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Current Grants Available

“Linking Resources to Support Student Success”


Mt. Diablo Unified School District



(Grant Research, Information and News Distribution)


FEBRUARY ISSUE                                                                                                          2018



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


After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program  NEW!

Purpose: To provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe, constructive alternatives for students in K through 9th grade.  This program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49.  Funding is designed to:  (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit quality applications throughout California.

Funder: California Department of Education. (CDE)

Applicant: Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies.  This is for ASES programs at elementary and middle/junior high schools.  

Amount: Maximum of $122,850 for elementary schools and a maximum of $163,800 for middle schools.

Deadline:  February 28, 2018.




Learning Communities for School Success (LCSSP) Program  NEW!

Purpose: To provide funds to local education agencies (LEAs) to support programs aimed at improving student outcomes by reducing truancy and supporting students who are at risk of dropping out of school or are victims of crime.  The LCSSP is the result of Proposition 47, which reduced the penalties for certain non-serious, non-violent offenses and allocates 25% of the resulting statewide savings for LEA grants.

Funder: California Department of Education. (CDE)

Applicant: Local educational agencies (LEAs).  All LEAs, which include school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools are eligible to apply.  However, LEAs with high chronic absenteeism, dropout, and out-of-school suspension rates will be given priority. 

Amount: $10,000,000 total available.  The recipient amount varies.  Approved LEAs will receive $50 per 2017/18 enrolled student for each year of the three-year grant.  Minimum three-year grants for LEAs with 100 or less enrollment will be $15,000.  Maximum LEA grants will be $2,000,000.  There is a match requirement.

Deadline:  March 14, 2018.



2018 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grants Program  NEW!

Purpose: To support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.  This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. 

Funder: The United States Environmental Protection Agency. (EPA)

Applicant: Local education agencies, state education and environmental agencies, college and universities, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and tribal education agencies.  Organizations must be located in the United States or its territories, and the majority of the educational activities must take place in the U.S. and Canada or Mexico, or in the U.S. territories. 

Amount: Ten RFPs are being issued nationally, one in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for a total funding of up to $3 million nationwide.  The EPA expects to award three or four grants from each of the EPA’s 10 regional offices for a total of approximately 30 to 35 grants nationwide.  California is in Region 9 with Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands.

Deadline:  March 15, 2018.




2018 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education 

Purpose: To honor those who exemplify commitment to learning, discipline, character-building, and high expectations.  Nominees should be for a teacher who is having a huge, positive impact on students, making a real difference not just for the present, but also for the rest of their lives. Funder: TheBestSchools.org

Applicant: The 2018 prize will go to a United States based classroom teacher, defined as an educator who teaches primary or secondary school students (grades K-12) in a classroom environment.  The prize is alternated between teacher and administrator every other year. 

Amount:  Winner receives $10,000 and the winner’s school also receives a $10,000 grant.

Deadline: March 31, 2018.



2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge  NEW! 

Purpose: To challenge asks students to identify a solution to an everyday problem that directly impacts them, their families, their communities, and /or the global population.  The student must:  Create a one- to two-minute video that explains the problem and how it impacts them, their families, their communities and/or the global population; Describe a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem; Explain the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics behind their innovation; and Illustrates how their innovation could both address the everyday problem they’ve identified and have a broader impact locally or globally.

Funder: Discovery Education in partnership with 3M Corporation and Science Olympiad.

Applicant: United States residents who are students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school.  Former Young Scientist Challenge finalists are not eligible to enter the contest. 

Amount:  The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and an opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show titled “America’s Top Young Scientist.”  Three runner-ups will have the opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show. Many other prizes are available for runners-up.

Deadline: 8:00pm EST on April 19, 2018.




2018 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes 

Purpose: To offer one school a chance to win a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies or technology. 

Funder: The Siemens Foundation along with Discovery Education.

Applicant: K-12 schools.  Educators can enter daily.  The winner will be chosen through random drawing. 

Amount:  $10,000 award.

Deadline: April 27, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.




Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 

Purpose: To honor teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science), and recognize those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.  Anyone – principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public – may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers.  Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. 

Funder: The National Science Foundation. (NSF)

Applicant: Mathematics and science teachers (including computer science) working in grades


Amount: A $10,000 award from NSF.  Award recipient will also receive:  a certificate signed by the president of the United States; a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Deadline:  May 1, 2018.




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




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.




Technology Grants




School Climate and Safety Grants




Arts and Enrichment Grants


Doodle for Google Contest  NEW!   

Purpose: This year’s contest asks students to create a Google Doodle based on what inspires them. 

Funder: Google Corporation.

Applicant: Eligibility is open to students in grades K-12, and parents, teachers, nonprofits, and afterschool program are welcome to enter artwork on behalf of students.  Teachers can enter multiple doodles at one time, but only one original doodle per student.

Amount: The national winner receives a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on Google, and a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school or nonprofit organization, a trip to Google headquarters in California, and fun Google swag.  Four national finalists will have their doodles featured on the Doodle 4 Google gallery, and will receive:  a $5,000 college scholarship, a trip to Google headquarters in California, Google hardware and fun Google swag.  State and territory winners will also win prizes.

Deadline:  March 2, 2018.



GRAMMY Music Educator Award  NEW!   

Purpose: To shine a spotlight on the excellent and impactful work being done by thousands of music teachers across the United States. 

Funder: GRAMMY in the Schools, NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants), National Association for Music Education, and the National Education Association.

Applicant: In order to be eligible, teachers must teach music full-time in public or private schools, kindergarten through college.  Teachers must not be planning to retire at the end of the current school year.  Music educator applicants are evaluated based on the demonstrated evidence that the nominated educator has achieved the following:  educator has made a measurable difference in the lives of students; educator has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education; educator is an exemplar of the best in the field; educator has shown commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools; and educator has made a significant impact on his or her school or community. 

Amount: The winner receives a custom award and a $10,000 honorarium.  Finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium, while semifinalists receive a $500 honorarium.

Deadline:  Nominations are due March 15, 2018.  Teachers must submit their applications by March 31, 2018.




2019 Challenge America Grants Program   

Purpose: To extend the arts to underserved populations.  Underserved populations include those limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.  Applicants may apply for funding under the following categories:

  • Guest artist project type
  • Public art projects
  • Cultural tourism

Projects that involve K-12 standards-based arts instruction are not eligible; although, other classes and workshops are eligible expenses but must culminate in a public event with involvement by the participating guest artist. 

Funder:  The National Endowment for the Arts. 

Applicant: Native American tribal governments, institutions of higher education, independent school districts, nonprofit organizations, and city, township, county, state and special district governments.  Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Applicants are encouraged to consider partnership among organizations, both in and outside of the arts. 

Amount:  $10,000 in matching grants. 

Deadline: April 12, 2018.




Youth and Community Development Grants




Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants





Thank America’s Teachers Contest  NEW!

Purpose: To recognize educators for the great work they do every day to make us smarter.  Whether it is a teacher who went the extra mile for your kids or your now retired third grade teacher who taught you to believe in yourself, every person has a story of a teacher who made a positive difference in their life.  Share your heartfelt story and make a difference in their lives.  America’s thank-yous will have the power to help teachers deliver even more success for their classrooms, schools and communities.

Funder: Farmers Insurance Exchange and Adopt a Classroom. 

Applicant: Full-time, employed school teachers K-12 grade, who have been officially thanked at www.thankamericasteachers.com, who have not been a “THANK AMERICA’S TEACHERS” $2,500 contest winner, and who are legal residents of the United States. 

Amount: Grants up to $2,500.  The funds will be awarded to the teacher in his/her name through AdoptAClassroom.org.  180 teachers will receive $2,500 grants to fund projects in the classroom.

Deadlines:  February 27, May 30 and September 27, 2018.





Jan 10 -  Feb 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

March 1-31, 2018


Apr 2 – May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

June 1-30, 2018


July 2 – Sept 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

Oct 1-31, 2018





Award for Outstanding Teacher  NEW!

Purpose: To honor one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in and understanding of educational technology implementation, who is passionate about teaching, and who has examples of successful lessons.

Funder: The International Society for Technology in Education. (ISTE)

Applicant: PreK-12 teachers.

Amount: Winner receives:  Recognition at the ISTE Conference & Expo; Complimentary registration to the ISTE Conference & Expo; Up to $1,000 travel stipend to attend the ISTE Conference & Expo; A $1,500 cash prize; A one-year ISTE membership; An engraved plaque recognizing the recipient’s outstanding achievement; Recognition in ISTE publications, in press releases provided to local media, and on iste.org.

Deadline:  February 28, 2018.



Chipotle Reading Rewards  NEW!

Purpose: To encourage schools and libraries to start or continue reading programs.  By doing so we are helping young readers develop their love of reading. 

Funder: Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Applicant: K-12 teachers.  Your application must be submitted on behalf of the entire school, and must be completed by the principal, assistant principal, librarian/media specialist, teacher, secretary or PTO/PTA president.

Amount: The rewards include special bookmarks that include free Kid’s Meal cards (for grades K-5) or Buy-One/Get-One Free entrée cards (for grades 6 and up).

Deadline:  February 28, 2018.  You will know if your application is approved by March 15th.  Approved applications will receive their Reading Rewards at the beginning of April.  Reading Rewards should be awarded to readers no later than Sept 1st as they expire of September 30, 2018.




TeenDrive 365 in School Video Challenge

Purpose:   The challenge asks students in grades 9-12 to create videos to help teens think twice about making bad decisions behind the wheel.  Entries should be between 30-60 seconds in length and demonstrate the best solution for distracted driving. 

Funder: Discovery Education and Toyota.

Applicant: Legal residents of the United States who are at least thirteen (13) years of age and are students enrolled in 9th – 12th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in the United States at the time of entry and when the prizes are awarded. 

Amount: Awards range from $1,000 - $15,000. 

Deadline: February 28, 2018.  Judging will conclude on or before March 28, 2018 to determine ten (10) finalists and other prize winners.  The “Public Voting Period” will begin on or about 5:00pm ET on April 20, 2018 through 5:00pm ET on April 24, 2018.  This entry will be named the “People’s Choice” winner.  The winners will be announced in the Spring of 2018.



2018 National Youth Science (NYS) Camp 

Purpose: To send two high school seniors who show academic achievement in one or more areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for an “experience of a lifetime” at the 2018 NYS Camp.  The camp is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school.  Chosen students participate in lectures and hands-on studies and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program.  The camp is held in Charleston, West Virginia, from June 27 to July 21. 

Funder: The National Youth Science Center.

Applicant: Graduating high school seniors.

Amount: Cost of camp, including meals, lodging and air travel. 

Deadline:  February 28, 2018, by 6pm eastern standard time.



Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators  NEW!

Purpose: To recognize outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Applicants will be chosen based on innovation, achievement, service to the community and underserved populations, leadership, integration, sample teaching materials and letters of support.

Funder: The United States Environmental Protection Agency. 

Applicant: K-12 educators that teach on a full-time basis in a public school that is operated by a local education agency, including schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education.  In addition, the applicant must have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least three years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum, and anticipate a classroom teaching assignment involving environmental education for the upcoming year.

Amount: Winning teachers receive an award plaque, an award up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education, and a congratulatory letter from a senior official from the EPA and/or the White House.  The winning teachers’ LEAs also receive awards up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

Deadline:  March 1, 2018.




School Nutrition Association Award Programs 

Purpose:   There are three award programs:

  • Employee of the Year – recognizes nonmanagerial school nutrition employees for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.
  • Manager of the Year – recognizes school nutrition managers for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.
  • Director of the Year – recognizes school nutrition directors for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.

Funder: The School Nutrition Association.

Applicant: Individuals.

Amount: National winners will receive a plaque and an all-expenses paid trip to the Annual National Conference, up to $1,000.

Deadline:  March 1, 2018.




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:  March 1 and October 1, annually.



Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship  NEW!

Purpose: To help high school seniors who are bound for college in the fall. 

Funder: Travis Credit Union.

Applicant: Must be a Travis Credit Union member in good standing; A graduating high school senior; GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and Travis Credit Union employees, volunteers and their immediate family members are not eligible.  In addition to the scholarship application, applicants must submit a personal statement essay, a school transcript, certified by a high school official, and one letter of reference from a teacher verifying scholastic honors and awards, leadership, extracurricular activities, community involvement and employment.

Amount: Twenty $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Deadline:  March 5, 2018, by the close of business.




13th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest 

Purpose: The contest asks students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics.  Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question, “Do you think medical professionals should be required for all genetic testing, or should consumers  have direct access to predictive genetic testing?” 

Funder: The American Society of Human Genetics.

Applicant: Students in grades 9-12.

Amount: Student awards range from $100-$1,000.  Winners’ teachers receive genetics materials grants ranging from $400-$1,000.

Deadline:  March 9, 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: March 10, 2018.  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.




Assistance League of Diablo Valley High School Seniors Scholarships 

Purpose: To aid students with college expenses based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Must be a graduating senior entering a two-year or four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on official transcript.  Must have a financial need and be a resident of Contra Costa County, California.  Must have community involvement, school activities, if applicable, work hours.  Applicant does not have to be a chapter member or a relative of a chapter member of the Assistance League of Diablo Valley.  A complete application must be submitted, including one school recommendation, one community recommendation, financial report and a personal statement.

Amount: Maximum amount is $6,000.

Deadline: March 13, 2018.



Assistance League of Diablo Valley Foster Youth Scholarships 

Purpose: To aid students with college expenses based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of Contra Costa County and living in the county or elsewhere, or a current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of another county, but living in Contra Costa County; High school graduates, G.E.D. recipients, or other students eligible to attend or enrolled in an accredited four-year college, community college or vocational school or community college graduates transferring to an accredited four-year college or university.

Amount: Awards range from $500 to $4,000.

Deadline: March 14, 2018.



Seed Fund Grants  NEW!

Purpose: To provide small grants to organizations that offer innovative solutions to challenges in the areas of social finance, food and agriculture, education and the arts, or ecological stewardship.

Funder: RSF Social Finance.

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations, schools, institutions of higher education, units of government and tribal organizations.

Amount: Grants range from $500 – $3,500.

Deadline:  March 15, 2018.



Young Scholars Program  NEW!

Purpose: To support selected students from 8th grade through high school with academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school. 

Funder: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Applicant: Must currently be in 7th grade; Earn grades of all or mostly A’s with no C’s in core academic subjects during 6th and 7th grade; Have a family adjusted gross income of less than $95,000; Be willing to participate in required multi-week residential summer programs.

Amount: Scholars receive:  Academic and college counseling, including college tour and visits; Financial support for academic and extracurricular enrichment, including study abroad and internships; A guided pathway to college success; A community of ambitious peers and mentorship opportunities.

Deadline:  March 21, 2018.



Painting a Brighter Future Grant Program   NEW!

Purpose: To provide schools with paint grants.  True Value retailers selects a deserving school that has a need for paint and submits an application on their behalf.

Funder: The True Value Company.

Applicant: K-12 public, private and parochial schools.

Amount: Grants consist of 30 gallons of EasyCare Ultra-premium interior and/or exterior paint.

Deadline:  March 30, 2018.




The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants Program 

Purpose: To offer funding and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for a school or library. 

Funder: The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Applicant: Public schools, public libraries and public preschool programs.  Programs may serve children in grades preK-12.  Only one application per school or library.

Amount: Grants up to $500.

Deadline: March 31, 2018.




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




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:  April 1, July 1, October 1 and January 2, 2019.



Wonder Certified Kind Classroom Initiative   

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: April 1, 2018 is the deadline for the “Fill a Jar with Kindness In Your Classroom” contest. 



School Nutrition Foundation Professional Development Scholarships  NEW! 

Purpose:   To provide School Nutrition Association (SNA) members with funding for tuition and books for the following school year.

Funder: The School Nutrition Foundation.

Applicant: Applicants must be:  An active SNA member, who has been a SNA member for at least one year; Currently employed in school foodservice as an operator or state agency (industry and student members are not eligible); and Enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a degree or certificate program at a vocational or technical, undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate level in the United States in a program of study that falls into one or more of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Professional Standards subject areas.

Amount: Awards up to $2,500.

Deadline:  April 2, 2018.




The National Society of High School Scholars School Counselor Appreciation Grants 

Purpose: The NSHSS is seeking applications for its NSHSS School Counselor Appreciation Grants.  The grants seek to enable American School Counselor Association members to attend the 2018 national conference in Los Angeles from July 14 – 17, 2018.  The funds may be used to defray the costs of conference registration, travel and accommodations. 

Funder: The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) in collaboration with the American School Counselor Association. (ASCA).

Applicant: Any high school counselor and ASCA member currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States.

Amount: Five $1,000 grants will be awarded.

Deadline: April 15, 2018.




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:  April 15, October 15 and January 15 annually.



Carton 2 Garden Contest 

Purpose:   To encourage kids to use their imaginations to repurpose their milk and juice cartons into a creation that fosters environmental stewardship and focuses on the creation of school gardens.  This program is part of Evergreen Packaging’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among consumers on the eco-friendly benefits of paper cartons. 

Funder: Kidsgardening.org and Evergreen Packaging.

Applicant: Any school (public, private, or charter) grades PreK-12.  Your school does not need a garden to participate.

Amount: There are fourteen (14) awards being offered.  One grand prize winner will receive a prize valued at $5,000.  Three winners will be selected for exemplary demonstration in the following specialty areas:  STEM, Sustainability, and Health & Wellness.  These three winners will receive a prize valued at $2,500 each.  Ten winners, five from middle/high school and five from elementary school, will receive award packages valued at $1,000 each.

Deadline: April 16, 2018.



Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools & Technology Grants (Pre-K-12) 

Purpose: To encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools to help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions.  When used appropriately, they can enhance other effective teaching and promote meaningful learning opportunities for students.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Isabelle P. Rucker Fund.

Applicant: Must be a current (on or before April 20, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership, and currently teach mathematics in grades Pre-K-12 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $3,000.

Deadline: May 4, 2018.




School In-Service Training Grants Grades PreK-5 

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to elementary schools for in-service education in mathematics.  Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.  No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multi-ethnic student body and its impact on performance.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Clarence Olander Fund.

Applicant: Only schools with a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership are eligible to apply for this grant.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $4,000.

Deadline: May 4, 2018.




School In-Service Training Grants Grades 6-8    

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to middle schools for in-service education in mathematics.  Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.  No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multi-ethnic student body and its impact on performance.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Clarence Olander Fund.

Applicant: Only schools with a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership are eligible to apply for this grant.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $4,000.

Deadline: May 4, 2018.




School In-Service Training Grants Grades 9-12    

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to secondary schools for in-service education in mathematics.  Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.  No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment.  Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multi-ethnic student body and its impact on performance.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Clarence Olander Fund.

Applicant: Only schools with at least one current (on or before April 20, 2018) Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM are eligible to apply for this grant.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $4,000.

Deadline: May 4, 2018.




Program of Mathematics Study & Active Professionalism Grants 

Purpose: To provide financial support for teachers seeking to improve their understanding and appreciation of mathematics by completing course work in school mathematics content and pedagogy working toward an advanced degree, and taking an active professional approach toward teaching mathematics.  The plan may take several forms, such as a multi-year sequence of summer(s) and evening course work, institutes, graduate programs in mathematics education, or leaves of absence. 

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Lola J. May – Shirley M. Frye Fund.

Applicant: Must be a current (on or before April 20, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or must teach at a school with a current (on or before April 20, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  The applicant must be presently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K-6 and intend to continue teaching in the next school year. 

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $24,000.

Deadline: May 4, 2018.





The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants 

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: May 10, 2018. 




National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants 

Purpose:  To help educators take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.  Funding may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.  The foundation gives preference to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning.  It also strongly encourages education support professionals to apply for funding in any area.

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.  Applicants must be current members of the NEA.

Amount: Grants are awarded in amounts of $2,000 and $5,000. 

Deadlines:   June 1 and October 15, 2018.




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 study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  All professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement. The foundation gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant:  Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals to apply.  Education 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.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000.  The $2,000 grant amount is for individuals and $5,000 is for groups engaged in collegial study.  Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.  Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.

Deadlines:  June 1 and October 15, 2018.



Pets in the Classroom Grants 

Purpose:  To provide financial support for teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. 

Funder: Pets in the Classroom.

Applicant: PreK-9 grade public or private classrooms.

Amount: Applicants may apply for one of the following grants:  store grants (choose one of six participating retailers); rebate grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish, reptile, or amphibian); or sustaining ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet).

Deadline: June 1, 2018.



2018 Creatively Alive Children Grant  

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 in collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Applicant: Elementary and middle schools.

Amount: Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Deadline: June 22, 2018.



Wines ‘Til Sold Out Scholarship Program  NEW!

Purpose: The scholarship program seeks to reward five students who produce the most thought-provoking answers to the question:  What can be done to establish and maintain strong relationships with customers in the digital age?

Funder: Wines ‘Til Sold Out.

Applicant: Any students who are entering or currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program for the 2018-19 school year in the United States. 

Amount: Five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Deadline:  June 30, 2018.




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.




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:  September 15 and January 15 annually.




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 Air Force twice a year.  October 10 and February 10.






Interactive, On-Demand Algebra Tutorials 

Designed by Benciti Technology, the Algebra on Nudge app for iOS and Android presents interactive, on-demand algebra tutorials that include practice problems for students in grades 6–9 to attempt to solve on their mobile devices. The tutorials “nudge” students toward the solution to an algebra problem one step at a time. When they get stuck, students can ask for a hint or a demonstration of how to solve the problem. Nudge also shows students where they made mistakes in coming up with their solution. Students can practice, learn, and master linear equations using the Nudge algebra app. The app chooses interactions that best suit a topic and provides visual cues designed to reinforce concepts. With intuitive gestures and resulting visual transformations, Nudge provides a unique sensory learning experience for an abstract topic such as algebra. Solutions are worked out to look like handwritten answers. Teachers can view reports that provide comprehensive feedback, including ratings for each concept that is practiced and applied. Cost: Free


Course Hero 

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.



U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 

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.




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.



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.




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.
























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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.