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Grant Information: Resources to Get You Started

Grant Information: Resources to Get You Started

Updated: 01/2014

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation and is not a grant-making organization.

We encourage visitors seeking grants or grant information to check our resource list below.

You might also consider contacting local community foundations, service organizations and businesses in your area, or your state department of education, which may provide school site-based grants in support of educational technology.

Websites with Grant Information | Periodicals with Grant Information | Corporate and Foundation Grants | Government Grants | Technology Donation Programs

Websites with Grant Information

eSchool News online

This online version of a monthly newspaper contains a grants section with regularly updated grant, scholarship, professional development, and other funding opportunities for both educators and students.


The largest online scholarship search available, with 1.3 million scholarships representing over three billion in scholarship dollars. Provides students with accurate, regularly updated information on scholarships, grants, and financial aid suited to their goals and qualifications at no cost.

  • Email: info@FastWeb.com
  • Phone: (212) 351-7000
  • FastWeb, 444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611

The Foundation Center

An independent nonprofit information clearinghouse on grants available throughout the United States with headquarters in New York, and additional libraries in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Cleveland, and San Francisco. The center offers databases, including directories of foundation and corporate grantmakers, research information and advice, custom research, and database searching. The Web site includes online training in grantseeking, proposal writing, and funding research, as well as an online librarian.


Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from federal grant-making agencies, and encompasses over 1,000 grant programs offered by the twenty six Federal grant-making agencies. It streamlines the process of awarding some $500 billion annually to state and local governments, academia, not-for-profits, and other organizations.

  • Email: support@grants.gov
  • Phone: (800) 518-4726
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201

Thompson Information Services

Offers information on the latest federal and foundation funding opportunities plus a listing of Thompson Publishing Group publications that focus on grants and funding. Ordering the group's online publications gives you access to resources, such as special reports, links to related Web sites, regular updates, plus email notifications.

  • Email: service@thompson.com
  • Phone: (800) 677-3789 or (202) 872-4000
  • Thompson Information Services, 805 15th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20005

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Periodicals with Grant Information

MultiMedia & Internet@Schools

This magazine addresses multiple technologies used in K-12 schools today. Selected full-text content is now available online. The site includes a Grants, Funding, Free Resources section, which posts technology-related news and links.

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Corporate and Foundation Grants

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)

A professional association for technology, innovation, design and engineering educators. The Grants/Scholarships/Awards section provides information on support programs offered by the Foundation for Technology Education and ITEEA. Opportunities are available to ITEEA members only.

  • Email: iteea@iteea.org
  • Phone: (703) 860-2100
  • ITEEA, 1914 Association Drive, Suite 201, Reston, VA 20191

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation

Committed to improving K-12 education, the Foundation offers funding to education organizations in support of various programs that focus on the areas of math and science. Applications are reviewed continually (no deadline). The site also lists several affiliates within Toyota that also give grants.

  • Apply online only. No mail in applications.

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Government Grants

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF supports research and education in fields such as math, computer science, and the social sciences through grants, and contracts to colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. NSF funds about 10,000 new awards annually. The foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

  • Email: info@nsf.gov
  • Phone: (703) 292-5111, (800) 877-8339
  • TDD: (703) 292-5090 or (800) 281-8749
  • National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230

U.S. Department of Education Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities in individual offices and programs of the U.S. Department of Education (Foreign Language Assistance Program, Comprehensive School Reform Program, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program, and so on). Links to grants and contracts information, department grantmaking process, and Federal Register documents (announcements, application notices, requests for comments, and more).

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Technology Donation Programs

CRC Computer Recycling Center

Through its Recycling Computers for Education program, the CRC has been placing refurbished computers in California public schools and nonprofit education programs for the past 15 years. In so doing they’ve been able to keep over 100,000 items out of landfill. CRC also provides community and after-school training.

  • Email: info@crc.org
  • Phone: (888) 887-3372
  • CRC Computer Recycling Center, 3227 Santa Rosa Ave., Unit C, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Computers for Learning

The Computers for Learning program donates surplus federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need. Any public, private, or parochial school serving preK-12 students in the United States or its territories is eligible. (Daycare centers must provide a state-approved preschool curriculum.)


Each year, thousands of companies contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in newly manufactured products through Good360. To receive product donations and discounts, registration with Good360 , or one of their Community Redistribution Partners, is required.

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Javed Md Noor's picture

Hello every body ,
I am Javed Md Noor is a teacher of a primary school. This is the districts of rural area and my student are come from diversity community. That's why they don't wander stand my language and it's really heard for teach them. So i innovation a software which is translate there books in many local indigenous languages. But I have very limited recourse and fund. How can i implementation this. Please help the backward kids.

Shauna's picture

Hello. I have an idea for a child science learning center (in MA or NH - possibly expandable to other areas as well). I've seen numerous grant websites (and even more scams), but I'm wondering the best selection for a choice like this. Any suggestions? Please email me at pendleton1978@gmail.com. Thank-you!

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Hi Bobi --

You may want to put up your request and list of materials needed on DonorsChoose.org. Just recently, all CA teacher's requests were fulfilled by an anonymous donor. Good luck!

[quote]My name is Bobi Barnes, and I teach 7th grade at the Hopewell Middle School. At Woodson, we promote 21st century skills, which is why a want to continue the Saturday program. I need a grant of about $1000. This is to cover teacher pay and materials. It is not a punishment but a reward program; it is not just for those that do well, but for those that need out of there home environment. It is also for report; that is so important.


Bobi Barnes[/quote]

Trevor Wilson's picture

My School grants can help individuals go to school without financial burden of paying back school debt.My School grants help students pay for education. Financial aid including grants for African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian- Americans & Hispanics is the best way to afford school and college tution fees.

Becky S.'s picture
Becky S.
Elementary Ed.

Hello! My name is Becky and I live in Iowa. My son goes to 3 yr. old preschool 2 days a week and I would love to find ANY grants that allow me as a parent to apply to help buy his teacher materials for their preschool. I'm having a hard time finding information on preschool grants. I know his teachers could deperately use die cuts, a binding machine, and other materials to help them reduce some work load and focus more on teaching. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Hattie's picture

I am a 57 year old black female trying to complete a Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration. I am in my last year and having trouble finding funds because of these tough economic times. Do you know anyone who can help me? It is such a waste of time and money to get this far and not be able to finish. Thank you.

Val Kelly's picture

Hello I am part of a concerned Grandmothers group in rural Southern Oregon. Our small schools are faced with difficult times, we have a traveling Science class room made from a 32' bus. This mobile science and nature center provides hands-on activities that opens the joy of learning science and nature study. This bus bridges a huge gap that might not otherwise be available to these small rural schools. It is facilitated by a dedicated staff of early child-hood education specialists experienced in regional natural science. We call our bus The Caterpillar. At this time The much needed Caterpillar sits idle, do to lack of funds. We are in clear need of a grant to operate this school year. Can anyone please direct me. Thank you
Val Kelly

Rachel's picture

There is a grant available through Pet Care Trust that gives up to $150 towards a classroom pet or supplies for a classroom pet. It's really easy to apply for, so check it out! PetsintheClassroom.org

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