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Grants For Teachers

Expand your instruction and engage your students!

Welcome!

The much anticipated Space Foundation Grant List for Teachers is up and running! If you are interested in expanding your instruction, as well as increasing student engagement, then you are in the right place! Grants are a wonderful way to provide opportunities for your students that simply do not fit within your current budget! Good Luck!

This list will be updated on a frequent basis as new grant opportunities become available!

U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education has an awesome, comprehensive list, which includes information specific to each state. Click on your state, either on the map or the dropdown menu, to find the contact information for:

  • The Department of Education
  • The Higher Education Agency
  • The Special Education Agency
  • The Adult Education Agency

The Department of Education, at the state-level, is a great way to look for grant opportunities specific to the teachers and students in your state.

United States Space Grant Consortiums
This NASA initiative supports the advancement of science and engineering education, research, and public outreach. Funds are available for both curricular and professional development and are provided annually through grants at the state level. Click on the information for your state in order to find contact information, as well as grant opportunities that are currently available.

AWARDS and CONTESTS

AFCEA STEM Teacher Graduate Scholarships

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 10th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12.  The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from ManTech International and AFCEA International.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens and living in the United States. Graduate candidates must be attending an accredited U.S. college or university on-campus and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects in a U.S. school in grades K-12. Graduate-level candidates must be currently taking at least two semester-equivalent classes at an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of application. Current credential and licensure students must have completed a bachelor’s of science degree or graduate degree in a STEM major.  Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded. Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Thomas J. Brennan Award

Deadline: March 1st, 2020

Amount: $500 plus travel expenses to attend the award banquet (awarded biannually)

The Thomas J. Brennan Award of the ASP is given each year to an individual demonstrating excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America. The recipients will have demonstrated exceptional commitment to classroom or planetarium education, as well as the training of other teachers. This award is designed to honor the practicing high school astronomy teacher. Occasionally, an individual outside of the secondary classroom, judged to have had a significant impact on high school astronomy teaching, is selected for this award. Nominators are urged to consider both practicing secondary astronomy teachers and those who have been involved in projects that have had widespread impact on high school astronomy teaching.

Nominees must be involved in activities relating to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in the classroom or planetarium, in teacher training, and/or by other appropriate means.

The Freedom Foundation's 43rd Annual Leavey Awards

Amount: $7,500 or $15,000

Deadline: March 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

Since 1977, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation have honored outstanding teachers for bringing passion and creativity to their classrooms as they teach students about entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.

The awards program recognizes educators at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college levels. Up to 20 cash awards, valued at $7,500 each, are made annually valued. One meritorious award of $15,000 may be made for an outstanding entry. To date, the program has recognized more than 600 teachers from across the country and awarded over $4 million.

The candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident employed full-time as an educator at an accredited American school (grades K-12), college or university. The application must conceive and implement an innovative course, program or project that develops, among students, a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American private enterprise system. The nominee’s program, course or project must be operating or initiated during the previous academic year.

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: January 31st, 2020 (awarded annually)

In many people's lives there is at least one teacher who inspired them, and helped them become who they are today. In our early years, when we are still being formed, they often see in us more than we see in ourselves, more than our families see and, as a result, help us to evolve into who we ultimately become. These inspirational people are not often recognized for the life changing role they have played. These are the teachers who define us, teachers who widen our horizons and encourage us to explore. These teachers are touchstones to paths of achieving more than we might have otherwise accomplished, in directions we might not have gone. To celebrate the significant role of teachers in society, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards will spotlight some of the country’s most inspirational teachers and recognize them for their contributions.

Each year, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards will solicit nominations from the general public and notable public figures, providing the opportunity to submit stories about teachers and professors who made a significant difference in their lives.

On March 22, Stephen Sondheim's birthday, a select number of these teachers will each receive The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award - $10,000 in appreciation for their contributions to the field of teaching. Awardees will also be showcased, along with the people they inspired, on The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards website.

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GRANTS

ARRL's Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

At the request of the family of the late Victor C. Clark, W4KFC, the ARRL Foundation established the Victor C. Clark Foundation Youth Incentive Program, with the objective of providing support for the development of Amateur Radio among high-school age (or younger) youth. Funded by endowment and contributor support, the Program makes mini-grants available to groups that demonstrate serious intent to promote participation in Amateur Radio by youth and enrich the experience of radio amateurs under the age of 18.

Adopt a Classroom

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Teachers spend an average of $740 a year of their own money on classroom supplies. Since 1998, Adopt a Classroom has connected donors to teachers with grants, sponsorship, and crowdfunding. They offer a flexible and accountable funding for teachers and schools through our proprietary, easy-to-use fundraising platform.

American Electric Power Teacher Vision Grants

Amount: up to $500

Deadline: February 22nd, 2020 (awarded annually)

You motivate youth to think creatively, to step into leadership roles and to address the challenges of the future. If adequate funding is all that stands between you and a new classroom adventure, American Electric Power's Teacher Vision Grant program may help. Teachers of pre-K through Grade 12 who live or teach in the AEP service area or in communities with major AEP facilities may apply.

Any project that has an academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement will be considered. AEP has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, the study of energy and a sustainable environment, and energy efficiency.

Highly regarded projects will incorporate matching funds, community resources, and interdisciplinary or team-teaching projects. We do not fund stipends or meals.

Association of American Educators Classroom Grants

Amount: up to $500

Deadline: October 1st, 2019 and March 1st, 2020 (awarded semi-annually)

Classroom grants are available to all full-time educators who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the past two years. Awards are competitive.

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.

Bayer Fund Educational Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: August 31st, 2019 and February 28th, 2020 (awarded semi-annually)

Bayer Fund supports communities where our employees live and work by investing in programs in eligible communities around the world. We support general educational programs and programs focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that offer innovative approaches to teaching or learning and which foster student achievement. We give priority to programs that use evidence-based methodology.

We accept Education applications from invited organizations located in eligible communities during two periods annually. The first period opens January 1 and closes February 28 at 11:59:59pm CT (funding decisions made in May/June). The second period opens July 1 and closes on August 31 at 11:59:59pm CT (funding decisions made in November/December).

Applications to Bayer Fund are by invitation only.

Beckman Coulter Foundation Grant

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Grant applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s staff on a regular basis. Each request is evaluated to determine its eligibility and conformity to the Beckman Coulter Foundation’s giving guidelines. All applications are responded to in writing within a 60-90 day period.

Brinker International Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

“Serve the World a Great Taste of Life.”

Brinker International supports communities in which employees of its Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy franchises work and live. Grants go to nonprofit organizations with programming in education, diversity, arts, social services, and health. Requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and it may take four to six weeks to review a request.

Captain Planet Foundation

Amount: varies

Deadline: January 15th, 2020 and July 15th, 2020 (awarded semi-annually)

Captain Planet Foundation™ invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local & global environmental change-makers.

Educators, both K-12 classrooms and informal education, who are interested in receiving support for students to design and implement hands-on environmental solutions are eligible for project funding.

Civil Air Patrol

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Description: Civil Air Patrol has STEM kits available for teachers, as well as mini-grants to fund classroom projects. Teachers have to join CAP in order to apply. There is a one-time fee of $35, but that fee includes a ton of free curriculum that is aligned to the NGSS standards.

Donors Choose

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.

Duke Energy Foundation Local Impact Grants

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

The foundation provides K-12 Education and Nature grants to nonprofit organizations that make an impact in communities where the company operates in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Caroline, Ohio, and South Caroline. K-12 grants should advance energy, engineering, and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development. Grants are made at the district level.

Nature grants should support species conservation, habitat and forest restoration and protection, or water quality, quantity, conservation, and access.

Applications for both programs are accepted year-round. Power for Students of $5,000 or less are also available for after school or enrichment programs.

EJK Mini-Grants

Amount: $500

Deadline: March 31st, 2020 (awarded annually)

An EJK Mini-Grant program is a creative and innovative activity … that takes place in class or out in the community … provides an enriched experience … and is funded solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. It is an opportunity for a public school teacher or librarian to present a special project outside the standard curriculum or an engaging way to help students meet curricular goals. And every year sees an amazing variety of projects that foster creative expression, cooperation and community.

An innovative program can:

  • develop required academic skills in a creative and exciting way.
  • allow educators to collaborate across disciplines.
  • inspire students to work hard towards a desired goal, applying necessary skills and knowledge to the project and the team.
  • involve whole families and bridge generations to benefit the larger community.
  • give children the opportunity to explore their own culture and learn about others.

Successful programs have included a public story walk … a multicultural portrait project … a school garden … bookmaking … puppetry … and intergenerational storytelling.

Frances R. Dewing Foundation Grants

Amount: up to $20,000

Deadline: October 1st, 2019 and April 1st, 2020 (awarded semi-annually)

The FRD Foundation was created on April 4, 1963 by Frances R. Dewing. She

received her BA from Wellesley College in 1900 and Ph.D. from Radcliffe College in 1906. The monies of the FRD Foundation are to be used to provide "seed money" for intellectual stimulation of young children.

Frances Hall Rousmaniere Dewing was interested in innovative ideas and philosophy. She felt that young children are very open to trying new ways of thinking. The focus is on children up to grade 6.

The FRD Foundation is a small, non-profit, charitable organization that supports innovative ways of teaching young children. Approximately 20 to 30 grants are made per year.

Fund for Teachers

Amount: $5,000 (for individuals)  or $10,000 (for teams)

Deadline: January 31st, 2020 (awarded annually)

Description: Fund for Teachers is unique in that it awards grants for professional development based on the principle that the teacher is the one who knows what they need to grow as an educator. These grants are self designed and allow teachers to create their own professional development opportunity based on what is most beneficial to their teaching in their own opinions. The Fund for Teachers application External link encourages educators to think about their objectives, motivations and the impact their particular plan of action will have on students.

McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants

Amount: up to $10,000 for 3 years

Deadline: April 15th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation believes that continuous, insightful and innovative professional training and growth is crucial to the effectiveness of educators. It is the Foundation’s goal to promote best practices through cooperative and sustained commitment to increased efficacy, improved teaching and active learning. As such, the Foundation values proposals aimed at concurrently boosting student understanding and proficiency and instilling a passion for lifelong learning.

The Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

The Meemic Foundation's PopIn2Win Grant

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a monthly grant cycle

You love the classroom funding assistance you get from grants … but hate all those darn questions you have to complete to apply for funding. And you just don’t have the time it takes to complete some of these grant applications. It sounds like you want a grant that’s not a grant. We invite you to PopIn2Win! It’s The Meemic Foundation’s monthly opportunity to quickly “click-in” to be considered for a valuable resource or tool that will enhance your school or classroom learning for your students!

These grants are available to teachers in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Applicants must also be Foundation Club members, and membership is free of charge.

The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund

Amount: varies

Deadline: varies

The Mikkelson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation incorporated in Colorado in October of 1999. The Mikkelson Foundation was established to improve scientific and technical education by providing support for teachers and organizations involved in science and mathematics education, and for students studying science, engineering, and mathematics. The Foundation provides scholarship funds for college students studying math, science, and engineering, and also provides funding for teacher skill improvement programs in mathematics and science.

NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants

Amount: $2,000 or $5,000

Deadline: October 15th, 2019, February 1st, 2020, and June 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

Description: The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards grants that support the professional development of public school teachers and faculty in public institutions of higher education. Grants may fund professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research, mentoring experiences or lesson study. Professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement, and recipients must put professional leadership into practice by sharing what they learn with their colleagues. Grants cannot be used to fund a degree.

NiSource Charitable Foundation Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: April 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

NiSource established the NiSource Charitable Foundation, with a mission to help create strong and sustainable communities where our employees and customers live and work.

In close collaboration with NiSource employees and community partners, the foundation seeks opportunities to provide funding and encourage volunteer support for non-profit organizations in the following areas:

  • Safety: Emergency Assistance & Disaster Preparedness, First Aid, Safety Education & Energy Safety
  • Economic & Workforce Development: Retention And Attraction Of Job Opportunities; Energy Infrastructure; Community Vitality
  • Environmental Stewardship: Protection and Restoration of Natural Resources, Energy Conservation and Environmental
  • STEM and Energy Education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Energy Education
  • Basic Needs & Hardship Assistance: Food, Shelter, Heating Assistance and Social Service

Pets in the Classroom Teacher Grant Program

Amount: varies

Deadline: June 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

ShareSpace Foundation

Amount: Giant Moon Map package or Giant Mars Map package

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Description: This grant provides STEAM educational resources, as well as an opportunity to receive a giant Mars map (25’ x 25’) or a giant Moon map!

Toshiba America Foundation

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Toshiba America Foundation's mission is 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.

Verizon Foundation Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Verizon’s funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only.

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program enables our company to provide financial support to communities in one or more of our strategic areas of giving. Grants defined as education with a focus on STEM are those used to improve knowledge and literacy with a focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math among students, teachers and the general public. Grantees must be located within 50 miles of a Westinghouse site.

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