Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy
The Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students. Competition for the awards is open to full and part-time teachers in public schools across the U.S., awards consist of a $10,000 first place grant, a $5,000 second place grant and a $2,500 third place grant award payable to each teacher’s respective school. In addition, book donations are made to the winners and runners-up. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2013. More information about these awards and applying for them is available at http://www.randomhouse.com/teacherawards/.
Google Rise Grants
The Google Foundation is offering awards to increase engagement in computer science and technology of girls and/or students up to the age of 18 from groups that are underrepresented in science and technology. Google Rise grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations around the world. Applicants are eligible if they are either running a successful program in computer science that they want to expand in terms of reach and depth of impact or running a successful wide-reaching program in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that they want to grow to include computer science. At a minimum, programs should have regional reach (city, county or state) with the potential to scale nationally and collaborate internationally with similar organizations. Grant awards range from $15,000 to $50,000. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2013.
Office Depot and Kids in Need Foundation Grants
The Office Depot and Kids in Need foundations award grants of $100 to $500 to fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Innovation and merit account for 40% of the evaluation. All certified K-12 teachers within the U.S. are eligible provided they teach in the subject of the project. The application is available online at http://www.kinf.org/grants/2013_teacher_grant_app.php?source=odf. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2013.
Sharing the Dream Grants
The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and MetLife Foundation are now accepting proposals for the 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant program. For 2013-2014, NAESP Foundation and MetLife Foundation will award 15 elementary and middle school principals with grants in two categories. Five grants of $5,000 will be awarded for new projects that create globally-oriented schools and international learning communities that engage children in transformative multidisciplinary experiences and service learning projects. Ten Keep the Dream Going grants of $5,000 will be awarded to past recipients of Sharing the Dream grants to grow and extend the reach of projects funded between 2003 and 2012. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 11, 2013. Grants will be awarded in late October. For full details and applications, click here.
Aetna Foundation's Regional Grants
The Aetna Foundation’s regional grants fund community wellness initiatives that serve those who are most at risk for poor health—low-income, underserved or minority populations. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent obesity and many chronic conditions, which is why Aetna supports programs that promote eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being physically active. Aetna grants target communities where healthy food is difficult to buy and where social and environmental factors may limit the ability to be physically active. Aetna gants can be used to support school-based or after school nutrition and fitness programs that help children learn healthy eating and fitness habits. Programs that focus on healthy food choices and physical activity through a racial or ethnic health equity lens will receive priority consideration. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2013.
The Captain Planet Foundation offers seed grants of $500 or less are available to United States-based schools and nonprofit environmental and educational organizations for hands-on projects that engage children and youth in improving the environment. Preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50 percent matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.) The foundation will on occasion consider grants of up to $2,500. Visit the CPF Web site for complete program guidelines and the application form. The next deadline for these grant applications is September 30, 2013.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation accepts applications for BABWF Champ-A Champion Fur Kids health and wellness grants until October 15, 2013. These awards support programs with measurable outcomes, and are made to childhood disease research foundations, child safety organizations, and organizations that serve children with special needs. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation strives to be geographically diverse in its giving within the United States and Canada. Priority is given to organizations located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. (In Montgomery County, Maryland there is a Build-A-Bear Workshop store in Bethesda.) United States requestors must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Grants will be a one-time contribution and generally range from $1,000 to $10,000; the average grant is $1,500. You may e-mail the Foundation at email@example.com. The Foundation’s mailing address is: Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation, 1954 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114.
Air Force Association Educator Grants
The United States Air Force Association believes that one of the most significant means to affect student learning is to fund grants that meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students. Its Educator Grant program promotes aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. Each school year, the Association awards grants of up to $250 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. The grant process is competitive. A committee comprised of outside experts in the field of aerospace education will review all qualified grant applications and make recommendations on funding. Based upon the funding available, the Association will invest in projects that best serve our nation’s students and support the mission of the Air Force Association. The Association accepts applications from July 1 – October 18, 2013. Grant guidelines are available at http://www.afa.org/AFA/InformationFor/Teachers/EducatorGrants. Informational also is available by calling the program manager at 1-800-727-3337 ext. 4896 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BJ's Wholesale Club
BJ's Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enhancing community programs that benefit children and families in the communities served by BJ's Clubs throughout the eastern U.S. The Foundation funds several community-based initiatives, including education. The Education category promotes organizations that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. Visit the company’s website to take the eligibility quiz, and if approved, submit an online application.
Deadlines: October 11, 2013 and January 10, 2014.
In addition to the Foundation program, BJ’s has an “Adopt a School” program. Schools participating in BJ’s Adopt-A-School Giving Program receive: a one-time donation to use toward discretionary programs, such as field trips and special events, reading enhancement programs or other educational needs; a complimentary BJ’s Membership, providing access to low-cost, high-quality supplies; and invitations to BJ’s-sponsored events that promote good citizenship or build learning skills. Download the application form and e-mail to email@example.com to get funding for your school.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation focus giving efforts on public education and community improvement projects. Each year, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements that close the achievement gap at public schools in the United States. The Foundation provides funding only to nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. Funded projects must fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Most grant awards fall within the $2,000 to $5,000 range, but some awards for larger projects ($10,000 to $25,000) are made. Critical need projects over $25,000 are considered only on case-by-case bases. The 2013 fall application cycle opens on August 1st and closes on October 15th. More information is available at: http://responsibility.klowes.com/community/our-programs/lowes-charitable-and-educational-foundation/.
Lexus/Scholastic Eco Challenge
The Lexus/Scholastic Eco Challenge is a program designed to inspire and empower Teacher Advisor-led teams of middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. The maximum award is $500,000 in scholarships and grants. There are three challenges that comprise the contest. The first challenge, which has a deadline of October 7, 2013, requires students to identify a problem and develop an action plan that addresses a specific environmental issue in the local community (e.g. landfills, waste management, recycling, forest destruction, shrinking wetlands, etc.). The second challenge requires similar steps with regard to an air/climate issue, such as global warming, ozone depletion, fossil fuels and renewable energy. Click into this link for more information: Lexus/Scholastic Eco Challenge.
LEGO Children's Fund Grants
The LEGO Children's Fund provides grants to organizations for collaborative programs that focus on early childhood education and development; technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities; or sport or athletic programs that concentrate on underserved youth. The maximum award is $5,000. The LEGO Children’s Fund awards its grants quarterly. Applicants are invited to submit proposals anytime throughout the year. However, to ensure that a request is considered for the next trustee meeting, proposals must be received by October 15, January 15, April 15, and July 15. More information is available at LEGO Children's Fund Grants.
National Education Association (NEA)
The NEA Foundation has an extensive grant making program. NEA Foundation grants of either $2,000 or $5,000 must improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepens their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work also should improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Read about the various opportunities (.pdf) The next deadline for an NEA grant is October 15, 2013.
Westinghouse N-Visioning a Brighter Future Grants
The Westinghouse Foundation will award grants of $3,000 to elementary, middle, or high school teachers who want their students to learn more about STEM through hands-on projects. Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete their project by the end of the school year. Another $2,000 will be granted to each school’s science department for its needs. Therefore, the total grant amount a school will receive is $3,000. Westinghouse grant money can be used to fund projects that involve students directly,incorporate community resources, and utilize interdisciplinary or team-teaching strategies. Grants may be used to help cover the cost of materials, supplies and other expenses of conducting local workshops or training sessions. Funds also may be used to compensate experts who come to work with students, but not to pay teachers or staff. Funds can be used to purchase equipment or to provide field trip transportation, but not when these are ends alone. Applications must be received no later than Friday, November 15, 2013. Send the applications via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be notified by December 5, 2013.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Grants of up to $4,000 are available to any qualified K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. This program is sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils and other supporting organizations. The purpose of Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 is to help your school increase student awareness of the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and in adopting sustainable changes that make schools healthier places. Funds can be used to help with project expenses, equipment or other out-of-pocket costs in addition to the costs of general program initiatives, such as promotion, student engagement and motivation, staff engagement, family engagement and outreach and/or tracking and measurement. The Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook provides dozens of possible Plays, or action strategies, your school can use or adapt – or you can develop your own Plays. For specific examples of how other schools have used Funds, download Funds in Action. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2013.
Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK–2 Teachers
The National Council Of Teachers Of Mathematics is offering grants of up to $3,000 through its Using Music to Teach Mathematics program. The purpose of the program is to promote the incorporation of music into the elementary school classrooms to help young students (Grades Pre-K–2) learn mathematics. Teachers who apply for the grant must be current members of NCTM (on or before October 15, 2013) or teach in a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics, or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in Grades PreK–2. Activities are to be completed between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015. The deadline for applications is November 8, 2013.
Chesapeake Bay Trust
The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program for Environmental Education is designed to engage students in activities that increase their awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeak Bay and its local streams and rivers. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to schools and environmental education-focused organizations that seek to: (1) Teach students about the Bay and their local watersheds and about how students can make a difference in watershed health; (2) Engage school communities in education and restoration activities that benefit watershed health; and (3) Provide meaningful watershed education experiences for students and teachers. (Please note that the Trust requires that all non-Title 1 Schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experience costs.) Applications must be submitted electronically to: http://www.cbtrust.org/grants/mini. The next deadline for Mini Grant Environmental Education proposals will be 5:00 pm on January 10, 2014. More information is available at Chesapeake Bay Trust.