You've got great project ideas, but you need funding!
As great teachers who work resolutely to provide the best education for our students, we're really busy. According to NSTA Reports (summer 2013, p.6) the biggest hurdle to procuring grant funding is finding the time to research and prepare the applications. Here we provide some ideas to help with the research phase.
This site is a centralized location where you can find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the system stores information on over 1,000 grant programs, and evaluates grant applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies. Browse categories and use keywords to search.
STEM Supplies has a useful “STEM Funding Finder” where you can search for opportunities to obtain funds, by state.
Have a creative hands-on STEM project? $3000 to three elementary, middle or high schools. The deadline is November 14, 2014.
Grants, of a minimum of $50,000 per year, are provided to support the development and implementation of programs. The Foundation will provide funds for the purchase of equipment related to programs activities (i.e., computers, activity trunks, laboratory equipment, water and air monitoring apparatus, etc.) as long as the cost of the equipment does not exceed 30 percent of the total grant application.
Targeting grades K-5 Project Based Learning in math or science instruction with measureable outcomes. $1000 grants are available with applications due Oct 1st each year.
Targeting grades 6-12 Project Based Learning in math or science. Applications for less than $5000 are accepted year round, if greater than $5000 there are deadlines of Feb 1st and Aug 1st of each year.
These guys sell STEM education kits, but they also have an extensive list of STEM education grant opportunities. You can subscribe to their newsletter, too.
Biennial grants focusing on K-12 education: schools, libraries, science centers, and after school academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs are eligible. Projects might include science and technology fairs, family science nights, robotics, Lego leagues, and school gardens. This fund supports communities in which Monsanto employees live and work – only these Illinois counties: Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Macoupin, Jersey, Bond, Calhoun, Clinton.
Public K-12 schools, among others, are encouraged to apply; no private schools. One of their strategic focus areas is STEM education. Applications are accepted year-round. Apply online.
They don't accept unsolicited grant requests, but they have their own employee education volunteer programs and provide cash donations for your organization's employee volunteers.
A collection of over 2,000 grants and opportunities from federal, state, regional and community sources available to public and private, preK–12 schools, districts and educators. Updated and monitored daily, you can search by six criteria, including areas of focus, content areas and 21st century themes and skills that support your curriculum. You can save information if you register. Sponsored by CDW, a provider of integrated information technology solutions in the US and Canada.
All sorts of information on finding funders, including a list of the top 100 US Foundations. Some info is by subscription only. Perhaps your school librarian can help you find an organization with a subscription that you can use.
You ask, the donors choose. This online charity provides teachers an opportunity to request funds for classroom projects. Donors give any amount to projects of their choice. When a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose ships the materials to the school. The donors receive photos of the project in action, a letter from you and your students, and accounting of how all monies were spent.
Here is interesting reading if you are interested in the above funding source.
$500 for Professional Development or Classroom Materials. Can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadlines, October 1st and March 1st.
Grants available to support youth education; specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. $20,000 -$75,000 provided over a one-year period. The application is online and there are deadlines throughout the year.
Located near DeKalb? 3M is looking to support primary and secondary student achievement in STEM but you must be located near their facility.
This program allows schools and educational nonprofit organizations to view and select the computer equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess.
Grants specifically for probeware.
The International Society for Technology in Education, go to their site and search “grants” for changing information.
Tips for procuring technology through grants
Apply for specific grants listed on their website, and browse for others. There are also Lesson Plans and opportunities to fund raise.
Best Buy recognizes the need for our youth to be tech-savvy and develop 21st-century skills. They offer grants and also exciting programming for kids.