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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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wendy davies's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I have 16 year old daughter who is talented in the art of Japanese Anime. She already is makeing short AMVs. But she needs more advanced Software for Pc to bring her characters from paper to life on the screen. Anybody HELP
much regards
Florence's Mom

Yolanda's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

My son is in the 9th grade and I'm looking for funds to help cover the cost of his education. The tuition is about $6000 per year.

Carlos's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Check out the Airborne website. She was a teacher that created the supplement to fight off colds, etc... Well she has created a grant program just for teachers of art and music.

Michael Petersen's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I am a technology facilitator in North Carolina and am looking for a funding source to help our music department. We would like to create a Keyboard Lab which costs about $6000.00 with all of the necessary equipment. I've been finding a lot of grants for Math and Science, but not many for the arts.

Thanks for your help in any way!

Anders Jensen's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

you may try techsoup.org for your needs, you have to qualify your school, but the process does not take long

Sarah Rostar's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I am a student teacher who has been placed in rural Ohio. I want to write a grant for my school to obtain a Smartboard, or a Smartboard type technology. My school has very old to no technology at all. Any suggestions or websites that could help???

Cynthia Lang's picture
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Many teachers are looking for minimal items for projects. There are 700 homes in the HOA that I live in now, and 500 homes at the one I lived in before. Homeowner's Assocations near your schools would be glad to help you and your school by recycling cans, so you can turn it in to cash and even bringing in the specific items you need. Most HOA's have newsletters. We had an ongoing recycling project for our school. Many single people, people with no kids, and seniors live in our homes and would be glad to help teachers.
We also saved our butter containers for Meals on Wheels, and the tops of soda cans for the Ronald McDonald House,and did Boxtops For Education.
We also held a yearly garage sale for the teachers so they could purchase school supplies for less fortunate children in the fall.

Jennifer's picture
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I am a teacher in Jersey City, NJ. The area is very poor, most students come from one parent homes or from foster homes. I want to provide these children with a print rich environment. These students need books and other supplemental items to assit them in reading. I am looking to provide a podcast area so students can record themselves reading stories they have written or books from the class. This way the students can listen to the story during the listening center time and have some ownership because they have put in the effort and work. If anyone can help, please let me know.

Sharon Caldwell's picture
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I am interested in finding a funding source to provide Smart Boards to classrooms serving fully included and main streamed autistic students. Our school has two teachers using Smart Boards and they have noticed an increase in student participation due to the ability of these students to access and manipulate information in non-verbal ways. For the first time, these students have been able to fully participate in core curriculum lesson equally with their general education classmates. Our school is small and each teacher currently has been given a laptop and a projector. The only equipment needed is the Smart Board itself. Any suggestions on how to obtain 18 boards would be greatly appreciated.

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