: To develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with adopted standards.  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 John and Stacey Wahl Fund.

Applicant:  The applicant must be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  

Amount: Award maximum is $4,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Improving-Students_-Understanding-of-Geometry-Grants/

 

 

Equity in Mathematics Grants (6-8)  NEW!  

Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement.  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 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership; and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50 percent of the school day.  

Amount: Award maximum is $8,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Equity-in-Mathematics-Grants-(6-8)/

 

Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships for Grades 9-12 Teachers  NEW!  

Purpose: To provide financial support for improving teachers’ understanding of mathematics by completing graduate course work in mathematics.  Primary emphasis is placed on appropriate mathematics content courses.  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 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM; have taught school mathematics at least three years; and intend to remain in teaching.   

Amount: Award maximum is $3,200.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Mathematics-Graduate-Course-Work-Scholarships-for-Grades-9%e2%80%9312-Teachers/

 

Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships for Grades 6-8 Teachers  NEW!  

Purpose: To provide financial support for improving teachers’ understanding of mathematics by completing graduate course work in mathematics.  Primary emphasis is placed on appropriate mathematics content courses.  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 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 14,2 016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership; have taught school mathematics at least three years; and intend to remain in teaching.  

Amount: Award maximum is $3,200.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Mathematics-Graduate-Course-Work-Scholarships-for-Grades-6-8-Teachers/

 

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 definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching mathematics.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and impact students’ learning in accordance with adopted standards.  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 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 9-12 at least 50 percent of the school day.  

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

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

 

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 definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching mathematics.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and impact students’ learning in accordance with adopted standards.  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 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50 percent of the school day.  

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

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

 

 

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

Purpose: To provide financial support for improving teachers’ understanding of mathematics by completing coursework in mathematics.  Primary emphasis is placed on appropriate mathematics content courses.  Mathematics education courses may also qualify if a suitable rationale is provided 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)

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM  Pre-K-8 school membership; have taught school mathematics for at least three years; and intend to remain in teaching. 

Amount: Award maximum is $3,200.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

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

 

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK-2 Teachers    

Purpose: To incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics.   The proposal 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.

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

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-member of  NCTM or teach in a school with a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM PreK-8 school membership and currently teacher mathematics or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in grades Pre-K-2.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

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

 

Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants (6-8) 

Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge.  Materials may be in the forms of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium.  Materials may not be calculators, computers or related equipment.  Although such equipment is essential in today’s classroom, this award is not intended to purchase such equipment.  The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Proposals must address the following:  one or more of the Content Standards:  number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Veryl Schult-Ellen Hocking Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of  NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM PreK-8 school membership and currently teacher mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50 percent of the school day.  

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Engaging-Students-in-Learning-Mathematics-Grant-(6-8)/

 

 

Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants (Grades 9-12) 

Purpose: To create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields.  Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium.  The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Proposals must address the following:  the plan for developing and evaluating materials, the connectivity to other fields or disciplines, and anticipated impact on students’ learning.

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

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) 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 $4,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Connecting-Mathematics-to-Other-Subject-Areas-Grants-(9-12)/

 

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK-5 Teachers  

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classrooms teachers.  The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and its 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 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of  NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM PreK-8 school membership. 

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

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

 

The American Turkish Society Curriculum Development Grants 

Purpose: To fund teachers in the United States for the development of innovative curricula related to Turkey.  The program aims to enhance teachers’ and students’ knowledge of Turkey and develop a repository of effective practice to teach about the country.  Funding may be used to cover the costs of research, materials, speakers, and other expenses.  Grantees also have the opportunity to be chosen for an expense-paid trip to Turkey to engage in an educational and cultural exchange.

Funder: The American Turkish Society.

Applicant: Elementary and secondary school teachers.

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

Deadline: November 30, 2016.

www.americanturkishsociety.org/curriculum-development-grants

 

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers 

Purpose: To provide support for undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs. 

Funder: American Association of Physics Teachers. (AAPT)

Applicant: Applicants must declare their intent to prepare for, and engage in, a career in physics teaching at the high school level and must, at the time the scholarship funds are received by the student, be:  an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited two-year college, four-year college or university, or a high school senior accepted for such enrollment; pursuing, or planning to pursue, a course of study leading toward a career in physics teaching in high schools; showing promise of success in their studies; and a United States citizen.

Amount: Scholarships up to $2,000 and a complimentary AAPT student membership for one year.

Deadline: December 1, 2016.

www.aapt.org/programs/grants/lotze.cfm

 

PASCO STEM Educator Awards  NEW!  

Purpose:  To honor excellence and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at the middle and high school levels.

Funder: PASCO Scientific in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association. (NSTA)

Applicant: The applicant must be a grade 6-12 STEM educator.  Individuals must have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in the STEM fields, who implement innovative inquiry-based, technology infused STEM programs.  One elementary level, two middle level, and two high school recipients will be awarded annually.

Amount: Each awardee will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference and be part of a STEM share-a-thon workshop, a $500 monetary gift, and a  and a $5,000 certificate for PASCO Scientific products.

Deadline:  December 15, 2016.

http://www.nsta.org/docs/awards/STEMEducator.pdf

 

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program  NEW!

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, 2016.

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, 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, 2016.

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

 

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 not 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, 2017.  Grantees will be notified of their awards by April 1 each year.

http://www.calfertilizer.org/Grant14.htm

 

 

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, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Ward’s Science.

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: January 23, 2017.

http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/

 

 

RESOURCES

 

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.48HourPrint.com Giving Across America Program 

48HourPrint.com seeks to help nonprofits, charities, churches and schools offset costs and help in furthering these organizations’ goals by providing printed materials for fundraising and promotional needs.  They will provide in-kind donations of printed materials on a rolling basis.  The contact is Kevin Plankey, (617) 391-9547, email:  kevin.plankey@48HourPrint.com.  The web address is

http://www.48hourprint.com/giving-across-america.html

 

www.theultimategreenstore.com/t-affiliate.aspx 

TheUltimateGreenStore.com announced the launch of the Save the Planet – Sustain a School program.  The fundraising program offers schools the chance to post an Ultimate Green Store banner on their website, and earn 10 percent of every completed purchase made through it.  Visit the website for more information.

 

www.fb-orders.com/ageducate 

This four-page, tabloid-style publication for grades 3-5 is available in sets of 30 for $5.00.  It features articles such as “Crust Starts on the Farm” explaining how pizza crust is made from wheat and including facts about what production.  The “Pizza History Timeline” goes all the way back to 4000 BC, when Egyptians first began making bread with yeast.  To order, visit www.fb-orders.com/ageducate.

 

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.