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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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NEW! Captain Planet Foundation Environmental Ed Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Here's a great opportunity for support for youth-led green projects. The Captain Planet Foundation is providing funds to school and nonprofits for hands-on environmental projects. These activities must be project-based, performed by youth, and have real-world environmental impacts.
Prize: Grants are available between $500 and $2,500.

Summer of Creativity Service Learning Grants for Young People

Deadline: August 10, 2015

Young people, if you have an idea to improve your community, Youth Service America wants to help. The organization's Summer of Creativity Grant program is designed to provide young change-makers with seed funding for creative community improvement projects. The grant program is for young people who are "creating lasting, positive change" in their volunteer or community work, and projects can be related to health, sustainability, safety, education or beautification.
Prize: Up to 125 grants of $500 are available for winners.

Hot Planet/Cool Athlete Grants

Deadline: August 31, 2015 and January 15, 2016

Environmental advocacy group Protect Our Winters, in partnership with The North Face, is providing one-time grants to schools for student-led projects that "take serious action against climate change." Grants can be for projects related to recycling or composting, developing clean energy initiatives and other sustainability-related ideas. The key is that proposals must be developed and submitted by students. For inspiration, check out the list of past winners online.
Prize: One grant of $5,000 is available during each proposal period.

2015 Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit Grant Program

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Each year, Elmer's and the Kids In Need Foundation team up to help educators bring interesting projects into their classroom. The grants enable teachers to replicate projects that have previously been funded by the foundation, which are hands-on, inquiry-driven activities. Educators choose an idea from the Winning Projects Catalog, and then submit proposals to receive funding to replicate that project.
Prize: Winners receive grants between $100 and $500; some exceptions may be made for additional funding if matching grants are secured.

JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts Kids in Need Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2015

The Kids In Need Foundation and JoAnn Fabrics are calling on educators to submit original project ideas that need funding. To be eligible, the project must "make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities." The projects must have the potential to be replicated and be innovative; innovation and merit account for 40 percent of the judging criteria. Examples of past winning projects are available online.
Prize: Winners receive grants between $100 and $500.

2015 Kids In Need/Dollar General Literacy Foundation Reading Scholars Program

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Have an idea for an innovative literacy project? The Kids In Need and Dollar General Literacy foundations are offering grants for projects designed to "improve the literacy of preK to 12th grade students." Projects should be original and should be completed during the upcoming 2015-16 school year. Grants can be used for supplies that let students create a project, conduct an experience, grow a garden, or learn a new skill. Projects should include hands-on activities that lead to "new knowledge, awareness, or self-discovery in the area of literacy."
Prize: Winners receive grants between $100 and $500.

Green Thumb Challenge Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2015

The Green Education Foundation and Gardener's Supply Company are looking to help established youth gardening projects in the U.S. Through the Green Thumb Challenge Grant program, the organizations are asking schools and youth groups to submit "chronicles of their garden projects" for a chance to win funds to support the continuation of successful projects.
Prize: One school or youth group will receive a $250 prize.

Target Field Trip Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Would you like to take your students on a field trip next year, but the challenge is funding is holding you back? Consider applying for a Target grant for class field trips. Each year, Target supports teachers across the country, providing small, one-time grants to help fund the out-of-class learning experiences. Interested grant seekers can apply online and view local learning field trips that have been funded.
Prize: Grants are available up to $700.

Classics for Kids Foundation Matching Instrument Grants

Deadline(s): September 30, December 31 and March 31

The Classics for Kids Foundation supports school music programs throughout the U.S. by "providing matching grants for new stringed instruments." The foundation's instrument grants go to organizations that can provide evidence of need and that can raise matching funds. Interested schools and non-profit groups can apply online.
Prize: A variety of matching grant prizes are available.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Deadline: October 16, 2015

The annual Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program is a great source of funding for improvement projects at public schools in the U.S. Grant funding falls into three categories, including "technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, and facility renovations and safety improvements. If you're looking to beautify your school, or enhance your technology and STEM offerings, this is the program for you.
Prize: Grants can range from $2,000 to $100,000, which a large majority falling in the $2,000 to $5,000 range.

Teacher Grants from the NEA Foundation

Deadline: 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.

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.

Karma for Cara Youth Service Learning Grants

Deadline: Rolling

Do you know a youngster who's working on a service project in their community? They might be working on a community garden, or checking on senior citizens during summer heat waves. If they're leading the charge in their communities, the Karma for Cara Foundation wants to help by offering small grants to students 18 years old or younger.
Prize: Many grants between $250 and $1000 are available.

Library Grants from the Wish You Well Foundation

Deadline: Rolling

The Wish You Well Foundation supports programs that foster and promote “the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs." If you school or organization has developed a project that supports and promotes literacy, this is the grant program for you. To apply, submit a brief questionnaire online, as well as supporting documents.
Prize: In general, grants are available between from $200 to $10,000; many prizes are available and are reviewed four times each year.

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

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Contests and Awards

Project ED Youth Video Contests

Deadline: August 10 (depending on contest)

Calling all youth filmmakers! Project ED is an initiative from Amplify Learning, and the goal is to get amateur filmmakers to "re-image concepts from math, science and English." Each month, Project ED sponsors video contests for filmmakers of all ages (although this a under-18 division), asking them to use their skills to create fun teaching and learning videos. For example, Project ED's "Monsters & Mysteries" contest asks participants to submit short book trailers, recreated scenes from the list of books, and videos of dramatic readings for three classics, Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula.
Prize: Most contests offer $1,000 prizes for winners in both under-18 and over-18 divisions.

TeachersLists Schools Work Smarter Summer Sweepstakes

Deadline: August 31, 2015

Here's one to consider for summer break: TeacherLists is sponsoring a $5,000 sweepstakes for one lucky school. To participate, TeacherLists users can "create, upload, and/or update all the school's 2015-2016 back-to-school supply lists," and share a link on the school's website. At the end of the summer, TeacherLists will do a drawing for the $5,000 cash prize, which can be used on interesting school-wide projects and supplies.
Prize: One school will receive a $5,000 award “to help fund smart ideas that enhance their school community.”

YoungArts Awards for Young Artists

Deadline: October 16, 2015

The National YoungArts Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship and awards contest for youth artists in the U.S. Awards are available for students aged 15-18, and they're available in a variety of artistic disciplines, including the performing arts, dance, visual arts, writing, and photography. To apply, artists must submit an audition, portfolio or materials related to their discipline before the deadline.
Prize: Winners receive an invitation to National YoungArts Week events, a cash prize up to $10,000, access to scholarship opportunities, and more.

ACM/CSTA Culter-Bell Prize in High School Computing

Deadline: January 1, 2016

Each year, the Prize in High School Computing recognizes the most talented high school students in computer science. To participate, students complete a computing challenge that allows them to showcase their computing skills. This year, participants are asked to develop "an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science." Judging will be determined on the "ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, and originality" of the project.
Prize: There are four $10,000 prizes available. Plus, winners receive a trip to the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing Reception in February 2016.

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

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Classroom Resources

NEW! First Peoples Resources from PBS LearningMedia

PBS recently broadcast First Peoples, a series looking at early human cultures around the world. To accompany the series, PBS LearningMedia has created a number of web-based resources for teachers. Included in the package are interactive maps, infographics, short videos and documents.

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 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, 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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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

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:

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, 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

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

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

Once you've set up a campaign, you're welcome to post about here: We promote this thread weekly.

Kristen Garlock's picture
Kristen Garlock
Associate Director of Education & Outreach for JSTOR

JSTOR ( a non-profit digital library of academic content, is sponsoring a lesson plan competition for educators. The creators of winning plans will be awarded $1,500; deadline for submissions is July 31, 2015. Full competition details here:

Andre Lisowyk's picture
Andre Lisowyk
Elementary School Principal, London District Catholic School Boardg

Canadian elementary school Principal here....looking for grants to support technology and collaboration strategies in schools. Are there grant donors for Canadian institutions?

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Manager

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

Once you've set up a campaign, you're welcome to post about here: We promote this thread weekly.

Sara Burnett's picture

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:

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


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