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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! Small Research Grants from Spencer Foundation

Deadline: August 1; 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.

Mockingbird Foundation Music Education Grants

Deadline: August 1, 2017

The Mockingbird Foundation provides grants to fund music education programs for kids 18 years old and younger. Projects that provide kids an opportunity to foster their creativity through music are preferred. Grants can be used to fund for instruments and materials, as well as performance and learning spaces, and funding is available for schools and non-profits. View past winners by state online.
Prize: Grants are available from $100 to $10,000.

Pets in the Classroom Grants

Deadline: August 1, 2017; 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.

English Teaching Research Grants from NCTE

Deadline: August 8, 2017

Each year, the Conference on English Education offers grants through its Research Initiative program. These grants support research aligned with the NCTE's positions on English education. This year, the program has several guiding questions, including how ELA and literacy educators are responding to new content delivery systems, among others. View questions of interest, the NCTE's position statements, and application details online.
Prize: Up to four projects will be awarded $2,500 grants.

Grants for Boat and Car Maintenance Programs

Deadline: August 25, 2017

Do you need funding for a hands-on boat or car maintenance learning program? The RPM Foundation provides grants to organizations to support hands-on learning projects for high school and college-aged students. In the past, high schools, museums, and career learning centers have earned grants to offer hands-on restoration and maintenance projects. Check out the list of past recipients to see if your program fits.
Prize: Several grants are available; first-time grants average $10,000.

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.

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! Penguin Random House Teacher Literacy Awards

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Each year, the Penguin Random House Literacy Awards honor educator-led projects that cultivate literacy and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Nominations are open now, and educators can also apply for the award. A list of past winning projects is available online. Awards include $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 awards, as well as book donations and a travel stipend to the NCTE conference for the grand prize winner.

International ESL Teacher of the Year Award

Deadline: July 19, 2017

Each year, TESOL and National Geographic Learning honor an English language teacher with its Teacher of the Year award. Candidates are educators who have shown dedicated to teaching English, inspired students from all backgrounds to learn, and have used innovative methods to reach students. To apply, educators must submit a brief essay, a professional development overview, and a sample lesson plan, among other supporting materials. The Teacher of the Year receives a $1,000 prize, as well as other benefits.

Japanese Teachers Award from the AATJ

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Do you know a Japanese teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching, advocacy, and leadership for Japanese education? Consider nominating him or her for the AATJ Teacher Awards. To be eligible, educators must have three years of experience and be members of the American Association of Japanese Teachers.

Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Do you teach Western history in your classroom? The Western History Association provides grants for innovative lesson plans that teach the history of the North American West. Grants of $500 are available for K-12 educators to fund travel to the association's annual conference.

CEE National Technology Leadership Award

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Each year, the Conference on English Education (CEE) selects an educator for the National Technology Leadership Award. One honoree is selected to present innovative approaches to using technology in English education at the SITE conference. Interested applicants can nominate themselves or a colleague. Teacher education faculty, graduate students, and preK-12 educators can apply.

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

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Classroom Resources

NEW! 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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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!

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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.

L D Coleman's picture

EDspaces 2017 Conference & Expo
Deadline: May 24, 2017

Key decision makers at schools, colleges or universities involved in the design, build, management or renovation of an educational facility are invited to apply for an Educational Facility Grant ( for the EDspaces 2017 Conference & Expo, October 25 - 27, in Kansas City, MO. EDspaces is the education industry's most-important international Conference & Expo for professionals who design, equip and manage creative learning environments. EDspaces, co-located with the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education's Fall Conference, showcases the newest and most innovative products for educational facilities and includes a CEU-accredited education conference focused on forward-thinking, sustainable design and the changing impact of environments on learning. Now in its seventh year, the purpose of the Educational Facility Grant Program is to assist school and college facility planners, administrators and purchasing officials in making more effective decisions for their ongoing and future facility construction or renovation projects and to take part in the discussion about how facilities and learning interact. Last year's program awarded more than 100 grants; winners included both K-12 and college buyers from more than 30 states and Canadian provinces ensuring face time with schools and colleges in need of high-quality furniture and equipment.

Prize: Includes hotel accommodations for up to three (3) nights at an official EDspaces host hotel and full conference registration which includes career-enriching educational sessions, exhibits and networking events. Transportation to Kansas City is not included.

Rachel's picture

Please consider adding the Pets in the Classroom grant to your list! The grant is available to Pre-K through 8th grade teachers in private and public schools for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining a classroom pet. Teachers can find more information and can apply at

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