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Current Grants Available

“Linking Resources to Support Student Success”

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

GRIND

 

(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)

 

JUNE ISSUE                                                                                                                    2017

 

 

Congratulations to the schools and/or individuals for applying and receiving the grants and awards on behalf of Mt. Diablo students! Please email me at robertss@mdusd.org to share your success!

A detailed chart of current grants across the district is available at www.mdusd.org/DEPARTMENTS/GRANTS/Pages/default.aspx

 

Time Sensitive Due Dates
 

*Blue: Academic Support/Professional Development Grants, Purple: Technology, Pink: School Climate and Safety, Red: Arts and Enrichment Grants, Orange: Nutrition and Physical Fitness, and Green: Youth Development and Community Service Grants.

 

Academic Support/Professional Development Grants

 

American Honda Foundation Grants 

Purpose:  To support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy.

Funder: The American Honda Foundation.

Applicant:  Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Amount: Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.

Deadline                      Board Review             Grants Awarded        

November 1                 January                                    February 1

August 1                      October                                    November 1

http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

 

 

 

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12 

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, 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.  Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools.

Amount: Grants requests of more than $5,000.

Deadline:   February 1st and August 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612_apply.jsp

 

 

 

Technology Grants

 

 

 

School Climate and Safety Grants

 

 

 

Arts and Enrichment Grants

 

National YoungArts Foundation Competition  

Purpose: To recognize youths for their accomplishments in cinematic arts, classical music, dance, design arts, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.

Funder:  The National Young Arts Foundation.

Applicant: Young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 by December 1.

Amount: Awards up to $10,000.

Deadline: October 13, 2017.

www.youngarts.org/apply

 

 

Youth and Community Development Grants

 

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants

 

2016 Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) Grants 

Purpose:   To promote and enhance youth participation in baseball and softball and to address the unique needs of each community.  Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.  The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or necessary equipment.

Funder: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Applicant: Tax-exempt organizations (i.e. municipalities, school districts) and 501(c)(3) organizations involved in youth baseball and/or softball.

Amount: The amount varies by project, but the average grant amount is approximately $40,000.  BTF carefully considers the case and in-kind funding that has been secured and committed toward a project.  Generally, at least 50% of the total cost of the project should be committed by other sources of funding; however, the higher the ratio of matching funds, the better chance the application will be successful.

Deadline:  Oct 1, 2017; January 1, April 1, and July 1, 2018.

http://www.mlbcommunity.org/programs/baseball_tomorrow_fund.jsp?content=about

 

2017 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants  NEW!

Purpose:   To allow school food authorities (SFA) to purchase the equipment needed to serve healthier meals, meet the new nutritional standards with an emphasis on more fresh fruit and vegetables, improve food safety, and expand access.  It gives priority to those SFAs that are high need and have 50 percent or more enrolled students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Funder: California Department of Education. (CDE)

Applicant: Public school districts, county offices of education, directly funded charter schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  Priority will be given to those sites that did not receive funds from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestments Act (ARRA) grants or the 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 NSLP equipment grants.  The Nutrition Services Division may consider SFAs with excess net cash resources to be ineligible to receive and equipment grant.

Amount: The CDE will award competitive grants up to $100,000 per recipient.  Each SFA may apply for no more than five sites.  Priority will be given to those SFAs with a higher free and reduced-price percentage.  Priority will also be given to those SFAs that can explicitly document how the equipment purchased will reflect the intent of the grant with specific emphasis on impacting nutrition quality, serving healthier meals and meeting nutritional standards.

Deadline:  October 19, 2017.

http://www.mlbcommunity.org/programs/baseball_tomorrow_fund.jsp?content=about

 

 

Mini-Grants

 

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants   NEW!

Purpose: To provide financial support to help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging time efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.  Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:  reading gardens, vegetable gardens, physical fitness areas, school landscaping projects, school nature trails, parent involvement centers, peer tutoring centers, playgrounds, and rotating student are exhibits.

Funder: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF).

Applicant: Any individual public K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with that public K-12 school.  Parents groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.  If your group does not have 501(c)(3) status, please apply through your school.  Pre-schools are not eligible.

Amount: Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: The fall 2017 deadline is 11:59pm EST on September 29, 2017. Lowe's reserves the right to close the application process if 1,500 applications are received. http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

 

ecoSolution Grants Program  NEW!

Purpose: To support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.  Grants will only support direct project costs.  Support for t-shirts, staff salaries, field trips, scholarships, beautification/ landscaping, etc. will NOT be considered.

Funder: The Captain Planet Foundation.

Applicant: Educators working with youths.

Amount: Grants range from $500 - $2,500.

Deadline: September 30, 2017.

http://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/ecosolution-grant/

 

 

Classics for Kids Foundation Matching Grants for Stringed Instruments 

Purpose: To enhance school and community youth music programs in need by providing matching grants for new, high-quality stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos.  Funder: Classics for Kids Foundation

Applicant: Public, private, or charter schools serving grades K-12.

Amount: Grants vary based on the number of instruments requested.  A proposed grant of $5,750 (to be matched dollar for dollar) would purchase 20 stringed instruments.  (12 violins and 8 cellos)

Deadline: Applications are accepted quarterly, with deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30 annually.

http://classicsforkids.org/apply-for-a-grant/

 

Project Learning Tree Grants 

Purpose: To fund environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.  Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.  The projects partner students with their whole school, locate businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership.  The funds can be used for students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, or restore a natural habitat, for example.

Funder: Project Learning Tree.

Applicant: Any organization, community group, nature center, museum, school, etc. that is based in the United States or U.S. Territories and that involves youth in environmental and/or conservation education.

Amount: Grants up to $1,000.  The project must secure at least 50% matching funds (in-kind acceptance.)

Deadline: September 30, 2017.

https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant

 

 

Green Thumb Challenge Grant 

Purpose:   To support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.  Submit chronicles of your garden project in a race to win the grand prize.

Funder: Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company.

Applicant: Existing garden programs involving children currently in grades K-12, from schools and youth groups nationwide.  Please note that this grant is not for gardens that have not yet been started.

Amount: $250 award.

Deadline: September 30, 2017.

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/greenthumbchallengesub/green-thumb-challenge-winners.html

 

Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants Program  NEW!

Purpose: To provide professional development funding for art educators whose proposals focus on understanding, implementation, and issues specifically relating to the National Visual Arts Standards and that support the improvement of teaching art.

Funder:  The National Art Education Association. 

Applicant: Art educators.

Amount: Grants range up to $2,500.

Deadline: October 1, 2017.

https://www.arteducators.org/opportunities/articles/233-apply-for-an-naef-grant

 

Mary McMullan Grants Program  NEW!

Purpose: To provide support for projects that promote art education as an integral part of the curriculum, or to establish and/or improve the instruction of art in public and private elementary and secondary schools, as well as schools of higher education in the United States.

Funder:  The National Art Education Association. 

Applicant: Art educators.

Amount: Grants range up to $2,500.

Deadline: October 1, 2017.

https://www.arteducators.org/opportunities/articles/233-apply-for-an-naef-grant

 

 

Target Field Trip Grants 

Purpose:  Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings. Target funds field trips that connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Funder: Target Corporation

Applicant: Educational professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States.  Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Amount:  Up to $700.

Deadline:  Applications are accepted August 1 through October 1, 2017.

https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants

 

 

The Rite Aid Foundation 

Purpose: To support and fund programs that focus on health and wellness in the communities in which Rite Aid operates.  To help people in the community Rite Aid serves lead happier, healthier lives.

Funder: The Rite Aid Foundation

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations.

Amount: Varies.

Deadline:  October 1 and July 1.  The committee reviews proposals as soon as possible after the deadline.  The goal is to review and respond to all correctly submitted applications within 60 to 90 days of arrival in their office.

http://www.riteaid.com/company/community/foundation.jsf

 

 

The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant 

Purpose:  Donald Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his students.  These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with his students will continue for years to come. 

Funder: The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull.

Applicant: Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students.

Amount: Ten (10) schools/classrooms will receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish an herb garden (indoor or outdoor).  The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. 

Deadline: October 1, 2017.

http://www.herbsociety.org/support/grants-scholarships/grant-details.html

 

 

Association of American Educators (AAE) Classroom Grants 

Purpose:  Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including, but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials.  Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.

Funder: Association of American Educators. (AAE)

Applicant: Grants are available to full-time educators at public, private, other (homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations) who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the previous three grant cycles. (or 18 months).  Grants are competitive and AAE members received additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  October 1 and March 1, annually.

http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/classroom-grant-application

 

Wonder Certified Kind Classroom Initiative   NEW!

Purpose: To focus on bringing acts of kindness, acceptance and inclusion to life for third through sixth-grade students. 

Funder: Lionsgate Entertainment.

Applicant: Grades 3-6 classrooms.

Amount: Prizes vary by contest.

Deadline: Varies by contest.  October 2, 2017 is the deadline for the “Precepts to Live By” contest and April 1, 2018 is the deadline for the “Fill a Jar with Kindness In Your Classroom” contest. 

https://lionsgate.promo.eprize.com/wonder/

 

BirdSleuth K-12 School Garden Grants Program  NEW!

Purpose:   To support teachers who strive to take the classroom outside, reconnect students with the natural world, and teach them valuable concepts and skills that integrate across all subjects. Funder: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Applicant: K-12 schools.

Amount:  Awards consist of grants ranging from $500 – $2,000, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit.

Deadline:  October 8, 2017.

www.birdsleuth.org/garden-grants

 

 

Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To help today’s science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come.  To accomplish this goal, we fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.  This grant is for program support only.  The focus areas are:  academic programs, including tutoring and arts education programs.

Funder:  The Kinder Morgan Foundation.

Applicant:  K-12 public and private schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States with a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.  Schools must be in an area where Kinder Morgan has operations and they do have a facility in Concord. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: October 10, 2017.  The deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.  Applications postmarked on or before a deadline will be accepted.  You will be notified of the board’s decision 60 to 90 days after it is received.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/community/km_foundation_guidelines.aspx

 

 

Air Force Junior ROTC Program Grants 

Purpose: To promote aerospace education throughout classrooms and units.  This is an opportunity to enhance your students’ ideas on how aerospace plays a prominent role in today’s and tomorrow’s society.

Funder: Air Force Association.

Applicant: Aerospace science instructors in K-12 classrooms.

Amount: Grants up to $250.

Deadline: Grants are issued twice a year.  October 10 and February 10.

http://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/k12grants/airforcejuniorrotcgrant

 

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program  NEW! 

Purpose:   To help educators expand learning opportunities outside the classroom through the expansion of schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects.  These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.  They are looking for projects that meet three essential criteria:  Youth engagement in planning and doing (age-appropriate); Creation of an ecosystem community based on native plants; and Focus on hands-on educational activities.

Funder: Wild Ones.

Applicant: K-12 schools.

Amount: Grants under $500 for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations. 

Deadline: October 15, 2017.

http://www.wildones.org/seeds-for-education/sfe/

 

 

The Michael Davis Music is Revolution Mini-Grant   

Purpose: To implement, support and/or improve teachers’ abilities to provide quality education for their students.  Funds may be used for supplies, materials, equipment, transportation for a field trip and/or to bring a performer or musical group to the school. 

Funder: The Music is Revolution Foundation

Applicant: Public school teachers of children in grades K-12.  Students and/or parents may participate in the writing of the application.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  October 15, January 15 and April 15 annually.

http://www.musicisrevolution.com/teachers

 

National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants    

Purpose:  To 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:  Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial student, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. 

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant: Must be practicing United States public school teachers in grades PreK-12; public school education support professionals, or; faculty and staff at public higher education institutions.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000.

Deadlines:  October 15, 2017.

http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/

 

 

National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants 

Purpose:  To improve the academic achievement of students in United States 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.  Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.  Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant: Any practicing United States teacher, counselor, or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions.  Educational support professionals can be classified as:  para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers and technicians.  Full time administrators, such as principals, assistant principals, and school district staff, are not eligible.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000. 

Deadlines:   October 15, 2017.

https://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/

 

Scholastic’s Lexus Eco Challenge   NEW!

Purpose: This is a STEM-focused contest that gets students involved in an environmental issue that affects their community and gets them to use their critical thinking and research skills to come up with a solution, and to report on the results by way of an action plan.

Funder: Scholastic, Inc. and Toyota Motor Sales.

Applicant: Students in grades 6-12.

Amount: Sixteen (16) prize winning teams will each get $10,000.

Deadline: October 16, 2017 for land and water issues and December 11, 2017 for air and climate issues.

http://lexus.scholastic.com

 

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program  Opens Sept 1st

Purpose:   To support new or existing edible school garden projects that help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.

Funder: The Whole Kids Foundation, in collaboration with FoodCorps.

Applicant: K-12 schools and 501(c)(3) organizations working in partnership with K-12 schools.  Garden projects may be at any stage of development.  Priority will be given to limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders, as well as demonstrating ability to financially sustain the garden.

Amount: $2,000 grants.

Deadline: October 31, 2017.

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/schools/programs/school-garden-grant-program

 

Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants (Grades 9-12)  NEW!

Purpose: To create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields.  Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium.  The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Proposals must address the following:  the plan for developing and evaluating materials, the connectivity to other fields or disciplines, and anticipated impact on students’ learning.

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 9-12 at least 50% of the school day. 

Amount: Award maximum is $4,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Connecting-Mathematics-to-Other-Subject-Areas-Grants-(9-12)/

 

Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants (PreK-5, 6-8)  NEW!

Purpose: To develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with adopted standards.  The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry.  Proposals must address the following:  geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project’s activities, and the anticipated impact of students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  

Amount: Award maximum is $4,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Improving-Students_-Understanding-of-Geometry-Grants/

 

Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grant (6-8)  NEW!

Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experience to deepen and connect their content knowledge.  Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium.  Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment.   Although such equipment is essential in today’s classroom, this award is not intended to purchase such equipment.  The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Proposals must address the following:  one more of the Content Standards:  number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; and the anticipated impact on students’ learning.

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Engaging-Students-in-Learning-Mathematics-Grant-(6-8)/

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (PreK-5) NEW!

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  Recipients must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-5.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants/

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (6-8)  NEW!

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants-(6-8)/

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (9-12)  NEW!

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning in accordance with adopted standards.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 9-12 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants-(9-12)/

 

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants (PreK-5) NEW!

Purpose: To increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning.  The applicant must have the support of the school principals in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district.  The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.  The grant recipient will be expected to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their mathematical understandings and instructional practices.   how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  The applicant must be a classroom elementary school teacher with at least three years of experience and have mathematics as a regular teaching responsibility. 

Amount: Award maximum is $6,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Emerging-Teacher-Leaders-in-Elementary-School-Mathematics-Grants/

 

 

Equity in Mathematics Grants (6-8)  NEW!

Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement.  This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels.  Proposals must address the following:  the mathematics content as defined in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM; the plan for improving achievement of the targeted students; and the anticipated impact on their achievement. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $8,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Equity-in-Mathematics-Grants-(6-8)/

 

 

Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants   NEW!

Purpose: To encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools to “help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions…” (Principles to Actions).  When used appropriately, they can enhance other effective teaching and promote meaningful learning opportunities for students.  Materials may include, but not be limited to, books, calculators, tablets, computers, or related equipment as well as professional development in the use of the designated tools and technology.  The focus of the proposal should be on the mathematics being taught and innovative uses of the tools and technology.  Proposals must include a plan for evaluating materials and the anticipated impact on students’ learning.  Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from internal and external sources.

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades Pre-K-12 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Enhancing-Student-Mathematics-Learning-through-the-Use-of-Tools-and-Technology-Grants-(Pre-K-12)/

 

 

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants Program 

Purpose: To incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics.  Proposals must address the following:  The combining of mathematics and music; The plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and The anticipated impact on students’ achievement.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (NCTM)

Applicant: Individual preK-2 classroom teachers or small group of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels.  The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) full individual or e-member of NCTM or teach in a school with a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM PreK-8 school membership, and currently teach mathematics or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in grades PreK-2. 

Amount: Grants up to $3,000.

Deadline: November 3, 2017.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Using-Music-to-Teach-Mathematics-Grants/

 

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants  NEW!

Purpose: To provide support to museums, culture and performing arts programs, schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, and programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped.  Environmental and wildlife protection activities and other community-based organizations and their programs are also supported.

Funder:  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Applicant: Community-based non-profit organizations.  Organizations seeking support may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization.  The request should also include a 200-word synopsis of the proposal.  Please include an itemized budget for the program or project, along with the total operating budget for the organization.  A copy of the IRS letter stating your Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/not a private foundation status, must be included with the application. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 - $20,000.

Deadline: November 10, 2017 and May 10, 2018. 

https://www.mvdreyfusfoundation.org/

 

2017 Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest   NEW!

Purpose: This year’s contest theme – sports – invites students to build milk carton creations inspired by games and recreation, from archery to zip lining, amateur to Olympic-level.  To enter, classroom teams collect empty milk or juice cartons to use in their carton creations and write a 200-word essay about what makes their project unique.  Creations should primarily consist of paper cartons.  Supporting materials may be used, but should only comprise a small percentage of the final creation.  Supporting materials made of natural, renewable resources (wood, newspaper, cardboard, etc.) are encouraged. 

Funder:  Evergreen Packaging

Applicant: PreK-12.

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.

Deadline: November 15, 2017.

http://madebymilkcontest.com

 

Shell Science Teaching Award  NEW!          

Purpose: To recognize one outstanding classroom teacher who has had a positive impact on his students, school and the community through exemplary science teaching.  Special projects may be mentioned, but should not be the main focus of the candidate’s application. 

Funder:  The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Shell Oil Company.

Applicant:  K-12 classroom science teachers.  Nominees must be classroom teachers who responsibilities include teaching science, and they must have a minimum of eight years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science and must teach in a private or public school.

Amount: Winner receives $10,000.  In addition, the recipient and the two finalists each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.  Ten semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.

http://statics.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/Shell.pdf

 

DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award  NEW!

Purpose: To recognize excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education.  Proposals should highlight the following:  Effective planning skills, which includes goals and objectives; Demonstrated impact and engagement of students; Opportunities for students to attain science standards; Description of how the award would be used to further their agricultural science program.

Funder:  DuPont Pioneer and The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Applicant: K-12 science teachers who incorporate innovative agricultural science activities into their existing science curriculum.

Amount: Each awardee will receive a $2,500 grant for their classroom or program, up to $1,000 paid travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.

http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/DuPontPioneer.pdf

 

 

Shell Science Lab Challenge          

Purpose: To recognize outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, and raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.  The challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.

Funder:  Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Applicant:  Individual teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6-12, in the United States and Canada, representing their schools.  A teacher is limited to one application per year whether submitting as an individual or team applicant.  A school may submit an unlimited number of applications.

Amount: One grand prize winning school will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.  Four national finalist schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500.  18 district winner schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000.  Prizes include Shell cash grants, NSTA memberships, NSTA Learning Center subscriptions, support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education, and donated science lab equipment.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.

http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/

 

 

Walmart Community Grant Program 

Purpose: To provide support in the areas of:  hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and opportunity.

Funder: Walmart Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations and K-12 public and private schools, charter schools, community and junior colleges, state/private colleges, and universities.  Funds must benefit the facility’s service area.  Potential grantees should have programs that benefit communities within the service area of the Walmart store, Sam’s Club or Logistics facility from which they are requesting funds.

Amount:  Grants range from $250 - $2,500. 

Deadline: December 31, 2017.

http://giving.walmart.com/walmart-foundation/community-grant-program

 

 

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program 

Purpose:  To support volunteer efforts that improve the physical health of your neighborhood and community by creating a healthier, more stable environment where families can thrive.  Repairs, refurbishments and modifications to specific to ADA compliance or safety regulations to low-income and/or transitional housing, or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.) will be considered.  Grants must support work completed by community volunteers. 

Funder: The Home Depot Foundation

Applicant: Public schools, registered 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.  Grants are given in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

Deadline: December 31, 2017.

https://corporate.homedepot.com/grants/community-impact-grants

 

California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) School Garden Program 

Purpose:   To provide funding for California public and private elementary, middle and high schools for continuation and/or implementation of in- and after-school garden programs.  The goal is to increase California children’s understanding and awareness of agriculture through school gardens, and, in so doing, enhance existing curriculum and goals in the classroom.

Funder: California Fertilizer Foundation
Applicant: Public and private K-12 schools.  Pre-schools, community gardens, and colleges are t eligible.

Amount: 24 grants of $1,200 each will be awarded each year.  (12 awarded twice a year.)  At the end of the year, CFF will invite those schools to reapply for a “progress grant” of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip.

Deadline:  January 15, 2018.

http://www.calfertilizer.org/Grant14.htm

 

Les Paul Music Grants 

Purpose: To support music-focused activities.   The foundation makes grants for music, music engineering, and sound programs for youth; medical research; programs related to hearing impairment; and public exhibits.  Previous grants were used to fund music camps, music and hearing programs and classroom projects.

Funder:  The Les Paul Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.   

Amount: Awards vary.

Deadline:  January 15 and September 15 annually.

https://www.lespaulfoundation.org/programs/

 

 

 

RESOURCES

 

Course Hero  NEW!

Course Hero announced the release of over 200 literature study guides and infographics with detailed analyses on some of the most taught literature books in high school and college.  Each study guide includes an infographic, a character and plot diagram, a timeline highlighting key events, and more.  The guides also feature historical and literary context to help students recognize the complex themes and symbolism in each work.  The Course Hero literature guides and infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download and share.

www.coursehero.com/lit

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission  NEW!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a new initiative to teach kids in grades 3-7 how to identify hazardous products and the way recalls work.  The outreach offers free materials and lesson plans to teachers and youth community leaders.  Once kids complete the program activities, they earn a Consumer Protection Safety All-Star certificate.

http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/cpsc

 

 

MassMutual Foundation 

The MassMutual Foundation, Inc. announced the launch of a new digital financial education curriculum as part of its FutureSmart program.  The curriculum, which is geared toward middle school students, is offered for free to schools.  It is offered in English and Spanish.

http://futuresmart.massmutual.com

 

Junior Achievement USA 

Junior Achievement USA announced the launch of a new interactive web experience called JA My Way.  The free experience is an online destination for teens to learn about careers, starting a business, and managing money.  It combines games, rewards, information, and social media to help teens explore these topics in a fun and exciting way.

www.jamyway.org

 

Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative 

The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Office announced the launch of the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.  The initiative is a new program designed for K-6 students to educate them on the importance of online safety and top equip them with skills to protect themselves on the internet.  The program includes several interactive modules designed to excite K-6 students about computers and teach them basic practices for staying safe online.  Participation in the initiative is free for schools and organizations utilizing the digital copy of the program.

http://uscyberpatriot.org/special-initiatives/elementary-school-cyber-education-initiative/escei-overview

 

Science Fair Central 

Scotch Brand Products and Discovery Education offer a website that supports educators, parents, and young scientists as they embrace one of the school year’s greatest opportunities for project-based learning:  the science fair.  Featuring comprehensive free resources, Scotch Science Fair Central provides clear guidance to teachers and science fair leaders on how to help students capture the spirit of innovation as they plan, complete and present a successful science fair project.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

 

The U.S. Department of Education & the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards  

These two groups announced the launch of a new online community titled Commit to Lead.  The community invites educators to post quick ideas (under 300 words) that advance teacher leadership in their schools, districts, or states to address a pressing problem in education and improve student outcomes.  ED hopes that the community will allow the most talked about ideas to rise to the top so they can gain traction and prominence in the field.

www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-online-community-sees-crowdsource-teachers-leadership-improve-education.

 

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Teacher Rewards Discount Card  

Teachers can sign up for a Rewards Discount Card.  The card can be used to receive 15% off purchases.  Eligibility is limited to current K-12 public, private, and parochial school teachers; higher education learning institution instructors; authorized home school teachers; and current credentialed, licensed or certified child care providers.

http://www.joann.com/teacherrewards/

 

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)  

Interested educators or school districts can sign up on the website for free and receive access to lesson plans to help equip students for ongoing paths of inquiry and engage them deeply in STEM subjects and “On Station” communication from CASIS, which includes the most up-to-date news about research on the International Space Station National Laboratory.

www.iss-casis.org/education.aspx

 

Disneynature   

Disneynature offers educators a free Bears Educator’s Guide that includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2-6.  The lessons are aligned to next generation science standards, National Science Standards, and Common Core language arts and math standards.  Educators can download the guide from the website.

http://nature.disney.com/bears/educators-guide

 

Discount Two-Way Radio 

Discount Two-Way Radio announced the release of the Emergency School Planning Guide.  The guide, which is offered free of use, seeks to help campus security administrators protect children during lockdowns, natural disasters, and violent crimes.  It offers 50 pages of guidelines and can be downloaded from their website.

www2.discounttwo-wayradio.com/l/7092/2011-06-08/5RZ9

 

Project Taste Test Initiative

The Project Taste Test Initiative was launched by The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to showcase career opportunities in the food service sector.  The initiative is an ongoing video series that features leading industry executives and give advice to ProStart students seeking a food service career.  In addition to the videos, educators have access to in-classroom discussion and activity guides.

www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/ProStart-Project-Taste-Test-program-makes-debut

 

Elmer’s Products, Inc. 

Elmer’s announced the release of a new teaching resource to help teachers familiarize students with the properties of common adhesives and the science of polymers in a fun and creative way.  The resource, The World of Glue:  An Inquiry-Based Investigation of Adhesives is geared toward K-5 students.  The resource materials feature a 22-page plan, including activity instructions, discussion questions and handouts.

 

IBM 

IBM launched an array of programs and resources to help students and IT professionals develop new technology skills and prepare for jobs of the future.  The initiative includes new training courses and resource for IT professionals, technology and curriculum materials for educators, and expanded programs to directly engage students with real-world business challenges.

www-03.ibm.com/ibm/university/academic/pub/page/academic_initiative

 

Curiosity in the Classroom   

This is an interactive, educational tool from Discovery Education and the Intel Corporation which contains cutting-edge curriculum examining topics such as artificial intelligence, communications, computers, nanotechnology, and robotics.  The updated site now features new topics, integrated into multidisciplinary lesson plans and activities for English/Language Arts and World History to make real world connections to STEM topics, and help students gain essential problem-solving skills.

http://corporate.discovery.com/blog/tag/curiosity-in-the-classroom/

 

The Union Pacific Railroad New Teacher’s Resource Kit 

To help students learn the history of America’s first transcontinental railroad.  The free kit will help educators meet national standards for history and social studies course for grades 3-8.  www.uprr.com/software/survey/ssl/150teacherkits.cfm

 

Nature Works Everywhere   

The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education launched Nature Works Everywhere, an online resource designed to help students learn the science behind how nature helps our everyday existence and the importance of environmental conversation.  The website provides middle school teachers, students, and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature, which include videos, interactive lesson plans, and an interactive game.

www.natureworkseverywhere.org

 

Teach STEMNow.com   

Tormach LLC announced the launch of TeachSTEMNow.com, an n online resource that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics in education.  The website, which places emphasis on manufacturing technologies and real-world shop skills, offers lesson plans that can be readily implemented into classroom curriculum, and also contains STEM-related articles and editorials, and teaching tips and ideas.

www.teachstemnow.com

 

Thinkfinity 

Thinkfinity is Verizon’s keynote vehicle for delivering powerful education and literacy tools to teachers. librarians, students, parents and nonprofits.  It’s designed to improve learning and student achievement in traditional settings and beyond the classroom.

http://www.thinkfinity.org/welcome

 

California Coastal Commission 

The “For Educators” page has detailed information and links to many free resources.

http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/directory/educate.html

 

4imprint onebyone Donations

Provides promotional products to help organizations spread the word, recruit volunteers, thank donors, offer comfort to someone in need, or in some other turn one thing into something much more.  In-kind donations of $500 are awarded each business day.  Applications are due be two months before the proposed event.  See website for online contact form.

http://onebyone.4imprint.com/default.aspx

 

Stop Bullying Now 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) offers a website on bullying for kids.  The site defines bullying and describes ways in which kids can stop or prevent bullying from occurring.  The definition includes cyber-bullying, and describes specific ways in which some children use e-mail, social networking or texting to bully other children.  An adult page on the site provides in-depth information and resources on bullying for parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults in contact with youth.  For more information, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/

 

Howtosmile.org 

Launched by the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Howtosmile.org, is an online collection of thousands of hands-on, interactive science and math activities dedicated to making learning exciting and engaging for everyone.  All the activities at the site are free and there is no subscription required.  The website brings together a consortium of science museums across the country to empower educators working with school-aged children in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

http://howtosmile.org/

 

www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/index.html 

The Educational Materials section at NASA’s website has available classroom activities, teacher guides, posters, and other educational materials. 

 

www.ebmud.com/for-teachers

Your resource for student workbooks and teacher guides, events, contests, grants, outdoor education program and community resources for teachers.  Printed copies of “Currents” and paper order forms will no longer be mailed to schools.  Order your EBMUD classroom materials online! 

 

VSP’s Sight for Students Program

This program offers free eye exams and glasses for students who are from low-income families and uninsured.  To find out more about whether there are VSP partners available and participating in this program near your school, visit their website at http://www.sightforstudents.org/

 

www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants/us/programs/techloop.html  Educational resources for grades 4 through 6 on technology and the environment.

 

www.digitalwish.com

 

https://www.healthiergeneration.org/

 

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/

 

www.AdoptAClassroom.org

 

www.classroomwishlist.org

 

www.DonorsChoose.org

 

http://givv.org/recipients/i-love-schools-inc

 

www.healthinschools.org

 

http://www.afterschoolnetwork.org/

 

http://www.edweek.org

 

http://www.eschoolnews.com

 

Shopping Online Can Increase Your Classroom Funding

BuyToTeach.com exists to increase the resources available to education. It is a new, exciting and simple concept that partners with schools or classrooms to re-direct the commissions paid when shoppers make online purchases. This partnership will provide cash contributions to your school or classroom for every purchase made in your BuyToTeach Mall. For more information, go to www.buytoteach.com/BTTHome.aspx.

 

*Please email robertss@mdusd.org to share your success stories about any of the resources and/or grants you receive.