In our upcoming blogs we will be covering grants from pre-K to 12th grade, and we'll discuss topics such as elementary education, art and music education, STEM education, English education, and physical education. If you don’t see your educational need on this list, let us know and we'll cover that, too!
Let’s start with the little guys—pre-K and elementary education students! Although many curriculum-specific grants are offered to K-12, there are some grants that are specifically given to younger grades. Applying for a grant that is specifically for younger students has the advantage of having fewer applicants and therefore more of a chance for your grant to be funded. Below are some grants that pre-K through 8th grade programs could consider.
Kids love pets! But caring for a classroom pet can get expensive. That is where education grants come in. Pets in the Classroom, sponsored by the Pet Care Trust, helps offset the costs of a class pet so that teachers have the opportunity to teach kids about the care and responsibility of pets. Unlike many grants that have lengthy applications and long wait times, Pets in the Classroom has streamlined the process to a single email and promises a response within three to four weeks. Pets in the Classroom works with big name pet supply stores like PetCo and PetSmart and offers nine different grant options. Grants are for a max of $150 and applications are being accepted now.
Do you have a new and original idea to help kids get creative? Crayola's Creative Leadership Grants program wants to hear about it! Although it is not specifically stated that only elementary grades can apply, the grants awarded in the past are primarily to elementary schools. Crayola will award 20 grants of $2,500 cash and $1,000 of Crayola supplies to programs that “develop an art-infused education creative capacity-building professional development program.” Applications are due June 20 and must be submitted by the school principal. Early bird applications submitted by June 6 will receive a special Crayola gift of a classpack. Applications and other requirement details are on the website. Crayola asks you to imagine “what if…” and to tell them how your students can show their creativity at school.
The Youth Garden Grant program seeks to help classrooms that teach children the value of gardening. The program goals are to create “improved academics, better eating habits, greater environmental stewardship, and ultimately healthier, more secure and engaged communities.” The program started in 1982 and has awarded more than $4.1 million through 10,000 grants. Although the grant cycle just closed, Kidsgardening.org offers an on-line newsletter that will notify you when the next grant cycle becomes available. In the meantime, your school can request a free entry kit for the Carton2Garden contest and a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school gardening program.
These three classroom grant programs focus on the youngest children in the education system. There are many more grants available as well and we can help you find them 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.