Timely Grant Opportunities

This page lists current grants whose application dates have not yet passed. New grants will be periodically posted to this page, so please check back regularly for new opportunities.

Spring Poetry Contest 

Source
The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education

Deadline
Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at 6pm.

Award

State(s)
NY

Purpose
The trees are blossoming and the daffodils are shining their bright yellow smiles. Can it be Spring has finally arrived? To celebrate our emergence from the long dark winter The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education is proud to announce its 1st annual Spring Poetry Contest. 

Poems may be submitted in the following five categories: Nature Poetry - Free Verse - Rhymed Poetry - Limericks and Humorous Poetry - Haiku Poems

We are asking administrators and language arts teachers to put out the word and perhaps inspire a few budding poets to express themselves by writing poems.

Format: students may submit up to three poems to their language arts teacher. The teacher will email the poems to the Pelican Foundation for Creative Education. Our email is: tpffce@gmail.com

Eligibility:
NYC Schools 

Grade Level:
This competition is open to Middle and High School Students who are in the classroom or working virtually. 

Refugee and Immigrant Student Welcome Program

Source
Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance

Deadline
Apply is 2:00 p.m. on June 10

Award
$1,450,000

Website: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5001645

State(s)
NY

Purpose
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is offering all schools an opportunity to apply for the Refugee and Immigrant Student Welcome Program. The purpose of the program is to fund activities including, but not limited to: 

  • Expanded community school activities;
  • Provision of school supplies to incoming students;
  • Training opportunities for staff on trauma and cultural sensitivity;
  • Employment of counselors and psychologists; and
  • Parental and family-engagement support for refugee and immigrant youth.

For more information and instructions on applying for this funding opportunity, review this document; please note that proposals must be submitted electronically via Grants Gateway.

Eligibility:
NYC Schools and Districts

Grade Level:
K-12

Young Scientist Challenge

Source
Discovery Education, Inc. and 3M

Deadline
April 27, 2021

Award
Up to $25,000

Website: https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge

State(s)
National

Purpose
Discovery Education, Inc. and 3M invite students in grades 5 through 8 to participate in the Young Scientist Challenge. Entrants must create a one- to two-minute video describing a new, innovative solution that solves an everyday problem.

Judges are looking for student videos that:
• Explain their chosen problem and how it impacts them, their families, communities, or the global population.
• Describe a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem.
• Explain the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics behind their innovation.
• Illustrate how their innovation could both address the identified everyday problem and have a broader impact locally or globally.

Students in grades 5 through 8 at a public, charter, private, parochial, or home school are eligible to apply. The ten entrants with the highest overall scores are deemed finalists and compete for the grand prize. The remaining entrants are considered for a state merit award. Up to 51 state merit winners are chosen based on highest score among the remaining entries received per state. Entries must be submitted online.

Eligibility:
Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Grade Level:
3-5, 6-8

Music Education Grants

Source
D’Addario Music Foundation

Deadline
April 17, 2021

Award
Amounts Vary 

Website: http://www.daddariofoundation.org/grants

State(s)
National  

Purpose
The D’Addario Music Foundation awards grants and product donations to sustainable music instruction programs in order to improve access to music education. Supported programs include those that bring music back into communities and schools, and gets kids playing as early and as frequently as possible.

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and schools are eligible to apply. All new applicants are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry online as their first step. Returning applicants must submit applications online.

Eligibility:Private, Charter, Public, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations) 

Grade Level:
Pre K-12

Education Program Grants 

Source
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Deadline
February 1, 2021

Award
Amount Varies

Website: http://www.cehcf.org/application-information/

State(s)National  

Purpose
The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation’s funding interests focus on environment and health, music, and education. Education Program Grants are intended for environmental and arts education to children and youth by supporting programs for educators and artists to improve and apply their teaching skills in these subjects; and by supporting efforts to advance environmental and arts education programs. Past education grants include teacher institute funds for environmental learning, a dance institute for professional development, an internship program for underserved youth, and an educator development program. 

Eligibility:
Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter 

Grade Level:
K-12

WE Teachers Grant Program

Source
Walgreens

Deadline
January 15, 2021

Award
$25,000

Website: https://www.we.org/en-US/our-work/we-schools/district-grants

State(s)
National

Purpose
This grant opportunity is being offered in under-served, urban communities to provide support to school districts that need it most, particularly in response to the impact of COVID-19. From offering staff training and professional development, to student supports and classroom resources, the purpose of this grant is to empower schools with the resources to address trauma or other challenges in the classroom.

Eligibility:
District Administrator

Grade Level:
K-12

Wonder League Robotics Competition

Source
Wonder Workshop, Inc

Deadline
December 31, 2020

Award
$5,000

Website: https://www.makewonder.com/education/robotics-competition/

State(s)
National

Purpose
Wonder Workshop, Inc. sponsors the Wonder League Robotics Competition for students aged 6 through 14. The competition is intended to help students develop computational thinking, problem-solving, and creativity by learning to code; encourages growth mindset and twenty-first century skills; and builds teamwork and community spirit. Student teams design solutions to real-world science and technology challenges by programming robots. Challenges are presented as a series of story-based missions, with students also presenting their scientific thinking through journaling.

Eligible participants are robotics teams of one to five children and one adult coach. There are three categories: teams of children aged 6 through 8, teams of children aged 9 through 11, and teams of children aged 12 through 14. Team leaders must register the team using the online system.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Grade Level:
K-12

AMS Epsilon Fund Grants for Summer Programs

Source
American Mathematical Society Epsilon Fund

Deadline
December 15, 2020

Award
Awards range from $2,500 to $15,000

Website: https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/983

State(s)
National

Purpose
The American Mathematical Society (AMS) Epsilon Fund awards grants for summer programs designed to nurture mathematically talented high school students. Programs should follow a basic model of covering multiple weeks in the summer months (though other time periods will be considered); include at least 20 students; and be directed by mathematicians, with undergraduate or graduate mathematics students as assistant teachers encouraged. Successful programs of a year or more are given preference over new ones. Target students may be young women and minority students or from one or multiple high school grades. Program focus may be problem-solving, mathematics research, or both. The primary goal should be challenging and supporting gifted mathematics students, with efforts to reach diverse students in rural areas and cities. Grants may be used for program costs and scholarships for students.

Eligibility:
Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Grade Level:
9-12

Teacher Incentive Grants

Source
National Art Education Foundation, a division of the National Art Education Association

Deadline
December 1, 2020

Award
Grants up to $3,000 are awarded.

Website: https://www.arteducators.org/opportunities/national-art-education-foundation

State(s)
National

Purpose
Teacher Incentive Grants are given to projects that promote the teaching of art. Eligible projects may address instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, classroom behavior, management, discipline, or other practices relating to instructional interaction and the achievement of student learning.

To apply for a grant, art educators must be members of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for at least one year prior to the date of the application. Eligible applicants are typically teachers of students in kindergarten through grade 12 and undergraduate programs in higher education in public and private schools. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility:Charter, Private, Public

Grade Level:
K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Higher Ed, 9-12

Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Source
National Science Foundation

Deadline
January 13, 2021

Award
Varies 

Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504984

State(s)
National

Purpose
The Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program supports learning technology research that integrates both learning and technological goals to enable radical improvements in learning within educational and work environments. Cyberlearning research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences; computer and information science and engineering; and cognitive, behavioral, and social sciences. Projects should be exploratory and experimental in nature. 

Proposals should investigate innovative technologies for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and teaching within the educational and work settings. All projects must address a learning need of opportunity and must have integrated learning and technology goals.

Eligible applicants are kindergarten through grade 12 public, private, parochial, and independent schools; and institutions of higher education. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility:
Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Grade Level:
PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Samuel Rubin Foundation Grants

Source
Samuel Rubin Foundation

Deadline
04/20/2020

Award
Up to $5,000

Website
http://samuelrubinfoundation.org/

State(s)
National 

Purpose
The general purpose of the Samuel Rubin Foundation is to carry on the vision of its founder, Samuel Rubin, whose life was dedicated to the pursuit of peace and justice. The objective is to achieve this purpose through the fullest implementation of social, economic, political, civil, and cultural rights for all the world's people.

Eligibility
Past grantees include nonprofit organizations, schools, and colleges. The foundation accepts applications for general operating expenses, as well as for specific projects within an organization. No grants are made to individuals, for building funds, or for endowments. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Grade Level
Pre K–12

Inven Teams    

Source
Lemelson-MIT

Deadline
04/06/2020

Award
Up to $10,000

Website
https://lemelson.mit.edu/inventeams

State(s)
National 

Purpose
InvenTeams is a national grants initiative of the Lemelson-MIT program that is designed to excite high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they integrate lessons from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. InvenTeams are composed of high school students, teachers, and industry mentors. Working collaboratively, InvenTeams identify a problem to be solved, conduct research on the problem, and develop a prototype invention. InvenTeam projects span many fields, such as assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods, and wearable technology.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants are STEM educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations who have not received an InvenTeam grant within the past three years. The optimal size of an InvenTeam is 10 to 15 high school youth. Interested applicants must first submit an initial application online. Finalists will then be invited to submit a full application.

Grade Level
9–12

Lexus Eco Challenge    

Source
Scholastic Corporation

Deadline
03/16/2020

Award
Varies

Website
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/sponsored-content/lexus/home/

State(s)
National 

Purpose
The Lexus Eco Challenge, sponsored by Scholastic Inc., and automaker Lexus, is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition about the environment that empowers middle school and high school students to create a better world. There are three challenges that teams of five to ten students and a teacher advisor may design an action plan for: (1) Land and Water, (2) Air and Climate, and (3) the Final Challenge. Challenges 1 and 2 determine the finalist teams eligible to compete in the Final Challenge. Teams must identify an environmental issue that affects their community, make a plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results.

Eligibility
Private, Public, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter

Grade Level
6–12

Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grants    

Source
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Deadline
03/31/2020

Award
Varies

Website
https://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/section/ezra-jack-keats-mini-grant-program-for-public-libraries-public-schools/

State(s)
National 

Purpose
An EJK Mini-Grant program is a creative and innovative activity … that takes place in class or out in the community … provides an enriched experience … and is funded solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. It is an opportunity for a public school teacher or librarian to present a special project outside the standard curriculum or an engaging way to help students meet curricular goals. And every year sees an amazing variety of projects that foster creative expression, cooperation, and community.

Eligibility
Public schools, public libraries, public preschool programs

Grade Level
K–12

Art - ELA Challenge Grant   

Source
The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education

Deadline
02/28/2020

Award
Up to $500

Website
http://tpffce.com/ChallengeGrants.html

State(s)
National 

Purpose
The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education is offering grants of up to $500 to Middle and High School teachers. We fund special projects and lessons that enhance the curriculum and engage students interest in all subject areas. Our foundation funds projects that lend an experiential component that takes the subject beyond the textbook. 

Eligibility
Art teachers who need materials are encouraged to apply.

Grade Level
6–12

Library REACH Grant  

Source
Fund for Public School

Deadline
02/24/2020

Award
Up to $2,500

Website
http://bit.ly/libraryREACH2020

State(s)
NY

Purpose
The Fund for Public Schools and the New York City School Library System are pleased to announce the 16th annual Library Revitalizing Education for Adolescents and Children (REACH) grant. Library REACH is a privately-funded program that allows New York City public schools to improve their libraries in order to enhance teaching and learning. Since 2003, The Fund has awarded over 300 Library REACH grants totaling over $2.8 million. This year we will award 5 grants to schools libraries for up to $2,500.

Each school must have:

▪ An operational library program that can demonstrate need;
▪ One full-time certified librarian or teacher-assigned to the library
▪ A commitment to implementing the grant by the end of the current school year ;
▪ A commitment to submitting an evaluation form upon completion of the project;

Note: Campus schools are eligible to apply and should select one school as the lead applicant.

Using the SLMPE Rubric, evaluate your current library facility and develop a school library improvement plan.

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/school-library-services/slmpe-rubric-2016.pdf

Grants are awarded through a competitive process and chosen by a Review Team comprised of staff from Library Services.

Eligibility
Only NYC Public school libraries are eligible. Independent and charter school libraries are NOT eligible.

Grade Level
K–12

National STEM Scholar Program  

Source
National Stem Cell Foundation

Deadline
02/01/2020

Award
$2,500

Website
https://nationalstemcellfoundation.org/education/

State(s)
National

Purpose
National STEM Scholars receive professional development in the implementation of STEM projects in the classroom, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education, and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.

Eligibility
Middle school science teachers

Grade Level
6–8

Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters  

Source
Teaching Matters

Award
$25,000

Website
http://teachingmatters.org/rohatyn/

State(s)
NY

Purpose
All public schools within a 100-mile radius of New York City are eligible to receive the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters. Teaching Matters seeks to identify and award schools that have created and want additional support in enhancing equity-centric initiatives such as:

  • Design of healthy and inclusive learning environments
  • Implementation of instructional strategies that adapt to diverse learning styles
  • Creation of an inclusive curriculum and assessment
  • Execution of project-based learning on social justice issues
  • Establishment of diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development for teachers and staff
  • Alignment of the curriculum with histories, language, and experiences of traditionally marginalized voices that build team capacity to personally reflect on equity and diversity and demonstrate transformative experiences around race and equity
  • Engagement in data-driven cycles of improvement specifically tailored to goals in increasing academic outcomes and a sense of belonging for all students.

Eligibility
All public schools within a 100-mile radius of New York City  

Grade Level
K–12

Grammy Music Educator Award

Source
Grammy in the Schools

Deadline
March 15, 2020

Award
$10,000

Websitehttp://www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-music-educator-award

State(s)
National

Purpose
For USA K-12 and college music teachers to recognize their outstanding commitment to music education and their positive impact on their students. Nominations may be submitted by teachers, students, parents, community members, administrators, and other individuals.

Eligibility
Current, full-time, educators in the U.S., who teach music in public or private schools — Kindergarten through College. Teachers in after-school, private studios, or other educational settings are not eligible. Teachers who are planning to retire at the end of the current school year are not eligible. 

Grade Level
K–12

Fund for Teachers

Source
Fund for Teachers

Deadline
January 30, 2020

Award
$10,000

Purpose
To pursue self-designed professional learning around the world.

Eligibility
Grants to Pre-K–12 public school educators. To be eligible, applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience. Individuals and teams can apply.

Grade Level
Pre-K–12

AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program

Source
AIAA Foundation

Deadline
January 17, 2020

Award
$500

Website: https://www.aiaa.org/home/get-involved/students-educators/aiaa-foundation-classroom-grant-program

Purpose
The AIAA Foundation believes that one of the most significant means to inspire and advance the future of Aerospace is to fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational need of students. Each school year, AIAA awards grants of up to $500 worthy projects that significantly influence student learning.

Eligibility
Applicants must be a K - 12 classroom teacher.

Grade Level
K–12

The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education

Source
Challenge Grants

Deadline
January 15, 2020

State(s)
National

Award
Up to $15,000

Purpose
The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education is offering grants of up to $500 to Middle and High School teachers. We fund special projects and lessons that enhance the curriculum and engage students interest in all subject areas. Our foundation funds projects that lend an experiential component that takes the subject beyond the textbook. 

Eligibility
Art teachers who need materials are encouraged to apply.

Grade Level
6–12

Fresh Films Tech Grants

Purpose

For classroom technology supplies, software, or hardware. Eligible purchases include, but are not limited to: 3D printers, tablets or Dell computers, software, green screens, or hi-tech biology supplies.  The grant award is $300.00.

Eligibility

All K-12 teachers and principals from any discipline who have a demonstrated need for technology. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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