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STEM Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 17:03 PM

“Science is not only a discipline of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” -Stephen Hawking.

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As the world mourns the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists of our time, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities continue to be the fastest-growing of all occupational sectors, according to The NEA Foundation. Most of these STEM jobs require education beyond high school, and the United States is projected to fall short of demand for highly-educated workers by as much as five million by 2020 (NEA Foundation). As a result, school districts across the nation are striving to give students tools to get them excited about and interested in STEM fields. Below are some grants that can help get STEM initiatives into more schools.

 

Expert Advice: Be clear on need. Examples:

• Adjusting your curriculum to meet The Next Generation Science Standards.

• Preparing students to meet goals on standardized tests.

Also, be clear and realistic on goals. Examples:

• Put in place new collaborative curriculum geared toward STEM.

• Helping students reach test benchmarks in these subject areas.

 


The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation supports STEM education by increasing access to and improving the quality of STEM programs in underserved communities. Grant funding can be used toward in-school, after school, or summer activities. This grant can also be used for professional development for educators, as long as such teacher training relates to STEM initiatives. Last year two districts were awarded $150,000 grants. Applications are accepted at any time and are reviewed three times a year.

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants

These grants focus on the science part of STEM. Funding can be used to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Specifically, grants can be used for laboratory equipment and supplies, instructional materials, professional development, student-conducted field studies, and student-led science outreach events. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. Applicants must be U.S. high school chemistry teachers. The deadline for the 2018-19 funding is April 16.

Honda Foundation

Through this foundation, Honda has awarded more than $37 million to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S.  Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM subjects. Non-profit organizations, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. The deadline for application submission for applicants who have received a Honda grant in the past is May 1. The deadline for application submission for applicants who have not previously received a Honda grant is Aug. 1.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation

Focusing on the technology section of STEM, the ESA Foundation’s grant program seeks to ensure youth aged 7-18 have access to and are educated by technology, computers, or video games. Programs that “train the trainer” are also eligible for funding, as long as those trained will use their education to impact youth through technology. Eligible candidates are non-profit organizations or governmental units.

There is no set amount for ESA Foundation grants, though it is unlikely that first-time ESA Foundation grantees would receive more than $50,000. Letters of intent must be received by May 15.

  Expert Advice: To meet non-profit eligibility requirements of some foundations, schools can partner with parent teacher organizations (PTO, PTA) or local municipalities.

 


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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.


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A Smorgasbord of Education Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

School is out for the summer. The job of an educator never stops, though. Teachers, principals, superintendents, and other school personnel are constantly searching for fundi3564909187_9159588321_q.jpgng for various projects and programs. Grants are a great way to support a budget need. Below is a list of educational grants that will fulfill a variety of needs in schools.

The Mockingbird Foundation

Schools and non-profits alike are eligible to apply to The Mockingbird Foundation for competitive grants that support music education for children. This grant program supports the purchase of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. The foundation is particularly interested in targeting kids 18 years or younger, yet will consider projects that benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. Special consideration is given to applications that feature diverse or unusual music styles as well as those that engage disenfranchised groups. Grants range in size from $100-$5,000. Initial inquiries are due by Aug. 1. Full proposals are accepted by invitation only. See our blog article on ways to approach foundations that do not appect unsolicited proposals.

September 11th Education Trust

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. In honor of this event, the 9/11 Education Foundation and Social Studies School Service are offering grants to help implement their 9/11 Education Program curriculum and professional development. This grant program will provide the curriculum and classroom materials to 15 middle school classrooms in the United States. To be considered, educators must submit a short online application. Deadline for submission is June 27.  

Toshiba America Foundation

Public and private K-5 teachers are eligible to apply for a grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. These $1,000 grants aim to bring innovative hands-on projects into classrooms. The grants are available to support science and math classroom projects, and individuals and teams can apply for funding. Grants are available for project learning materials. Last year, a Nashville school used the grant to institute an “All about Architecture” project. Applications are due Oct. 1.

Earthwatch

This is a unique grant/fellowship program that allows teachers to work side-by-side with scientists on field research expeditions around the world. The program is open to all educators, even educators without scientific backgrounds. These teachers collect data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. Teachers have the opportunity to learn the scientific process first hand and help to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. They can then take this knowledge back to the classroom to their students. The grant covers travel and lodging expenses. The experience is open to K-12 teachers and lasts for 7-14 days. Earthwatch is now accepting applications for its 2017 program. Applications are due Dec. 18.

 


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