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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! Grants for Math Learning in Multicultural Classrooms
Deadline: November 30, 2017
This NCTM grant program is designed to fund PD learning experiences that foster multi-language development when teaching math. To be eligible, schools must work with a consultant to develop curriculum or purchase existing materials for PD with educators. This is one of the NCTM's many annual grants and awards.
Prize: One grant of up to $4,000 is available.

Take Your Family to School Week Grants from PTA
Deadline: November 17, 2017
Does your local PTA organization need funding for a community event during Take Your Family to School Week? The PTA, in partnership with Chromebook and Chrysler, is offering grants to 55 local PTA organizations. Grants are available to support events in three categories: Health and Safety, Literacy, and Digital Learning. More information about the grants and program types is available online.
Prize: Up to 55 grants of $1000 will be available.

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! Awards for Innovative Reading Programs from ILA
Deadline: November 28, 2017
The International Literacy Association's annual awards for innovation recognize innovative reading programs or English language arts curriculum in the U.S. or Canada. All public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the U.S. and Canada can apply. Dozens of winners earn the award each year. For more information about award criteria, visit the ILA website. 

Recyclebank Green Schools Program
Deadline: November 17, 2017
Here's an opportunity to earn funding for school and community greening projects! Ask your students for ideas for improving their school or community. Then, schools submit their ideas for projects with budgets of less than $2,500 online. Fifty finalists then compete to earn donated points from Recyclebank members, with the top points-earners gaining funding for their project. 

McGraw Prize in Education
Deadline: November 17, 2017 (nominations due)
Do you know an innovative educator who has dedicated his or her life to improving education? An innovator who's contributions make an impact in classrooms today? Nominations are now open for the McGraw Prize in Education, a national award competition that honors innovators who "unleash human potential through technology, methodology and leadership." Three categories are available this year: preK-12 Education, Higher Education, and Learning Science Research. Winners receive a $50,000 prize and a bronze sculpture.  

LEXUS Eco Challenge STEM Contest
Deadline: 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.

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's picture
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.

Zacc Dukowitz's picture

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

SPJ Florida's picture

Posted with Edutopia's permission:

The Florida Society of Professional Journalists is offering a grant for high school student media, which you can read about and apply to here...

The grant is designed to help student newsrooms in Florida high schools (only Florida, sorry!) with an expense or project of up to $500. The current deadline is Nov. 20, 2017.

Questions? Email Scholarship Committee chairwoman, Christiana Lilly at

Connie Nguyen's picture

I wonder if anybody that is still in high school while being the age 16 and up can qualify for this scholarships? The mission of this scholarships promotes the use of drones in STEM education which I believe that will expose new and different learning environment for STEM teachers to use.

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