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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
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Grants

NEW! Instrument Grants from the Fender Music Foundation

Deadline: Rolling

Throughout the year, the Fender Music Foundation provides instrument grants to not-for-profit organizations and public schools in the U.S. Grants are available for "traditional instruments" that are used in programs that teach students to make music. In general, grants support music programs in four areas: after-school programs, in-school music classes, music therapy programs, and community music programs.
Prize: Donations of Fender musical instruments are available.

Teacher Grants from the NEA Foundation

Deadline: June 1, 2015 and October 15, 2015

Currently, the NEA offers grants in two categories, including “Student Achievement” and “Learning & Leadership." Both programs have a Feb. 1 deadline. Student Achievement grants are designed to help teachers engage students in critical thinking and problem solving in standards-based subject matter. Winning programs should also improve students' inquiry, self-paced learning, and critical reflection skills. The Learning & Leadership grants fund professional development experiences and collegiate study for educators.
Prize: Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Roots and Shoots Minigrants from the Jane Goodall Institute

Deadline: June 8, 2015

The Jane Goodall Institute is providing small grants to students or groups to students for community projects. To participate, students using the Institute's "participatory mapping" method to map their communities and find areas where they can make a difference. Once they've completed the mapping, students can apply for small grants to fund a campaign. Projects should focus on improving the environment, animal welfare or the human community.
Prize: There are many $200 minigrants available for kids of all ages.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

Deadline: June 22, 2015

Looking for ways to integrate creativity across the curriculum? The Champion Creatively Alive Children is your source. In 2015, the grant program from Crayola will provide schools with grants and supplies to develop innovative creative collaboration projects. Awards are available to help schools build creative PD programs that help infuse creativity throughout the curriculum. Plus, schools also receive a prize pack of Crayola supplies for classroom creative projects. To participate, schools should develop a collaborative approach and submit their ideas.
Prize: Up to 20 winning schools will receive a $2,500 grant, plus $1,000 worth of Crayola products.

Kids in Need Teacher Grant Applications

Deadline: July 15 to September 30

Kids In Need Foundation grants are designed to help teachers purchase classroom materials for innovative projects. There are two different programs. One program supports teachers' projects in any subject area, and these projects are judged on creativity and educational merit. Teachers can also select a project from a list of more than 1,200 ideas and apply for funding through the second program.
Prize: Grants are available from $100 to $500.

Math Grants from NCTM

Deadline: November 6, 2015

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is offering dozens of grants for math educators. Through the organization's Mathematics Education Trust, educators can apply for grants, scholarships, and awards, and there are programs for all different types of work, from in-class projects, to math-related research and professional development. Grant programs are available for in-service and pre-service math educators.
Prize: Funding ranges from $1,200 to $24,000.

Get Creative With a Software Grant from Adobe

Deadline: Rolling

Educators at Title 1 schools are encouraged to apply for software and teacher development grants from Adobe. The program is designed to increase access to Adobe creative tools through the White House's ConnectED initiative. In addition to software, educators also receive access to on-demand professional development, including webinars, workshops and collaborative courses to learn more about utilizing Adobe creative programs in the classroom.
Prize: Schools receive access to a variety of Adobe tools, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements. Educators also receive access to online PD courses.

Classroom Newspaper Subscription Grants from USA TODAY

Deadline: Rolling

On a rolling basis, the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation awards teachers digital and print subscriptions to USA TODAY. Currently, the foundation is awarding digital subscriptions to teachers on a first-come, first-served basis; print subscriptions are unavailable at the moment. Teachers must submit a short online application to be considered. Plus, for educators in New Jersey, the Foundation is currently sponsoring the Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project, which is an environmental literacy program designed for students in grades 4-8. The deadline for the Eco Citizenship Project is at the end of March.
Prize: Classroom subscriptions to the e-edition of USA TODAY.

>> MORE: Get information on how to find grants.

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Contests and Awards

NEW! STEM Middle School Lab Makeover Contest

Deadline: June 12, 2015

To help inspire the STEM innovators of tomorrow, the Northrop Grumman Foundation will help up to five middle schools completely transform their lab spaces. The Fab School Labs contest is open to public middle schools, and administrators, teachers and principals can enter their schools into the competition. To enter, educators fill out the official application, as well as submit photos and videos that tell how their plans for a made-over lab will transform the school's STEM learning program.
Prize: Grants up to $100,000 will be available for five winning schools.

K-12 Game-a-thon Math Game Design Competition

Deadline: July 15, 2015

The annual K-12 Game-a-thon is a national math games competition sponsored by the MIND Research Institute. Each year, the organization asks students to design and build math games that "feature creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems." Any type of game works, including card games, board games, and apps or video games, but the game must incorporate math problem solving in game play. Teams of two or more students can participate, along with the help of a parent or teacher coordinator.
Prize: Up to 25 student-created games will be selected for special recognition and will be displayed at MIND’s 2015 Math Fair. Five top winners will receive a prize pack.

>> MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.

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Classroom Resources

Unlocking Life's Code Genome Sequencing Lessons

Unlocking Life's Code is a new tool, created by the National Human Genome Research Institute, that enables students to explore "ethical and social questions surrounding genomic sequencing." The resource includes an online exhibit covering genomic sequencing technology, as well as discussion starters and information about the "growing involvement of genetics" in many areas of our lives.

Digital Compass from Common Sense Media

In today's connected world, it's increasing important for young people to understand the impact their online decisions have. Digital Compass, from Common Sense Media, is a free multimedia interactive designed to help students do just that. The site encourages students to explore "the twists and turns of everyday digital life," and through games and learning modules, students are able to examine "how decisions made online can affect their futures."

Recipe for Innovation

Discovery Education has produced a valuable food education resource for students and teachers. Recipe for Innovation features a variety of materials to teach students farm-to-table concepts. There are resources for elementary, high school and middle school teachers that feature lesson plans, a live interactive field trip and student-centered multimedia tools that help students explore the way food is produced.

MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

Have you ever wanted to know how video games can aid learning? Well, this Mindshift guide can help answer some of your question. This originally began a series of blogs by Jordan Shapiro, and Mindshift has developed it into a more in-depth PDF-downloadable guide. This is a great starting point for any educator interested in game-based learning, as it "explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment." Plus, there are suggestions for classroom use, as well.

Possible Worlds Free Science Learning Games

Developed by EDC's Center for Children and Technology, Possible Worlds is a suite of free games designed to help students learn about science. Currently there are four games available that focus on scientific misconceptions, covering photosynthesis, electricity, heredity, and heat transfer. Each game includes classroom activities for teachers that have been developed to “leverage students’ experiences within the games.”

PBLU 2.0 from the Buck Institute

Looking for to incorporate PBL in your classroom? Well, you might start at PBLU. Here, there are a variety of projects for every grade that are waiting for teachers to implement them in their classrooms. Currently, projects focus on math, ELA and social studies. Plus, PBLU offers a portal for PD classes that explore the design, management and assessment of PBL in classroom practice. Teachers can enroll in a course, but there is a limited number of spots available in each.

The Ultimate Guide to Games in School

EdSurge has culled a list of articles, resources, and videos to help educators incorporate gaming into the classroom. The guide covers the latest research, as well as strategies and tips from practitioners, and there are plenty of useful reviews of ideal classroom games that support learning. This is a great primer for educators looking to incorporate gaming in the classroom, as well as for teachers who have already embraced the trend.

Smithsonian Online Education Conference Series

Students and teachers: Interact with experts from the Smithsonian once a month during their hour-long online conferences, held on topics ranging from civil rights to astrophotography. The conference series includes special “virtual teachers’ lounge” sessions for teachers to engage with each other and discuss other Smithsonian learning resources.

STEM-Works

STEM–Works is a resource for teachers, parents, mentors, and anyone else wanting to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. The site offers links to virtual field trips, interactive lesson plans, and fun activities for all grade levels.

Rating System for Digital Learning Tools

With so many apps, websites, and digital tools available, how do you know which ones to use? Graphite, a free service from Common Sense Media, provides reviews and ratings to help teachers find the best digital learning products.

Blendspace

Blendspace, formally Edcanvas, enables teachers to create lessons that incorporate online educational resources in one place. The lessons can then be shared quickly with students, and they can be accessed via any digital device. Additionally, teachers can use the platform's built-in quizzes and monitoring features to measure student progress.

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Manager
Staff

You're welcome. It looks like the deadline for FLY is August 8th. Anyone interested in applying should do so soon. :-)

Jason Kline's picture

The FLY deadline must have been extended. Their website indicates September 26th as the deadline.

cmlinder's picture

Jason, the deadline was extended! CompareCards wanted to give schools more time to apply once the school year started.

Sara Burnett's picture
Blogger

The American Immigration Council awards bi-annual grants for immigration- themed classroom and community-based projects to teachers and community organizers for up to $500! The next deadline is June 29, 2015.

For more information on how to apply and previous grant recipients, please see our page: http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community-grants-0

We'd love for this grant to be posted on Eduptopia's list!

Catherine Browning's picture
Catherine Browning
e-Learning Education Analyst at VIF International Education

The Global Educator Award by VIF International Education, http://learn.vifprogram.com/MK-Global-Educator-Awards_GEA-2015-Apply.html is an award that recognizes teachers who demonstrate commitment to understanding through world languages, cultures and diverse perspectives of all people. Awarded amounts range from $500 and $750 as well as an award for a teacher professional development trip to Brazil.

Catherine Browning
e-Learning Education Analyst :: VIF International Education
www.viflearn.com
www.vifprogram.com

rondaallen's picture

Hi everyone! I am looking for a grant to go to MCLaw. I am 49 and an empty nester and on $733 dollars a month in disability. I hate to ask for help but I need help because I want to start my life over and be productive and also have an IRA and retirement fund! Does anyone know where I should start to navigate on this site?

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Manager
Staff

rondallen, below are a couple of non-Edutopia articles that talk about crowdfunding options for going to school:

http://www.crowdcrux.com/crowdfunding-sites-for-college-and-education-co...
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/article...

Once you've set up a campaign, you're welcome to post about here: https://www.edutopia.org/groups/edutopia-welcome-lounge/35539. We promote this thread weekly.

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