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October is National Energy Awareness Month - Find an Energy Grant!

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

(written by Carol Timms, Educational Grant Strategist)

Energy Month

October is National Energy Awareness Month. Did you know that there are energy incentives available for nearly every sector of our economy? The IRS allows deductions and tax credits for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Many states have deregulated their investor-owned utilities and require utilities to provide rebates for energy improvements. Check with your local utility company to learn how you might benefit.

There are also grants available from governmental entities and private foundations for energy research, energy improvements, and energy education. Schools will find that energy education is an excellent fit in STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.

For example, this month, Energize Connecticut will present Global Energy - The Musical. This
entertaining musical is based on writings and songs of students from Connecticut, the Kingdom of Jordan, and Rwanda. Students were asked to submit their views on the complex scientific issues surrounding energy and conservation. Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.

Utilities such as Dominion Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company offer energy education grants to schools in their service territories.

Other organizations, including the Department of Energy, offer free classroom and interactive materials. 

If you are interested in identifying funding opportunities for energy improvements and/or energy education curriculum, contact us, and we will be glad to help.


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Free Teacher Resources

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 13:07 PM

With summer already more than half over, teachers are gearing up for the next school year. According to a study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, public school teachers in the United States spent more than $1.33 billion out of pocket on school supplies and instructional materials in the 2009-2010 school year. To help you reduce out-of-pocket expenses, we have assembled information on ways for teachers to obtain free and discounted items. These include STEM and other educational materials, product and service discounts, and magazine subscriptions.


10 Ways to Get Free Technology for Teachers

This article provides a variety of resources for teachers to find free money and supplies. The list was prepared by Richard Byrne, an experienced classroom teacher, Google Certified Teacher, and professional development teacher.

 Teacher resources

NSTA Freebies for Science Teachers

The National Science Teachers Association provides a list of publications and products that are free for teachers and for the classroom. This extensive list is searchable by keyword and can be filtered to specify CD, DVD/Video, publications, kits, or other materials.


Teacher DisCount

This free shopping program provides teachers and their families with deep discounts on thousands of brand name products and services. You'll find discounts with many national brands - from 10% to 60% on travel, apparel, electronics, flowers, gifts and much, much more.


Free Online Subscription to Tech & Learning Magazine

Add Tech & Learning to your classroom library.


Free One-Year Teachers Subscription to Yes! Magazine

Teachers can receive a free subscription to Yes! Magazine. This quarterly magazine, which is printed on 100% post-consumer waste, chlorine-free paper, lives up to its “Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions” mantra. It teaches you how to live green, and you can learn about climate heroes, forming a no-impact curriculum, and much more.


Free Random Acts of Fitness / Fitness Guide for kids from Subway

Subway is joining in the efforts to help children eat healthier and exercise more. Teachers can receive a free Subway Random Acts of Fitness for Kids Kit. Teachers must enter their school name when applying for this free educational guide. is committed to helping you reach your goals. Our experts have a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond traditional grant sources, and can match your goals to the best funding resources for you. Our educational expert, Carol Timms, has years of experience in writing educational grants and finding other educational resources for teachers. She is always willing and available to discuss your educational or non-profit needs. Contact us today for a free consultation or to let us know how we can help you.

Topics: education, education resources, STEM resources, STEM Education, educational funding, school resources, teacher resources, classroom resources