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Educational Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

7754784154_54087ca082_m.jpgThere are so many opportunities for educational grants that it is hard to cover every single opportunity. Today, we present several grants for schools that cover a wide variety of topics. These grants have upcoming deadlines, so the time is right to work on them.  We can work with you to make your grant competitive.

  Insider Tip: To distinguish your proposal from the mountain of others, frame the outcomes in terms of impact to target populations and to society in general. Use numbers (e.g., "This curriculum will help over 500 under-represented youth increase their reading comprehension.") to support your case.  


Braitmayer Foundation Grants for Innovation in Education

This third-generation family foundation awards grants to K-12 schools throughout the United States. Proposals should focus either on curricular and school reform initiatives or professional development opportunities for teachers. Braitmayer grants can act as seed money, matching funds, or challenge grants. The foundation does not support grants for childcare, afterschool activities, or pre-kindergarten. The foundation awards grants of up to $35,000. Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15.

Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants

Math and science programs are the focus of the Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants Program. Specifically, this foundation awards grants to help develop new programs for these subject areas. All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Entertainment Software Association Grants for Youth Programs

Computers, technology, and video games are now main parts of a young person’s life. This grant program focuses on using these to boost learning. Non-profit organizations and governmental entities that provide programs and services that utilize technology, computers, or video games to educate youth ages 7-18 are eligible to apply. Programs or projects must be available in at least two states to be eligible for funding. The foundation awards grants of up to $50,000. The deadline is May 1.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants

This foundation aims to support new or expand existing literacy programs, the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs. Schools, public libraries, and non-profit organizations that help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $4,000. The deadline to apply is May 17.


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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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Field Trip Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 @ 18:07 PM

15531478270_fe5f1969fc_q.jpgMany teachers use the summer to plan for field trips, so we we’re providing a couple select grants to help make them happen. Your school’s field trips may be primarily educational, say to a robotics lab or a museum. Or they may be more for entertainment, like a trip to a pumpkin patch. Grants are a great way to help add to your field trip budget, and to make sure every child can have a great adventure outside of the classroom.

Target Field Trip Grant

Target launched its field trip grant program in 2007 to help small field trip budgets in schools. As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. For the 2016-17 school year, schools in each of the 50 states were awarded a field trip grant. Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Each grant is valued up to $700. Grant applications are accepted between noon Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. Oct. 1. The grants are intended to fund field trips that connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Field trips must take place between January 2018 and the end of the school year (May or June) 2018.

SYTA Youth Foundation Road Scholarship

We get numerous requests from parents hoping for funds to assist with travel expenses. This road scholarship is a perfect fit. The SYTA Youth Foundation established the road scholarship program in 2002 to award funds to youth who, for various reasons, are unable to afford the cost of student group trips. This financial aid is granted to an eligible student or groups of 3 or more, for education or performance-related travel with their class or youth group. All Road Scholarship nominations must be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official or program leader for students under the age of 18 and in grades K-12. Applications submitted by parents or guardians will not be accepted. The scholarship amount varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on the cost of specific trips, the demonstrated need of the applicant, and the number of applicants in a given application period. The average road scholarship granted is $750. No more than $1,000 will be awarded to an individual nomination and no more than $5,000 will be awarded to a group nomination.  There are two application deadlines per year with the next deadline being Oct. 2-Nov. 17.

Make the Most of your Field Trip

After you have secured funding for your field trip, here are some ideas to help make the most of your outside of school experience.

  • Involve students in learning BEFORE you go on your field trip. Present students with information about what they will see at the field trip, and brainstorm with them about what they would like to learn.
  • Make sure to present any pertinent information about what is expected of them during the field trip. Should they wear a certain shirt or color? What are the conduct expectations? What will the timing be? Is lunch provided or do they need to bring lunch?
  • To increase student knowledge prior to the field trip, consider an enrichment activity such as assigned research projects related to the venue you will be visiting.
  • AFTER the field trip, assess the student’s knowledge from the field trip. This could be a quiz or evaluation where the students rate themselves on pre/post knowledge of the field trip education items.
  • The teacher might develop a rubric with the expected learning goals and behaviors related to the field trip. This can be used as a method of assessing each student.

Our education specialist, Carol Timms, is on hand to help you find the funding you need for all of your educational needs, including field trips. Contact us today to get started with 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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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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Grants for Education Part 1: Pre-K and Elementary Financial Support

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 15:01 PM
Education is one of the most heavily funded of all grant sectors. There are more education grants available to teachers than we could ever capture, and it seems that most educational needs are eligible for some type of grant support. Over the next few weeks we will cover a sampling of grants offered for schools and educators. Teachers, principals, and parents, get ready: the support you need is out there if only you ask.

In our upcoming blogs we will be covering grants from pre-K to 12th grade, and we'll discuss topics such as elementary education, art and music education, STEM education, English education, and physical education. If you don’t see your educational need on this list, let us know and we'll cover that, too!preschool.jpg

Let’s start with the little guys—pre-K and elementary education students! Although many curriculum-specific grants are offered to K-12, there are some grants that are specifically given to younger grades. Applying for a grant that is specifically for younger students has the advantage of having fewer applicants and therefore more of a chance for your grant to be funded. Below are some grants that pre-K through 8th grade programs could consider.

Pets in the Classroom

Kids love pets! But caring for a classroom pet can get expensive. That is where education grants come in. Pets in the Classroom, sponsored by the Pet Care Trust, helps offset the costs of a class pet so that teachers have the opportunity to teach kids about the care and responsibility of pets. Unlike many grants that have lengthy applications and long wait times, Pets in the Classroom has streamlined the process to a single email and promises a response within three to four weeks. Pets in the Classroom works with big name pet supply stores like PetCo and PetSmart and offers nine different grant options. Grants are for a max of $150 and applications are being accepted now.    

 

Crayola’s Creative Leadership Grants 2016

Do you have a new and original idea to help kids get creative? Crayola's Creative Leadership Grants program wants to hear about it! Although it is not specifically stated that only elementary grades can apply, the grants awarded in the past are primarily to elementary schools. Crayola will award 20 grants of $2,500 cash and $1,000 of Crayola supplies to programs that “develop an art-infused education creative capacity-building professional development program.” Applications are due June 20 and must be submitted by the school principal. Early bird applications submitted by June 6 will receive a special Crayola gift of a classpack. Applications and other requirement details are on the website. Crayola asks you to imagine “what if…” and to tell them how your students can show their creativity at school.  

 

KidsGardening.org Youth Garden Grants

The Youth Garden Grant program seeks to help classrooms that teach children the value of gardening. The program goals are to create “improved academics, better eating habits, greater environmental stewardship, and ultimately healthier, more secure and engaged communities.” The program started in 1982 and has awarded more than $4.1 million through 10,000 grants. Although the grant cycle just closed, Kidsgardening.org offers an on-line newsletter that will notify you when the next grant cycle becomes available. In the meantime, your school can request a free entry kit for the Carton2Garden contest and a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school gardening program.  

 


 

These three classroom grant programs focus on the youngest children in the education system. There are many more grants available as well and we can help you find them with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.


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Grants to Fund Summer Youth Programs

Posted by Mary Ross on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Summer school, summer camp, summer programs? What summer situation are you in need of funding? With the school year coming to a rapid end, many parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy for the summer months, and many foundations are looking to support SummerProgram resized 600organizations that can make this happen.  Time is running out on getting grant funding for this summer, so here is a sampling of the grants you should know about.

 

State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Service-Learning Grants 

State Farm is accepting applications now through May 1st for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 that address one of its chosen key areas.  Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture and just a few of these areas. If your summer program helps struggling students, or is centered on the environment or the arts, give these categories a look.  Each of these is described on the website, and an online application is available now.

 

The American Honda Foundation

Awarding grants of $25,000 to $75,000 at a time, the American Honda Foundation is accepting online applications from non-profit groups and schools. Generally concerned with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, Honda is specifically looking to fund programs “which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.” Organizations can submit applications at any time, but only one application can be submitted per 12-month period. This is a national program hoping to achieve long-term benefits.    

 

The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation

Will your organization’s summer work have a national impact? Look into an MEAF grant.  The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is accepting applications until June 1st.  MEAF prefers to support programs that teach leadership skills and help youth with disabilities. Six to 12 grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are given a year.  "EcoChanges," a program that gives youth with disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities, is one that MEAF has funded in the past.  Take the “grant eligibility quiz” on the website to see if your organization should apply.

 

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.  In addition to supporting garden programs, The Captain Planet Foundation even puts on its own Earth Day Celebration for kids in its local area of Atlanta.

 

Where will your organization get its funding this summer? If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your group, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

 

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Grants for Math Education

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Mmath resized 600ath education often gets lumped into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives. Each subject area has its own importance, though, with teachers dedicated to teaching their students one of these individual subjects. Below we take a look at several hand-picked grants to fund math education initiatives.  

Advancing Student Achievement Innovative Math Grants

These grants from the Acturial Foundation support programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real-world mathematics. Programs must be designed for students in grades 4-12 in U.S. public or private schools. The programs must impact one or more grade levels, and students must participate in the activity consistently throughout the year.  A total of five $10,000 grants will be awarded this year. The deadline to submit an application is March 31 with grants awarded by June 1. If you need help to meet the tight deadline, we can accommodate quick turnarounds.

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants

This is a unique grant program that will award a grant to individual elementary school math teachers who are willing to commit to becoming teacher-leaders within their school. The grant recipient must be willing to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen mathematical understandings and instructional practices. Teacher-leader activities include conducting in-service programs, co-teaching, demonstrations, and more. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. Applications for grants for the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. Grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded for the 2016-17 year. Funds can be used for college coursework fees, registration fees for conferences, materials for in-service programs, and salaries for grant recipient’s time conducting in-service programs. The deadline for application submission is Nov. 6.

Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants

Grants of a maximum of $4,000 will be awarded to grade 9-12 math teachers hoping to purchase materials or create lessons that connect math to other subject areas. Materials and curricula funded by this grant program must show the connectivity of mathematics to other fields and areas of study. Applications to fund programs in the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. These are due Nov. 6. One past recipient used this grant to fund an aerospace unit that integrated math, science, language arts, and social studies classes.

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to pre-K-2 teachers who want to use music to teach math to students. The grant is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating across grade levels. Applications to fund programs in the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. These are due Nov. 6. Past awardees include one who used this grant money to use music to help her students learn fractions.

Summer Camp is for Teachers, Too!

Third-through-fifth-grade math and science teachers can attend The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to learn more fun ways to teach their students. The one-week summer camp is just for teachers. Even better, it’s free! The camp is taught by math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. The application period for the 2015 camp is already closed. However, applications for the 2016 camp will be accepted starting this spring.

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Three Ways to Justify Grants for School Gardens

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 14:02 PM

In an ongoing effort to help you think outside the box when it comes gardento funding, we have compiled a list of three different ways to justify funding for school gardens. Now is the perfect time to stratetize for funding for school gardens as spring, and grant deadlines, are right around the corner. We have included a potential grant for each funding theme to help you get started.

Possible Theme: Funding for Creative Curriculum

Teachers are always looking for innovative ways to integrate their curriculum into unique projects. School gardens could be used by physical education teachers to teach about healthy nutrition. Science teachers could use fruits, vegetables, and flowers to conduct experiments on the water amounts needed to maintain healthy gardens, or the effects of different soils. Gardens can provide valuable lessons in math as well. An example of this type of funding would be the NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants. These grants aim to improve the academic achievement of students in any subject area. The work must involve critical thinking, problem solving, improving student’s habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. The grant amounts available are $2,000 and $5,000. Deadlines for applications are February 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. 

Possible Theme: Funding for School Beautification

Gardens don’t have to be limited to fruits and vegetables. School gardens can feature beautiful flowers and native plants so as to be educational yet beautiful as well. The gardens can provide a setting for outdoor classrooms, a serene setting for quiet thinking, or even a bright spot for students and teachers alike to enjoy during down time. In 9 years of funding schools, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program has awarded $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the United States. The program prefers funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects making it perfect for school gardens. The spring 2015 grant cycle is closed, though the fall 2015 cycle will open in August. Applications are then due Oct. 15. Funding requests must range between $2,000 and $5,000.

Possible Theme: Funding for Health and Wellness

Gardens are also a natural way to teach children about good nutrition. Children can learn about the wide variety of fruits and vegetables by planting, harvesting, and eating them. Teachers could show students a variety of ways to prepare these different healthy foods by providing recipes that the students can then make at home with their families. The students could also learn what makes each food healthy by learning what nutrients it provides. The CVSHealth Community Grants: Wellness & Prevention grant program could help fund the nutritional aspect of school gardens. Programs, including those in public schools, that focus on building healthy habits and wellness initiatives are funded. These grants are by invitation only, so interested parties are encouraged to contact a CVS community relations expert to inquire about application.

 

TheGrantHelpers.com can help with a wide array of grant services from strategizing to finding grant opportunities to ensuring you have a strong proposal. See a list of our services here. Don’t see what you had in mind? Contact one of our experts for a free consultation to get started.

 

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