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Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)

MAY 2021

 

Congratulations to the schools and/or individuals for applying and receiving the grants and awards on behalf of Mt. Diablo students! Please email me at robertss@mdusd.org to share your success!

 

A detailed chart of current grants across the district is available HERE


Time Sensitive Due Dates:

*Blue: Academic Support/Professional Development Grants, Purple: Technology, Pink: School Climate and Safety, Red: Arts and Enrichment Grants, Orange: Nutrition and Physical Fitness, and Green: Youth Development and Community Service Grants.


 

Academic Support/Professional Development Grants

All Points North Foundation Initiatives That Support Middle School Education  NEW!   

Purpose: To support improving public middle school education, grades 6-8, especially in underserved communities, and to support teacher training.  All Points North recognizes the vital importance of the middle school years in shaping the future of our nation’s youth.  The two priorities are:  preparing and retaining middle school teachers in an ever-changing education climate and helping student grow both academically and socially/emotionally.  Grant seekers must submit a two-page concept paper that clearly articulates the organization’s goals, presents a clear plan for achieving results, and tracks outcomes and impacts with specific metrics on the people and communities served.

Funder: All Points North Foundation.

Applicant: Any 501(c)(3) charitable organization that does not proselytize or offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to include conversion of a particular faith.  The organization does not conduct work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of the organization’s work.  The organization demonstrates separation or distance from its religious affiliation by working equitably with a diverse group of people regardless of race, creed or religion. 

Amount: The foundation considers grant requests ranging from $20,000 to $60,000.

Deadline: The concept paper may be submitted at any time.  The deadline is June 1, 2021, for the Letter of Intent (LOI).  Invitation to submit a grant application will be sent by September 1, 2021.

All Points North Foundation

 

California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant 2021-22  NEW!   

Purpose: This is a state education, economic, and workforce development initiative with the goal of providing pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education.

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: K-12 grades eligible.  Recipient may consist of one or more, or any combination, of the following:  (a) School district, (b) County offices of education, (c) Charter schools, (d) Regional occupational centers or programs operated by joint powers authorities, provided that the application has the written consent of each participating local educational agency.

Amount: $150,000,000 total available.  This grant does include a match requirement.

Deadline: June 2, 2021.

For more information: California Career Technical Education (CDE website)

 

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program   

Purpose: To excite high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. The program asks teams, which are comprised of high school students, educators, and industry mentors, to identify a problem to be solved, conduct research on the problem, and develop a prototype invention. InvenTeam projects span many fields, such as assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods and wearable technology.

Funder: The Lemelson Foundation and the program are administered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering.

Applicant: STEM educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations who have not received an InvenTeam grant within the past three years. The optimal size of an InvenTeam is 10 to 15 high school youth. Interested applicants must first submit an initial application online. Finalists will then be invited to submit a full application.

Amount: Grants up to $10,000.

Deadline: June 4, 2021.

For more Information: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program

 

American Honda Foundation Grants 

Purpose:  To support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy.

Funder: The American Honda Foundation.

Applicant:  Qualified nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, with a program focused on youth and scientific education.  The foundation’s aim is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. 

Amount: Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.  The average size grant is $45,000.

Deadline(returning organizations)      Board Review             Grants Awarded        

May 1                                                  July                              August 1

Deadline(for new organizations)         Board Review             Grants Awarded        

August 1                                              October                        November 1

February 1                                           April                            May1

https://www.honda.com/community/applying-for-a-grant

 

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students & Teachers (ITEST)  NEW!   

Purpose: To support projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that:  Increase awareness and interest of STEM and information and communication technology (ICT) careers; Motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those careers; and Develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.  ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments, in close collaboration with strategic partnerships.  ITEST proposals should broaden participation of all students, particularly those in underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains.  ITEST supports three types of projects: (1) Exploring Theory and Design Principles (ETD); (2) Developing and Testing Innovations (DTI); and (3) Scaling, Expanding, and Iterating Innovations (SEI).  ITEST also supports Synthesis and Conference proposals.

Funder: The National Science Foundation (NSF).

Applicant: Unrestricted.

Amount: Up to $30,000,000 total available.   

Deadline: August 13, 2021.

https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5467

 

2020-2021 Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To provide start-up funds for the establishment of new specialized programs in California high schools.  The programs are expected to develop new standards-based model curriculum that promote an in-depth study of a targets content area.  The Legislature intends for SSS to benefit the state economy by having the school located in close proximity to related industries. 

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: The program must be new to the school and serve students in at least two consecutive grades 9-12. All California high schools including continuation high schools, county offices of education, consortia of LEAs, and direct-funded charter schools, are eligible to apply for SSP planning grants.  The SSP funding cannot be used to supplement an existing California Partnership Academy, Linked Learning pathway, or other existing program, competition, or club at the school.  The SSP funding is for new and innovative programs.  High schools that currently have these types of programs may apply if the focus of the SSP is significantly different from that of an existing program.

Amount: $4, 892,000 total available.  Recipient amount up to $100,000.  There is no match requirement.

Deadline: September 10, 2021.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5643

 

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12 

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible.  The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own

classrooms.  Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.  Applications must be for project based learning.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools in grades 6-12.

Amount: Grants requests of more than $5,000.

Deadline: November 1st and May 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612_apply.jsp

 

 

Technology Grants

 

 

School Climate and Safety Grants

 

 

Arts and Enrichment Grants

 

 

Youth and Community Development Grants

 

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants

 

 

Mini-Grants

 

“Living in a Material World” Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To help teachers bring in the real world of materials science into their classrooms.  These grants recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society.  The ASM Foundation’s ultimate mission is to empower educators and inspire future professionals to create STEM solutions for 21st-century challenges in materials science and engineering.

Funder: The ASM Materials Education Foundation.

Applicant: K-12 teachers.  You must describe a hands-on, curriculum-based K-12 project that involves student observation, teamwork, mathematics and science skills that enhance student awareness of the everyday materials around them.  Only proposals that directly address materials science will be considered.

Amount: Twenty (20) grants up to $500 each will be awarded.

Deadline:  May 25, 2021.  Any applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next year’s cycle.

https://www.asmfoundation.org/teachers/k-12-grants/

 

 

The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation Grants  

Purpose:  To provide funding for special projects that could not otherwise be realized.  The foundation makes grants in the areas of education, the arts, social welfare, and medical research.  Previous grants were used to fund international baccalaureate programs at charter schools, outreach programs for abused and neglected children and youth, projects for children on the autism spectrum, and housing projects for at-risk teenagers.

Funder: The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation.

Applicant:   PreK through 12 grade schools.  Public, private, charter, and other (including homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations. 

Amount:  Grants up to $20,000 are awarded.

Deadline:  May 31, 2021.

 

American Chemical Society (ACS) Hach High School Chemistry Grant  NEW!   

Purpose: To support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.  Grants are typically offered for:  laboratory equipment & supplies, instructional materials, professional development, and student-conducted field studies. 

Funder: The American Chemical Society.

Applicant: Must be a high school chemistry educator teaching in a United States or United States territory school.

Amount: Grants up to $1,500.

Deadline:  June 1, 2021.

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/grants/hachhighschool.html

 

National Education Association (NEA) Envision Equity Grants  NEW! 

Purpose:  To enable educators to test creative new ideas and innovations, demonstrating exemplary teaching and learning. They also support project-based learning and help educators to advance students' cultural understanding and appreciation, anti-racism commitments, and understanding of civic engagement and democracyThe NEA Foundation wants to ensure that educators have opportunities to lead in an equity-focused reimagining of public education, encouraging students’ love of learning, and the best possible educational experience for every child.  Examples of possible uses of funds (this is not an exhaustive or prescriptive list):  Bring trainers to your school to support culturally-sustaining teaching and learning; Purchase and implement new social and emotional learning curriculum materials; Pay for supplies to implement project-based learning, addressing a real-world challenge; Develop stronger education-focused family, school, and community partnerships; Gain access to resources that can help to deepen students’ understanding of racial equity and anti-racist commitments and actions; Implement projects elevating student voice and supporting students’ engagement in civic and community life.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant:  Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals to apply.  Education support professionals can be classified as: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000.  The $2,000 grant amount is for individuals and $5,000 is for groups engaged in collegial study. 

Deadlines:  Application Periods: April 26, 2021 – June 1, 2021, with notification August 1, 2021 and June 2, 2021 – October 15, 2021, with notification December 15, 2021.

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/

 

 

National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants 

Purpose:  To support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:  Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  All professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement. The foundation gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant:  Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals to apply.  Education support professionals can be classified as: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000.  The $2,000 grant amount is for individuals and $5,000 is for groups engaged in collegial study.  Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.  Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.

Deadlines:  Application Periods: April 26, 2021 – June 1, 2021, with notification August 1, 2021 and June 2, 2021 – October 15, 2021, with notification December 15, 2021.

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/

 

 

National Education Association (NEA) Student Success Grants 

Purpose:  To help educators take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.  Funding may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.  The foundation gives preference to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning.  It also strongly encourages education support professionals to apply for funding in any area.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant: Any practicing United States teacher, counselor, or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions.  Applicants must be current members of the NEA.

Amount: Grants are awarded in amounts of $2,000 and $5,000. 

Deadlines:  Application Periods: April 26, 2021 – June 1, 2021, with notification August 1, 2021 and June 2, 2021 – October 15, 2021, with notification December 15, 2021.

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/student-success-grants/

 

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12      

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible.  The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own

classrooms.  Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.   Applications must be for project based learning.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools in grades 6-12. 

Amount: Grants requests of less than $5,000.

Deadline:  June, September, December and March 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612_apply.jsp

 

 

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program 

Purpose:  To support full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff that have effective and innovative projects that improve student learning.

Funder:  Voya Corporation via Scholarship America.

Applicant: Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States. 

Amount: Awards range from $2,000 - $25,000.  Each of the 50 finalists will receive an award of $2,000.  Of the 50 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards.   First place will receive a bonus of $25,000; second place will receive a bonus of $10,000, and the third place winner will receive a bonus of $5,000.  All awards must be used to further the projects, as described in the submitted application, within the school or school system.

Deadline: June 1, 2021, by 3:00pm Central Time.

https://apply.scholarsapply.org/unsungheroes/information.php

 

2021 Digital Inclusion Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To provide organizations with reliable WiFi solutions to support their digital inclusion efforts.   

Funder: Kajeet, Inc.

Applicant: K-12 school districts, college/universities, libraries, non-profits, and municipalities.

Amount: Grant recipients will receive a pilot program with a full year of data and the Kajeet digital equity solution of their choice – WiFi hotspots, school bus/mobile WiFi, or building WiFi.

Deadline:  June 4, 2021.

https://get.kajeet.net/digital-inclusion-grant-application-2021

 

2021 Sol Hirsch National Weather Association Foundation (NWAF) Education Fund Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To help improve the education of K-12 students in meteorology and related sciences.    

Funder: The National Weather Association Foundation.

Applicant: Must be a high school chemistry educator teaching in a United States or United States territory school.  The project/proposal must be approved by the school principal or equivalent type of supervisor. 

Amount: Four (4) grants of up to $750 each will be awarded.

Deadline:  June 8, 2021, no later than 11:59pm Central Daylight Time.

https://nwafoundation.org/scholarships-grants/

 

 

Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To help today’s science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come.  To accomplish this goal, we fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.  This grant is for program support only.  The focus areas are:  academic programs, including tutoring and arts education programs.

Funder:  The Kinder Morgan Foundation.

Applicant:  K-12 public and private schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States with a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.  Schools must be in an area where Kinder Morgan has operations and they do have a facility in Concord. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: June 10, 2021.  The deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.  Applications postmarked on or before a deadline will be accepted.  You will be notified of the board’s decision 60 to 90 days after it is received.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/community/km_foundation_guidelines.aspx

 

Educators for Equity Grant Program  NEW!   

Purpose:  To help foster growth for students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities.  When evaluating applications, the selection committee will consider the following: Populations served: Extent to which the program supports students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities, including students who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Asian/Pacific Islander; students learning English and speaking a language other than English fluently; and students experiencing economic disadvantage; Evidence base: Justification of an evidence-based, high quality program focused on facilitating the academic development of students; Equity mission: Alignment with the priority to remove systemic barriers to academic success for economically disadvantaged students and/or students of color; Cultural relevance: Evidence of culturally relevant fit of the program based on the community/populations served; Academic focus: Explicitly focused on improving academic opportunities and outcomes for students served.  The committee will also consider the extent to which grant awards will go to program operations versus supplies and materials (including software licenses). (Funding is not intended for the primary purpose of purchasing supplies and materials or professional development.) In addition, it is important to note that an applicant’s use of NWEA products and services will not be taken into account in selecting grant recipients.

Funder: Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).

Applicant: U.S. school serving students from pre-K through 12th grade and either: (i) be a public school; or (ii) have an IRS determination letter of Section 501(c)(3) status.

Amount: Five (5) $10,000 will be awarded.

Deadline: June 11, 2021.

https://www.nwea.org/our-mission/educators-for-equity/

 

OnWord Student Writing Competition  NEW!   

Purpose: Writers and their works have had a huge impact on how people see the world. The American Writers Museum is inviting teachers to submit entries from their students in the museum’s second annual OnWord Student Writing Competition. Students’ work should be based on this prompt: Using writing as a catalyst to create change in the world, would you empower, inspire, or disrupt? Students can use any form of writing (essay, short story, poem, play, song) to explore the change they want to see in the world.

Funder: The American Writers Museum.

Applicant: Students in grades 3 thru 12. 

Amount: The competition has three categories, with two winners in each grade rangeElementary(Grades 3–5): two winners will each receive $500; Middle School (Grades 6–8): two winners will each receive $1,000; and High School (Grades 9–12): two winners will each receive $2,000. The six winners will also be filmed reading their work aloud, and the videos will air during OnWord 2021, the museum’s annual benefit in August 2021.

Deadline:  June 15, 2021.  Winners will be notified by July 15, 2021.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/onword-writing-competition/

 

 

Hunter Brooks Watson Grant 

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to young people enabling them to follow their dreams, to think outside the box and to pursue their visions.  Preference is given to applications in the areas of music, performing arts, computer science and entrepreneurship. 

Funder: Hunter Watson Fund.

Applicant: Applicants must be at least 16 years old and not more than 26 at the time of submission of application and a legal resident of the United States or St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Amount: Awards range from $500 - $5,000.

Deadline:  Grants are awarded twice a year.  Applications are due on and June 15th and November 15th annually.

https://www.hunterwatson.org/hunters-grant

 

The J. W. Couch Foundation Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: The J.W. Couch Foundation seeks to provide and further education through the following:  21st Century skills, early childhood development and directly supporting teachers in their foundation’s mission to “plan for the future.” Funding priorities address three primary areas:  Within early childhood education, the foundation welcomes schools that provide a creative and balanced approach to education with emphasis on project-based teaching, life skills, outdoor play, and children having fun. Support for twenty-first century learning targets skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, curiosity, and imagination. Teacher-focused programs provide direct support to ensure well-prepared educators. The foundation provides grants for general operating support, specific projects and programs, and to help social entrepreneurs launch new products.

Funder: The J.W. Couch Foundation.

Applicant: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations).

Amount: Awards vary, with total 2021 funding for education grants of $700,000.

Deadline:  There are four funding cycles per year:  June 18, 2021, September 17, 2021, December 10, 2021 and March 2022.

https://jwcouchfoundation.org/apply

 

Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concert Grants  NEW!  

Purpose: To support string education by inspiring middle school string students through direct experience with accomplished classical musicians. Mentoring programs and high-level concert experiences are two examples. The grants focus on financial need in school and nonprofit music programs throughout the United States. Priority will be given to well-designed projects that provide comprehensive immersion into or guidance from the musical talents of advanced musicians. String education must be a key component of any music program requesting funds, and the music program or curriculum must already be in place.

Funder:  Sharon Gerwirtz Kids to Concerts Fund.

Applicant:  Public or charter schools serving grades 5–8, or nonprofit/501(c)(3) organizations directly funding string education, regardless of their ability to pay, should apply.

Amount: Grants up to $1,000 are made on an annual one-time basis. 

Deadline: June 30, 2021.

http://mossfoundation.org/grants.html

 

Quadratec “Energize the Environment” Grant Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To promote environmental responsibility by energizing those in the community who have a vision, a sense of responsibility, for making our environmental world a better place.  Grants will be given to an individual or group pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment. Examples include trail building or restoration projects, park beautification events, litter prevention initiatives, Earth study missions, community environmental educational projects, and youth educational engagement events. Interested individuals or groups should submit a 1,000- to 1,600-word essay that paints a picture of who they are, what drives and inspires them, what they are looking to accomplish, and how they plan to apply the grant to their project.

Funder: Quadratec, Inc.

Applicant: Any individual, group, or organization in the United States who has a love for all things environmental, and has an idea or event designed to help improve our environment, is eligible.

Amount: Up to $3,500 per grant.

Deadline:  June 30, 2021 for the fall 2021 grant and October 30, 2021 for the spring 2022 grant.

https://www.quadratec.com/page/quadratec-cares-grant-program

 

 

Office Depot Foundation Give Back to Schools Program 

Purpose:  To support schools by helping stretch their budget and allow them to provide the best education possible.  This program is available at Office Depot and OfficeMax store locations, by phone at 1-800-GO-DEPOT and online at OfficeDepot.com.

Funder: The Office Depot Foundation.

Applicant: Pre-K – 12th grades schools only. 

Amount: Five percent of qualifying school and office supply purchases made during each program period will be tallied under the name of each school designated by our customers.  At the end of each program period, the total credits tallied per school will be offered to that school in the form of an Office Depot OfficeMax Merchandise Certificate for the school’s use toward the purchase of any products or services from any Office Depot or OfficeMax store, by phone or online.

Deadline: There are four program periods:  Jan 1 thru March 31, 2021; April 1 thru June 30; July 1 thru Sept 30; and Oct 1 thru Dec 31.

https://www.officedepot.com/cm/school-supplies/give-back

 

 

California Casualty Music & Arts Grants Program  

Purpose: To provide support for schools whose music and arts programs are in jeopardy or in great need of funding.  Requests will also be considered for individual classrooms wishing to integrate music and/or arts projects within school curriculum. 

Funder:  California Casualty.

Applicant: K-12 public schools whose music and arts programs are in jeopardy or in great need of funding.  Requests will also be considered for individual classrooms wishing to integrate music and/or arts projects within school curriculum.

Amount: $250.

Deadline: June 30, 2021 for grant requests to be considered in the fall of the next school year.  All grants will be notified of their status by September 30.

https://www.calcasmusicartsgrant.com/

 

 

Classics for Kids Foundation Matching Grants for Stringed Instruments 

Purpose: To enhance school and community youth music programs in need by providing matching grants for new, high-quality stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos.  Funder: Classics for Kids Foundation

Applicant: Public, private, or charter schools serving grades K-12.

Amount: Grants vary based on the number of instruments requested.  A proposed grant of $5,750 (to be matched dollar for dollar) would purchase 20 stringed instruments.  (12 violins and 8 cellos)

Deadline: Applications are accepted quarterly, with deadlines of June 30, September 30, December 31 and March 31st annually.

https://classicsforkids.org/apply-for-a-grant/

 

Concord Art Association Teacher Grants for 2021  NEW!  

Purpose: To help fund art supplies, field trips, and other expenses related to visual arts curriculum in their classrooms.

Funder:  Concord Art Association.

Applicant:   K-12 teachers within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Amount: Grant amounts between $100 - $300. 

Deadline: July 1, 2021.

https://forms.gle/npxDHZsDUKTyGkY46

 

The Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Microgrant Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To provide funds to help young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world.  The funds are to be used to complete service projects in their communities, such as turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. 

Funder: The Karma for Cara Foundation.

Applicant: Youth 18 years old and under. 

Amount: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.

Deadline:  July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1 annually.

https://karmaforcara.org/microgrant

 

 

Frederick & Florence Bauder Endowment Fund for the Support of Physics Teaching

Purpose:  To support special activities in the area of physics teaching.  Applicants can apply for funding:  For the development and distribution of innovative apparatus for physics teaching; To obtain and or build and support traveling exhibits of apparatus; For local workshops for teachers who spread the use of demonstration and laboratory equipment.

Funder: The American Association of Physics Teachers. (AAPT)

Applicant:  AAPT members.

Amount:   Grants up to $2,500.

Deadline:  July 1, 2021 for consideration at the summer meeting and December 1, 2021 for consideration at the winter meeting.

www.aapt.org/Programs/grants/bauderfund.cfm

 

Osmo for Schools Minigrants  NEW!   

Purpose: To fund Osmo for Schools offerings and professional development. Grant recipients may choose from any of the Osmo for Schools products found on the company website. Unique features of these products include all plastic construction and easy-to-sanitize parts and pieces. Professional development based on grant recipients’ needs is also included. Osmo-compatible devices (e.g., iPad, Kindle Fire) are not included.

Funder: Tangible Play, Inc.

Applicant: Educators who teach in public and charter schools in the United States are eligible to apply. 

Amount: Grants up to $2,000 will be awarded.

Deadline:  Applications are accepted between July 1 and July 17, 2021.

https://schools.playosmo.com/grants

 

 

Gravely & Paige Grants for STEM Teachers 

Purpose:  To promote innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education within classroom and outside, such as through robotics clubs.  Teachers working with student from economically disadvantaged backgrounds receive priority.  Grant requests are evaluated on teacher skill level, potential for funds to be used well, and school financial need.

Funder: The AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association) Educational Foundation.

Applicant:  Elementary and middle school STEM teachers in United States public and private schools.  A letter of recommendation from the school principal is required once an application is sent.  Required is detailed information on the proposed project or program, including goals and objectives, methods and procedures, timetable, number of students served, and budget.

Amount: Grants up to $1,000. 

Deadline:   July 31, 2021.

https://www.afcea.org/site/?q=foundation/gravely-teacher-grants/stem-teachers

 

 

Justin J. Watt Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To provide afterschool opportunities for middle school-aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while in a safe and supervised environmental with their peers.

Funder: The Justin J. Watt Foundation.

Applicant: Sixth- through eighth-grade afterschool athletic program at schools with over 60% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program.

Amount: Varies by school budget.  Funds may be used to purchase:  game jerseys and one set of game pants with school name, numbers and JJWF logo.  These cannot be personalized with student names; safety equipment like helmets, pads, and wrestling or cheerleading mats; balls, bats, nets and other equipment vital to the sport; reasonable storage equipment.  For example, the foundation would not fund ball carts, as mesh bags would serve an equal purpose. 

Deadline:  Winter sports (basketball, wrestling, and volleyball):   Aug 15, Sept 15, and Oct 15.

Spring sports (baseball, softball, and track):   Jan 15, Feb 15 and Nov 15.

Fall sports (football, soccer, cheer):  March 15, April 15 and May 15.

http://jjwfoundation.org/request-funds

 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) School Supplies Grant  NEW!   

Purpose: To support high school educators especially those who are looking to support their students and to help offset the financial burden of purchasing supplies. 

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars.

Applicant: Any high school educator employed in the United States, particularly those who are also heads of clubs in their schools.  Applicants must submit a 500-word response to the question:  The burden of school supplies on educators is no secret.  How could this grant provide opportunities for your classroom that otherwise would be difficult to come by?

Amount: Twenty (20) $500 grants will be awarded.

Deadline:  September 15, 2021.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/school-supplies-grant/

 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Teaching Grant  NEW!

Purpose: This grant is for educators in rural areas, diverse student populations, or are actively promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives in their school or greater community.  Applicants should provide their school’s demographics and explain how the funds will directly benefit their students.  Funds may be used for supplies, material, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of courses. 

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars.

Applicant:  Any high school teacher currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally.  Applicants are required to submit a 500-800 word response to the following question:  How important is diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom and beyond?  Describe specific examples from your classroom.

Amount: Five (5) $1,500 grants will be awarded. 

Deadline:  September 15, 2021.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/nshss-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-in-teaching-grant/

 

The Robert Lehman Foundation Grants  NEW!  

Purpose: To enhance the role of the visual arts within American and world culture.  The foundation supports museum exhibitions, art education programs, scholarly publications and art history lectureships that complement the strengths of the Robert Lehman Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and advance the goal of identifying the foundation with serious scholarly endeavors.  The art education programs supported share the goal of providing art education to underserved communities that have insufficient access to any type of arts learning.  This stems from the foundation’s strong belief that access to the arts improved the lives of people and communities. 

Funder:  The Robert Lehman Foundation.

Applicant: Museums, arts organizations, educational institutions, and other cultural organizations.

Amount: Varies by request. 

Deadline: September 15, 2021 and April 1, 2022.  The Board of Trustees of the Foundation reviews proposals in October and May.

https://www.robertlehmanfoundation.org/contact.html

 

 

Educators of America MicroGrants 

Purpose: To supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need to assist in bettering student achievement, not only in the classroom, but throughout the entire institution.

Funder:  Educators of America, Inc.

Applicant: K-12 public, private and charter schools.

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.

Deadline:  September 15 and April 15 annually.

https://educatorsusa.org/our-programs/micro-grants/

 

Les Paul Music Grants 

Purpose: To support music-focused activities.   The foundation makes grants for music, music engineering, and sound programs for youth; medical research; programs related to hearing impairment; and public exhibits.  Previous grants were used to fund music camps, music and hearing programs and classroom projects.

Funder:  The Les Paul Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.   

Amount: Awards vary.

Deadline:  September 15 and January 15 annually.

https://www.lespaulfoundation.org/programs/

 

 

2021 Kidventor Challenge  NEW!   

Purpose: To challenge children in grades one through six to summit toy or game ideas for the chance to have their concept sold around the world.  The goal is to celebrate innovation and originality.  Imitations or copies of existing works will be disqualified.  Fat Brain Toys toy experts will pick the top 10 entries and a public vote will determine the top 5.  Fat Brain Toys judges will then deliberate and choose a winner. 

Funder: Fat Brain Toys.

Applicant: Children in grades one through six.

Amount: All finalists will receive a prize pack from Fat Brain Toys with a value of approximately $200.  The winner will receive a $2,500 advance in the form of a scholarship, a license agreement with Fat Brain Toy Company which includes a royalty rate competitive with the industry standard, $500 in Fat Brain toys, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two to New York City for the American International Toy Fair in February 2022.

Deadline:  September 19, 2021.  Finalists will be announced and fan voting will begin on September 21, 2021.  The winner will be announced on October 5, 2021.

https://www.fatbraintoys.com/kidventor.cfm

 

 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Conference or Virtual Events Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To help defray costs of educational conference registration, travel and accommodations.  NSHSS educators are eligible to receive one NSHSS grant per academic year.

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars.

Applicant: Any high school teacher currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally. 

Amount: Five (5) $500 grants will be awarded.

Deadline:  September 30, 2021.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/conference-or-virtual-event-grants/

 

 

P. Buckley Moss Teacher Grant Program  OPENS JULY 1ST!  

Purpose: To aid and support teachers who wish to establish or maintain an effective learning tool using the visual arts within the school day.  The grant money awarded is specifically for acquisition of visual art supplies.  Examples are:  paint, clay, modeling materials, tiles, markers, pencils, and paper, to name a few.  Items that are not eligible for funding include cameras, copiers, kilns, transportation fees, teacher’s salaries.  The grant is intended to provide hands-on opportunities for the students to explore art in a variety of applications.

Funder:  P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.

Applicant: PreK-12 schools.

Amount: Grants up to $1,000 for a project within schools serving all children (including students who learn differently), that integrates the arts into educational programs. 

Deadline: September 30, 2021 for the 2022-2023 school year.

http://mossfoundation.org/grants.html

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades K-5  NEW!   

Purpose: To provide funding for innovative ideas for improving Science, technology, engineering and math learning in the classroom.  The idea needs to be project-based learning with measurable outcomes and should make learning math and science fun for your students.  Endorsement from a school official is required.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Public or private school teachers in grades K-5. 

Amount: Not more than $1,000.

Deadline:  October 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp

 

The Frances R. Dewing Foundation Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To support innovation in early childhood education.  Emphasis is placed on new, untried or unusual projects and programs that if successful could have a snowball or ripple effect benefiting the larger educational or local community.  Generally such projects and programs need seed money to develop and try new educational methods and tools.  The foundation provides seed money in the form of small grants to projects concerned with early childhood education, specifically for children up to 6th grade.

Funder: The Frances R. Dewing Foundation.

Applicant: United States based 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000 and 20-30 are awarded per year.

Deadline:  October 1 and April 1 annually.

https://dewingfoundation.org/apply/

 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Educator of the Year Award  NEW!    

Purpose:  To reward exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. These awardees model best practices in teaching or administration inside and outside of the classroom, are peer role models, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars.

Applicant: Candidates must be educators currently working within a public or private high in the United States or abroad.  Applicants must submit an 800-1,000 word response to the question:  What is your teaching philosophy?  Describe in detail your passion for education and its’ impact on you.

Amount: One (1) top award of $5,000.  Nine (9) runner-up awards of $1,000.

Deadline:  October 1, 2021.

https://www.nshss.org/educators/grants/nshss-educator-of-the-year-award/

 

 

Association of American Educators (AAE) Classroom Grants 

Purpose:  Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including, but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials.  Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.

Funder: Association of American Educators. (AAE)

Applicant: Grants are available to full-time educators at public, private, other (homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations) who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the previous three grant cycles. Grants are competitive and AAE members receive additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  October 1 and March 1, annually.

http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/classroom-grant-application

 

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program  OPENS JULY 15TH! 

Purpose:   To help educators expand learning opportunities outside the classroom through the expansion of schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, pollinator gardens and similar projects.  These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.

Funder: Wild Ones.
Applicant: K-12 schools, nature centers, and other non-profit places of learning from pre-school through high school, including houses of worship.

Amount: Grants up to $500 for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations.

Deadline:  October 15, 2021.

https://wildones.org/seeds-for-education/

 

California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) School Garden Program  OPENS SEPT 1ST! 

Purpose:   To provide funding for California public and private elementary, middle and high schools for continuation and/or implementation of in- and after-school garden programs.  The goal is to increase California children’s understanding and awareness of agriculture through school gardens, and, in so doing, enhance existing curriculum and goals in the classroom.

Funder: California Fertilizer Foundation.  This grant will reopen pending Covid-19 restrictions.
Applicant: Public and private K-12 schools.  Pre-schools, community gardens, and colleges are eligible.

Amount: 24 grants of $1,200 each will be awarded each year.  (12 awarded twice a year.)  Deadline:  October 31, 2021.

http://www.calfertilizer.org/Grant14.htm

 

 

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants 

Purpose: To provide support to museums, culture and performing arts programs, schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, and programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped.  Environmental and wildlife protection activities and other community-based organizations and their programs are also supported.

Funder:  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Applicant: Community-based non-profit organizations.  Organizations seeking support may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is requested.  Please include an itemized budget for the program or project, along with the total operating budget for the organization.  A copy of the IRS letter stating your Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/not a private foundation status, must be included with the application. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 - $20,000.

Deadline: November 10 and May 10th annually.

 

Hungry for Music  NEW!  

Purpose: To put quality musical instruments into hungry hands and to serve children who desire to learn music, as well as teachers who have students willing to learn.  Hungry for Music supports parents who cannot afford the cost of renting or purchasing an instrument; music teachers and program directors who have students unable to participate because of the cost; established, innovative community music programs that need support. 

Funder:  Hungry for Music Foundation.

Applicant: Music teachers at Title One schools who identify children who cannot participate because of lack of funding, music directors at innovative after-school music programs, and social workers who have young clients who would benefit from music therapy.

Amount: Musical instrument donations. 

Deadline: Application period for Title One Teacher Requests:  July 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021.

https://hungryformusic.org/

 

Target Local Store Giving  NEW!   

Purpose: To contribute to the communities in which they reside.  You may go to a Target store and request a Target gift card donation.

Funder: The Target Corporation.

Applicant: Any non-profits 501(c)(3) accredited school or government agency.  Public schools will need to provide a Government Affirmation letter or other IRS-provided letter.

Amount: An average donation is $25-$50 with a maximum donation of $500 per year per agency.  Target does not donate merchandise.  Stores typically take up to 30 days to review and respond with an approval or decline.

Deadline:  Gift card donations are available February thru December.

https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/philanthropy/corporate-giving

 

 

The Air Force Association (AFA) 2021 Educator Grants      

Purpose: To promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum.

Funder: Air Force Association.

Applicant: Aerospace science instructors in K-12 classrooms.

Amount: Grants up to $500.

Deadline: December 15, 2021.

https://www.afa.org/education/k-12-educator-grants

 

Walmart Community Grant Program  NEW! 

Purpose: The Community Grant Program awards grants through each of our facilities (Walmart Stores, Sam's Clubs, and Logistics Facilities). Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Funder: Walmart Foundation.

Applicant: A K-12 public or nonprofit private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and clothing closets and CyberGrants FoodDoor verified.

Amount: Grants range from $250 to $5,000.

Deadline:  December 31, 2021.

https://walmart.org/how-we-give/local-community-grants

 

 

Fund for Teachers Grants  2022 GRANT OPENS OCT 1, 2021!   

Purpose: To strengthen instruction by investing in outstanding teachers' self-determined professional growth and development in order to support student success, enrich their own practice, and strengthen their schools and communities.  Fund for Teachers encourages application to focus on topics and issues most directly facing our nation at this time.    

Funder: Fund for Teachers.

Applicant: Must be a full-time preK-12th grade teacher who spends at least 50% of time directly providing instruction to students; Returning to the classroom in the consecutive school year; and have at least three years’ experience as a preK-12th grade teacher at the end of the school year.  Open to teachers who live and work in the continental United States and Hawaii.

Amount: Grants up to $5,000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for a team of two or more (teams do not have to be in the same school, district or state).

Deadline:  5pm Central Standard Time (CST) January 21, 2022.

http://www.fundforteachers.org/

 

Innovative Reading Grant  NEW!   

Purpose: To support the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourage reading, especially with struggling readers.

Funder: The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) with sponsorship by Capstone.

Applicant: Applicant must be a personal member of AASL and the reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting.

Amount: $2,500 grant.

Deadline:  February 1, 2022.

http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative

 

Inspire Special Event Grant  NEW!   

Purpose: To support a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school.  The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors.

Funder: The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) with a generous donation from Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian.

Applicant: Applicant must be a publicly funded middle school or high school, grades 5-12, and have an existing campus library.  The grant is awarded to individual schools, not to districts.  The school and/or certified school librarian do not have to be a member of AASL or any other American Library Association (ALA) to apply.

Amount: $2,000 per grant.

Deadline:  February 1, 2022.

http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/inspire/event

 

Pets in the Classroom Grants  OPENING AUG 1ST  

Purpose:  To provide financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets – an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

Funder:  The Pet Care Trust.

Applicant: PreK-9 grade public or private school teachers in the United States or Canada.  Only one grant per teacher is permitted.  Teachers may re-apply for grant money each fall.

Amount: There are three different types of grants:

Store Grants (choose one of 4 participating retailers)

Rebate Grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian)

You can receive only one store or one rebate grant per lifetime, not per school year.

Sustaining Grants ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet)

If you have received a store or rebate grant in any previous school year, you are only eligible for a sustaining grant. 

Deadline: You may apply any time between August 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022.

https://www.petsintheclassroom.org/

 

 

RESOURCES

 

Online Food Education Center 

Pilot Light announced the launch of the online Food Education Center.  The center is designed to provide food education lessons and resources to K-12th grade teachers and educators for use within classrooms.  Lesson plans are aligned with Common Core State Standards for education while integrating food education within the lesson.  New lesson plans will be added to the Food Education Center on a regular basis.

https://foodedu.pilotlightchefs.org

 

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence:  Education, Prevention, Tobacco, and Health 

The American Lung Association announced the launch of the Intervention for Nicotine Dependence:  Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTHTM), which offers schools new resources to deal with the rise in youth vaping.  The interactive program teaches teens about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives, and how to beat tobacco addiction.

www.lung.org/stop-smoking/helping-teens-quit

 

Varsity Tutors Test Prep 4 All Initiative 

Varsity Tutors recently launched a new initiative to provide free live, online SAT and ACT test prep classes for all students in the United States.  The initiative is called Test Prep 4 All.  The classes will consist of 10 sessions, each 2.5 hours in length, and will be time to sync with major test dates throughout the year for a total of 25 hours of live instruction.

www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-act-prep-course

 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K-12 Classroom Engagement Program 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the launch of a comprehensive K-12 classroom engagement program starring iconic globetrotting super sleuth Carmen Sandiego.  The program features original lesson plans, Google-powered field trips and games, and digital content.  The downloadable classroom activities are designed to support student learning around geography, history, culture and diversity.

www.carmensandiego.com

 

LG Electronics USA Launches its Life’s Good Experience Happiness Initiative 

The initiative brings together various resources to promote sustainable happiness for youths and raise awareness about the science of happiness.  As part of the initiative, K-12 classrooms have access to virtual field trips and audio-guided mindfulness practices.  In addition, LG is partnering with Project Happiness to launch High School Happiness Clubs.

www.lg.com/us/experiencehappiness

 

New Fundraising Platform Launched 

TeacherFunder, a new fundraising platform, seeks to help educators receive funding through public donations.  To utilize the site, teachers register, create a profile, and let donors know why they need funding and how it will be used.  TeacherFunder does not charge a platform fee.  A minimal 3.9% plus $1 is taken from each donation to process through merchants.  All remaining money goes directly to the teachers.

http://teacherfunder.com

 

Essity Handwashing Works! Hand Hygiene Education Program 

The program provides resources for preK-2nd grade educators to use when delivering handwashing education in their schools.  Educators can order a free instruction kit, which includes a lesson plan and materials for in-class activities.  Educators can also request a free ultraviolet flashlight and glow-in-the-dark lotion. (representing germs).

http://www.handwashingworks.com

 

Interactive, On-Demand Algebra Tutorials 

Designed by Benciti Technology, the Algebra on Nudge app for iOS and Android presents interactive, on-demand algebra tutorials that include practice problems for students in grades 6–9 to attempt to solve on their mobile devices. The tutorials “nudge” students toward the solution to an algebra problem one step at a time. When they get stuck, students can ask for a hint or a demonstration of how to solve the problem. Nudge also shows students where they made mistakes in coming up with their solution. Students can practice, learn, and master linear equations using the Nudge algebra app. The app chooses interactions that best suit a topic and provides visual cues designed to reinforce concepts. With intuitive gestures and resulting visual transformations, Nudge provides a unique sensory learning experience for an abstract topic such as algebra. Solutions are worked out to look like handwritten answers. Teachers can view reports that provide comprehensive feedback, including ratings for each concept that is practiced and applied. Cost: Free

 

Course Hero 

Course Hero announced the release of over 200 literature study guides and infographics with detailed analyses on some of the most taught literature books in high school and college.  Each study guide includes an infographic, a character and plot diagram, a timeline highlighting key events, and more.  The guides also feature historical and literary context to help students recognize the complex themes and symbolism in each work.  The Course Hero literature guides and infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download and share.

www.coursehero.com/lit

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a new initiative to teach kids in grades 3-7 how to identify hazardous products and the way recalls work.  The outreach offers free materials and lesson plans to teachers and youth community leaders.  Once kids complete the program activities, they earn a Consumer Protection Safety All-Star certificate.

http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/cpsc

 

 

MassMutual Foundation 

The MassMutual Foundation, Inc. announced the launch of a new digital financial education curriculum as part of its FutureSmart program.  The curriculum, which is geared toward middle school students, is offered for free to schools.  It is offered in English and Spanish.

http://futuresmart.massmutual.com

 

Junior Achievement USA 

Junior Achievement USA announced the launch of a new interactive web experience called JA My Way.  The free experience is an online destination for teens to learn about careers, starting a business, and managing money.  It combines games, rewards, information, and social media to help teens explore these topics in a fun and exciting way.

www.jamyway.org

 

 

Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative 

The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Office announced the launch of the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.  The initiative is a new program designed for K-6 students to educate them on the importance of online safety and top equip them with skills to protect themselves on the internet.  The program includes several interactive modules designed to excite K-6 students about computers and teach them basic practices for staying safe online.  Participation in the initiative is free for schools and organizations utilizing the digital copy of the program.

http://uscyberpatriot.org/special-initiatives/elementary-school-cyber-education-initiative/escei-overview

 

Science Fair Central 

Scotch Brand Products and Discovery Education offer a website that supports educators, parents, and young scientists as they embrace one of the school year’s greatest opportunities for project-based learning:  the science fair.  Featuring comprehensive free resources, Scotch Science Fair Central provides clear guidance to teachers and science fair leaders on how to help students capture the spirit of innovation as they plan, complete and present a successful science fair project.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

 

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Teacher Rewards Discount Card  

Teachers can sign up for a Rewards Discount Card.  The card can be used to receive 15% off purchases.  Eligibility is limited to current K-12 public, private, and parochial school teachers; higher education learning institution instructors; authorized home school teachers; and current credentialed, licensed or certified child care providers.

http://www.joann.com/teacherrewards/

 

Disneynature   

Disneynature offers educators a free Bears Educator’s Guide that includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2-6.  The lessons are aligned to next generation science standards, National Science Standards, and Common Core language arts and math standards.  Educators can download the guide from the website.

http://nature.disney.com/bears/educators-guide

 

Elmer’s Products, Inc. 

Elmer’s announced the release of a new teaching resource to help teachers familiarize students with the properties of common adhesives and the science of polymers in a fun and creative way.  The resource, The World of Glue:  An Inquiry-Based Investigation of Adhesives is geared toward K-5 students.  The resource materials feature a 22-page plan, including activity instructions, discussion questions and handouts.

 

Nature Works Everywhere   

The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education launched Nature Works Everywhere, an online resource designed to help students learn the science behind how nature helps our everyday existence and the importance of environmental conversation.  The website provides middle school teachers, students, and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature, which include videos, interactive lesson plans, and an interactive game.

www.natureworkseverywhere.org

 

California Coastal Commission 

The “For Educators” page has detailed information and links to many free resources.

http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/directory/educate.html

 

Stop Bullying Now 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) offers a website on bullying for kids.  The site defines bullying and describes ways in which kids can stop or prevent bullying from occurring.  The definition includes cyber-bullying, and describes specific ways in which some children use e-mail, social networking or texting to bully other children.  An adult page on the site provides in-depth information and resources on bullying for parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults in contact with youth.  For more information, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/

 

Howtosmile.org 

Launched by the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Howtosmile.org, is an online collection of thousands of hands-on, interactive science and math activities dedicated to making learning exciting and engaging for everyone.  All the activities at the site are free and there is no subscription required.  The website brings together a consortium of science museums across the country to empower educators working with school-aged children in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

http://howtosmile.org/

 

www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/index.html 

The Educational Materials section at NASA’s website has available classroom activities, teacher guides, posters, and other educational materials. 

 

VSP’s Sight for Students Program

This program offers free eye exams and glasses for students who are from low-income families and uninsured.  To find out more about whether there are VSP partners available and participating in this program near your school, visit their website at http://www.sightforstudents.org/

 

www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants/us/programs/techloop.html  Educational resources for grades 4 through 6 on technology and the environment.

www.digitalwish.com

https://www.healthiergeneration.org/

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/

www.AdoptAClassroom.org

www.classroomwishlist.org

www.DonorsChoose.org

http://givv.org/recipients/i-love-schools-inc

www.healthinschools.org

http://www.afterschoolnetwork.org/

http://www.edweek.org

http://www.eschoolnews.com

*Please email robertss@mdusd.org to share your success stories about any of the resources and/or grants you receive.