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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! Vernon Library Supplies ESL Grants “Giving It All Away 2017”
Deadline: October 31, 2017
In 2017, Vernon is donating its profits to support innovative ESL learning programs. In particular, funds will be donated to projects that help new immigrants achieve English proficiency and literacy. Grants will be available for ESL library programs for young people and adults. More information about applying and the types of projects preferred is available online.
Prize: Grants are available up to $5,000.

NEA Learning and Leadership Grants
Deadline: October 15, 2017
Jump start your professional development learning with an NEA Learning and Leadership grant. The program provides funds in two areas: Helping NEA members take part in quality PD experiences and funding collegiate level study, study groups, mentoring experiences, or lesson plan development. Many grants are available. 
Prize: Grants are available at two levels - $2,000 and $5,000.

Small Research Grants from Spencer Foundation
Deadline: November 1, 2017
The Small Research Grant program from the Spencer Foundation supports education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In general, the foundation funds projects that "will contribute to the improvement of education," and the foundation accepts proposals in several areas of study, including the relationship of education and social opportunity, new civics, instructional resources, organizational learning, and purpose of education. See a list of past winning projects, as well as application details online.
Prize: Grants average about $50,000.

Toshiba 6-12 EdTech Grants
Deadline: Rolling
Do you have a plan to make science and math learning for engaging for students? Toshiba America Foundation provides grants to educators to support tech-enhanced STEM learning for students. Grants enable educators to roll out match and science project-based learning, and can be used to purchase supplies and materials. 
Prize: Grants requests of less than $5,000 are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year; grants proposals for more than $5,000 are due November 1. 

DiscoverE Collaboration Grants Overview
Deadline: Ongoing
Need funding for an engineering outreach program? DiscoverE Collaboration Grants provide funding to support programs that engage youth in the engineering community with hands-on learning. Eligible programs will be led by a group of at least three partnering organizations. See a list of the past winning projects online.
Prize: Five $1000 grants are available.

Pets in the Classroom Grants
Deadline: Rolling
Looking for financial support for a classroom pet? The Pets in the Classroom grants program provides financial support for educators to purchase and maintain small classroom pets. Established by the Pet Care Trust, the grants are designed to students the chance to interact with pets. Educators in grades pre-K through ninth are eligible to apply. Applications for the 2017-18 school year open in August.
Prize: A variety of small grants are available, including store, rebate, and maintenance funding.

Field Trip Grants from the Civil War Trust
Deadline: Rolling
Want to get outdoors for a history lesson? The Civil War Trust's field trip grants allow K-12 educators to take students on learning trips at natural historic sites. In particular, The Trust provides grants to help educators plan field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, and Revolutionary War battlefields, as well as related historic sites.
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,500.

MORE: Get information on how to find grants.

Contests and Awards

NEW! Future City Student Engineering Contest
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Calling all student engineers in grades 6-8! The Future City Competition is encouraging student teams to get creative and develop innovative cities of the future that present solutions for sustainability issues. This year's theme is "Age-friendly cities." To participate, students create a virtual city design, a scale model, project plan, and essay, and then present to judges at regional competitions. Many prizes are available. 

Earth Science Week Student Photography Contest
Deadline: October 13, 2017
Calling all student photographers! The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a contest during Earth Science week. To participate, students of all ages can submit a photo that relates to this year's theme: "Earth and Human Activity Here," so ways that humans interact with Earth systems.  One grand prize winner receives a $300 award and prize pack. 

LEXUS Eco Challenge STEM Contest
Deadline: October 16 & December 11, 2017
Each year, the LEXUS Eco Challenge encourages students in grades 6-12 to generate real-world solutions to environmental issues. To participate, teacher leaders form teams of 5-10 students. Each team then selects an environmental issue that impacts their community and develops an action plan for tackling the issue. For more information, view the challenge website.

Solve for Tomorrow Contest from Samsung
Deadline: November 9, 2017
Let your student innovators run wild in the Solve for Tomorrow contest. Solve for Tomorrow, sponsored by Samsung, encourages students in grades 6-12 to develop real-world STEAM projects that improve their local communities. For a list of past winning projects, as well as rules and teaching materials, visit the contest's website. 

Classroom Resources

Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Google
Google recently released Be Internet Awesome, a digital citizenship learning framework for designed for kids. The program features a curriculum, learning resources, and games that help younger students learn how to be safe online. Be sure to see Interland, a game that allows students to complete missions related to web safety.

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.

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.

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Brian Rock
Civic Educator and Social Studies Teacher in East Orange

If you teach in New Jersey, there's a grant program run by the Eagleton Institute of Politics that provides funding for field trips to the state house in Trenton.

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Posted with Edutopia's permission:

We just launched the High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots, and we'd love to have your students apply.

The scholarship supports high school students sixteen and up who are serious about becoming a certified drone pilot by helping them prepare for the FAA's Part 107 test. An additional goal is to help further the use of drones in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

Scholarship recipients get free access to Drone Pilot Ground School's remote test prep course for the FAA's Part 107 test (value of $299). The first 100 students to take their test will have their test fee covered (up to $150).

The scholarship application form can be found at

Additional resources:
- Learn more about the FAA's Part 107 exam at
- Learn more about getting started with drones at
- Learn more about drones for aerial cinematography at

Contact information:
Zacc Dukowitz / (802) 829-2550

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