Other Grant Opportunities

These are grant opportunities of value to anyone interested in enhancing the quality of education in their local schools. Grants are available for teachers as well as students. We are continuously updating our grant listings so check back frequently for our most current listing.

Updated: This information was current as of August, 2011. The Ed Fund makes no guarantee that these grants are all still available. Click through the organization’s website to check these grants’ present availability.

Adopt-a-Classroom
Area: Classroom Projects
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: varies
Description: Teachers can list their classroom needs on this website, which donors can fulfill using the website.

Annie’s Homegrown Grants for Gardens
Area: Garden Projects
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $250 maximum
Description: Up to $250 for community gardens, school gardens, and other programs that connect children to gardening.

Barnes and Noble Grants
Area: Classroom Grants
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: varies
Description: The Barnes & Noble Community Relations Program supports pre-K-12 schools and not-for-profit arts and literacy organizations. Fundraising opportunities at the local level include in-store bookfairs and holiday gift-wrapping. Programs are set up at the store level, and inquiries should be directed to the store manager or community relations manager.

Calypso Systems Integrated Classroom School Grant Program
Area: Technology Grants
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: varies
Description: The Calypso Systems ICGP is designed to provide counties, districts and municipalities with the opportunity to receive equipment grants intended to facilitate the evaluation of various classroom multimedia, user interface, and control and technology management products. The program is directed specifically towards entities involved with either (a) the design of new school buildings or (b) substantial upgrades to existing school buildings.

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Grants for Education
Area: Classroom Grants
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: varies
Description: The Foundation provides support for innovative programs aimed at resolving social service issues, assisting students with learning disabilities, providing technology and computer based education, creating access to education of the arts, supporting at-risk children from pre-school to college and providing learning enhancement, including the development of leadership skills.

CHS Foundation Mini-Grants
Area: Professional Development
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: up to $1,000
Description: The CHS Foundation grants up to $1,000 to innovative academic and leadership programs that strengthen student learning and enhance professional development. Examples include: leadership training opportunities, mentorship programs, professional development experiences and student fundraising efforts.

Digital Wish
Area: Technology
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: varies
Description: Teachers can submit a wishlist of technology products they need in the classroom, which donors can fulfill through donations. Digital Wish also helps set up technology grant programs at schools, and matches every donation to the program with a 2%-10% contribution.

Dirksen Congressional Center Robert H. Michel Special Projects Grants
Area: Social Studies, History, Government
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $2,500-$5,000
Description: Sponsored by the Dirksen Congressional Center, the Robert H. Michel Special Project Grants support work that enhances understanding of the U.S. Congress. Eligible applicants are scholars who conduct research about Congress and teachers who teach social studies, history, government, or political science. Accordingly, the grants are intended to fund work that advances the public understanding of the federal legislature through research and teaching. Examples of eligible projects include conferences involving congressional scholars, efforts by teachers to develop creative ways to teach their students about Congress, and publications, especially those with appeal beyond academia. Individual awards will generally fall in the $2,500 to $5,000 range.

Donors Choose
Area: Classroom Projects
Target Grades: Pre-k-12
Amount: varies
Description: Connects teachers to donors by allowing teachers to submit proposals, which visitors to the website can then read and choose to support through donations. One of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2010.

FedEx Charitable Contributions
Area: Classroom Projects
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: Varies
Description: The mission of the FedEx Social Responsibility department is to actively support the communities we serve and to strengthen our global reputation through strategic investment of our people, resources and network. Education is vital to the future of our communities and to FedEx. FedEx works extensively with programs such as Junior Achievement and Adopt-A-School. We also support organizations that enhance education in the following areas: technology, global economics and trade, cultural diversity and innovative programs that enhance learning.

Fender Music Foundation Grant
Area: Music
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $500-$5,000
Description: The grant can be used by any organization which provides music lessons to children. The money may be used to purchase equipment only.

Grants for Early Literary Professionals
Area: Literacy
Target Grades: K-3
Amount: $200
Description: RA & RR Reading Conference Grants are available to help fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals attending International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.

Hungry for Music
Area: Music
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: single instruments
Description: Hungry for Music provides musical instruments to individuals, schools, and community music programs that cannot afford them. Since the program began, the organization has donated over 1,000 instruments throughout the United States, Mexico, and India.

The IISME Summer Fellowship Program
Area: Professional Development
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $8,200
Description: The Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education Summer Fellowship Program places San Francisco Bay Area K-16 teachers of all subjects into high-performance work sites for the summer. Teachers complete a project for their sponsors and are paid $8,200 for their work. Teachers also spend time focusing on ways to transfer their Summer Fellowship experience back to their students and colleagues. In the past 24 years, IISME has offered over 2,550 Summer Fellowships.

Lisa Libraries Foundation Grants
Area: Library
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: Books for libraries
Description: The Lisa Libraries Foundation supplements under-filled bookshelves and provides books to children who may never have owned a book before. The Foundation donates new children’s books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. To apply, send a letter about your organization, number of children served, age range of children served, and a breakdown of how the books will be used.

LEGO Children’s Fund Grants
Area: Early Childhood Education
Target Grades: Pre-k and above
Amount: $500-$5,000
Description: The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. We will give priority consideration to programs that both meet our goals and are supported in volunteer time and effort by our employees.

Michael Davis Music is Revolution Grant
Area: Music
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $500
Description: The Music Is Revolution Foundation administers a mini-grant program for Music Is Revolution activities designed by teachers to implement, support, and/or improve their ability to provide quality music education for their students. Mini-grants up to $500 are available to teachers for music education activities of all types. Only projects that clearly contain a music education focus – that is, projects based on the concept of music education, through musical experiences, initiating students into a sense of their social, academic, and cultural identity, and humanizing them through the emotional, cognitive, and/or physical impact of music will be considered.

NAMM Foundation WannaPlay Fund
Area: Music
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $1,000-$5,000
Description: The WannaPlay Fund provides musical instruments to students with a demonstrated need and the school and organizations that serve them. Click here for additional guidelines and details.

Office Depot Foundation Grants
Area: Classroom Projects
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: Varies
Description: $50-10,000 for nonprofits, schools, and libraries that bring systematic change to the communities they serve.

Pets Care Trust Pets in the Classroom Grant
Area: Classroom Grants
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: varies
Description: Pets in the Classroom is an educational grants program to support school teachers with aquarium fish or small pets in the classroom. The Pet Care Trust understands that many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals. That’s why the Trust sponsors this program to help teachers support pets in the classroom through direct, no-hassle grants. You can obtain a grant or coupon for the purchase of new pets, pet environments, or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets.

Powered by Service Grants
Area: Community Service
Target Grades: 6-12
Amount: $500
Description: Grant is awarded to teenagers who have ideas to improve their community. Currently accepting grants from youth in Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, Los Angeles, CA, Milwaukee, WI, New Orleans, LA and New York, NY.  However, any youth working with City Year San Jose or HandsOn Bay Area are eligible to receive a grant.  More eligible cities are going to be added later this year.

Sight for Students
Area: Health
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: free vision exams and glasses
Description: Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services.

Teachers Helping Teachers
Area: Library Grants
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $100 in books
Description: The Literacy Empowerment Foundation would like to acknowledge the many early elementary educators who selflessly help other educators. These educators may have done things such as starting a website that shows different and exciting ways of teaching certain subjects, given informative presentations at conferences, mentored new teachers, or volunteered with extracurricular activities. There are many ways that teachers help other teachers. The Literacy Empowerment Foundation wants to thank those extraordinary educators.

Toshiba America Grant
Area: Classroom Grants
Target Grades: 6-12
Amount: varies
Description: Toshiba America Foundation is currently accepting applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Do you teach 6-12 science or math? Do you have a wish list of instructional equipment that will make learning more exciting for your students? If the answer is yes to these questions, Toshiba America Foundation would like to hear from you.

United States – Japan Foundation Pre-college Education Grant
Area: Social Studies
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $25,000 to $50,000
Description: Since 1980, USJF has supported projects that have involved more than 5,000 pre-college teachers in the US and Japan in mutual study and learning on topics related to the US-Japan relationship, including in-depth study of the culture, society and history of both countries. Through these teachers, as well as through a variety of curriculum materials, web-based collaborative activities, and partnerships between US and Japanese schools, tens of thousands of young people in both countries have begun to study and understand their mutual connections and the importance of the friendship and partnership that binds their two nations so closely. To be eligible to apply, you must be part of an organization. Note: Shimada, Japan is a sister city of Richmond.

The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
Area: General Education
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: The Herb Society of America will award five (5) schools each year indoor window sill herb gardens. The classrooms selected will receive three (3) windowsill herb garden kits including pots, soil, seeds and educational materials to use in the classroom. The Herb Society of America will provide the educational materials. The Herb Society of America will select four (4) schools/classrooms to receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish an outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources. The Herb Society of America will provide the educational materials and herb seeds.
Description: The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull, has established two herb garden grants for teachers in grades 3 through 6. Mr. Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his 3rd-6th grade students. These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with students will continue for years to come. Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply for an indoor or an outdoor herb garden grant.

Sodexo Youth Grants
Area: Community Service
Target Grades: K-16
Amount: 25 $500 grants
Description: Youth Service America will award 25 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-20, 2011). We’re looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community.

Kids in Need Foundation Teacher Grants
Area: General Education
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $100-$500
Description: Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation’s teachers. Typically, 200-300 grants are awarded each year.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks Grant
Area: Environmental Education
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $1,000
Description: Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant! Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and their students in grades PreK-12. GreenWorks!is the service-learning, community action program of PLT that partners PLT educators, students, and communities in environmental neighborhood improvement projects. GreenWorks! blends service activities with the academic curriculum and addresses real community needs as students “learn by doing.” GreenWorks! action projects make a difference in young people’s sense of responsibility toward their communities, and in their understanding of their relationship to the environment. Some examples of past grant projects include habitat restoration, watershed improvement, outdoor classrooms, and energy conservation.

2011 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award
Area: Gardening Projects
Target Grades: pre-K to 12
Amount: $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog, the National Gardening Association’s Eat a Rainbow Kit and a literature packet from the NGA
Description: The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States. Through winning programs, youth will learn the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and gain an understanding of how their actions can positively impact the well being of their community.

Toshiba America Foundation K-5 Grants
Area: STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Target Grades: K-5
Amount: $100-$1,000
Description: Toshiba America Foundation’s mission is to provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects. After school and 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. Any K-5 teacher in a public or private (not-for-profit) school is eligible for a grant to support science or math education up to $1,000 for project materials only.

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
Area: Garden Projects
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $100-$500
Description: Wild Ones gives cash awards ranging from $100 to $500 to K-12 classrooms that use native plants to increase students’ knowledge and awareness of natural landscaping. This grant is especially valuable for teachers wanting to step outside of the classroom. Funds may be used to purchase native plants and seeds for a garden, trail, wetland, or research project.

Target Field Trip Grants
Area: Field Trips – all areas
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $700
Description: Learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. But schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites and cultural organizations. Field Trip Grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences. As part of the program, each Target store will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K—12 schools nationwide—enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip.

NEA Learning and Leadership Grants
Area: Professional Development
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $2,000 for individuals, $5,000 for groups
Description: Our Learning & Leadership grants 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: 1.)Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or 2.)Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

NEA Student Achievement Grants
Area: Classroom Projects
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $5,000
Description: The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
NOTE: Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged.

National Rifle Association Grants
Area: Safety, Health
Target Grades: 6-12
Amount: up to $10,000
Description: The National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation awards grants to youth programs, schools, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies for projects and programs that deal with firearms and hunting safety. Projects must fit into one of the following categories: charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational, or fostering amateur sports competition. Over sixty percent of the grants awarded annually by the NRA are to youth programs. Youth programs may request up to $10,000 in grants. Programs must apply through one of the three field representatives in each state. The representatives meet in January to approve grants for that year.

Braitmayer Foundation Education Grants
Area: Professional Development
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: Up to $35,000
Description: The Braitmayer Foundation awards grants of up to $35,000 as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to recipient organizations. The Foundation is interested in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are curriculum and school reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers (particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching).

Humane Education Mini-Grant for Teachers
Area: General Education
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: Up to $1,000
Description: The Human Education Mini-Grant is designed to fund innovative human education opportunities in K-12 classrooms. All certified K-12 teachers are eligible to apply for the grant. Typically 1-2 grants are funded each other.

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants
Area: Garden Projects
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $2,000, along with curriculum resources and mentorship
Description: The Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Whole Foods Market to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness, is accepting grant applications for its first major initiative, the School Garden Grant Program. Designed to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening, the new program stems from the Whole Kids Foundation’s mission of supporting schools’ efforts to improve children’s nutrition. The grant program will be funded by a six-week, in-store donation drive at all Whole Foods Market stores and online at the Whole Kids Foundation Web site from August 17 to September 30. FoodCorps, a nonprofit national service organization that seeks to reverse childhood obesity by increasing children’s knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food, will help administer the grant program and will provide mentorship services and other resources to grant recipients.
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrants for Schools and Libraries
Area: Libraries
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $500
Description: The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers $500 minigrants to K-12 school and public library programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required.

From Failure to Promise Educators’ Grant
Area: Literacy
Target Grades: K-12
Amount: $1,000
Description: In “From Failure to Promise,” author Dr. Cleamon Moorer describes his experiences, from flunking out of college to becoming an engineer, consultant, and a university professor. He is now awarding $1,000 to a community-based organization, library, or school that uses the tenets of his book to motivate, energize, and catapult K-12 students to reach their full potential in literacy, math, science, or technology.