Deadline: May 18, 2017
Dollar General's Youth Literacy Grants support literacy learning programs designed to help students who are experiencing trouble reading or are below grade level. Grants are available for schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations, and funds can be used for purchasing books or materials, expanding an existing literacy program, and/or purchasing new technology for literacy learning.
Deadline: March 17, 2017
Prize:Several grants up to $4,000 are available.
Each year, the National PTA provides funds to local groups for community arts project. Have an idea for a project that will increase access to arts? Apply for a grant now. Projects can focus on media, visual, literary or the performing arts. Projects should increase access for at-risk and underserved groups, as well as foster community and family involvement.
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Prize: Matching grants up to $1,000 are available to local PTA groups.
Have an idea for a fun literacy project for your classroom or library? Need funding to get it off the ground? Each year, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation provides small, one-time grants to educators to support innovative and inspiring literacy and creative projects. Find examples of past winning projects online. Projects that are fun, inspiring, collaborative and have the potential to become an annual event are preferred.
Deadline: March 31
Prize: Grants up to $500 are available.
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.
Deadline: April 1
Prize: Grants range from $200 to $500.
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.
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation is offering grants in two categories: Academic Enrichment and Teacher Development. Academic Enrichment grants support in-class and extra-curricular programs that "foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around." Teacher Development grants support small teams of educators "in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking K-12 instruction."
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Prize: Awards total up to $30,000 over three years in both categories. Five Academic Enrichment grants are available.
Have an class or school-wide idea for promoting ocean or water conservation? The National Ocean Service is offering Ocean Guardian School grants to U.S. K-12 schools to help foster conversation programs. Guardian schools make a "commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world's oceans, and special ocean areas." To apply, submit a proposal for a community-based conservation project; funds can be used to help implement the project.
Prize:Several one-time grants are available; average grant size is $3,000.
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.
MORE: Get information on how to find grants.
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Contests and Awards
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Language teachers, here's your chance to study Italian abroad. The Sant'Anna Institute, located in beautiful Sorrento, Italy, is offering two scholarships for a two-week Italian language study program this summer. Scholarships cover tuition and course materials; travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the student. These awards are available to members of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages.
Deadline: March 22, 2017
The NASA@ My Library program supports U.S. public library's efforts to forward community STEM learning programs. Up to 75 libraries will be selected to become partners; partner libraries receive a STEM Facilitation Kits, NASA STEM backpacks for circulation, financial resources, training, and other opportunities.
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Do you know a K-12 American history teacher who has inspired students? If so, nominations are now open for the National History Teacher of the Year Award. The award, given by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, recognizes outstanding U.S. history teachers. Any full-time K-12 history educator is eligible for nomination. One winner receives a $10,000 prize; $1,000 prizes are available for state winners.
MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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The California Academy of Science's teaching resources offer something for every teacher: Online courses, interactives, toolkits, and much more. If you're looking for fun, engaging science resources, you're bound to find some useful ones here. Choose from lesson plans, as well as games, films and clips, and other interesting multimedia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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