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Professional Development Grants for Math and Science Teachers

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

beakersIt is well known the United States ranks much lower in science and math education outcomes than many other countries (Pew Research Center, 2017). As a result, government entities, national organizations, businesses, and private foundations are investing funding for teacher professional development so today’s educators can better train tomorrow’s innovators in the fields of science and math. Below is just a sampling of the myriad of grants available for professional development for science and math teachers.

General STEM Professional Development Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation: Learning and Leadership Grants

Though the NEA Learning and Leadership Grants are offered to teachers in any field, at present the NEA states it will give preference to teachers who seek funds to travel to professional development events for STEM fields or “global competence” improvement. Applicants must be current NEA members working at a public institution, and either groups or individuals may apply. In additional to educational groups and teachers, other educational professionals—such as bus drivers, custodial staff, and food service staff—are also encouraged to apply. Awards are for either $2,000 or $5,000, and there are three deadlines each year: February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science: Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

This grant / fellowship provides funding for K-12 teachers to gain real-world professional development by working at a Federal agency or Congressional office for eleven months. Participants have the opportunity to affect national education policies while learning valuable information about the latest innovations in their educational fields. To be eligible, teachers must be U.S. citizens who are currently employed as a STEM educator at a U.S. public or private school. Additionally, all applicants must have at least five full years of STEM teaching experience. For the full eligibility requirements, see the Eligibility section of the FAQs.  The application period is typically mid-August to mid-November, and this year’s deadline for the 2019-2020 term is November 15th, 2018.

Science Professional Development Grants

The National Weather Association Foundation (NWAF): Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants

 This grant supports K-12 educators who seek professional development to improve their knowledge and their school’s programming specifically related to meteorology. Funds may be used toward coursework, workshops, conference, or other professional development events that can help educators improve their teaching activities in the field of meteorology. Awards are in the amount of $750. The application period will open in Spring 2019. 

The American Chemical Society (ACS): Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant
The ACS provides grants for anything that will enhance student learning and leadership in the field of chemistry. As the ACS recognizes that knowledgeable teachers are an essential first step to productive classroom learning, professional development is one of the areas this grant funds. Grants are for $1,500,
and the application period will open again on February 1st, 2019. 

The National Science Teacher Association: Science Education Awards

The NSTA offers two different Science Education Awards: the Distinguished Informal Science Education Award and the Distinguished Service to Science Education Award. The Informal award is available to non-classroom science educators, such as those who teach at museums or community centers. The Service to Science award is available to those who have shown long-term, formal contributions to science education; this award is geared toward classroom teachers and other formal science community leaders. All applicants for either grant must be NSTA members. The award is attendance at the NSTA National Conference, including $500 toward general expenses and three night’s worth of lodging. Applications for the Informal award are due December 18th, 2018. Applications for the Distinguished Service award are due December 1st of each year.

Math Professional Development Grants

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Grants

The NCTM offers more than 20 professional development grant programs annually for math teachers. There are grants available for teachers at all levels of math education, though this organization primarily offers funding to K-12 math teachers. Whether your school needs money for professional development in-service activities, innovative math education curriculum development, research, continuing teacher education, or conference funding, the NCTM has something for you.

Please review the eligibility requirements for the particular grant(s) to which you want to apply. All NCTM grant applications are due either at the start of November or the start of May each year.  


The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE): Elementary Mathematics Specialist ProgramThe

AMTE program offers elementary educators currently teaching in non-math fields funding for professional development activities, such as college coursework or other learning opportunities, toward earning a credential in elementary mathematics. Applications must be credentialed teachers, teacher leaders, or coaches who have a formal elementary school certification or credential and who have taught at an elementary school for three or more full years. Awards are for $2,000, and applications are typically due June 15th of each year.



Pew Research Center, “U.S. Students’ Academic Achievement Still Lags That Of Their Peers in Many Other Countries,” 2017.

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Federal Education Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

Federal Education Grant ProgramsAny educator knows that it is never too early to start planning for next year. While the traditional school year is currently coming to a close, highlights the following federal educational grants that may be of interest to educators and the non-profit organizations that provide support to schools and students. All of these highlighted grants are from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Generally speaking, state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and non-profit organizations are invited to apply for these grants.


School Climate Transformation Grants (for SEAs or LEAs)

The School Climate Transformation Grant Program offers grants to both state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs). These grants support the development, enhancement, or expansion of systems that support “an evidence-based  multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.” School climate can be positively affected by reducing bullying behavior, reducing the number of suspensions, improving students’ social skills, and more, all of which have a link to greater academic achievement.

Funding Specifics: Grants to SEAs will total 18 awards and average $400,000 each. Grants to LEAs will total 200 awards and average $118,000 each.

Due: 6/23/14


Project Prevent Grant Program

The Project Prevent Grant Program awards grants to LEAs to “increase their capacity to help schools in communities with pervasive violence to better address the needs of affected students and to break the cycle of violence.” This program is based on the idea that children experience long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm when they are exposed to violence, either as victims or witnesses.

Funding Specifics: Grants to LEAs will total 20 awards and average $487,500 each.

Due: 6/30/14


Innovative Approaches to Literacy

The Innovative Approaches to Literacy program supports programs that develop and improve literacy skills of children from birth through 12th grade. Early literacy, motivating older children to read, increasing student achievement through school libraries, and distributing free books to families are some of the programs that are encouraged.

Funding Specifics: There is little information available at this time. A full release of information is expected on 6/18/14.

Due: Final applications are expected to be due 7/18/14. However, there might be a separate deadline for notice of intent to apply. Be sure to check the program’s full information once it is made available. has educational experts who can help your school or organization achieve your funding goals. If you need assistance finding grants, applying for grants, or meeting tight deadlines, we can help. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.


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