The Big List of Educational Grants, Contests and Resources
Deadline: Depends on grant type (from July 15 to September 30 each year)
The Kids in Need Foundation, along with a variety of partner organizations, is offering a range of grants to fund creative projects in the classroom. There are more than 8 grant programs available, with focuses student creativity and creative writing, as well as projects that encourage creative use of a common teaching aid. These are one-time grants that can be used to bolster or start a new project.
Prize: Many grants ranging from $100 to $500 are available.
Deadline: Depends on grant type (August 29, September 16, and November)
The New Schools Venture Fund is offering a trio of grants designed to expand the reach of innovative educational models and empower educators and students. Currently, funds are available that support pre K-12 public schools that will launch in the next 1-3 years (November), the development of advanced learning technology that supports students (August 29), and cultivating diversity in education leadership (September 16). More information about each individual program is available online.
Prize: Up to $7 million will be made available across the three grant initiatives.
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Each year, the Toshiba America Foundation provides small, one-time grants to public and private school K-5 teachers in the U.S. The grants are available to support science and math classroom projects, and individuals and teams can apply for funding. Grants are available for project learning materials.
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,000.
Deadline: the application process for this fellowship is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Teach Earth program is a travel and expeditionary learning program for U.S.-based educators. Each year, the Earthwatch Institute selects teachers in a variety of subject areas to “work side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world.” The program is open to all educators, even educators without scientific backgrounds.
Prize: Eighteen grants are available: 15 $1,000 grant packages, 2 $2,500 grant packages, and 1 $5,000 grant package for the grand prize winner.
Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.
Prize: Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.
Classroom pets make wonderful learning companions! Educators interested in funding a classroom pet should consider a Pets in the Classroom grant. They are available for K-8 teachers in public and private schools. Grants are “intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom” and facilitate learning projects centered on caring for pets responsibly.
Prize: A variety of small one-time grants are available, including awards for supplies.
Contests and Awards
Deadline: September 1, 2020
Ecology Project International is asking educators to apply for the opportunity to travel to diverse landscapes, work on conservation projects, and explore new science teaching methods. EPI sponsored 8-day fellowships in Costa Rica, Yellowstone National Park and Baja, Mexico. During the fellowships, fellows participate in real-world conservation projects, as well as learn about EPI’s approach to science teaching and learning.
Prize: Travel and lodging are covered by the program.
Deadline: April 2-August 13-December 5
Calling all student artists, musicians, photographers, and videographers. The Get to Know Student Art Contest is asking for entries, and the guidelines are simple. U.S. students under 19 years old are encouraged to submit original works. For ideas, check out winners from previous years.
Deadline: August 13, 2020
This contest is perfect for K-12 scribes located in the U.S.\. Creative Communication is sponsoring a poetry contest, and they’re calling for entries. To participate, K-12 writers can submit up poems up to 21 lines on any appropriate subject. More information, past winners and submission details are available at PoeticPower.com.
Prize: The top 10 winners in each grade division receive a $25 prize, as well as a book of poems. Winning poems may also be eligible for publishing.
Deadline: August 21, 2020
The Learning Network from The New York Times is encouraging students aged 13-19 years old to get engaged with the news this summer. From June 12 to August 21, the Learning Network will open a small essay contest for youth readers each Friday. To participate, students write a brief 250- to 300-word comment in the weekly thread that answers: What interested you most in The Times this week? Why?
Prize: Each Tuesday, a winner’s submission will be published on the blog.
Deadline: Ongoing until August 31, 2020
This summer, fourth graders and their families have free access to any national parks, waters, and lands through the National Park Service Foundation’s Every Kid in a Park program. To participate, students download a summer pass that is good until August 31. Plus, for fun end-of-year activities, the Activity Guides for teachers are designed to teach students about the parks, land conservation, and more.
Prize: Students receive a pass to all National Park Service lands and areas that’s good until August 31.
Lockheed Martin is committed to advancing STEM curriculum in the classroom. The organization supports a variety of STEM outreach programs, offering free curricula, student STEM contests, and mentoring opportunities for high school students. From Generation Beyond, a free aerospace classroom resource, to Code Quest, a coding contest for young students, Lockheed Martin funds a number of diverse initiatives that empower young learners.
MathScienceMusic.org, a website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.
Finding Your Seat on the Bus is one of 57 resources, created by the USC Shoah Foundation, included in the IWitness collection. These resources explore a number of topics, including tolerance, justice, family and standing up for others, and they feature primary source materials like text, video, poems, photos and more. Each activity is built around a video clip of testimony, and they complement a number of subjects, including English, history, and social studies.
Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks “are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials.” There are hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they’re created to be easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints, and advice.
Produced by National History Day, Understanding Sacrifice is a “collection of videos, primary source, secondary sources, and lesson plans” that covers soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.
How does math relate to Pixar animation? Khan Academy and Pixar recently released a fun, interactive lesson series called Pixar in a Box. Each lesson “demonstrates how a concept introduced in school is used for creative benefit at Pixar,” and there are lessons for all different grade levels. Teachers looking for more information should check out the Educator’s Guide, which provides examples and ideas for implementation.
Unlocking Life’s Code is a tool, created by the National Human Genome Research Institute, that enables students to explore “ethical and social questions surrounding genomic sequencing.” The resource includes an online exhibit covering genomic sequencing technology, as well as discussion starters and information about the “growing involvement of genetics” in many areas of our lives.