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Back-to-School Grants

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

The back-to-school signs are up, the students are excited, the parents are eve3959694576_193cfaeceb_q.jpgn more excited, and the teachers have begun to think about the new school year. For teachers, these eight back-to-school grants can help refresh their curriculum and not spend their own money to do it.

The Kids in Need Foundation has brought together eight grant opportunities on one site. Applications for each grant are accepted from July 15 to Sept. 30, so you’re not too late to get in on this year’s grant offerings. Grants range in amount from $100 to $500 and you can apply for more than one. Also available on this site are helpful guidelines and suggestions for completing your application as well as some free teacher printables. A contact email address for Penny (pennyh@kinf.org) is also listed for any other help you may need. Without further ado, here is a brief look at each of the eight grant choices:   

  1. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Teacher Grant: Looking for “innovation and merit” for imaginative lessons, this grant is available to certified teachers of grades K-12. This grant awards from $100 to $500 for a project-based learning opportunity in your classroom.
  2. Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit Grant: No back-to-school list is complete without several bottles of Elmer’s glue (my son’s list asks for four bottles and 10 glue sticks—no joke!). Elmer’s is making lesson planning easier by providing teachers with “Winning Projects” to use in the classroom. Teachers can follow the link to the project site and choose a project for their own class, then apply for the grant to make it happen. Certified K-12 teachers can apply, and special consideration is given to schools with 70% or more students in the free and reduced lunch program. Check out these projects and get one started in your classroom this fall.
  3. Dollar General Reading Scholars Teacher Grant: Are you teaching literacy skills this fall? If you have a new approach with a creative design, read more about this grant for certified teachers Pre-K to 12th grade.
  4. Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant: Certified pre-K to 12th grade teachers with a new approach to using “common teaching aids” or a new idea for teaching their curriculum should read more about the Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant. This grant ranges from $100-$500.
  5. ArtSkills Teacher Grant: Are you an art teacher with a new approach to reaching kids? Looking for “innovation and merit,” this teacher grant is available to certified teachers grades pre-K to 12. You are limited only by your imagination, and what can be done with up to $500.
  6. WIMA Creative Writing Teacher Grant: Calling all creative writing teachers, the WIMA grant wants to hear about your ideas to get kids writing.
  7. Helping Humanity Fund – Navajo Pottery Project: Originally done in a middle school setting, the Navajo Pottery Project can be adapted to any age group and funded through this grant. A lesson plan is provided here: http://www.kinf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Navajo-Pottery.pdf and certified teachers pre-K to 12th grade can be awarded a grant of $195 to replicate this project in their own classrooms.
  8. VIA Credit Union Teacher Grant (Regional-Indiana only): The list of specific school districts in Indiana that are eligible for this grant appears on the website. If you teach in one of these schools and have an innovative approach to teaching, apply for this grant.

We at TheGrantHelpers.com know that it’s important to set off in the right direction. If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your needs, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

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