Grant Opportunities/ Links

Those who know me know that I love writing grants for my students and my school. I have been blessed with receiving over $40,000 worth of grant funding in the past few years--but I've also received a lovely slew of "Not at this time" letters to balance the treasure. 

Needless to say, I've learned a few things along the way.

Writing a grant can be time-consuming, but very worthwhile when crafted thoughtfully. Some applications are very straightforward and guide you along step by step, while others are much more in-depth and require extensive planning. Many also expect feedback from both you and your students so they can see exactly how their generosity was applied.

Whatever your classroom desires, chances are there's a matching grant out there somewhere. 

I plan to list grants as I come across them--new ones, as well as ones I am familiar with, so that you can find resources at your fingertips. Not everything has to come out of our pockets!!! There are a lot of generous people out there!

Happy Grant Writing!!


NFL Health and Wellness Grant
This grant is for a chance to win a $10,000 health and wellness grant for our school, and an NFL player visit.
Need to answer a few short essay questions!
Deadline: September 13th, 2013.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant
Their focus this year is building on parent group success, although building stronger community spirit and creating a new school tradition are also mentioned on their website.
Deadline: October 15, 2013 but the sooner your application is submitted, the better.
Home Energy Challenge

The Department of Energy and the National Science Teachers Association have teamed up to create a way for students in grades 3-8 to learn about energy conservation. Teams of students can win over $60,000 competing in the Home Energy Challenge and Energy Poster Competition.
Registration deadline: November 15th, 2013.

Teaching Channel's "Show off your Classroom" photo contest is underway! Click on Teaching Channel’s Facebook page and 'Like' Tch on Facebook. Enter now and vote up to once a day for your favorite classroom setup pic. Check back on Tuesday, August 27th to see if you're the winner of a brand new iPad or one of ten flip video cameras! I know VCE has some pretty sweet classroom setups—try it, and let us know so we can vote for yours!!

Chatham Education Foundation Grants—grants provided by a local nonprofit community organization that partners with local community members, businesses, and schools.  They offer different types of grants—Creative Teaching Grants and PTA Matching Funds Grants. They used to offer Professional Development grants, but I think those have been put on hold for now. Amounts from $100-$1000 will be awarded. The more students impacted, the better. ( I read somewhere that CEF teamed with Duke Energy to offer grants up to $10,000 for energy related requests—but I have to look for that announcement again! Keep your eyes and ears open for that one!)
Application Deadline: September 23, 2013!

Dreams for Good is a quick and easy shot at improving the world! Write your idea on a post-it note, then upload it to their site for your chance at 1 of 3 $25,000 grant awards! Hey, it can’t hurt! J As they say on their site: “Dream big. Write small.”


Target Field Trip GrantsHave an idea for a field trip to enhance student learning and understanding? Is it relevant to the curriculum? Can you take the trip between January 2014 and the end of the school year? Give this online grant application a try.
Deadline: October 1, 2013


Great site--with "hundreds of active funding opportunities...Curated, current, and created and by education professionals"

With education funding especially tight, the website GetEdFunding allows users to search an online database of available grants and awards, writes Andy Lausch, vice president of higher education for CDW-G, which sponsors the site. Currently, the free site offers access to 750 funding opportunities. The grants and awards are searchable by content area, 21st-century themes and other categories.

Rolling deadline!

LEGO Children's Fund Grants: Grants between $500-5,000 are available for nonprofit organizations that inspire young people to explore their creativity and innovative thinking through constructive play. Acceptable programs must be directed for students up to 14 years old. Deadline: Rolling; Grants are awarded each quarter during the school year.


Due in December, 2012

  • Teacher Innovator Awards: PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford are sponsoring the third annual Teacher Innovator Awards. Educators in all grades, Pre-K-12, who use digital media to enhance learning are encouraged to submit a short video or PDF of their work. Ten top prizes include a weeklong "Innovation Immersion Experience" at The Henry Ford. Deadline: December 12, 2012.


DUE BETWEEN SEPT 30- OCT 31, 2012:

Office Depot® Star Teacher Program and Office Depot® Foundation
The Ready, Steady, GO! grant application is available to Certified K-12 teachers from all states and the District of Columbia in the U.S. You must register for the Star Teacher Program. Click here to register. You can also access the Star Teacher Program registration page from the application. Grants from $100-$500
Application deadline: September 30, 2012!
(About the Star Program: Membership is FREE, and provides discounts, 10% back rewards on classroom supplies, 15% instant discounts on copy/print services. You also receive invitations to exclusive Appreciation Events throughout the year.)
Funds field trips for students nationwide. Over 5,000 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January 2013. 

What are some ideas for Target Field Trips?
Target Field Trip Grant funds are best used for visits to art, science and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as
 transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials and supplies.

Deadline is October 1, 2012!! 


CVS COMMUNITY GRANTS--there are a couple of different opportunities for grant funding on their website (academic enrichment, funding for the underserved, and also those with disabilities)

Community Grants Program will focus on inclusive programs and programs for children with disabilities under age 21; academic and enrichment programs at public schools; and programs that provide access to quality health care services and health education for at risk and underserved populations of all ages. 
NOTE: Requests for CVS Caremark Community Grants are accepted beginning on January 1 and ending on October 31.


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