At Camas Ridge, we are thankful for parent Katie Laughlin, who compiled this awesome list of open grant opportunities for staff to review. Grants can be an excellent source of funding for parent groups to support.

OPEN Grant Opportunities (in order of due date):

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge and is a teacher/project specific opportunity for matching funding for projects that take STEM education outside of school and the classroom. There is a good example of a project on the link. It seems $2,000 must be raised from donors and the remainder will be matched by the challenge. This is meant to be a local fundraiser, so it would need to be discussed with PTO. Open until March 24

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

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. Open January 15 – April 15

ASM Materials Education Foundation

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 teacher creativity.

The ASM Materials Education Foundation sponsors 20 annual grants for teachers. Each grant has a value of $500. The purpose of these grants is to enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials scientists play in society. With a network of local Chapters across North America, ASM members are willing to work closely with local teachers to develop and implement these lessons. View a list of Student Chapters in your area and feel free to share this information with other teachers in your district, as cooperative proposals are welcome. Open until May 25

Kids in Need Foundation: Listing of Teacher Grants of $100-$500

More than one funding source described. I.E. Joann’s Fabrics, Elmer’s Glue, etc… Open July 15 – September 30

Toshiba America Foundation

  • Do you teach in an elementary school classroom?
  • Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom?
  • Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes?
  • What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students?

K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.

With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Open until October 1 each year.

The James F. and Marion Miller Foundation

The James F. and Marion Miller Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for efforts of K-12 organizations working to strengthen or lift the level of student achievement and success.

Priority will be given to organizations whose basic mission is focused on the arts or education, as opposed to projects that are related to arts or education from organizations whose primary mission is focused on other fields. Open until July 10, October 2nd, 2017.

The NEA Foundation

the foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides grants to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

The grant amounts are $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All applications for the $5,000 group grants must include partner information.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades pre-K–12; a public school education support professional; or a faculty or staff member at a public higher education institution. The foundation encourages education support professionals to apply. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. Open until February 15, June 15, and October 15 each year.


CLOSED Grant Opportunities:

OCF Haiku Poetry Contest
Open August 30 – September 1

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation
Supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. Deadline September 26. Accepting 1500 applications. Once received, application window will be closed.

Target K-12 Field Trip Grants
Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to introduce, through field trips, K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations. Grants are intended to fund field trips to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career- enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from school. Grants of up to $700 will be awarded in January 2017.  Grants are available to applicants from the U.S. for field trips taking place between February and December 2017. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Open August 1 – October 1


Read More About “Finding and Winning Grants” at https://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/86-finding-and-winning-grants