Deadline: March 17, 2017
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: February 27, 2017
Prize: Matching grants up to $1,000 are available to local PTA groups.
Each year, Farmers Insurance provides grants to educators who received thank you notes through the Thank America's Teachers program. Specifically, grants are available to "make technology more accessible, provide literacy materials, and support training." Grant winners are selected by public voting, which takes place throughout the month of March.
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Prize: There are 180 $2,500 grants are available.
The Braitmayer Foundation provides grants to help deliver innovative practices in K-12 schools in the U.S. Grants can be used for curricular and school reform initiatives, as well as professional development and teacher retention programs. Grants can be used as seed funding, or as challenge or matching grants.
Deadline: March 31
Prize: Grants are available up to $35,000.
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.
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.
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: Enter daily until April 28, 2017
Looking for funds to makeover your school labs or launch a tech learning center? Don't forget to enter the Siemens Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. The grant provides funds for a "science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies and technology." Educators and parents can enter their schools daily for the chance to win. Drawing to be held in May.
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Prize: One grand prize winning school will receive a $10,000 grant for high-tech STEM learning tools.
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program provides U.S. K-12 educators an opportunity to work on collaborative projects abroad. Participants work with schools, NPOs, teacher training centers, and other educational organizations while abroad. These are short-term programs, typically lasting 2-6 weeks. In 2017, grants are available for programs in Mexico, Botswana, Colombia, India, the Palestinian Territories, South Korea, and Vietnam.
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Prize: The awards fund travel, living expenses and other related expenses.
Each year, the College Board provides scholarships to educators to attend AP Summer Institutes. Awards are reserved for educators from schools and districts without professional development funding. The competitive grants also support educators serving minorities or low-income students who are "traditionally underrepresented in AP Courses."
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Prize: The $1,000 scholarships cover the cost of APSI tuition; any remaining funds may be applied to travel and expenses.
The Presidential Innovation Award from the EPA recognizes the nation's top K-12 environmental educators. Each year, the award honors those who have utilizes innovative approaches to teaching environmental science. The award is available for up to 2 winners from each of the EPA's 10 regions. Winners receive an award of up to $2,500 for professional development in environmental education, as well as other benefits.
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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