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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! Crayola Champion Creatively Alive Children Program

Deadline: June 23, 2017

This program supports "innovative, creative leadership team building" at the middle and elementary school levels. Up to 20 programs that enable educators to provide arts learning for students will be funded. Learn more about the types of programs that receive funding by viewing last year's winners.
Prize: Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

ASM International Living in a Materials World K-12 Teacher Grants

Deadline: May 25, 2017

Each year, the ASM Materials Education Foundation provides 20 grants to educators. Grants can be used for projects that grow awareness of materials science and its role in society. Examples of previous winning projects are available online, as well as application details.
Prize: Each grant has a value of $500.

Grants for Optics and Photonics Classroom Projects

Deadline: May 31, 2017

SPIE, an international optics and photonics society, offers grants to educators that support innovative learning programs. Grants should raise awareness of optics and photonics in the classroom and have the potential to impact students. Primary schools and secondary schools are eligible to apply, as are STEM learning centers, youth groups and other non-profit organizations.
Prize: Several grants are available; awards average $3,000.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants

Deadline: June 14, 2017

Each year, the NFL's Fuel Up to Play 60 program provides grants to K-12 schools to jumpstart healthy living programs. Does your school want to expand or start a health program? These grants can help. To apply, you must be enrolled in the Fuel Up program. Then select one Healthy Eating and one Physical Activity "play" from the Fuel Up playbook to get started.
Prize: Grants are available up to $4,000.

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! Beckman Award for Teachers

Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Beckman Awards honor teachers who have "inspired their former students to make significant contributions to society." If a former student was inspired to create an organization that benefits the community, you should apply. Also, the grants support educators who have inspired students to create concepts, movements and procedures that benefit the community. See past winners online.

2017 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards

Deadline: June 12, 2017

The Butler-Cooley award from the Turnaround Management Association support K-12 educators "who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students' lives and the communities" where they teach. Each year, one educator is awarded the $5,000 prize. Educators should have a track record of inspiring students with innovative classroom teaching methods. The award includes a $1,000 cash stipend for travel expenses to the TMA's annual conference in October.

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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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.

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.

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