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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! Jan Stauber Grants from the Beacon Society

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Since 2004, the Beacon Society has made funds available to U.S. and Canadian educators through the Jan Stauber grant program. These grants support programs that introduce young people to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Grants are available for educators and librarians, and K-12 educators can apply. For inspiration, a list of past winning projects is avaialble online.
Prize: Grants up to $500 are available.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants for Literacy

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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.
Prize: Grants up to $500 are available.

Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant From the Jane Goodall Institute

Deadline: 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: 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.

Academic Enrichment and Teacher Development GrantsGrants

Deadline: April 15, 2017

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."
Prize: Awards total up to $30,000 over three years in both categories. Five Academic Enrichment grants are available.

Ocean Guardian School Grants and Awards

Deadline: May 1, 2017

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.

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

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.
Prize:Several grants up to $4,000 are available.

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.

MORE: Get information on how to find grants.

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Contests and Awards

NEW! Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Grants

Deadline: April 10, 2017

The InvenTeams challenge asks small teams of high school students, led by an educator, to develop technological solutions for real-world problems. Teams that have conceptualized a technological solution can apply for one of these competitive grants to build a prototype. Grants are available up to $10,000. To apply, educators must submit an invention proposal, a letter or support, a resume, and an interest statement.

Italian Study Abroad Scholarships for Foreign Language Teachers

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.

National History Teacher of the Year

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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Classroom Resources

FREE Science Resource From the California Academy of Sciences

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.

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, 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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Shayna Keyles's picture

The GotScience Teachers STEM Education Resource Center has just announced the release of the G Discussion Guides. This free 36-page PDF ebook of high school science teaching discussion guides and activities is now available to download from, 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 Here's a direct link to the ebook download page:

Derek's picture
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. (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


Could you please share this Conference Grant Contest?


INOMICS Conference Grant Contest 2016 (
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.


Thank you for your help!

Samer Rabadi's picture
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. :)

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

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.

Samer Rabadi's picture
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!

CreativeClassrooms's picture

Hello - We have just launched our CREATIVE CLASSROOM GRANTS - Entry is open to Teachers and Librarians. We have Grants of $2000 (AUD) to create engaging, inspiring and innovative classroom or learning spaces. We would love to share this with the Edutopia Community. Applications are available at or our parent website
We have 2 intakes per year. Round 1 closes 31st March 2017 and Round 2 closes 1st September 2017.

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