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Math Teachers, Here’s What Grant Money Can Do for You

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 @ 13:08 PM
Math teachers, here's how grant money can help you.

You’re a math teacher, and you’re busy—we get it. There are lessons to plan, tests to correct, and your school’s mathlete team is competing next weekend. You’ve probably heard about some excellent grant opportunities out there for math education, and you may be wondering, “Is it worth my time to apply? How could grant money really benefit a math classroom?” The fact is that grants could add up to some educational advantages for you and your students.

Math Meets Music

Elementary students love learning that involves music and rhythm. Take advantage of their natural predilection by applying for a Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grant through the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. You can apply for a maximum of $3,000 for your Pre-K through 2nd grade class to help your young students learn math through music. The application deadline is November 2, 2018learn more details on applying here.

  Expert Advice:  Many math-centric grant opportunities are available through the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics—view a full list.  

Technology Needs

If students are going to excel in today’s digital age, they need access to the right technology in the classroom. In a 2011 study by PBS, nearly 63 percent of teachers reported that budget constraints were the biggest barrier to accessing technology in the classroom; in low-income communities, that number rose to 70 percent. Math teachers don’t need to rely solely on a fickle budget, though. Grants such as Digital Wish and Student Achievement Grants from the NEA Foundation can help you obtain the funding you need to put enriching technology into the hands of your students.

Multiply Learning Outside of the Classroom

Take a geometry-themed tour of an architectural wonder. Visit a botanical garden to see how numbers work in nature. Calculate batting averages while cheering on a local baseball team. Math is everywhere, and showing your students some real-life applications of their classroom learning is bound to stir up their enthusiasm. We’re talking math-themed field trips here, with multiple derivative benefits. Field trip grants can help you bring learning to life for your math students—learn about some opportunities here.


Ready to apply? You should factor in plenty of time to prepare your application, assemble supporting materials, and write a strong proposal. The Grant Helpers can make the task exponentially easier, no matter what stage you’re at in the grant-writing process. Contact us today.

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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.


Still not seeing a grant you like? One of our most popular services is our Grant Opportunity Search, where we can find grants for your specific needs. Contact us today to get started.

 

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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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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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Back-to-School Grants

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

The back-to-school signs are up, the students are excited, the parents are eve3959694576_193cfaeceb_q.jpgn more excited, and the teachers have begun to think about the new school year. For teachers, these eight back-to-school grants can help refresh their curriculum and not spend their own money to do it.

The Kids in Need Foundation has brought together eight grant opportunities on one site. Applications for each grant are accepted from July 15 to Sept. 30, so you’re not too late to get in on this year’s grant offerings. Grants range in amount from $100 to $500 and you can apply for more than one. Also available on this site are helpful guidelines and suggestions for completing your application as well as some free teacher printables. A contact email address for Penny (pennyh@kinf.org) is also listed for any other help you may need. Without further ado, here is a brief look at each of the eight grant choices:   

  1. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Teacher Grant: Looking for “innovation and merit” for imaginative lessons, this grant is available to certified teachers of grades K-12. This grant awards from $100 to $500 for a project-based learning opportunity in your classroom.
  2. Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit Grant: No back-to-school list is complete without several bottles of Elmer’s glue (my son’s list asks for four bottles and 10 glue sticks—no joke!). Elmer’s is making lesson planning easier by providing teachers with “Winning Projects” to use in the classroom. Teachers can follow the link to the project site and choose a project for their own class, then apply for the grant to make it happen. Certified K-12 teachers can apply, and special consideration is given to schools with 70% or more students in the free and reduced lunch program. Check out these projects and get one started in your classroom this fall.
  3. Dollar General Reading Scholars Teacher Grant: Are you teaching literacy skills this fall? If you have a new approach with a creative design, read more about this grant for certified teachers Pre-K to 12th grade.
  4. Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant: Certified pre-K to 12th grade teachers with a new approach to using “common teaching aids” or a new idea for teaching their curriculum should read more about the Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant. This grant ranges from $100-$500.
  5. ArtSkills Teacher Grant: Are you an art teacher with a new approach to reaching kids? Looking for “innovation and merit,” this teacher grant is available to certified teachers grades pre-K to 12. You are limited only by your imagination, and what can be done with up to $500.
  6. WIMA Creative Writing Teacher Grant: Calling all creative writing teachers, the WIMA grant wants to hear about your ideas to get kids writing.
  7. Helping Humanity Fund – Navajo Pottery Project: Originally done in a middle school setting, the Navajo Pottery Project can be adapted to any age group and funded through this grant. A lesson plan is provided here: http://www.kinf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Navajo-Pottery.pdf and certified teachers pre-K to 12th grade can be awarded a grant of $195 to replicate this project in their own classrooms.
  8. VIA Credit Union Teacher Grant (Regional-Indiana only): The list of specific school districts in Indiana that are eligible for this grant appears on the website. If you teach in one of these schools and have an innovative approach to teaching, apply for this grant.

We at TheGrantHelpers.com know that it’s important to set off in the right direction. If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your needs, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

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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.

 


Don’t want to spend your summer searching for school grants? Let us do it for you. We have grant databases to help find a grant to fit your need, plus the experience to help you get the funding. Try us out with a free phone consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers, or see a full list of our services. Contact us today!

 

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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part One)

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 17:03 PM

As state governments struggle more and more with balancing budgets, an area that 16351705110_0947d75751_q.jpgoften loses funding the quickest is art and music education. There are, however, private foundations that understand the importance of art and music that are willing to support these programs financially.

The National Endowment for the Arts offers several opportunities for both organizations and individuals. The organization awards grants to music programs of all types, from classical to contemporary and from early music awareness to symphony orchestras. In addition to grants for music programs, literature grants are also awarded to creative writing programs. Below is a quick view of these grant offerings.

Grants for Organizations:

Art Works: The Art Works grants award funds of $10,000 to $100,000 to support community art programs of all kinds. These grants do require matching funds. This program supports a wide variety of arts disciplines. Each discipline has a different deadline so look at the website for specifics.

Challenge America: If you are working with a low-income or under-served population, consider the Challenge America grant. Grants are matched up to $10,000 for support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to consider working together to best serve the population. The deadline for this program is April 14.

Our Town: If your town is looking to start a new project or continue an existing project that puts art at the center, consider an Our Town grant application. These project-based grants are matched from $25,000-$200,000. There are two types of Our Town grants: 1) arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects; and 2) projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. The 2016 deadline has not been announced at this time.

Research Art Works: Research grants are also offered for research into the value and/or impact of the arts. These grants are designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of the arts. The 2016 deadline has not been released yet.

Grants for Individuals:

Creative Writing Fellowships: The next Creative Writing Fellowship application due date is March 9. These fellowship grants are non-matching and award $25,000. Fellowships can be in fiction, poetry, and creative writing and allow individuals to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

Translation Projects: Through grant awards of $12,500 or $25,000, translations project grants are awarded to individuals translating prose, poetry, or drama into English from other languages. Applications are due Dec. 8.


When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, 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 and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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