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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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Michele Madoski's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

If the school is accedited they should have financial aid available. My husband owns a vocational school that teaches Hotel/Hospitality programs and Paralegal Programs. Both are eligible for federal Financial Aid, so the turbine technician program should be also.

Shemica's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I was recently invited to go to China in November for a reading delegation. The trip will cost over $6,000. I am looking for grants to support me as a teacher and fund it. any ideas?

Deb Lyons's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I too have been invited to be a Delegate on the trip to China in November. The delegation is lead by Dr.
Patricia Edwards. I would like to share information about grants that support this opportunity. I am seeking grants to support my participation in the Delegation.

Deb Lyons's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I have been invited to attend the International Reading Association Delegation to China in November and I am seeking grant support for the trip. The trip cost is over $6000 plus other expenses. I am currently a reading teacher and assistant principal and wondering if anyone knows of a grant that supports this opportunity.
Thank you.

Carol Lazarus's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

A science teacher at Fenway High School in Boston and I are seeking grants to fund a trip to the Pantanal in Brazil for six urban high school students. These students will participate in a two-week research effort sponsored by Earthwatch.

Fenway is a public high school in Boston and the students are working to raise some of the funds on their own but need support from outside funders.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Carol Lazarus

Hector Preciado's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Along with the other delegation members for the China trip, I am also looking for grant information. The trip costs over $6,000.00. I am an English Language Development teacher in Lynwood, California (a small city southeast of Los Angeles). Thanks.

Madeline Sanders's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

As the visionary leader of Hilliard Leadership Academies for Boys, I have assembled a team of professionals who are providing some pro bono assistance to the first of what we expect to be numerous all male elementary schools beginning at Junior kindergarten and going to eighth grade. The instructional program will be rigorous and is specifically designed to address the incredibly high dropout rate among the most affected racial populations. Currently, we are completing the entire school design (i.e. curriculum, leadership and instructional staff requirements, etc.). The research is clear about what's required to reverse the tide of failure among the most at risk populations. Once the entire proposal is complete, we will prepare an accompanying business plan. We're seeking $5M (i.e. in grants to support school buildout, startup and working capital, and we have begun an outreach initiative to introduce prospects to our school concept. Our five (5) year projected goals are to have a student population of 360 per school, with schools located in Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Gary, Indiana, Oakland and Los Angeles, California and other urban/inner cities as the need is identified. The schools will be either chartered or regular public schools (i.e. public schools that school districts agree to contract to our education management organization. ALL INFORMATION IS VERIFIABLE

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Colleen Hunt's picture
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I have a fabulous opportunity to help to open a brand, new elementary (P-5) school this coming year in Douglas County, Georgia! I will be teaching fourth grade, and have been designatd the school's grades 3/4/5 science chairperson (building rep). I have been offered two classrooms in which to house grade 4 science labs. I will need lab tables, chairs, 2 teacher podiums, several microscopes and slides, laptop computers and flashdrives and CD/DVDs, 2 printers and ink cartridges, printer paper, various upper-elementary science materials and equipment, and 2 Smart Boards to get the lab rooms off to a highly productive, 21st Century lift-off! Helping to open this school is like being on a team to launch a space shuttle for NASA ~ it is going to be an amazing mission! I don't know how I could be more excited!
I also will coordinate the school's first upper-elementary science fair in May, which will require additional necessecities, such as science display boards, model and experiment materials, ribbons, trophies, prizes, and a school digital photo/video camera to record the students' project progress and outcome. I successfully coordinated ten annual science fairs at my previous school, with impressive results. Every year, the students have astonished me, and those attending, with their outside-of-the-box scientific inquiry and knowledge! Kids are naturally curious, and love science!
I would very much appreciate being considered for assistance with any of the above-mentioned items/materials, as I continue to plan out my coming first year at this new school. I would like to take all of the students that I teach into the next galaxy with this opportunity! Thanks for your help! SCIENCE TAKES YOUR IMAGINATION INTO THE NEXT GALAXY!
Mrs. Colleen Hunt, Teacher, Grade 4
Mason Creek Elementary School
3400 Johnston Road
Winston, Georgia 30187
(770)-920-4282 Fax

Nancy Staples's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I've been invited to serve on a delegation of music educators who will participate in a citizen ambassadors' program in China. This trip is in December.

Being only an adjunct instructor at a community college in Texas, the $5500.00 is prohibitive.

I want to accept the invitation but need some type of assistance for the travel to make it happen.

Thank you.
Nancy Staples

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