Grants and Financial Resources for Primary/Secondary Teachers and Schools
American Honda Foundation
Since 1959, Honda has made it a priority to give back to communities throughout the United States. Through its various facilities and manufacturing plants as well as the Torrance, California headquarters, Honda has contributed to local organizations that focus on a variety of areas, including education, technology, medical research and community support. Click on "Honda Foundations" for more information.
The CVS Caremark Community Grants program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities; programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs; and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play.
This "citizen philanthropy" supports donations to school teachers who post classroom project requests on its site. Donors browse the requests and donate to projects of their choice. When a project reaches its funding goal, the site delivers the materials to the school. Donors receive photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. Donors who give over $100 also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to (a) non-profit organizations and schools that provide services, education and advocacy for children with autism spectrum disorder and (b) organizations that conduct research on the causes and effects of autism. Grant guidelines are posted on its Web site each year in July.
Elastic Band Co. Scholarship
This scholarship ensures that underrepresented individuals have opportunities to access higher education in pursuit of fashion and/or entrepreneurship.
FCEC Nancy Givens Instructional Grant
The Florida Council for Exceptional Children (FCEC) sponsors this instructional grant to support innovative projects to supplement the classroom curriculum. Applicants must be CEC members who teach students with exceptionalities in preschool, elementary, secondary, vocational, special center, private, or hospital schools. Multiple grants of up to $500 will be awarded annually. Deadline for applications is November 1.
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom (FFB-AITC) is pleased to offer a Mini-Grant program for educators during the school year. All kindergarten through 12th grade educators are welcome to apply. This FFB-AITC grant is a public/private partnership serving K-12th grade education with a goal of helping to increase the understanding of agriculture among students and educators. The program is administered through the Florida Farm Bureau, Florida's oldest and largest general farm organization. A total of up to $7,500 may be awarded in mini-grants throughout the state by Florida Farm Bureau during the year.
Fund for Teachers
Several years ago, as a result of the strong, lasting and positive influence that teachers had on Raymond Plank's life, he started a program in his hometown of Minneapolis to provide teachers with opportunities for summer sabbaticals, self-designed programs of summer learning and exploration. Raymond endowed the program with one million dollars. Administrators at public and independent schools shared Raymond’s belief that these experiences would improve the educational process. That pilot program has grown into the public foundation, Fund for Teachers. See website for full details.
IBM realizes the power and importance of education. IBM is working to raise student achievement and enhance academic productivity to support thriving communities around the globe through major initiatives such as Reinventing Education, the IBM KidSmart Early Learning Program, and IBM MentorPlace.
Kids in Need
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. Deadline is October 2009 but recurs each year.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, which has supported thousands of grassroots community and school projects in the communities where Lowe’s does business.
National Education Association (NEA) Foundation
In addition to its Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative, the NEA Foundation has awarded over 2,000 grants totaling more than $6 million to individuals and teams of public school teachers and education support professionals to support and share ideas and approaches to strengthen teaching and learning.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF)
Teachers, who are committed to the education of their students and in the best position to know what is needed, come up with good ideas all the time but don't have the resources to fund them or the time to pursue arduous funding requirements. That's why the PVF created Teacher Resource Grants were created. More than 6,800 teachers have received them to date. Teachers fax one-page requests to PVF and receive a response within 48 hours. Grants can be used for classroom materials, projects, and field trips.
Public Welfare Foundation
The Public Welfare Foundation awards grants that generally range from $25,000 to $50,000 throughout the year. The Foundation's four primary initiatives are criminal justice, disadvantaged youth, health, and population and reproductive health. Particular interests in the area of disadvantaged youth include job training; alternative education; kids whose lives are affected by drugs, AIDS or parental abandonment; violence prevention; teen parents; and early intervention. The Foundation receives about 3,000 requests for funding from across the nation each year. Approximately 450 of the requests receive funding. Three deadlines per year. See website for full details.
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States. Its signature programs, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in science, math and technology. The newest program, The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.
Starbucks Opportunity for Youth
Starbucks encourages creativity and innovation. Its youth grants use its spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation to inspire young people. Through this initiative – formerly called the Starbucks Social Entrepreneurs Fund – it is hoped that youth will create positive solutions for the needs they see in their communities. Starbucks believes that supporting young social entrepreneurs will make real change in local communities. Its goal is to engage 50,000 young people, who will in turn innovate, take action and inspire 100,000 individuals in their communities by 2015. Deadlines are on-going.
TeachersCount is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the status of the teaching profession and provide resources to the education community. Using a public service announcement national ad campaign and related initiatives, Teachers Count is working to create a permanent culture of teacher appreciation in the United States.
Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF)
Supporting education and youth development is one way in which the Tiger Woods Foundation helps young students reach their full potential. The TWF Grants Program has supported an average of 100 charities annually with millions of dollars since its inception in 1996. TWF grants focus on providing opportunities to underserved youth, ages 8-18, with the average grant range between $2,500 and $25,000. See the Web sites for deadlines that vary each quarter. The following are approved programmatic areas for TWF funding:
- Education: Programs that enhance the learning process for youth. (Note: Public schools are not 501(C)(3) tax-exempt and therefore are not eligible for funding)
- Youth Development: Year-round mentoring and/or tutoring programs. (Note: Grants are not awarded to Junior Golf Programs)
Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is currently accepting applications for grants to support innovative projects designed by math and science teachers to make their own classrooms more exciting and successful for students. Check out the deadlines for your grade level and download the application form and guidelines. Discuss your project ideas with your principal and call or e-mail TAF if you have questions about the process. TAF looks forward to working with you!
VOYA Foundation Grants
VOYA Financial provides grants focused on financial resilience by ensuring youth are equipped with STEM expertise and financial knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st-century workforce and make smart financial decisions that lead to a secure retirement. VOYA offers year-round grant opportunities to organizations that provide innovative and experiential K-8 STEM learning opportunities and/or provide financial education curriculum in grades 9-12.
Investing in our communities, especially now, is a way to help create future economic growth and prosperity. Despite the down economy, Wells Fargo continues to be one of America’s largest financial contributors to nonprofits. In 2008 its combined giving to nonprofits surpassed $226 million, up five percent over the previous year. That’s $618,000 dollars every single day to nonprofits supporting education, community development, human services, the arts and the environment! Wells Fargo relies on its local team members – who know their communities best – to learn local needs first-hand, and then bring the right resources together so Wells Fargo can help in an appropriate way. Wells Fargo also offers free online financial resources for young people and adults. See website for further information.