NEW! Small Research Grants from Spencer Foundation
Deadline: August 1; November 1, 2017
The Small Research Grant program from the Spencer Foundation supports education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In general, the foundation funds projects that “will contribute to the improvement of education,” and the foundation accepts proposals in several areas of study, including the relationship of education and social opportunity, new civics, instructional resources, organizational learning, and purpose of education. See a list of past winning projects, as well as application details online.
Prize: Grants average about $50,000.
Mockingbird Foundation Music Education Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2017
The Mockingbird Foundation provides grants to fund music education programs for kids 18 years old and younger. Projects that provide kids an opportunity to foster their creativity through music are preferred. Grants can be used to fund for instruments and materials, as well as performance and learning spaces, and funding is available for schools and non-profits. View past winners by state online.
Prize: Grants are available from $100 to $10,000.
Pets in the Classroom Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2017; Rolling
Looking for financial support for a classroom pet? The Pets in the Classroom grants program provides financial support for educators to purchase and maintain small classroom pets. Established by the Pet Care Trust, the grants are designed to students the chance to interact with pets. Educators in grades pre-K through ninth are eligible to apply. Applications for the 2017-18 school year open in August.
Prize: A variety of small grants are available, including store, rebate, and maintenance funding.
English Teaching Research Grants from NCTE
Deadline: August 8, 2017
Each year, the Conference on English Education offers grants through its Research Initiative program. These grants support research aligned with the NCTE’s positions on English education. This year, the program has several guiding questions, including how ELA and literacy educators are responding to new content delivery systems, among others. View questions of interest, the NCTE’s position statements, and application details online.
Prize: Up to four projects will be awarded $2,500 grants.
Grants for Boat and Car Maintenance Programs
Deadline: August 25, 2017
Do you need funding for a hands-on boat or car maintenance learning program? The RPM Foundation provides grants to organizations to support hands-on learning projects for high school and college-aged students. In the past, high schools, museums, and career learning centers have earned grants to offer hands-on restoration and maintenance projects. Check out the list of past recipients to see if your program fits.
Prize: Several grants are available; first-time grants average $10,000.
Field Trip Grants from the Civil War Trust
Want to get outdoors for a history lesson? The Civil War Trust’s field trip grants allow K-12 educators to take students on learning trips at natural historic sites. In particular, The Trust provides grants to help educators plan field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, and Revolutionary War battlefields, as well as related historic sites.
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,500.
IGT After School Advantage Grants
Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.
Prize: Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.
MORE: Get information on how to find grants.
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Contests and Awards
NEW! Penguin Random House Teacher Literacy Awards
Deadline: September 15, 2017
Each year, the Penguin Random House Literacy Awards honor educator-led projects that cultivate literacy and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Nominations are open now, and educators can also apply for the award. A list of past winning projects is available online. Awards include $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 awards, as well as book donations and a travel stipend to the NCTE conference for the grand prize winner.
International ESL Teacher of the Year Award
Deadline: July 19, 2017
Each year, TESOL and National Geographic Learning honor an English language teacher with its Teacher of the Year award. Candidates are educators who have shown dedicated to teaching English, inspired students from all backgrounds to learn, and have used innovative methods to reach students. To apply, educators must submit a brief essay, a professional development overview, and a sample lesson plan, among other supporting materials. The Teacher of the Year receives a $1,000 prize, as well as other benefits.
Japanese Teachers Award from the AATJ
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Do you know a Japanese teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching, advocacy, and leadership for Japanese education? Consider nominating him or her for the AATJ Teacher Awards. To be eligible, educators must have three years of experience and be members of the American Association of Japanese Teachers.
Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award
Deadline: August 1, 2017
Do you teach Western history in your classroom? The Western History Association provides grants for innovative lesson plans that teach the history of the North American West. Grants of $500 are available for K-12 educators to fund travel to the association’s annual conference.
CEE National Technology Leadership Award
Deadline: August 15, 2017
Each year, the Conference on English Education (CEE) selects an educator for the National Technology Leadership Award. One honoree is selected to present innovative approaches to using technology in English education at the SITE conference. Interested applicants can nominate themselves or a colleague. Teacher education faculty, graduate students, and preK-12 educators can apply.
MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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NEW! Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Google
Google recently released Be Internet Awesome, a digital citizenship learning framework for designed for kids. The program features a curriculum, learning resources, and games that help younger students learn how to be safe online. Be sure to see Interland, a game that allows students to complete missions related to web safety.
FREE Science Resource From the California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Science’s teaching resources offer something for every teacher: Online courses, interactives, toolkits, and much more. If you’re looking for fun, engaging science resources, you’re bound to find some useful ones here. Choose from lesson plans, as well as games, films and clips, and other interesting multimedia.
Free STEM Outreach Programs From Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin is committed to advancing STEM curriculum in the classroom. The organization supports a variety of STEM outreach programs, offering free curricula, student STEM contests, and mentoring opportunities for high school students. From Generation Beyond, a free aerospace classroom resource, to Code Quest, a coding contest for young students, Lockheed Martin funds a number of diverse initiatives that empower young learners.
Free Activities for Teaching Science and Math With Music
MathScienceMusic.org, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.