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Grant Information: Resources to Get You Started

Grant Information: Resources to Get You Started

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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:
  • 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:
  • Phone: (800) 518-4726
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,, 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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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Barbara Johnson's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

A colleague and I are attempting to ping for grant resources in order to purchase and equip a mobile science lab for our school district. The lab will target grades 3-5 in our 6 elementary schools in order to provide positive science and technology experience that will foster a pipeline for future scientists.We will also partner with disadvantaged urban school in order to help bridge the achievement gap providing engaging and hands-on experiences for all students. Staff development will also be an integral part--partnering with teachers to develop carry this through to their classrooms.

Anyone had any experience in this? Know of any resources? Email me with any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, resources--I'm all ears.

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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

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My grandson 7 is autistic and it puts a major financial bind on their family. My granddaughter 9 needs to attend a private christian school, but they can't afford it. Is there any grants or scholarships that anyone is aware of that they can apply for assistance. Any help would be a blessing to this family.

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I have been a member of the Edutopia league since it beag, Hurrah for you and what you do!

Why does Arne duncan seem like Margaret spellings? Do we have to go through 4 more years of a secretary of education who "thinks" that good teachers are the teachers that teach in affluent systems and "bad" teachers have to work in areas that education is not a priority? Is merit pay his idea of shaking it up? Is he unaware of the AFFECTIVE Domain? rhetorical, of course.


I have a program that has received commendations and has 3 years of success geared to preparing our high school students for the mysterious zrena known as adulthood. While I realize that Edutopia is not a grant giver, do you have suggestions that I might pursue to find foundations/trusts/individuals/companies that might be inclined to recognize the importance of the emotional and affective realm and be willing to discuss a program such as this?

Kim Ondrik's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Does anyone know of any educational grants in Canada ?

katrina's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I am a Dr Sears L.E.A.N. coach and am looking for grant money to offer this well-being, health and nutrition program to parents of school age children in an attempt to reach a diverse population who might not be able to otherwise finance it. I have libraries, YMCAs and other avenues for recruiting candidates but am hoping to fund it initially with grant money. Any thoughts? Live in Atlanta. Thanks. Kat

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I currently teach African and Latin drumming and African xylophone music to middle school students. I am looking to enhance my program by including more authentic instruments. I am searching for a funding source or sources.

Leon Enneking
Batesville MS
201 N Mulberry St
Batesville, In 47006

Terri Amorin's picture
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Aloha from Kauai!
My son's Second Grade class at King Kaumualii Elementary School in Hanamaulu, Kauai still has those dinosaur monitors that take up alot of desk space. He has 22 other friends that use the computers on a daily basis. What a great present it would be for them to receive 7 flat screen monitors before the year ends. King Kaumualii Elementary School is a Title 1 School - which means that over 50% of the students qualify for either Reduced or Free Meals. If any of our worldwide 'ohana (family) are upgrading monitors during this holiday season, we would like for you to consider donating your old one to our school. I may be reached via email at, or by snail mail at PO Box 162,Hanamaulu, HI 96715. Learn more about King Kaumaulii at: Mahalo (Thank You)!

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I would like find funding for the purchase of Autodesk's 3D-Max software for a lab of 30 machines to teach the students 3-D modeling and animation. I have seen it work at other schools with the same age group.
The kids were excited to come to that class and their creativity and productivity was astounding. The problem solving was mostly non-linear thinking, which I think schools should do more of.

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