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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Madeline Sanders (not verified)

As the visionary leader of

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

Hector Preciado (not verified)

Delegation to China

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.

Carol Lazarus (not verified)

Grant for Student Travel to the Pantanal in Brazil

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

Deb Lyons (not verified)

Grant for attending IRA Delegation to China in November

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.

Shemica (not verified)

Grant for Travel

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 (not verified)

Grant for attending IRA Delegation to China in November

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.

Starlin (not verified)

I am looking for grant

I am looking for grant opportunities to start a youth program in my town in order to provide the children and adolescents with productive summer enrichment activities which will include educational material, computer skills, groups on decision making sills, coping skills and anger management just to name a few. I have a masters degree in mental health and family counseling and also am a certified addiction counselor. Any information provided will be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance for you assistance
Starlin

JoAnne Morganfield (not verified)

I am a preschool teacher in

I am a preschool teacher in the public school district. I have two computers in my classroom and one is broken. Although, I have two computers in my classroom I have 24 students. When I put my students on the computer who have having trouble with letter and letter sounds, or counting they really understand much better by using the computer program. I would really like to know where I can send a grant proposal for possible funding to get as few as 8 lap tops in my classroom. Any information that you might have would be greatly appreciated.

Ahmadou Ndoung (not verified)

Education for Africa

We all know Africa is always considered "LEFT BEHIND" and may be if we all put in some thoughts and efforts together we will be able to help.
I would like to help a small village in Cameroon, Central Africa by bringing them to speed a little bit with technologies like Electricity, Personal Computers, Books in short, educative material. Most of you won't believe, till now some of the kids of the region have never seen or touched a computer not even talking about turning on an electric bulb. I know it is hard to believe but any help would be appreciated to bring about change and give these kids some hope.
If possible, I would like information on getting funding or help for bringing CLEAN WATER to these poor people in Africa still drinking from the river and all that it contains.

Thank you all!

Ahmadou Ndoung
Microsoft Engineer, Programmer
USA

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