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Current Grants Available

“Linking Resources to Support Student Success”


Mt. Diablo Unified School District



(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)


MAY 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


2017 Innovation Educator Grant Program  NEW!   

Purpose: To support United States based K-12 teachers in the design, development, implementation, and growth of new personalized learning projects.  The program identifies and awards school and classroom leaders focused on overcoming achievement gaps, driving engagement, and personalizing learning for their students.  Proposals for robotics programs and engineering and engineering-related programs are not eligible. 

Funder: The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.

Applicant: Applicants must be a licensed educator in grades K-12, employed by an accredited educational institution in the United States and propose an innovative project that relates specifically to a replicable blended, online, or personalized learning opportunity.

Amount: One-time grants of up to $10,000 per project.  Grant funds may be used for: 

technology, professional development, curriculum, software, classroom supplies and related

materials.  Grants may not be used for facility costs or salary or payroll expenses. 

Deadline: May 19, 2017.





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:   August 1st and February 1st annually.




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        

August 1                      October                                    November 1

November 1                 January                                    February 1





Technology Grants




School Climate and Safety Grants




Arts and Enrichment Grants


National YoungArts Foundation Competition  NEW!

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.




Youth and Community Development Grants



Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Grant 

Purpose:   To provide funding reimbursement for meals served to children who are on school vacation in areas where 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.  Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies; public and private schools; Indian tribal governments; units of local, municipal, or county governments; and other public or private nonprofit agencies.  Summer sites must be established to serve all children in the community while on school vacation and not enrolled for day care.  Meals must be served to all children at the same time.  Sponsoring agencies serving snacks after school, must serve meals during summer vacation. 

Amount: Sponsors receive reimbursement based on the number and types of meals served multiplied by the operational and administrative rate.  There is $33,000,000 in federal funds available for SFSP.

Deadline: June 1, 2017. 




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








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: May 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.



Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest   NEW!       

Purpose: To recognize students who make their own special-event attire and accessories from Duck Tape.  To enter, high school students attending prom are asked to submit photos of themselves wearing their creations to prom.  Entries will be judged based on workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Tape. 

Funder: ShurTech Brands.

Applicant: High school students in the United States or Canada who are at least 14 years of age or older.

Amount: Grand prize winning couple each receives a $10,000 college scholarship, the second place couple each receives $5,000, and the third place couple receives $3,000 each. The remaining students in the top 10 will each receive a $1,000 prize.  Additionally, one “Singles” category winner will be awarded a $1,000 prize.

Deadline: May 31, 2017 for entry submissions.  Each entry will be scored by a panel of judges from June 1, 2017 through June 8, 2017, and the top scoring finalists will move on to Community Voting which will run from June 14, 2017 through July 5, 2017.  The final winners will be announced on or about July 12, 2017.



Roads to Reading Literacy Initiative  NEW!  

Purpose: To provide new books for remedial reading programming to organizations located in underserved areas within the United States.  Books are provided for library circulation and story times in school and public libraries, remedial reading programs in schools, afterschool programs, community centers and story time in home daycares and daycare centers.

Funder: Pathways Within, Inc.

Applicant: Charter, private and public schools, daycare centers, home daycares (with state licenses), public and private school and community libraries, community centers, afterschool programming, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  Our giving preference will be for programming that provides reading remediation instruction that is conducted in a structured environment and has been in existence for a minimum of six months and libraries in small communities. 

Amount: In-kind book donations.

Deadline: Applications are accepted May 1 through June 1, 2017.


2017 iPads for Apraxia Program  NEW!   

Purpose: To provide qualified children with a diagnosis of apraxia of speech with iPads and protective cases in order to assist with speech practice and use as a communication tool, incentive and educational support. 

Funder: The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association.

Applicant: Children ages 3-18 who have a primary diagnosis of apraxia of speech from a speech-language pathologist and are currently in speech therapy.  Financial restrictions apply.

Amount: In-kind donations of iPads.

Deadline: June 1 and August 1.



National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants  NEW!   

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:   June 1, 2017 and October 15, 2017.



National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants  NEW!        

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:   June 1 and October 15, 2017.




2017 Parent Group of the Year Contest

Purpose: To shine a spotlight on the great, often underappreciated work being done by parent groups at elementary and middle schools across the country.  Applicants can apply under eight categories.

Funder: PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) Today.

Applicant: All parent groups, such as parent teacher organizations, parent teacher associations, home and school associations, parent teacher councils, etc.

Amount: Grants up to $3,000.

Deadline: June 2, 2017.



The Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To support students who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an institute affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. 

Funder: The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.,

Applicant: Qualifying applicants must have completed high school, will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2017, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States, demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA), demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity, be under the age of 30 and be a United States citizen.

Amount: Ten scholarships of up to $2,500 each will be awarded in each of the 50 states. 

Deadline: June 15, 2017



California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) School Garden Program  NEW!   

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 not 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: June 15, 2017 and January 15, 2018.



2017 Creatively Alive Children Grant  NEW!

Purpose: To provide grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary and middle schools.  Proposed plans should address specific needs and interests of the school’s professional learning community.  Applicants should consider how they’d create the team, craft a common vision, chart a strategic plan, embrace art-infused teaching strategies, build creative confidence, teach design thinking, align standards; embed creativity into the school culture, and use professional development, peer observation, and coaching to implement the plan.

Funder:  The Crayola Company. 

Applicant: Elementary and middle schools.

Amount: Each winning school receives $2,500 and $1,000 in Crayola products.

Deadline: June 23, 2017.



The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund  NEW! 

Purpose: To support music education by providing children with the opportunity to experience classical music firsthand at live performances.  Priority will be given to music education programs and initiatives that directly support the purchase of tickets for music education students for live classical music performances.  Classical musical education – vocal or instrumental – must be the key component of any music program requesting funds.  Schools and programs must already have an existing music program/curriculum in place. 

Funder: The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund.

Applicant: Public or charter schools or non-profit/501(c)(3) programs directly funding music education, serving students (K-12) regardless of their ability to pay. 

Amount: Grants up to $500.

Deadline: June 30, 2017.



2017 Taking Roots Scholarship Program  NEW!  

Purpose: To award scholarships to students pursuing full-time studies in forestry, plant sciences, horticulture, entomology, environmental science, or a related major at an accredited two-or four-year college. 

Funder: Arborjet.

Applicant: Must - Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States; be high school seniors; plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2016-17 academic year; plan to pursue a forestry course of study or related major. 

Amount: Ten $1,000 awards will be granted.

Deadline: June 30, 2017.




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 June 30, September 30, December 31 and March 31 annually.




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:   July 1 and October 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.



California Casualty Academic Award  NEW!  

Purpose:  To help public school teachers cover expenses for classroom materials that teachers often purchase from their own pocket.

Funder: California Casualty Management Company.

Applicant: Eligible applicants may be active or retired employees of a public school serving kindergarten through grade 12 located in the United States.  Applicants must be a current member of the California Teachers Association, National Education Association (NEA) or referred by a current member of the state NEA affiliate or another of California Casualty’s participating educator associations.

Amount: Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded.  Winners are selected from a random drawing of eligible entries.  Academic grants are paid to the winning school. 

Deadline:  July 7, 2017. 




The Robert J. Stevenson Scholarship   NEW!  

Purpose:  To assist a classroom teacher working toward an advanced degree to enhance teacher leadership skills.  Applicants may be engaged in the study of curriculum and instruction or supervision.  The scholarship may be used for tuition, books or other education expenses.

Funder: The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and The Stevenson Family.

Applicant: Eligible applicants must be an ATE member, a full or part-time graduate student; and have a GPA of 3.0. 

Amount: One scholarship of $1,200 is awarded. 

Deadline:  July 15, 2017.



The D’Addario Foundation Grants  NEW!

Purpose: To provide monetary and product support to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education.

Funder: The D’Addario Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations and public schools.

Amount: The average grant award is $2,500.  The foundation also makes in-kind product donations.

Deadline:  Letter of Inquiry deadline July 31, 2017.  You must submit a letter of inquiry before being invited to submit a formal grant application.   Application deadline is September 30, 2017. 




Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants  NEW!  OPENS AUGUST 2017!

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 501c(3) status, please apply through your school.  Pre-schools are not eligible.

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

Deadline: To be determined.



Les Paul Music Grants  NEW!

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: September 15 and January 15 annually.



Project Learning Tree Grants  NEW!

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.



Green Thumb Challenge Grant  NEW!   

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.



Target Field Trip Grants  NEW! 

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.



The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant  NEW!

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.



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.



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.



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.



Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program  NEW! 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.



Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants Program  NEW!   

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.



Shell Science Lab Challenge  NEW!        

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.



Walmart Community Grant Program  NEW!     

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.



The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program  NEW!

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.







MassMutual Foundation  NEW! 

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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




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.



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.



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.



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 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.



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.



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.



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.




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.



California Coastal Commission 

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



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.



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/



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.



www.48HourPrint.com Giving Across America Program 

48HourPrint.com seeks to help nonprofits, charities, churches and schools offset costs and help in furthering these organizations’ goals by providing printed materials for fundraising and promotional needs.  They will provide in-kind donations of printed materials on a rolling basis.  The contact is Kevin Plankey, (617) 391-9547, email:  kevin.plankey@48HourPrint.com.  The web address is




TheUltimateGreenStore.com announced the launch of the Save the Planet – Sustain a School program.  The fundraising program offers schools the chance to post an Ultimate Green Store banner on their website, and earn 10 percent of every completed purchase made through it.  Visit the website for more information.



This four-page, tabloid-style publication for grades 3-5 is available in sets of 30 for $5.00.  It features articles such as “Crust Starts on the Farm” explaining how pizza crust is made from wheat and including facts about what production.  The “Pizza History Timeline” goes all the way back to 4000 BC, when Egyptians first began making bread with yeast.  To order, visit www.fb-orders.com/ageducate.



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



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.
























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.