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.

And be sure to check out the webinar archive, "The Fundamentals of Funding: How to Identify, Write, and Submit Grants for School and Program Initiatives."


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.

FastWeb

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.

Grants.gov

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.)

Good360

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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Jessica Conway (not verified)

Donation for film/video tech education

I am a teacher in an underfunded Pittsburgh high school. I would like to purchase a DVD and text to help teach my students the theories/techniques behind editing. The materials total about $200, which I unfortunately do not have in my budget. Does anyone have any suggestions as to who I could contact to either provide a grant or a donation for this meager amount which would be an enormous help for my students and our collective high school Video Program?

Thank you kindly for any response!

Jessica Conway
Pittsburgh, PA

Anonymous (not verified)

Check out donorschoose.org

check out donorschoose.org

Holly (not verified)

Foundation for young minds

How can i start a foundation to take childrens ideas and dreams and develop them into reality!

Jim Robb (not verified)

Looking for Mac Pro donation for pre-k video editing

My daughter's school is in need of a MAC Pro laptop or desktop with enough ram and harddrive space to do video editing for their class BLOG whis is posted to the web to share with parents.
The JK program is a process-oriented class which prepares the kids for enhanced problem-solving skills. The teacher currently posts BLOG entries with photos to document class learning. The classroom computer is not robust enough to produce videos sadly. Any suggestions?

Bill Randall (not verified)

Looking for a Mac Pro donation for pre-k video editing

Jim,
Sadly, I don't have a donation for you. I do have some information on what you require, however. You will not need a pro setup, either for a desktop or laptop. As long as you don't store copious amounts of video on the computer, a rather old (5 year old) or newer basic iMac will do the video editing you desire. Same thing with the iBook. I would recommend at least half a megabyte of ram, although a gig would be better.

I have a 6 year old (may be older) iMac Video with 512 megs of ram that does a wonderful job of cutting video via iMovie.

Good luck with your search.

Shennendoah Hollsten (not verified)

Donations request

Hi! My name is Shennendoah. My little brother and I started a foundation to teach kids about the brain. We are trying to raise money to pay for our foundation to print posters and booklets for week of the Brain in March. We have interviewed famous people and we are still learning a lot about the brain but we build our website ourselves and we are working hard. Can you help us find a donationer? By the way, my brother loves Star Wars and has all the movies. We think George Lucas is great and some of our family lives in Modesto. They saw the first movies and also saw a movie by a restaurant on a road that everybody drove their cars. Bye for now email us or visit our website or please find us a donationer.

Naomi Benghiat (not verified)

Seeking Audio Description Equipment

I am a volunteer with the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service, a project of Community Partners. Does anyone know of any companies who might assist us with acquiring audio description equipment? We are a radio reading service for blind and print impaired peoples with a studio in Northridge, CA. We are seeking new or gently used equipment so that we can generate additional revenue by renting out our audio description room.

Anonymous (not verified)

chaperoning travel - service work - abroad

I am taking 5-6 high school students abroad to Peru to work full-time in a service organization. These students are hard-working, high potential students who wish to dedicate their lives to service work. As their chaperone, I am looking for grants to help offset my travel costs. Does anyone know of any grants available to help teachers travel who wish to chaperone students involved in service work?

SeSe (not verified)

Funding for education travel

My 12 year old granddaughter has been selected by the People to People Ambassador Program to go to Paris and other parts of France in April. We are looking for funding to help pay for this trip. If any body know of a resource please post it so that we can contact them. Thank you for your help.

Anonymous (not verified)

P2P trip

My daughter went to Australia last summer 07' on a People 2 People trip. She raised her funds by writing letters to family and friends asking for donations. She also raised her fees by saving a portion of her paycheck towards the amount. The People 2 People brochure has several great suggestions on fundraising. One girl in my daughter's group made fudge and sold it to friends. Good Luck, it's a great program.

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