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More Education Funding Opportunities: DonorsChoose.org and NEA Grants

Thu, Aug 1, 2013 @ 16:08 PM / by Alisyn Franzen

Educators across the country are preparing to head back to their classrooms, if they haven’t done so already. In spirit of the new school year, TheGrantHelpers.com continues to feature useful education-related grants and resources to help educators in their efforts to provide the best education possible for their students and enhance their own professional practice.

In this blog, we offer two very different funding sources. The first is an online request site for teachers, while the other is an educational foundation that makes traditional grants. Also, be sure to check out our recent blog article, “Free Teacher Resources,” for additional educational tools and tips to add to your repertoire of all-things-education.

 

DonorsChoose.org

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, DonorsChoose.org haSchool_Suppliess been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and National Public Radio (NPR). It is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and has received Charity Navigator’s 4-Star highest rating. Oprah has touted the company as a “revolutionary charity,” and Stephen Colbert has lauded it as well.

How does it work? The site allows public school teachers to post classroom project requests of all types. Maybe a teacher just wants some crayons. Perhaps the teacher wants a full classroom set of iPads. Regardless of the cost of the project, teachers post their requests, along with
dollar amounts of the project, and if desired, a project deadline. Donors can then contribute as little as $1 or as much as they want to specific projects that they fund.

Once a project has reached its funding goal, DonorsChoose.org purchases and ships the materials requested for the project to the school and teacher who requested it. The website is completely free for teachers to post projects. For specific information on how DonorsChoose.org
works, visit its “How it Works” page.

DonorsChoose.org reports a 70% success rate in funding projects. Over 150,000 teachers and 366,000 projects have been funded through the organization. That breaks down to over $184 million dollars raised for 49,516 schools.

While the DonorsChoose.org is not set up to handle donations of materials, they do provide several other organizations that are:

National Organizations:

Canada:

Chicago Public Schools

New York City:

San Francisco Bay Area

 

The NEA Foundation 

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation supports educators in their efforts to strengthen their teaching skills and enhance student learning. In its effort to enhance teaching and learning, the foundation has funded nearly 4,000 grants and awarded over $8.5 million to
public school educators.  There are currently two different grants available through the NEA.

Student Achievement Grants

These grants are awarded to U.S. public school and public higher education institutions for improving academic achievement in any subject area. Funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, and more. For a full overview, including restrictions, please visit the NEA’s Student Achievement Grants page.

GRANT AMOUNT: $2,000 and $5,000

DEADLINES: February 1, June 1, and October 15

 

Learning & Leadership Grants

These grants support public educators, including support professionals, faculty, and staff, in public institutions of higher education. Grants may be used for participation in professional development experiences or for collegial study. Some examples of what these
grants fund include summer institutes, action research, study groups, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new staff members. Funding may not be used to pursue degrees. For a full overview of this grant and its restrictions, please visit the NEA’s Learning & Leadership Grants page.

GRANT AMOUNT: $2,000 for individuals, $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study

DEADLINES: February 1, June 1, and October 15

 

As always, The Grant Helpers are here because we want to help you reach your goals. Educational Specialist Carol Timms and other experienced team members are available to answer your questions and guide you through any part of the grant writing process. Remember, the first consultation is always free. Simply contact us to get started, or download a full list of our services here.

 

 

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Topics: education resources, educational funding, STEM grant, funding sources, education grant, school resources, foundations, foundation grant, foundation grant money, school grant

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