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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 is updated on a quarterly basis during the months of January, April, August, and November. The last update occurred on August 31st, 2020.

  • The Space Foundation’s Grant List for Teachers is provided as a resource for educators and is curated from a variety of different sources. Grants are awarded at the discretion of the granting organization, and therefore the Space Foundation has no influence on this process.
  • Grant applicants are responsible to adhere to application requirements, including the deadlines, of the granting organization.

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

AAPG Foundation Teacher of the Year Award

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: January 31st (awarded annually)

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has promoted geosciences since 1967 by providing funding for a variety of educational and research programs that benefit the geologic profession and the general public.

AAPG presents this award annually to an outstanding K-12 geoscience teacher.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

Amount: $7,500 monthly living stipend

Deadline: November 19th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Description: This grant is an excellent and unique professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers who have at least five years of experience teaching in STEM subjects. STEM educators participate in 10- or 11-month positions in federal agencies or U.S. congressional offices across the country, during which time they are given the chance to have a direct impact on education programming, policy and reform efforts. After the program, teachers return to the classroom with a deeper understanding of STEM education and experience that will enrich instruction and benefit students. You can learn more about the fellowship application on the Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellowship Program website External link .

Delta Education/CPO/Frey Scientific Science Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30th, 2020 (awarded annually)

A partnership of Delta Education/CPO/Frey Scientific (divisions of School Specialty Science), LLC, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), this award recognizes three full-time preK–12 teachers of science who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in their classrooms. Three awards will be presented, one in each of the following categories: elementary, middle, and high school.

Edward C. Roy Jr., Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching

Amount: $2,500 and $1,000 grant to attend NSTA Conference

Deadline: January 22nd, 2021

The purpose of this award is to honor the memory of Dr. Edward C. Roy Jr., who was a past president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), a professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a recipient of both the Ian Campbell Medal and the Heroy Distinguished Service Award. He was a lifelong supporter of teachers and students of all ages and served for a number of years as chair of the AGI Education Advisory Committee. The award is designed to recognize one teacher of grades K-8 (or Key Stages 1-3 in the United Kingdom) each year for his or her leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time U.S. or U.K. classroom teacher who currently provides instruction in Earth science at the K-8 level with all the responsibilities of such a position.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs

Amount: varies

Deadline: September 15th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

2021 Knowles Teaching Fellowship

Amount: see below

Deadline: January 18th, 2021

Knowles seeks Fellowship candidates who have exceptional content knowledge in the area they intend to teach and who also have the capacity and drive to develop the specialized content knowledge needed to carry out the work of teaching. A strong foundation of knowledge in the discipline is a necessary first step for developing the content knowledge needed for teaching; hence we seek candidates who have at least the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the subject(s) they intend to teach, who demonstrate a flexibility within and connectedness across their own understanding of the discipline, who are passionate about the discipline and have a desire to continue to push their own understanding of even basic concepts within the discipline.

Knowles Teaching Fellowships are explicitly designed to support beginning high school teachers; hence we are seeking candidates who are committed to working with adolescents and teaching math or science at the high school level. We do not expect candidates to display a mastery of teaching when they apply. Rather, we are seeking candidates who understand that teaching is highly complex, intellectually challenging work and recognize that, regardless of other experiences they may have had, it will take them considerable time and effort to become outstanding teachers.

To be eligible for a 2021 Knowles Teaching Fellowship, individuals must:

  • have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career
  • have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach between 2011 and September 1, 2021
  • have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9–12 in the United States no earlier than January 1, 2016 and no later than September 1, 2021
  • be entering their first or second year as teacher-of-record during the 2021–2022 academic year

National Association of Biology Teachers: Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award

Amount: varies

Deadline: March 15th, 2021 (awarded annually)

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) award goes to a secondary school teacher who has developed an innovative approach to teaching ecology/environmental science and shared their commitment to the environment with the community. The awardee receives a one-year NABT membership, Vernier equipment, and $500 to travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference, where the awardee will receive a plaque to honor their work.

Vernier Engineering Contest

Amount: $5,500

Deadline: February 15, 2021

Vernier Software & Technology is committed to helping educators develop the next generation of engineers and scientists. To show our support, we are announcing the Vernier Engineering Award. This $5,500 award will be presented to one educator (a middle school, high school, or college instructor) who is innovatively using Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices to their students.

If you have developed engaging projects that incorporate activities such as reading Vernier sensors with Scratch to introduce coding, using sensors in the engineering design process, controlling digital outputs based on Vernier sensor inputs, or integrating your Vernier sensors with a robotics platform such as LEGO® or Arduino™, we invite you to submit an application.

 

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GRANTS

AAUW Community Action Grants

Amount: $2,000-$7,000 (one year) or $5,000-$10,000 (two years)

Deadline: December 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as community-based nonprofits for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Since 1972, AAUW has provided support to hundreds of communities across the United States.

Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering or math.

One-year grants provide funding for community-based projects, while two-year grants offer startup funds for new projects that address the needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities.

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.

ASM's Living in a Material World Grant

Amount: $500

Deadline: May 25th, 2021 (awarded annually)

The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society. “Material choices are part of the design of all things,” says Outreach Committee Chair, Dr. Julio Maldonado. “Yet, for many students, this part of our world remains mysterious – as unknown to our children as the depths of the ocean.”

Describe a hands-on, curriculum-based K-12 project that involves student observation, teamwork, mathematics, and science skills that enhance student awareness of the everyday materials around them. We encourage you to contact local ASM chapter members for assistance in creating imaginative, original projects that other teachers will want to emulate.

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.

Air Force Association Educator Grants

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 15th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The Air Force Association believes that one of the most significant means to affect student learning is to fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students. Each school year, the Association awards grants to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning.

The Association will accept grant applications from September 1 – December 15, 2019. The grant process is competitive in nature. A committee composed of outside experts in the field of aerospace education will review all qualified grant applications and make recommendations on funding. Based on the funding available, the Association will choose to invest in projects that best serve our nation's students and support the mission of the Air Force Association.

The Educator Grant program promotes aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum.

Air Force Junior ROTC Grant

Amount: $250

Deadline: October 10th, 2020 and February 10th, 2021 (awarded semi-annually)

The Air Force Association offers grants of up to $250 to promote aerospace education in classrooms and Junior ROTC units. Grants can be used for aerospace-related items, such as books and materials, or field trips to an aerospace museum, Air Force base, or other aerospace facility. Classrooms and units can apply every other academic year.

American Electric Power Teacher Vision Grants

Amount: up to $500

Deadline: February 26th, 2021 (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.

Annie's Grants for Gardens

Amount: varies

Deadline: November 2nd, 2020 (awarded annually)

We believe that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown can change their lives. When you eat Annie’s, you support food education and make healthy gardens accessible to hundreds of students across the country. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet.

The school garden must be an edible school garden (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and be located in the USA.

Association of American Educators Classroom Grants

Amount: up to $500

Deadline: October 1st, 2020 and March 1st, 2021 (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 FIRST Robotics Program Grants K-12

Amount: up to $3,000 (amount varies depending on the category of the applying team)

Deadline: September 30th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Bayer Fund supports FIRST Robotics teams in United States communities where our employees live and work. This program inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build necessary skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

We support FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FIRST Lego League Junior (FLL-Jr) teams, prioritizing teams that demonstrate diversity to maximize impact. Examples are female-led teams, racially or gender diverse teams, and economically diverse teams.

We accept FIRST Robotics Grant applications from eligible U.S. communities on an annual basis. FIRST Robotics applications are accepted by invitation only. To apply, applicants must obtain the invitation code from the Bayer site contact in the team’s local community. All teams must be located within approximately 30 miles of an eligible site community.

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 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, 2021 and July 15th, 2021 (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.

CSX Community Service Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

CSX Community Service Grants assist organizations that make a strong, quantifiable impact on their greater communities. The online application for Community Service Grants is open from Jan. 1 through Dec. 15 each year. Every effort will be made to respond to applications within 30–45 days. Remaining applications are automatically closed after 90 days.

To apply for a CSX Community Service Grant, an organization must qualify under one of the following charitable criteria: 

  • It qualifies by possessing tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as listed in the IRS Master File of organizations conducting activities in the United States.
  • It qualifies as a state, county or municipal government entity, including law enforcement and fire rescue departments, and seeks funding to serve the needs of the community at large.
  • It qualifies as a pre-K–12 school, charter school, community/junior college, or college/university.

Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

Amount: $200

Deadline: December 1st, 2020

The Herb Society of America offers these grants to public and private school teachers of grades 3-6 with classes of at least 15 students. Ten schools will receive $200 ‘seed money’ grants to establish indoor or outdoor herb gardens. Funds may be used for soil, plant trays, containers, or tools.

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.

Dreyfus Foundation Educational Grants

Amount: $1,000 to $20,000

Deadline: November 10th, 2020 and May 10th, 2021 and (awarded semi-annually)

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation awards grants to organizations for whom a small amount of money can make a big difference.

The Foundation welcomes requests for support from community-based non-profit organizations located in the United States, including museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs.

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.

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants

Amount: up to $6,000

Deadline: November 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) purpose of this grant is 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 her or his school or district. For the 2020-21 school year, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.

Frances R. Dewing Foundation Grants

Amount: up to $20,000

Deadline: October 1st, 2020 & April 1st, 2021 (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.

These grants fund projects or programs focused on early childhood education. Of particular interest are those at new, untried, or unusual educational organizations that aim to introduce new methods for children from age 2 to 6th grade.

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.

Green Thumb Challenge Grant

Amount: $500

Deadline: September 30, 2020

GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The award is designed 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.

Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants

Amount: $5,000 to $20,000

Deadline: November 1st, 2020, February 1st, 2021, May 1st, 2021, August 1st, 2021 (awarded quarterly)

The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders, and our mission is to provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. Our goal is 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.

The program must serve more than 500 underserved youth in grades K-12 and have a proven track record of success, with a focus on academic programs, including tutoring, and arts education programs.

The Lawrence Foundation Grants

Amount: $5,000 to $10,000

Deadline: October 31st, 2020 and April 30th, 2021 and(awarded semi-annually)

The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes. The Lawrence Foundation was established in mid-2000. We make both program and operating grants and do not have any geographical restrictions on our grants. Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or other similar organizations are eligible for grants from The Lawrence Foundation, including public schools and libraries.

The foundation makes grants to US based qualified charitable organizations. To date we have funded organizations that address the following areas of interest: 

  • Environment (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world)
  • Human Services
  • Disaster relief (US headquartered organizations responding to disasters in the US or elsewhere in the world on an occasional basis)
  • Other (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world).

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.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation's Grants for Youth with Disabilities

Amount: $10,000 to $75,000

Deadline: October 15th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation supports innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology, engineering, arts & design, and mathematics (STEAM). MEAF will also consider projects to create tools that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans with disabilities.

NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants

Amount: $2,000 or $5,000

Deadline: December 1st, 2020 & February 28th, 2021 (awarded semi-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: awarded on a rolling basis

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:

  • 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
  • Safety: Emergency Assistance & Disaster Preparedness, First Aid, Safety Education & Energy Safety
  • Basic Needs & Hardship Assistance: Food, Shelter, Heating Assistance and Social Service

Partners in Science Program

Amount: see below

Deadline: December 1st, 2020

This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with another nonprofit institution. The Murdock Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants each year to fund these teacher-mentor research opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education. After reading the program guidelines and the instructions and checklist, the research mentor or the high school teacher may begin the application process through the Grants Portal. The completed application must be submitted by the mentor’s institution.

Partners in Science work occurs over the course of two summers. After the first summer, partners develop a pictorial poster showing their research to date for presentation at the National Partners in Science conference. After the second year of work with their mentors, partners return to the conference to deliver an oral presentation on their progress.

Teachers are expected to arrange their own partnerships, although the Trust has provided a list of some potential research projects submitted by scientists from the Pacific Northwest who are willing to serve as mentors in the Partners in Science Program. Additionally, a list of individuals who have agreed to serve as contact persons at their respective institutions for the Partners in Science Program is available on this institutional contact list by state. For more information on Partners In Science, please email Kim Newman.

Pets in the Classroom Teacher Grant Program

Amount: varies

Deadline: June 1st, 2021 (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.

PhysicsQuest 

Amount: PhysicsQuest Experiment Kit

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

PhysicsQuest experiment kits demonstrate the fun and relevance of science to middle school students as they learn more about the physical world. Each free kit offers activities to build enthusiasm for science and encourage active participation. In 2018, we distributed 20,000 kits to 6th through 9th-grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs across the United States.

On this year’s quest, students will discover Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu’s important contributions to physics, and complete four experiments to learn about:

  • Thermal energy and equilibrium, using hot and cold water.
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions, using steel wool and vinegar.
  • Thermal insulating properties, using thermal paper.
  • Freezing and melting points, using ice, salt, and sugar.

Please note: PhysicsQuest kits are limited in quantity and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified by email if you will receive a kit, or if you will be added to the waitlist and contacted next year.

Safer Brand School Garden Grant

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 14th, 2021 (awarded annually)

Safer® Brand offers a yearly grant of $500 to help a school develop and/or maintain an onsite garden. Safer® Brand sees school gardens as a way to bring classmates closer together and unite everyone in a common goal of better health.  Healthy and safe food is what Safer® Brand is all about, and that’s why we make products that are compliant for use in organic gardening to help you and your plants thrive.

SeedMoney Grants

Amount: $50 to $700

Deadline: November 12th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Each year, SeedMoney offers challenge grants to diverse food garden projects through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge running from Nov 15 to Dec 15. Our grants are open to all types of public food garden projects (youth gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, etc.) regardless of their location.

The grants we offer are on a sliding scale. The size of a grant a project can receive depends on how much it is able to raise over the 30-day period compared to other projects participating in the challenge.

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!

Sparkplug Foundation Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: October 5th, 2020

The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. We aim to support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies.

Please explore our website to learn about our process. Since our grantees are small organizations, and we're a small foundation, we have included a lot of detail to simplify seeking grants from Sparkplug and avoid wasting your time. Reading through the website is essential! It makes your application better and more appropriate for funding.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants

Amount: $5,000 or more

Deadline: October 31st, 2020 (awarded annually)

We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States. Through our company grants, we focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.

Our education funding is directed toward initiatives that support:

  • Academic performance improvement programs that impact K-12 students.
  • Education initiatives that more directly support underserved individuals (13 years and older), helping them enroll in post-secondary education and obtain the skills and credentials they need to be successful in today’s workforce.
  • Service-learning programs that provide students opportunities to connect and apply learning skills from the classroom to address unmet needs that exist in their community.
  • Teacher development programs.

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.

VWR/ Avantor Foundation Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

The VWR/Avantor Foundation is committed to building greater awareness and improvement in Science Education, focusing specifically on K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that go beyond the textbook. Funds can be used to support professional development programs for teachers, science-related camps for students, and can also be used to support the purchase of supplies and equipment for such programs or for student or teacher scholarships. 

Walmart Community Grants

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: December 31st, 2020 (awarded annually)

An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conducting activities within the United States, as well as K-12 public or nonprofit private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and clothing closets. Please see the grant application for more details.

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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