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Grants

NEW! Fund for Teachers Grants for Self-Designed Professional Development

Deadline: Applications open October 1; close January 31, 2016

Each year, Fund for Teachers offers summer fellowship grants for preK-12 teachers. These awards enable educators to develop self-directed professional learning experiences, and their odysseys take them all over the world. For ideas, check out the list of past winners. In the past, educators have roved the Mississippi River, developing an ecology unit along the way, and many other unique experiences.
Prize: Individual grants are available up to $5,000; teams can apply for up to $10,000.

Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teachers Grants

Deadline: September 29, 2016

Did you receive a thank-you note though the Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teacher program? If so, you're eligible to apply for one of 180 classroom supplies grants from Farmers. The grants are designed to support day-to-day classroom needs. Following the deadline, anyone can vote for their favorite proposals through October, and proposals with high vote totals are more likely to win.
Prize: There are 180 $2,500 awards available for classroom materials.

Disney Summer of Service Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Disney Friends for Change, through Youth Service America, is offering $500 awards to young people aged 5-18 for service learning projects. Funding is available for a variety of projects that may help to make communities healthier, greener, and/or stronger. To participate, young changemakers submit their a proposal online for their service learning project. For inspiration, students can check out past winners and training guides for ideas.
Prize: Winners receive one-time $500 grants to jump-start their service-learning projects.

Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2016

The Kids in Need Foundation, along with a variety of partner organizations, is offering a range of grants to fund creative projects in the classroom. There are more than 8 grant programs available, with focuses student creativity and creative writing, as well as projects that encourage creative use of a common teaching aid. These are one-time grants that can be used to bolster or start a new project.
Prize: Many grants ranging from $100 to $500 are available.

Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant from the Jane Goodall Institute

Deadline: Sept 30; Nov 11; Jan 20; March 31

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program encourages students in the U.S. to launch or grow community-based service learning campaigns. The Roots & Shoots grants are available to help support these projects. To apply, participants must sign up for a free Roots & Shoots membership, and participants must reside in the U.S. Funding is available for many different types of projects, from environmental clean-up, to community education initiatives. Students submit their projects, and then can apply for funding. More information, as well as learning guides and project guidelines is available online.
Prize: Grants range from $200 to $500.

Karma for Cara Youth Microgrants

Deadline: October 1, Jan. 1 and April 1

Know a student who's looking to get a volunteerism project off the ground? The Karma for Cara Foundation can help. Launched in 2014, the foundation's minigrant program offers small, one-time grants to students to help jump-start or sustain community service projects. A range of projects qualify for funding, including examples like rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens prepare their homes for winter.
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.

Toshiba K-5 Teacher Innovation Grants

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Each year, the Toshiba America Foundation provides small, one-time grants to public and private school K-5 teachers in the U.S. The grants are available to support science and math classroom projects, and individuals and teams can apply for funding. Grants are available for project learning materials.
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,000.

New Schools Venture Fund Grant Programs

Deadline: October 14, 2016

The New Schools Venture Fund is offering a trio of grants designed to expand the reach of innovative educational models and empower educators and students. Currently, grant funding is available to support preK-12 public schools that will launch in the next 1-3 years. Application deadlines have already passed for two other programs. More information about each individual program is available online.
Prize: Up to $7 million will be made available across the three grant initiatives.

Earthwatch Institute’s Teach Earth Teacher Fellowships

Deadline: Interest forms available now; final applications due December 17, 2016

The Teach Earth program is a travel and expeditionary learning program for U.S.-based educators. Each year, the Earthwatch Institute selects teachers in a variety of subject areas to "work side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world." The program is open to all educators, even educators without scientific backgrounds.
Prize: Eighteen grants are available: 15 $1,000 grant packages, 2 $2,500 grant packages, and 1 $5,000 grant package for the grand prize winner.

IGT After School Advantage Grants

Deadline: Rolling

Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.
Prize: Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.

Pets in the Classroom Grants

Deadline: Rolling

Classroom pets make wonderful learning companions! Educators interested in funding a classroom pet should consider a Pets in the Classroom grant. They are available for K-8 teachers in public and private schools. Grants are "intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom" and facilitate learning projects centered on caring for pets responsibly.
Prize: A variety of small one-time grants are available, including awards for supplies.

MORE: Get information on how to find grants.

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Contests and Awards

NEW! ICNC High School Curriculum Fellowship

Deadline: October 9, 2016 (Registration)

ICNC is offering awards to high school educators to develop civil resistance curriculum for students. Up to eight awards are available, and the grants are designed to enable educators to develop and integrate 6 lesson plans related to nonviolent civil resistance into their existing social sciences coursework.
Prize: Eight awards of up to $1,000 are available for U.S. educators.

The Great Global Project Challenge

Deadline: October 1, 2016 (Registration)

Sponsored by Google for Education, iEARN-USA and VIF International Education, the Great Global Project Challenge is calling on educators to design and share collaborative projects that are "globally connected." Submitted projects appear on the project website, and can be accessed by educators around the world. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year , educators around the world will utilize these submitted projects in their classrooms, helping to engage teachers and students in globally connected learning opportunities.

#MyParty16 Election Project

Deadline: Recommended start date is October 4; Videos due October 24

In this nationwide competition, student teams create their own political parties, including a unique name, logo, platform. Then, "primary" elections at held within local schools with the winners going on to compete in a national election. A multi-week curriculum is available to help students explore the election, politics and other aspects of democracy. Once the platform has been finalized, students then must create 30-second ads for their political parties.

Varkey Foundation 2017 Global Teacher Prize

Deadline: October 14, 2016

The annual Global Teacher Prize was created to honor one outstanding educator who has made a significant contribution to their profession. The prize was first awarded in 2015, and it was created to bring awareness and recognition to the world's very best educators. Educators across the world can apply or be nominated. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including impact in the classroom, contributions to the community, use of innovative teaching methods, and work with mentoring and coaching fellow educators.
Prize: One educator receives a $1 million award; finalists also receive prizes and recognition

The Get to Know Student Art Contest

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Calling all student artists, musicians, photographers, and videographers. The Get to Know Student Art Contest is asking for entries, and the guidelines are simple. U.S. students under 19 years old are encouraged to submit original works that are inspired by the natural world around us. Students are encouraged to get outside and "get to know" the wild neighbors and environs in their areas. For ideas, check out winners from previous years.
Prize: A variety of prizes are available.

Verizon Learning App Challenge

Deadline: November 18, 2016

The app challenge, an initiative of Verizon Innovative Learning, a nationwide competition for middle and high school students. To participate, students must design and conceptualize mobile apps that solve a problem in their communities. Teams of five to seven students plus an advisor can participate, and students must be in grades 6 through 12. Learning resources, competition rules, and app ideas are available online.
Prize: Teams that submit winning app designs earn prizes and other awards.

Generation Beyond Student Video Challenge

Deadline: December 15, 2016

This challenge from Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education asks individuals or teams of middle school students to create 1-2 minute videos explaining how they would design a living module on Mars. Accompanying curriculum and lesson plans are available online, as well as FAQs, competition rules, and other information.
Prize: One grand prize winning team or individual will win a $10,000 prize. Second place receives $5,000, and third place receives $2,500.

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

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Classroom Resources

NEW! Participate in the World's Largest Lesson

During the week of September 18, classrooms around the world will participate in the World's Largest Lesson. With 17 modules following the United Nation's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, students will explore a variety of subjects, including ending hunger and poverty and climate action. Free curricula is available online and it's designed for students aged 8 to 14 years old. More information as well as ideas for implementing lessons is available in the educator's guide.

Free STEM Outreach Programs from Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is committed to advancing STEM curriculum in the classroom. The organization supports a variety of STEM outreach programs, offering free curricula, student STEM contests, and mentoring opportunities for high school students. From Generation Beyond, a free aerospace classroom resource, to Code Quest, a coding contest for young students, Lockheed Martin funds a number of diverse initiatives that empower young learners.

Free Activities for Teaching Science and Math With Music

MathScienceMusic.org, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.

IWitness: Resources for Teaching Grit and Resilience

Finding Your Seat on the Bus is one of 57 resources, created by the USC Shoah Foundation, included in the IWitness collection. These resources explore a number of topics, including tolerance, justice, family and standing up for others, and they feature primary source materials like text, video, poems, photos and more. Each activity is built around a video clip of testimony, and they complement a number of subjects, including English, history, and social studies.

Exploratorium Science Snacks Hands-On Activities

Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks "are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials." There are hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they're created to be easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints, and advice.

National History Day WWII Resource Collection

Produced by National History Day, Understanding Sacrifice is a "collection of videos, primary source, secondary sources, and lesson plans" that covers soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.

Pixar in a Box on Khan Academy

How does math relate to Pixar animation? Khan Academy and Pixar recently released a fun, interactive lesson series called Pixar in a Box. Each lesson “demonstrates how a concept introduced in school is used for creative benefit at Pixar,” and there are lessons for all different grade levels. Teachers looking for more information should check out the Educator’s Guide, which provides examples and ideas for implementation.

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.

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L D Coleman's picture

Thank you Samer! Here are the details:

Educational Facilities Grant at EDspaces
Revised Deadline: June 22, 2016

The Educational Facility Grant Program at EDspaces (11/2-4/2016, Cincinnati, OH) supports the professional development of those involved in the design, build, management or renovation of an educational facility. At EDspaces, the premier event focused on transforming education through the learning environment, grant awardees will be inundated with (exposed to) innovative solutions and best practices that will assist them in making more effective decisions regarding their upcoming facility projects. Stay informed and be part of the discussion about how facilities and learning interact.

Prize: Includes hotel accommodations for up to three (3) nights at an official EDspaces hotel and full conference registration which includes career-enriching educational sessions, exhibits and networking events.

Shayna Keyles's picture

The GotScience Teachers STEM Education Resource Center has just announced the release of the G otScience.org Discussion Guides. This free 36-page PDF ebook of high school science teaching discussion guides and activities is now available to download from GotScience.org, a science & eduaction non-profit.

Inside, you'll find discussions on topics such as astronomy, biology, environmental science, physics, and technology. A second ebook for middle school science teaching is coming soon!

You can download the free ebook at GotScience.org. Here's a direct link to the ebook download page: http://www.gotscience.org/discussion-guides-e-book/

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Derek
Media and Education Consultant

I came across this company's new School Technology Grants Initiative and thought I would share for consideration as an add-on to your Grants list. They have a great history of community initiatives addressing the digital divide globally and now locally in Canada and the USA. http://www.softchoice.com/powerup (I'm not employed by them, engaged in any way, and receive no benefit from this referral) I also left a post on your facebook page too. All the best and keep up the great work!

Christine Monahan's picture

I'm interested in the knowledge in action AP Gov curriculum. I am so inspired by the videos and research. Can I possibly participate?

Ania Świlak's picture

Hello,

Could you please share this Conference Grant Contest?

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INOMICS Conference Grant Contest 2016 (https://inomics.com/conferencegrant)
Deadline: October 14, 2016

INOMICS' mission has always been to support students and academics in their education and career development. With this in mind, from August 1st to October 14th, INOMICS is organizing its annual Conference Grant Contest, where you can enter for a chance to win a EU500 grant to cover a significant part of your conference costs (registration, travel and/or accommodation). Participating is easy. Just choose your dream event and answer 3 questions related to your own academic career growth. The most thoughtful and original answer will be rewarded.

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Thank you for your help!

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Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hi John, I'm sorry but this list is specifically for grants and resources, not schools. Trying to maintain a school list would be a herculean task. :)

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Matthew Kane's picture

Hi Samer - I wanted to share details on a program that might be a good fit for your awards list. LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes K-12 educators making a difference in the lives of students. Anyone can nominate up to three educators, administrators or school district employees per academic year at lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com

The deadline for this year's program is January 1st, 2017. There are 15 prizes available ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 (the Grand Prize). Additionally, the Spirit Award is given to the LifeChanger whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination.

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Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hi Matthew. The editors of this page read the comments, and if they think something is a good fit, they'll add it. Good luck with the program!

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