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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!

Grants

NEW! AAE Foundation Classroom Materials Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2017
The Association of American Educators is offering small, one-time classroom grants to educators. Grants can be used for a variety of in-class programming materials, including books, software, AV equipment, and lab supplies. All full-time U.S. educators who haven't received funding from AAE in the last two years are eligible to apply. 
Prize: Grants of up to $500 will be awarded.

Environmental Curricula Grants from MGAE Foundation
Deadline: September 15, 2017 (pre-proposals due)
Here's a grant to get your hands-on ecology learning program off the ground. The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation is offering grants that support innovative ecology curricula. In particular, the foundation funds projects that combine field activities and classroom ecology learning with a holistic approach, problem-solving, and that incorporate experimental learning.
Prize: Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded.

Japanese Teaching Material Grants
Deadline: September 15, 2017
Looking for support for your school's Japanese language learning curriculum? Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides grants for teaching material, including textbooks, dictionaries, and digital learning programs to schools and educational institutions in the U.S.
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,000.

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! Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teacher Awards
Deadline: September 27, 2017
Did you receive a thank you note through Thank America's Teachers? If so, you're eligible to apply for a $2,500 grant award from Farmers. Awards are available to support classroom and community programming, and 180 awards will be given over three semesters. Six grand prize winners will receive $100,000 grants to support innovative learning projects in their communities.

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.

Wonder League Robotics Competition
Deadline: September 18, 2017 (registration deadline)
Want to give students a hands-on coding experience? Register for the Wonder League Robotics Challenge. The competition features three rounds of "missions" that teams of students complete; all missions are design challenges that ask students to develop a science or technology solution for a real-world issue. Middle school and high school teams can participate. Additional information and teaching materials are available online. 

CEE James Moffett Award
Deadline: September 18, 2017
Looking for funding for research on English education? The NCTE's Conference on English Education and the National Writing Project are funding research programs that uphold the spirit of James Moffett. Projects with a focus on student-centered curricula, writing across curriculum, and alternative options to standardized testing are given preference.

I Love My Librarian Awards
Deadline: September 18, 2017
The I Love My Librarian Awards, from the American Library Association, honor librarians who have made positive impacts at their school, campus, or community. Nominate a librarian now. Public, school, community college, and university librarians are eligible for the award. Ten awardees receive $5,000 cash prizes.

2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
Deadline: September 19, 2017
Here's a research competition for high school scientists! Founded in 1999, the Siemens Competition empowers teams and individual students -- led by a mentor -- to pursue research projects in math, technology and science. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000. Review guidelines for this year's competition before getting started, which provides an overview of the types of projects that qualify. 

E2 Energy to Educate Awards
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Need funding to launch your science-based energy lesson plan? The E2 Energy to Educate Awards provides grants for science projects that reach students in grades 6-12. To be eligible, the project must align with one of three Energy to Educate Innovation Themes, including energy in transportation, zero waste, and natural gas-powered fueling. Projects must also reach up to 100 students to be eligible. Grants are available up to $25,000.

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. 

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
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.

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