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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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len romano's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

As President-Elect for the New York State Council for the Social Studies, I am responsible for the 2010 conference in Rye, NY. My goal is to try and seek supporting funds to off-set the rising costs associated with our annual conference. We of-course are a not-for-profit organization consisting of social studies educators on all levels, elementary through university level.

I can be reached at 631-974-4064. Thank you,

Hal Portner's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

The CENTER for Teacher Education and Research at Westfield (MA) State College is planning an Institute to take place at the college during the summer of 2010 (date not yet determined). The purpose of the four-day professional development event, Teaching, Learning and Applying 21st Century Skills, is not only to make teachers and administrators aware of the skills and ways of thinking their students will need in order to meet and successfully address the multiple challenges of the 21st century, but also - and most importantly - to provide strategies and share examples of how to incorporate these skills into their teaching.

The Institute will be advertised to educators internationally. It will involve individual educators and school-based teams in a series of interactive sessions that incorporate the processes being presented and provide the opportunity for participants to plan for back home application and follow-up networking.

The Institute is inquiry-based and will address the following questions:

* What are 21st Century Skills?
* Why do students need to learn them?
* How do teachers need to teach so that their students learn these skills?
* What is the Thinking-Learning Environment in which these skills are taught and learned?
* How do we assess students and evaluate the process?
* What is Creative Problem Solving (CPS) and how can it be incorporated into teaching and learning for the 21st century?
* How can students reflect on and effectively communicate their process and actions to others?
* What technologies can be incorporated and how can they best serve as catalysts and tools?
* What are some examples of successful application of the above?
* How can participants apply the elements of this Institute to their classes, departments, school and district?

Potential presenters, in addition to myself, include the 2008 National Teacher of the Year; the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year; Tim Hurson, creative problem solving guru and author of Think Better; and Paul Branagan,a representive of Raising Student Voice and Participation (R.S.V.P.), a program administered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Student Councils.

Please consider being a contributing sponsor of this institute. By so doing, (your organization/company) will demonstrate its belief in and support of professional development for educators that focuses on incorporating 21st century skills into their curriculum and teaching. Your financial support is especially important and appreciated, given the budgetary situation of most school districts. Sponsors will, of course, be acknowledged in the various Institute publications. Westfield State College and its CENTER for Teacher Education and Research will provide in-kind support through use of its facilities and equipment and plans a Sponsor Luncheon and Product Fair as part of the Institute.

Thank you,
Hal Portner

George Foreman's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

maybe convince the directing school boards to get an update in their own equipment.

RENE M PEREZ's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Hello everyone My name Is Rene I was born and raised in Chicago IL and am trying to start a Small Film and Talent Company. to get kids out of the streets and Gangs im also trying to start a magazine to Promote young talent my goal is to reduce the crimes on our streets. I have been getting kids out of gangs already but its hard because I use my own pocket money that I make at Murrays auto Parts & my Graphic Design please contac me at Armilonic@yahoo.com Thanks :)

Armilonic corp
18112 Springfield Ave
Homewood Ill 60430

Elizabeth Jalbert's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Are there any opportunities for grants for computers to be used with adults? We work with adults with no/low computer skills, adults who have recently become unemployed, adults trying to get their GED or further their education and adults who need to apply for jobs online and create and submit resumes. We need computers and internet service. Thank you.

Elizabeth Jalbert's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

My contact information which I omitted on my last post is Elizabeth Jalbert, 301 South 7th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501.
Email: ejalbert@mail.ncmissouri.edu

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.

Barbara Dutton Barnes's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

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

Vickie Bourque's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

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.

chip fraser's picture
Anonymous (not verified)


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?

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