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Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:05 AM
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Harvey. Irma. Maria. Communities devastated by these three hurricanes in 2017 are still rebuilding. The massive recovery process takes its toll on a community’s economy, infrastructure, and education system—the latter having a damaging long-term impact on students.

Many grant foundations recognize that learning includes the resources of both classrooms and libraries. By offering funds to rebuild school libraries in these disaster-stricken areas, foundations are investing in the future. Students in schools with endorsed librarians score better on standardized achievement tests (Library Research Service, 2013). Additionally, schools with strong library programs have higher graduation rates, especially for vulnerable or disadvantaged student bodies (Texas Computer Education Association, 2017).

If your school’s library faced severe damage from a recent natural disaster, the following organizations may be able to assist. When applying, emphasize the positive impact of your school library on students and families—for example, better test scores, higher graduation rates, increased cultural awareness, and improved literacy—to demonstrate the importance of your funding request. 

Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund

If you work in a public school that has suffered substantial damage due to a natural disaster in the past three years and is located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, the Beyond Words fund may be able to assist. Money from this grant can help you purchase books, media, and/or library equipment to restock the school library and support student achievement. Awards range from $10,000-$20,000. The Beyond Words grant prioritizes schools with the greatest need in terms of the extent of damage to the school library collection, impact on the library program, and impact on student enrollment, among other factors. Applications, available online, are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, each year the grant offers “catastrophic awards” of $50,000 to two applicant organizations that have suffered a loss of 90% or greater of their school library resources. No additional application is required to be considered for the catastrophic awards.

Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

School librarians who are members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) may apply for an Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant. This fund offers $30,000 annually to public middle school and high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster within the past three years. Funds can be used to replace or supplement books, media, and/or library equipment. Interested applicants should submit a two-page narrative that describes their need and how they will use the funds, along with a project plan and timeline, a list of key staff involved in the grant, and an itemized budget. Applications are accepted year-round.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Since 2002, The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has awarded more than $13 million to 2,500 schools in need. This year, in light of the devastation caused by catastrophic hurricanes and devastating wildfires, the foundation is dedicating its resources to help schools rebuild their book collections. If your school library was affected by one of the 2017 hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, or Maria) or the California wildfires, you may be eligible for this funding opportunity. All schools serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade—including public, charter, private, and parochial schools—may apply. Grants for this special disaster relief project may range from $10,000-$75,000. Funds may be used to purchase books (print or Braille) and magazine subscriptions. The grant application is available online, and grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

For more information about grants for general disaster relief, visit our blog post on this topic. For organizations wishing to focus on disaster prevention and preparedness, a list of resources is available in our blog post from March 2018.


Do you need information about other types of disaster relief grant opportunities? We can help find specific grant opportunities to meet your organization’s needs with our specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Find out more on our services page. Or start a free consultation with one of our grant experts by contacting us today.


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Texas Computer Education Association: https://www.tcea.org/blog/importance-of-school-libraries/

Library Research Service: https://www.lrs.org/documents/school/school_library_impact.pdf

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Teacher Professional Development Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 21:11 PM

One of the goals of 21st century educators is to inspire students to be lifelong learners. To accomplish that, educators themselves should be passionate about learning as well. Teacher development grants are available to help teachers develop and improve on their craft. Below are some grants that help7876968098_80c80e0668_q.jpg educators educate themselves. These grants all have deadlines early next year, less than two months away, so the time is right to get started on them.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports a teacher development grant program. This category aims to increase the effectiveness of individual educators and small teams of teachers. Eligible proposals are those that enhance student learning and educational quality, paying particular attention to those that best serve the at-risk and under-funded. A total of 125 teacher development grants will be funded. The application period is from Jan. 15-April 15. The maximum grant is $10,000.

Fund for Teachers

This organization provides funds to help educators get the resources needed to pursue professional learning experiences. Fund for Teachers grants can be used for a wide variety of projects as long as they create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. Eligible applicants must be full-time preK-12th grade educators, curriculum specialist, curriculum head, Special Education coordinator, media specialist/librarian, or other type of educator who spends at least 50% of their time directly teaching students. Educators must also have at least three years of teaching experience. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 while teams may receive up to $10,000. Applications are due by Jan. 31.

The NEA Foundation

This foundation has provided funding to thousands of educators. The NEA Foundation provides grants to individuals to participate in professional development activities. The foundation also provides funding to teams to fund collegial study. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence. Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 are available. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. There are three deadlines for applications: Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Graduate Fellowships are $24,000 fellowships given to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens that are teachers or plan to be teachers of American history, American government, or civics classes in the 7-12 grade levels. Fellowship applicants compete against educators in their own state. If funding permits, the desire is to grant a fellowship to an individual from each state. The deadline for application is March 1.


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Educational Grants That Are Easy to Apply for

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

9607386125_200d5cd45a_q.jpgWe often highlight education grants because of the need. According to a story by ABCNews, teachers pay for 77% of the school supplies needed in their own classroom. Even though school is well underway, we’re aware that teachers may still be looking for grants to help provide the supplies students need to learn. The grants below can help provide extra dollars for supplies without requiring intensive time and effort.  

Clif Bar Family Foundation

The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants three times a year. These grants can be for organizational support as well as for funding for specific projects. This funding averages $7,000 per grant. Applications are reviewed three times a year with deadlines of the Feb. 1, Jun. 1, and Oct. 1 (coming right up!). Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle. Teachers and school administrators looking to apply will focus on the foundation’s community category. In this funding area a California school received funding for its afterschool program and another school has been awarded funding for outdoor education needs.

Technology Teacher Grant

Verizon wants to make sure students know why technology is important and how to use this technology in the classroom as well as in the real world. K-8 teachers are eligible to apply. Teachers hoping to apply must submit a tech-focused lesson plan to teach students about applications for technology in the teacher's specific subject area. The grant comes in the form of a Visa gift card. 1st and 2nd place winners receive $1,000 each, while 3rd-6th place grantees receive $500 each. Applications are due Saturday, Dec. 9.

Lily Sarah Grace

K-5 Title 1 School teachers have until Nov. 30 to apply for a grant from the Lily Sarah Grace Foundation. Projects funded by this program must use arts-infused inquiry-based learning to teach. The project must also focus on the foundation’s five C’s: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and community. The maximum grant is $450. The story behind this foundation is worth mentioning. Lily, Sarah, and Grace were sisters who lost their lives in a fire. To honor their memory their father started this foundation to support what his daughters loved to do best: art.

Dollar General

This retailer runs the Family Literacy Grants program. Family literacy service providers are eligible to apply. Eligible programs must provide adult education instruction, children’s education, and parent child together time. Colleges, universities, and school districts have been awardees in the past. The 2017 grant program is closed now. The 2018 Family Literacy grant application will be available in Jan. 2018.


You might not need Grant Helper support to apply for these grants, but we are prepared to help with these or others where you want to increase your funding. We are a full-service grant company that aims to find funding for schools, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. In addition to locating grants we can also provide a wide range of services including editing, managing, and applying for grants. Contact us today for a free consultation.

 

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Grants for School Gardens

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

7150633285_ecbccf2b1f_m.jpgGarden-themed school lessons teach nutrition, math, science, and other subjects all while having fun outdoors and letting kids get their hands dirty. School gardens are widely popular and grants to support them are numerous. Below is a list of just a few school garden grants. Some don't open until later this year.  Plan in advance. Put the dates on your calendar.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is aiming to fight childhood obesity by creating Teaching Gardens in elementary schools across the country. Aimed at grades one through five, Teaching Garden Grants help teach children how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce, and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits. The American Heart Association works closely with each school to assess its ability to benefit from an American Heart Association Teaching Garden. Once a school commits to the program, a school-wide planting day is scheduled. The American Heart Association provides the materials for planting day, garden beds, organic soil, seedlings and plants, cooking demonstrations, and other fun activities. Schools receive an American Heart Association Teaching Garden Tool Kit with useful information including a school garden manual, lesson plans, school activation ideas, and parent and community resources. There is no formal application program; instead contact teachinggardens@heart.org to start the process.

Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grants provides a $2,000 grant to K-12 schools or to non-profits working with a K-12 school. Private schools with a non-profit status are also eligible. Entities in both the United States and Canada can apply for grants. Grants are intended to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Each grant applicant is required to partner with an organization or business from the community that will help to bring long-term sustainability to the initiative - a “community partner.” A community partner can be any organization that intends to support the garden for years to come. The partner can provide monetary support, volunteer support, garden expertise, or other support. The grant application will open on Sept. 1 with a deadline of Oct. 31.

Annie’s Grants for Gardens

Annie’s Grants for Gardens wants everyone to have a healthy food future. Public schools, charter schools, private schools with a non-profit status, and non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a school are all eligible to apply. Schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds as long as the equipment is needed for an edible garden. The application for the grant will open in October 2017.

Honey Bee Grant Program

While technically not an edible garden grant program, this honey bee grant program still helps children learn about the environment and nature. The Honey Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. There are three grant options: 1) a monetary grant of $1,500 to support a honey bee hive educational program; 2) equipment grant of a custom-made indoor observation hive; and 3) an equipment grant of an outdoor hive with starter kit. All equipment grants include a small monetary grant, covering the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project. Application opens on Sept. 1 with Letters of Intent due on Oct. 31.

 


There is a huge list of grants available for school gardens. We can help narrow down the list and find grants specific to your needs with a Grant Opportunity Search. Look at our list of services to find out more information. Or feel free to contact us today for a free consultation.

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Grant Ideas for Educators - Part 2: Finding Support for Your Project

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

In our blog article from two weeks ago, we discussed strategies for making your educational grant more fundable. This week’s blog discusses finding a variety of funding avenues to help successfully support your educational project.

Funding Avenues for Schools

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Since we’re a grant helping company, grant funding is an obvious source of financial support. We’re aware that depending on the project, proposal development can present challenges and take a chunk of resources to prepare a competitive proposal. Many funding agencies are experiencing the same cuts schools are, and finding specific grants that are well-suited to specific projects (and in specific geographical areas, etc.) can be difficult. The application process itself can be extensive, particular, and time consuming. We can help with all of steps of this process.  Even with our help, though, our interactive approach still requires an investment of time to plan and present a strong project for funding.

Websites for School Funding

Websites such as DonorsChooseGoFundMe, and others are very popular for educational projects. A simple visit to their websites will show many of the projects they assist in funding. Be sure to read the fine print. For some of these websites, you must give a percentage of the cost of the project back to the site for successful funding of your project. Additionally, most of the time, your project is only funded if it raises the full level of support needed. (You do not keep the portion you raised if you did not meet 100% of your goal.)

Horace Mann Educators Corporation

Horace Mann is a corporation started originally by teachers and for teachers. It focuses on providing teachers with affordable insurance, among other services. One of those services includes helping teachers find funding for the projects they want to execute in their classrooms. Consider contacting your local Horace Mann agent for information on how he or she can assist you in setting up a funding plan for your next project.

Community Support

Community support gets called upon frequently, but if you live in a generous and supportive community, or even if you don’t, consider reaching out to community businesses and services that pair well with your project. For example, maybe a local business would be willing to partially fund a new business development program at your school. You might even offer naming the program or project after the business(es) that support your project and installing a plaque or banner on something more concrete in their honor.


Despite our “Grant Helpers” name, we have helped many clients with multiple types of fundraising.  Contact us to brainstorm ideas at no charge.

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Grant Ideas for Educators - Part I: Planning for Fundability

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Finding Grants and Other Funds for Education

Summer is upon us, and for many educators school is out for the summer. While summer provides a nice break from the classroom and the routine of plan, teach, and grade, it can also serve as a fantastic opportunity for educators to put their energy into planning for projects or future needs and wants of their schools.2447140827_d0a7e12413_z.jpg

Planning for projects, wants, and needs is one thing. Finding funding in today’s world of budget cuts is a different story. Educators need to keep some core principals in mind and consider multiple methods and avenues of funding. Below are some approaches that we encourage you to keep in mind. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional assistance in developing funding strategies, finding sources, applying for funding, or executing awards.

Strategies for Grant Programs to Propose

1. Consider reach. Most funders want their money to reach as many students as possible, so think of ways your idea could help large numbers of students. For example, a technology cart for a specific classroom teacher will reach only that teacher’s students, whereas one that is utilized by an entire department will likely impact a greater number of students.

2. Consider sustainability. As with “reach,” greater sustainability usually means higher odds of funding. How long will your project sustain itself once funded? For example, that same technology cart might be used across several departments and might include technology that will be available for at least five years into the future. That’s a lot of student reach over time! As a counter-example, funding for a field trip is more short-lived, and while it has an impact on those involved, it is not a sustainable project and has less reach.

3. Consider educational “hot topics.” Movements like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) get a lot of attention in the educational world right now. How might your project incorporate these areas? For example, if an English teacher wants funding for a writing lab, he or she might be more fundable by considering a writing across the curriculum initiative that invites the mathematics and science departments in writing assignments, research, etc.

4. Consider matching grants. Many funders feel more confident in awarding funding if they know that their efforts are being matched. Perhaps you are looking for $5,000 for a project, but you're aware the funding agency usually awards a maximum of $2,500. Finding additional funding, either through local donors, the school’s budget, or another grant, that will match that amount might give you the edge over someone who does not have matching support. Many funders allow for in-kind matches such as parent volunteer time, use of facilities, and transportation—resources already in use that can be assigned a dollar value.

Finding a potential funding source goes hand-in-hand with identifying fundable programs. In next week’s blog we’ll talk about some potential funding avenues.

Meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions about your search for funding.

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STEM/STEAM Grants

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

10929981884_6966bc91d5_q.jpgAccording to the National Center for College and Career Transitions, about 20 percent of careers - in fact, many of the fastest growing ones - require proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Add in the area of Arts education, and STEAM is now at the forefront of education as well. Below are some grants that will help fund STEAM and STEM in schools across the country.

The American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation supports youth programs with a focus on STEM. This foundation has awarded more than $37 million to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S. Non-profit organizations as well as public and private school districts are eligible to apply. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. The average size of AHF's grants is $45,000 for the one-year funding cycle. Organizations that have never been awarded a grant from this foundation have an Aug. 1 submission deadline. Any organization that has received an American Honda Foundation grant in the past 10 years have a May 1 deadline.

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

This private foundation does not have set priorities for its grants. Instead it just wants the money to have the largest impact possible. The Foundation provides support for specific projects or activities of an organization, as well as for operating support. Non-profit organizations and schools throughout the United States are eligible to apply. Grant awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000. The deadline for application submission is May 10.

Exelon Foundation

Math and science are specifically mentioned as a focus for the Exelon Foundation’s education grant program. Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and schools where Exelon employees and customers live and work. Exelon has companies in 48 states. In 2016, this foundation awarded over $10 million in grants to its education initiatives. A past winner was Green Street Academy in Baltimore, for a project focusing on new electric vehicle and photovoltaic technologies. This team-based after-school program inspired students to think differently about energy - and themselves. Grant applications are accepted year-round.

Community Action Grants

Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals as well as to local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. There are one-year and two-year grants. One-year grants provide funding for community-based projects and should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls. Two-year grants are given to new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Applications are accepted Aug. 1-Jan. 15.


Whether you need grants for STEAM or STEM or something completely different, we can help. Contact us to start a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

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Grants for Summer Education

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 15:02 PM

A unique aspect for grants for education is that there are a lot of opportunities for individual teachers as well as for districts as a whole. In this blog, we take a look at grants for individual teachers or teams of teachers for the summer months. Additionally, we have added in one for school districts 3810845331_2bd1910c70_q.jpgand organizations that can provide educational opportunities in the summer months.

GRANTS FOR TEACHERS

ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

ExxonMobile has created the Teachers Academy. The academy offers a five-day program designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. Beginning in 2008, the academy expanded opportunities for teachers across the country to apply by launching sendmyteacher.com, an interactive website that allows students to nominate their third- through fifth-grade teacher to be one of the 150 teachers selected to attend the national conference. At least one teacher from every state is chosen to hone his or her math and science skills and to excite students in these subjects. Teachers are also able to self-nominate for consideration. This year’s conference will be held in Texas at the end of June. To apply or nominate a teacher, visit the website above.

Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Full-time pre-K-12th grade teachers who have at least three years experience and who spend at least 50% of their work week in direct classroom instruction are eligible to apply. The 2017 grants have already been awarded. The 2018 grant application will be available on Oct. 1 with a deadline of Jan. 31, 2018. Awards will be made on April 5, 2018. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000. In 2016, a teacher from Connecticut attended a Creativity Workshop in Greece and another teacher in studied art in Paris.

 

GRANTS FOR SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS

The Captain Planet Foundation 

The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow. With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources. The next deadline is Sept. 30.

Look Local

There are many foundations that provide funding for summer education programs in a specific geographic area. For example, the Annie E. Casey Foundation supports summer youth camps and educational programs in its home state of Baltimore. The Fund for Greater Hartford provides these grants for areas in Connecticut. If you need help locating grant opportunities in your local area, comment on this blog or contact us today!


No matter which grant you chose, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need, write and review the proposal, and help get you the funds you need. 

 

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Grants for Art Education

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 17:12 PM

We consistently receive requests to help teachers and principals improve their arts education programs with grant funding. Below we have outlined four hand-picked grants that may help fund your prog2380333875_57c27a15f8_q.jpgrams as well.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

This manufacturer’s foundation provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Grants must be submitted by a principal who is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). To be eligible, your school must form a collaborative team to create unique ways to infuse creativity in the school. Your team’s plans must then be outlined in the application, which can be submitted anytime between now and June 23, 2017. Applications submitted before June 5, 2017 will receive a free Crayola Classpack. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) will receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Grant awards are announced at the end of October. A winner in 2016, Monett Intermediate School in Missouri, will use its grant to collaborate with the school district’s regional technology center, the community, and local business partners to meet its needs for future designers and problem solvers. Monett will create coaching videos that show how design thinking and mobile maker spaces can enrich learning.

Mary Lou Anderson Grant

Sponsored by the National PTA, the Mary Lou Anderson Grant is a $1,000 award in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects in a school. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual, and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the state PTA. Three grants were awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2017 grants are due between Jan. 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

Buckley Moss Foundation

For educators who need assistance to further their in-school program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available to teachers who integrate visual art into their classroom curricula, for up to $1,000. Only new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming are eligible. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Before-school, after-school, day-care, or Saturday arts programs are not eligible. Deadlines for 2017 have not been released yet though this year applications were accepted in May through September. Check back on the website for more information.  A teacher in Mobile, Ala. received a $1,000 award this year to provide art instruction to students who are not currently benefitting from art education and how art relates to other subjects.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This foundation believes that an effective arts education can nurture a lifelong interest in the arts and reach a broad group of students at an important time in their development. Only California schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Art programs in school, after school, and out of school are fundable programs. The foundation also awards grants to raise awareness among parents and educators, develop research to inform policymakers, and help set priorities and standards for arts education in schools. Additionally, grants are also given pre-professional training organizations. In 2016, 29 grants were awarded. One recipient was the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, a winner of $750,000 for general operating support. Grants are accepted throughout the year.


Grants are available for a wide variety of education subjects, not just arts education. We can help you fund bullying programs, technology improvements, safety concerns, and other educational subject matters as well. Contact us today to get started. The first consultation is always free.

 

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So You Missed the Deadline for Target’s Field Trip Grants

Posted by Carol Timms on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 16:10 PM

We often share information on grants available throughout the country. The Target Field Trip grant is an example. However, if you missed the deadline, as did more than one of our readers who emaile15288056461_7663d248a1_m.jpgd us asking about an extension, what are your options? In two words: keep looking.  There are three ways to approach this: Geography, Topic, and Timing.

Geography

A number of foundations respond to requests only from specific locations. Sometimes this is based on where the parent company does business or has a significant presence. Other times, the foundation has sentimental ties to specific communities or locations. Your local Community Foundation is a great place to start. Community foundations manage grants specific to your area. Other examples include:

The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund offers grants for field trips to schools in Los Angeles County

The Windermere Foundationoffers grants for field trips to schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. This geographic spread is based on the area served by the Windermere Real Estate Company.

The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education offers grants for field trips to schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Topic

The subject matter addressed by your field trip choice can also influence your funding options. These are, most often, geographically specific as well. Two examples are:

Maine Initiatives’ Flannel Shirt Fund connects farms to schools and children to gardens. They specifically offer funds to schools in Maine for field trips to local farms.

The Save the Redwoods League offers grants to engage students in firsthand experiences with redwood forests. These experiences specifically include field trips.

Timing

Most funding organizations accept proposals on an annual, semi-annual, or even quarterly basis.  Some accept proposals on a rolling basis without a specific deadline.  Once you identify potential funding organizations, note the next open date.  Prepare your proposal ahead of time and be ready to submit well ahead of the deadline.  The Target Field Trip grants will roll around again next year, sooner than you expect.  Mark your calendar for Aug. 1, when they start accepting applications.


If you are looking for field trip funds, we can help. The Grant Helpers has expertise in searching and applying for a wide variety of grants. Contact us today for a free telephone consultation with one of our grant experts.

 

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