Many teachers, administrators and parents write grant applications to help fund projects and resources for their classrooms. CityScience has launched a new service to help facilitate this process. The list below aggregates opportunities for classroom projects, after-school programs, field trips, Professional Development and community improvement projects.
Last updated: April 20, 2015
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DonorsChoose connects donors to classrooms in need of materials.
Classwish allows teachers to provide a list of needed classroom materials and connects these lists directly to donors.
TeachersPayTeachers allows teachers to buy, sell, and share their original teaching materials directly with other teachers.
Indiegogo empowers people to activate the global community to make ideas happen.
Umojawa is a crowdfunding platform supporting educational and not-for-profit organizations serving youth and their communities. Individuals and organizations working to enhance and improve the educational and cultural experiences of youth can upload their projects on umojawa and supporters from anywhere in the world can rally to fund those projects.
TASC provides the expanded learning time field and all those who work with young people with the latest public and private funding information, including ongoing funding sources, as well as time sensitive RFPs.
Fund your environmental project
ioby provides resources for environmental projects put together by the neighborhood based New York City communities.
100Kin10 is designed as an invitation to all interested stakeholders—from federal agencies to states, museums to corporations, universities to school districts, non-profits to individuals—to look at their unique resources and assets and apply them creatively and strategically to address the nation’s shortage of STEM teachers and to improve STEM learning for all students. So far, over 100 partner organizations have made commitments toward (1) increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers; (2) hiring, developing, and retaining excellent STEM teachers; and (3) building the 100Kin10 movement.
The goal at GrantsAlert is to make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.
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Carton 2 Garden Contest
Deadline: April 22, 2015
Open to grades K-12 in all schools (public, private, or charter in the United States), it’s a fun way to teach students about environmental stewardship, recycling, and repurposing materials, and how those concepts can have an impact on the lives of people, other creatures, and our environment. Twenty total awards will be offered. Four schools will receive national prize award packages of $2,500 each and sixteen schools from eight regions across the United States will receive $1,000 award packages.
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program
Deadline: April 30, 2015
For more than 15 years, and with nearly $4 million in awarded grants, Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program’s “alumni” have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000
The Paradigm Challenge
Deadline: May 1, 2015
The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition developed by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross to inspire youth aged 7 to 18 to affect positive change in the world. The first annual challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires - America’s #1 disaster threat. They invite youth aged 7 to 18 (as of May 1, 2015) to accept The Challenge, build a team, become problem solvers, learn about home fires, and help save lives. Project Paradigm will award cash prizes of up to $100,000 to the top 100 teams.
American Honda Foundation
Deadline: May 1, 2015
American Honda Foundation are accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and schools for programs or projects that support the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Application for environmental projects, job training, and literacy programs will also be considered. The foundation accepts applications on a quarterly basis.
Green in Action Award
Deadline: May 2, 2015
Green In Action Awards will be granted to inspiring projects based on GEF’s sustainability themes. Winners are those schools, classrooms or youth groups who have demonstrated their commitment, creativity, or passion for sustainability in their application. Great application materials include photos, videos, essays, or artwork describing your environmental project, weigh-in, activity, community service project, or green team program! There are so many ways to participate and make a difference so show us how YOU are a champion for sustainability!
Submissions will be reviewed and assessed relative to its creativity, educational value, and potential for sustainability and replication.
2015 Hudson Data Jam Competition
Deadline: May 4, 2015
The Hudson River Valley is one of the most inspirational and influential regions in our country. The National Park Service called it “the landscape that defined America.”
This vital environmental and cultural resource has also been intensely studied for decades by scientists. Yet despite the tremendous insight gained and great discoveries made about the Hudson, many of the river’s stories are not well known by the people who call the Hudson River Valley home.
That’s why we’ve begun the Hudson Data Jam Competition. We are looking for new, creative ways to present data-based stories about this ‘defining’ river and its watershed. Students will use at least one data set to create a graphic, rap song, sculptures, puppet shows, children’s book—your imagination is the limit!
Cash prizes of $500, $300, and $100 will be awarded to the top projects at both the middle-school and high-school levels.
Tomodachi Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy
Deadline: May 4, 2015
The TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy is an annual one-week, cross-cultural Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) exchange and leadership program for 16 high school students and eight teachers from Japan and the U.S. In August, program participants from both countries will work together in Tokyo to develop a disaster-resilient, smart community of the future. With counsel from Toshiba engineers and a visit to the Toshiba Smart Community building, the students and teachers will work in teams to develop proposed solutions to these problems using learning experiences that are central to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the engineering design process.
The academy links the TOMODACHI Initiative’s roots in disaster recovery to Toshiba’s founding commitment to technological innovation, and passion for science and technology education. It is part of Toshiba’s support for the TOMODACHI initiative, a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The program is designed to foster closer ties between U.S. and Japanese teachers and students, to nurture a strong sense of STEM literacy, and to inspire the use of science and technology to address some of the world’s most complex issues in the future. Their Japanese counterparts will be separately selected from high school students and teachers who promote strong achievements in science and mathematics education and international student exchanges.
National Environmental Education Foundation Every Day Grants
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Proposals for the summer cycle are due April 30.
Our nation’s public lands need our support every day. With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from nonprofit organizations whose missions are focused on serving public land sites in the nation and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. Sometimes these organizations are called Friends Groups, sometimes Cooperating Associations, sometimes, simply a partner. They are invaluable in supporting, promoting and helping maintain public lands.
If a Friends Group can better engage the public, it can attract more volunteers. If it can attract more volunteers, it has a larger base of individuals to ask for support. If it can gain more support, it can offer more volunteer events.
State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Four million dollars will be granted to quality, youth-led service-learning initiatives throughout the United States. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Each grant request must focus in one of the priority issue areas. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution within the United States. Non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement in public K-12 schools.
Grants for Grades PreK-6 Teachers
Deadline: May 4, 2015
The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for teachers seeking to improve their understanding and appreciation of mathematics by completing course work in school mathematics content and pedagogy working toward an advanced degree, and taking an active professional approach toward teaching mathematics.
William T. Grant Research Grants
Deadline: May 5, 2015
Focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. We fund research that increases our understanding of: programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and the use of research evidence in policy and practice. While we do not expect that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.
Research grants typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 and cover two to three years of support.
Entertainment Software Association Grants and Scholarships
Scholarship Program deadline: May 15, 2014
The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF), the video game industry’s philanthropic arm, is accepting applications for its 2014 grant and scholarship programs. These programs provide valuable resources to nonprofits and teachers who leverage interactive entertainment software to enhance youth education, and to students pursuing a career in the video game industry.
2014 Parent Group of the Year
Deadline: June 1, 2015
We want to shine a spotlight on the great, often underappreciated, work being done by parent groups at elementary and middle schools across the country. Enter in as many categories as you’d like; we’ll automatically consider you for the National Parent Group of the Year and Judge’s Choice awards.
Gray Notes Grants
Deadline: June 15, 2015
Since 2007, the Gray Family has supported students and teachers in connecting with outdoor environments through a variety of environmental literacy experiences. The Environmental Education Program seeks to encourage a strong local land ethic, sustainable communities, and stewardship of the natural environment by citizens throughout Oregon. The Foundation is committed long term to institutionalizing a series of age-appropriate experiences that build a sense of place and responsibility toward Oregon and the region.
Zayed 2015 Global High School Prize
Deadline: June 22, 2015
Realize Your School’s Energy and Sustainability Dream. The prestigious Zayed Global High School Prize awards $100,000 to 5 high schools annually for the purpose of realizing an energy or sustainability project.
Crayola Creative Leadership Grants
Deadline: June 22, 2014
The 2015 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Apply now for the opportunity to receive a grant for building your school’s creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program
Deadline: July 8, 2015
The William T. Grant Foundation’s Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. They accept Scholars applications on all three topics: 1) reducing inequality, 2) understanding the use of research evidence, and 3) understanding social settings.
Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit Application
Deadline: July 15, 2015
This $100-$500 grant provides teachers with the means to replicate projects found in the Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit catalog in their own classrooms. These projects, previously funded by the Kids In Need Foundation, make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. K-12 certified teachers teaching in the subject of the project at public, private, charter, or parochial schools within the U.S. Special consideration will be given to projects submitted by first year teachers and to projects that include a service learning or community service component.
Deadline: August 1, 2015
The Mockingbird Foundation offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations for music education for children. Mockingbird primarily seeks projects that encourage and foster self-esteem and creative expression in any musical form.
GreenWorks! Environmental Education Grant
Deadline: Septermber 30, 2015
Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant!
Youth Incentive Award
Deadline: November 1, 2015
The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of professionals and hobbyists interested in the study of beetles, has established a program to recognize young people studying beetles. The Society has pledged to provide up to $300 each year for the Youth Incentive Award Program. Each of the two awards (Junior and Senior) is a monetary grant of $150, award recipients also will receive up to $200 (Junior Award) and $400 (Senior Award) of equipment credit from the BioQuip Products, Inc. catalog, In addition to monetary and BioQuip grants, award recipients will receive a one year subscription to the society journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin. This is for children of grades 7-12 only.
National Weather Association Grants/Scholarship Applications
The NWA awards scholarships and grants to undergraduate and, in some cases, graduate students majoring in meteorology or a related field. To learn more about the eligibility and application process for each, please click on the links below.
The NWA also awards Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants annually to teachers/educators of grades K–12 to help improve the education of their students, school and/or community in the science of meteorology. Please click on the Sol Hirsch Grants link below to learn more of the eligibility and application process and previous grant winners.
The Nation’s Premier Environmental Leadership Program
The world-renown Student Climate & Conservation Congress offers an extraordinary week of learning and leadership training for students entering 9th to 12th grade next fall.
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) is a non-profit medical research organization that is helping to enhance science education at all levels and maintain the vigor of biomedical science worldwide. HHMI provides an online catalogue where K-12 teachers can browse and order from a variety of award-winning publications, videos, and materials - all free.
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GYSD Community Partner program
YSA invites your organization to join a global coalition that will organize Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) 17 - 19 April 2015. Through the GYSD Community Partner Program, YSA will recognize your organization and support youth development in your community.
The world’s challenges are complex and young people have the knowledge, creativity, compassion, and commitment to be a part of the solutions. Poverty, hunger, gender equality, unemployment, primary education, and climate change are among the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) youth have addressed through their GYSD events. It is vital that organizations like yours continue to activate, educate, and mentor young people with the opportunities and support they need to meet these challenges.
RGK Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2013 Grants Cycle
The Austin-based RGK Foundation is inviting proposals in the broad areas of education, community, and health and medicine. The foundation’s primary interests include formal K-12 education (particularly math, science, and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. The foundation’s community grants support a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs.
Lockheed Martin Corporation Grant
The Lockheed Martin Corporation is providing grants to nonprofits and K-12 schools that propose projects involving STEM education or community outreach.
Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides literacy and education grants to organizations that support family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants range from range from $200 to $10,000, and requests are accepted on an ongoing basis.
DataStreme Atmosphere Science Education
DataStreme Atmosphere is an AMS major pre-college teacher enhancement initiative to train weather education resource teachers. The program shows how to teach K-12 science, mathematics, and technology using weather.
Provides complimentary grant-writing and support for teachers, schools, and districts to help them find and apply for funding for STEM.
Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development
This program connects youth to the resources of Cornell University and the land-grant system, strengthening the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. This free resource starts end of summer or early fall and is great for school planting projects.
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