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 funding 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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