Attention ACP partners! We have recently come across several education grants that could be of tremendous help to teachers and schools in our area. We’ve rounded up a list of grants below to help you get started:
Grant: Teacher Grant
Purpose: To fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities
Funder: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Eligibility: PreK-12 certified teachers teaching in the subject of the project at public, private, charter, or parochial schools within the U.S.
Deadline: September 30
Amount: $100 – $500
Grant: Best Lesson Plans on Energy and Sustainability
Purpose: To award grants for classroom materials/activities related to energy and/or sustainability. All lessons must encompass energy and/or sustainability knowledge; be appropriate for students in kindergarten through eighth grade; include goals and plans for measuring students’ understanding; include a fully detailed description of the lesson plan, handouts, etc., with a list of all materials needed; be created by one teacher without the use of existing prepared educational materials outside of those available on SaveOnEnergy.com; and encourage student development through participation opportunities.
Funder: Save on Energy
Deadline: October 21
Amount: Six grants of $500 in the form of Visa Reward Cards
Grant: School Gardens
Purpose: To support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects; food gardens will also be funded
Funder: Nature Conservancy
Eligibility: A school must be public or charter; can be an elementary, middle, or high school.
Deadline: October 31
Amount: 55 grants of $2,000
Grant: School Garden Grant Program
Purpose: To support school garden projects designed to help students learn about topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness. Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders as well as the ability to financially sustain the garden.
Funder: Whole Kids Foundation
Eligibility: An applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds as a way to interest children in fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the applicant must have the support of a specific partner organization from the community (a nonprofit, farm, local business, Whole Foods store, or garden club) that brings added support and sustainability to the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for the grant.
Deadline: October 31
Grant: Grants to Engage 6-8 Grade Students in Mathematics
Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences aimed at deepening and connecting their content knowledge. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media.
Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Eligibility: Applicants must have current NCTM PreK-8 school membership and teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.
Deadline: November 4
Amount: Grants of up to $3,000
Grant: Materials-Based Research
Purpose: To support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of craft, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Grants will be awarded to interdisciplinary teams of researchers to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in craft and STEM fields, with a focus on materials and process-based research.
Funder: Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
Eligibility: Teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g., material science, manufacturing, environmental studies, medicine, structural engineering, etc.), including academics, researchers, scientists, full-time makers, or other skilled specialists.
Deadline: November 16
Amount: Grants of up to $15,000 over eighteen months
With grant funds totaling thousands of dollars, you won’t want to miss out on these opportunities! If you have any questions about an individual grant, please contact the organization directly. If you would like to learn more about Adult Career Pathways, our Dual Generational Pathways Initiative, or learn how your organization can become an ACP partner, please contact Jolene Virgo by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.