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Grants For Teachers

Expand your instruction and engage your students!


The much anticipated Space Foundation Grant List for Teachers is up and running! If you are interested in expanding your instruction, as well as increasing student engagement, then you are in the right place! Grants are a wonderful way to provide opportunities for your students that simply do not fit within your current budget! Good Luck!

This list will be updated on a quarterly basis as new grant opportunities become available!

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has an awesome, comprehensive list, which includes information specific to each state. Click on your state, either on the map or the dropdown menu, to find the contact information for:

  • The Department of Education
  • The Higher Education Agency
  • The Special Education Agency
  • The Adult Education Agency

The Department of Education, at the state-level, is a great way to look for grant opportunities specific to the teachers and students in your state.

United States Space Grant Consortiums

This NASA initiative supports the advancement of science and engineering education, research, and public outreach. Funds are available for both curricular and professional development and are provided annually through grants at the state level. Click on the information for your state in order to find contact information, as well as grant opportunities that are currently available.



AFCEA STEM Teacher Graduate Scholarships

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 10th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12.  The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from ManTech International and AFCEA International.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens and living in the United States. Graduate candidates must be attending an accredited U.S. college or university on-campus and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects in a U.S. school in grades K-12. Graduate-level candidates must be currently taking at least two semester-equivalent classes at an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of application. Current credential and licensure students must have completed a bachelor’s of science degree or graduate degree in a STEM major.  Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded. Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.

ASM's Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: June 30th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award

Award was established through a generous donation by Dr. Kulkarni (past ASM Trustee) and his family to honor and recognize the accomplishments of a high school science teacher who has demonstrated a significant and sustained impact on pre-college age students.

Candidates must be a full or part-time actively employed high school teacher in the U.S.A. or Canada.

Siemens and Discovery Possibility Grant Sweepstakes

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: April 28th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $115 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are closing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.



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ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: April 14th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Since 2008, over 700 high school chemistry teachers received ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.

ARRL's Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

At the request of the family of the late Victor C. Clark, W4KFC, the ARRL Foundation established the Victor C. Clark Foundation Youth Incentive Program, with the objective of providing support for the development of Amateur Radio among high-school age (or younger) youth. Funded by endowment and contributor support, the Program makes mini-grants available to groups that demonstrate serious intent to promote participation in Amateur Radio by youth and enrich the experience of radio amateurs under the age of 18.

ASM's Living in a Material World Grant

Amount: $500

Deadline: May 25th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society. “Material choices are part of the design of all things,” says Outreach Committee Chair, Dr. Julio Maldonado. “Yet, for many students, this part of our world remains mysterious – as unknown to our children as the depths of the ocean.”

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. We encourage you to contact local ASM chapter members for assistance in creating imaginative, original projects that other teachers will want to emulate.

Adopt a Classroom

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Teachers spend an average of $740 a year of their own money on classroom supplies. Since 1998, Adopt a Classroom has connected donors to teachers with grants, sponsorship, and crowdfunding. They offer a flexible and accountable funding for teachers and schools through our proprietary, easy-to-use fundraising platform.

Beckman Coulter Foundation Grant

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Grant applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s staff on a regular basis. Each request is evaluated to determine its eligibility and conformity to the Beckman Coulter Foundation’s giving guidelines. All applications are responded to in writing within a 60-90 day period.

Brinker International Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

“Serve the World a Great Taste of Life.”

Brinker International supports communities in which employees of its Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy franchises work and live. Grants go to nonprofit organizations with programming in education, diversity, arts, social services, and health. Requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and it may take four to six weeks to review a request.

Captain Planet Foundation

Amount: varies

Deadline: January 15th, 2020 and July 15th, 2020 (awarded semi-annually)

Captain Planet Foundation™ invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local & global environmental change-makers.

Educators, both K-12 classrooms and informal education, who are interested in receiving support for students to design and implement hands-on environmental solutions are eligible for project funding.

Civil Air Patrol

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Description: Civil Air Patrol has STEM kits available for teachers, as well as mini-grants to fund classroom projects. Teachers have to join CAP in order to apply. There is a one-time fee of $35, but that fee includes a ton of free curriculum that is aligned to the NGSS standards.

Donors Choose

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.

Duke Energy Foundation Local Impact Grants

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

The foundation provides K-12 Education and Nature grants to nonprofit organizations that make an impact in communities where the company operates in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Caroline, Ohio, and South Caroline. K-12 grants should advance energy, engineering, and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development. Grants are made at the district level.

Nature grants should support species conservation, habitat and forest restoration and protection, or water quality, quantity, conservation, and access.

Applications for both programs are accepted year-round. Power for Students of $5,000 or less are also available for after school or enrichment programs.

EJK Mini-Grants

Amount: $500

Deadline: March 31st, 2020 (awarded annually)

An EJK Mini-Grant program is a creative and innovative activity … that takes place in class or out in the community … provides an enriched experience … and is funded solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. It is an opportunity for a public school teacher or librarian to present a special project outside the standard curriculum or an engaging way to help students meet curricular goals. And every year sees an amazing variety of projects that foster creative expression, cooperation and community.

An innovative program can:

  • develop required academic skills in a creative and exciting way.
  • allow educators to collaborate across disciplines.
  • inspire students to work hard towards a desired goal, applying necessary skills and knowledge to the project and the team.
  • involve whole families and bridge generations to benefit the larger community.
  • give children the opportunity to explore their own culture and learn about others.

Successful programs have included a public story walk … a multicultural portrait project … a school garden … bookmaking … puppetry … and intergenerational storytelling.

Frances R. Dewing Foundation Grants

Amount: up to $20,000

Deadline: April 1st, 2020 (awarded semi-annually)

The FRD Foundation was created on April 4, 1963 by Frances R. Dewing. She received her BA from Wellesley College in 1900 and Ph.D. from Radcliffe College in 1906. The monies of the FRD Foundation are to be used to provide "seed money" for intellectual stimulation of young children.

These grants fund projects or programs focused on early childhood education. Of particular interest are those at new, untried, or unusual educational organizations that aim to introduce new methods for children from age 2 to 6th grade.

The FRD Foundation is a small, non-profit, charitable organization that supports innovative ways of teaching young children. Approximately 20 to 30 grants are made per year.

ILA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant

Amount: up to $2,500

Deadline: June 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

The International Literacy Association (ILA) Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant is an annual award that honors an outstanding K-8 classroom teacher dedicated to improving and enriching the teaching and learning of purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum. At least 60 percent of the school's students must qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: June 4th, 2020 (awarded annually)

InvenTeams is Inspiring a new generation of inventors!

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply. Up to 15 teams nationwide are selected each year as InvenTeam grant recipients.

McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants

Amount: up to $10,000 for 3 years

Deadline: April 15th, 2020 (awarded annually)

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation believes that continuous, insightful and innovative professional training and growth is crucial to the effectiveness of educators. It is the Foundation’s goal to promote best practices through cooperative and sustained commitment to increased efficacy, improved teaching and active learning. As such, the Foundation values proposals aimed at concurrently boosting student understanding and proficiency and instilling a passion for lifelong learning.

The Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

The Meemic Foundation's PopIn2Win Grant

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a monthly grant cycle

You love the classroom funding assistance you get from grants … but hate all those darn questions you have to complete to apply for funding. And you just don’t have the time it takes to complete some of these grant applications. It sounds like you want a grant that’s not a grant. We invite you to PopIn2Win! It’s The Meemic Foundation’s monthly opportunity to quickly “click-in” to be considered for a valuable resource or tool that will enhance your school or classroom learning for your students!

These grants are available to teachers in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Applicants must also be Foundation Club members, and membership is free of charge.

The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund

Amount: varies

Deadline: varies

The Mikkelson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation incorporated in Colorado in October of 1999. The Mikkelson Foundation was established to improve scientific and technical education by providing support for teachers and organizations involved in science and mathematics education, and for students studying science, engineering, and mathematics. The Foundation provides scholarship funds for college students studying math, science, and engineering, and also provides funding for teacher skill improvement programs in mathematics and science.

NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants

Amount: $2,000 or $5,000

Deadline: August 31st, 2020 (awarded annually)

Description: The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards grants that support the professional development of public school teachers and faculty in public institutions of higher education. Grants may fund professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research, mentoring experiences or lesson study. Professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement, and recipients must put professional leadership into practice by sharing what they learn with their colleagues. Grants cannot be used to fund a degree.

NiSource Charitable Foundation Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: April 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

NiSource established the NiSource Charitable Foundation, with a mission to help create strong and sustainable communities where our employees and customers live and work.

In close collaboration with NiSource employees and community partners, the foundation seeks opportunities to provide funding and encourage volunteer support for non-profit organizations in the following areas:

  • Economic & Workforce Development: Retention And Attraction Of Job Opportunities; Energy Infrastructure; Community Vitality
  • Environmental Stewardship: Protection and Restoration of Natural Resources, Energy Conservation and Environmental
  • STEM and Energy Education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Energy Education
  • Safety: Emergency Assistance & Disaster Preparedness, First Aid, Safety Education & Energy Safety
  • Basic Needs & Hardship Assistance: Food, Shelter, Heating Assistance and Social Service

Pets in the Classroom Teacher Grant Program

Amount: varies

Deadline: June 1st, 2020 (awarded annually)

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

Safer Brand School Garden Grant

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 14th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Safer® Brand offers a yearly grant of $500 to help a school develop and/or maintain an onsite garden. Safer® Brand sees school gardens as a way to bring classmates closer together and unite everyone in a common goal of better health.  Healthy and safe food is what Safer® Brand is all about, and that’s why we make products that are compliant for use in organic gardening to help you and your plants thrive.

ShareSpace Foundation

Amount: Giant Moon Map package or Giant Mars Map package

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Description: This grant provides STEAM educational resources, as well as an opportunity to receive a giant Mars map (25’ x 25’) or a giant Moon map!

Sparkplug Foundation Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: April 6th, 2020

The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. We aim to support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies.

Please explore our website to learn about our process. Since our grantees are small organizations, and we're a small foundation, we have included a lot of detail to simplify seeking grants from Sparkplug and avoid wasting your time. Reading through the website is essential! It makes your application better and more appropriate for funding.

The Connection

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 3rd, 2020

Looking for a new way to make learning engaging? Eligible K-12 teachers may apply to win $1,000 to use toward the purchase of technology equipment for your students. We’re opening up the contest to K-12 teachers who’ve implemented lessons about social responsibility while conducting class remotely.

Social responsibility is an ethical framework and suggests that an individual has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. Studies suggest that education through technology can improve knowledge retention, concentration and understanding. Create a unique lesson plan on how you would use technology to teach social responsibility. For example, you can develop social action projects, teach the effects of reducing our carbon footprint, and so on. Help your students engage with educational content through interactive learning experiences. You could win $1,000 toward technology for your classroom!

Toshiba America Foundation

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Toshiba America Foundation's mission is 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.

Verizon Foundation Grants

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

Verizon’s funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only.

Voya Unsung Heroes 

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 30th, 2020 (awarded annually)

Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? Voya Unsung Heroes could help turn great ideas into reality for students. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, 50 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Of the 50 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place.

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program

Amount: varies

Deadline: awarded on a rolling basis

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program enables our company to provide financial support to communities in one or more of our strategic areas of giving. Grants defined as education with a focus on STEM are those used to improve knowledge and literacy with a focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math among students, teachers and the general public. Grantees must be located within 50 miles of a Westinghouse site.

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