Category Archives: grant opportunites

Check It Out: New Grant Opportunity!

Foundation Grants from the Lumina Foundation for Education- Giving on a national basis. The foundation’s primary goal is to raise the proportion of the U.S. adult population who earn college degrees to 60 percent by 2025. The foundation is dedicated to expanding access and success in education beyond high school. While their mission focuses on both student access and success in higher education, the foundation’s emphasis is on attainment, defined as completing post-secondary certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees and credentials.

States: All States

Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $500,000.00

Total Amount: $30,000,000.00 – $60,000,000.00

Address: PO Box 1806, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1806

Telephone: 317-951-5300

E-mail: newinquiry@luminafoundation.org

Website: The Lumina Foundation

Eligibility: Higher Education, Other

Program Areas: Adult Literacy, Arts, Early Childhood, General Education, Health/PE, Library, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Special Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Vocational

Deadline: Ongoing

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 Educational Grants from the Mockingbird Foundation- Grants given to support K-12 music education on a national basis. Education may include the provision of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. Mockingbird is particularly interested in projects that foster self-esteem and free expression. The Foundation is interested in targeting children 18 years or younger, but will consider projects which benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students.

States: All States

Average Amount: $100.00 – $5,000.00

E-mail: grants@mbird.org

Website: The Mockingbird Foundation

Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other

Program Areas: Arts, At-Risk/Character

Deadline: 8/1/2014

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Check It Out: New Grant Opportunity!

Foundation Grants from the Easton Sports Development Foundation II- the goal of The Easton Sports Development Foundation is to promote the sport of archery and/or bow hunting and continue these efforts through college and university programs. We want to be a catalyst in the development of archery as a mainstream sport and help it to grow at the state, regional, and national level. Requests for less than $25,000.00 can be submitted at any time.

States: All States

Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $50,000.00

Total Amount: $1,000,000.00 – 5,000,000.00

Address: 7855 Haskell Avenue, Suite 360, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Telephone: 818-909-2207 Ext. 306

E-mail: ibriones@esdf.org

Website: Easton Sports Development Foundation II

Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other

Program Areas: Health/PE

Deadline: 3/1/2014

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Computing Education for the 21st Century from the National Science Foundation- the Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a robust computing research community, a computationally competent 21st century workforce, and a computationally empowered citizenry. In this undertaking, there are three interrelated challenges: the significant underproduction of degrees needed for the computing and computing-related workforce, the longstanding underrepresentation of many segments of our population, and the lack of a presence of computing in K-12. CE21 thus supports efforts in three tracks: Computing Education Research, CS 10K, and Broadening Participation.

States: All States

Average Amount: $600,000.00 – $1,000,000.00

Total Amount: $15,000,000.00

Address: 4201 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22230

Telephone: 703-292-8900

E-mail: jcuny@nsf.gov

Website: National Science Foundation

Eligibility: Public School, Higher Education, Other

Program Areas: General Education, Technology

Deadline: 3/12/2014

Check It Out: New Grant Opportunity!

Ford Foundation Educational Grants from The Ford Foundation- The foundations grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Types of grants the foundation makes: General/core support, Project, Planning, Competition, Matching, Recoverable, Individual, Endowment, Foundation-administered project, and Program-related investment.

States: All States

Total Amount: $450,000,000.00 – $480,000,000.00

Average Amount: $100,000.00 – $500,000.00

Address: 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017-4801

Telephone: 212-573-5000

E-mail: office-secretary@fordfound.org

Website: The Ford Foundation

Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other

Program Areas: After-School, Arts, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Technology

Deadline: Ongoing

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EngineerGirl Essay Contest from Lockheed Martin- In honor of the NAE’s 50th anniversary, we invite you to imagine how engineering might change our lives over the next 50 years, in one of the following areas: Nutrition, Health, Communication, Education, or Transportation. Guidelines for length are: Grades 3–5: about 400 to 500 words; Grades 6–8: about 600 to 800 words; and Grades 9–12: about 1100 to 1500 words.

States: All States

Average Amount: $100.00 – $500.00

Address: National Academy of Engineering 500 Fifth St. NW Rm. 1047 Washington, DC 20001

E-mail: EngineerGirl@nae.edu

Website: Engineer Girl

Eligibility: Public School, Private School

Program Areas: General Education, Science/Environmental, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Deadline: 3/1/2014

Grant Writing – Your New Career?

by Neva Fenno, M.S.Ed., MLIS

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You are well on your way to finishing your narrative for your grant application to XYZ Foundation. I’ve been concentrating on the technical aspects of grant writing so you’ll have a template, outline and budget planner to use for any grant application process. Just in time for the holidays, let’s step back and scratch the itch I know you’ve been developing. What’s is like to write grants for a living?

First, I need to help you distinguish between grant writing and grants management. If you’re getting really good at this, and enjoy the process (deadlines and stress included), you may want to explore the wonderful world of a career in grantsmanship. If you are the go-to grants person in your school, you are a grant writer. Your school district most likely has a business manager (many are deputy superintendents) who takes the proceeds of successful grant applications and manages the cash flow and expenditure of those funds. If you haven’t done this yet, make an appointment to sit down with the district business manager to explain your progress and interest in working with him/her to make this process smooth and professional.

If this relationship is already perking along, and you are comfortable with your role and the lines around which you actually experience the money, you’ll also want to make sure your principal is aware of your desires and professional management skills. Your district superintendent will want to be in on these discussions, leaving any one of those people out of your conversation is very bad practice, and your new career will end quickly.

I began my career as a teacher and library media specialist who wanted to bring in some funds to improve my school/s. Sound familiar? Believe me, it is intoxicating when the approval letters start to arrive, and checks are cut. Be sure your foundation managers know to whom they will be sending the funds, and how the checks should be endorsed and deposited. Most likely, you will never see the check, unless it’s a small local grant from a merchant in town who has heard of your project. It is critical that these checks are handled correctly and handed over promptly to the appropriate parties. Make copies of everything, put your paperwork in a binder, and keep it secure. Create a duplicate binder for your business manager and update it for her frequently. Hand deliver checks or send via certified mail.

Pretty soon in my grant writing career, I knew I wanted to do this again, and again, and ….. I had no idea where to take this new found ambition. You have now entered the spooky world of school district politics. The way you approach this, and the manner in which you communicate your intentions is very important. Transparency rocks!

I knew I wanted to broaden my education, so I went back to school to finish a master’s degree in educational administration. Good education junkie that I am, this degree program was heady and full of promise, and I happily completed it for many reasons having nothing to do with grants. The possibilities are endless for advancement in public (or private) education. School districts need great leaders. Keep in mind your school year will lengthen, summer vacations will vanish, and your colleagues will look at you in a whole new light. Don’t get bogged down by faculty room nattering about “those idiots downtown” even if you’ve jumped right in to those conversations in the past. If your plans pan out, you’re about to become an idiot.

My first administrative job in a large urban district was in the curriculum office. This was ideal for me, coming from special education and library media, I could now broaden my outlook to curriculum k-12, a great vantage from which to view the needs of your learning community. If you remember you are creating with standards as your guide (Common Core State Standards), and all subjects as your palette, you can start painting pictures that illustrate the road to the improvement of academic achievement for your students. Remember, it’s not about the money; it’s really about children and their path to learning. You can become well rounded in the curriculum office, or as a principal.

Then as time went by and a position opened up in the grants office, I saw the opportunity and went to work. My responsibilities were for acquiring and managing state, federal, private and corporate grant resources for schools. There were times when I felt I was ill-suited for the job, bean counting and attention to meticulous detail were really not my forte, but I had a great staff of accounting clerks to help me keep it all straight.

I had big wipe off calendars on the wall to keep me on track, and with help from some professionals in the field, it has become a great career. I have now moved on to consulting, blogging and grant making, another avenue with promising career possibilities. For your perusal, I present you with some organizations that may help you decide if this is for you, and help you scratch your itch:

Networking: LinkedIn, Grant Manager Profiles

Education and Training: Lists of degree programs. Professional OrganizationsHow-to sites. and Blogs.

You’ll work long hours, have stressful days, and think you’ve lost your mind on several occasions, but you will join a group of professionals who are in it for the kids in a very big way. If it’s not about the kids, you’re in it for the wrong reason.

Let me know what you think!

Check It Out: New Grant Opportunity!

Mini-Grants from the Music Is Revolution Foundation – The Music Is Revolution Foundation administers a mini-grant program for Music Is Revolution activities designed by teachers to implement, support, and/or improve their ability to provide quality music education for their students. Only projects that clearly contain a music education focus, projects based on the concept of music education, through musical experiences, initiating students into a sense of their social, academic, and cultural identity, and humanizing them through the emotional, cognitive, and/or physical impact of music will be considered.

States: All States

Average Amount: $500.00

Address: PO Box 11899 Portland, OR 97211

E-mail: grants@musicisrevolution.com

Website: Music Is Revolution Foundation

Eligibility: Public School

Program Areas: Arts

Deadline: 1/15/2014

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Educational Grants from the Edward E. Ford Foundation – Giving limited to the U.S. and its protectorates; providing grants for independent secondary education only. Independent secondary schools must hold full and active membership in National Association of Independent Schools to be eligible for consideration. No grants to individuals, or for emergency funds or deficit financing and no support for public elementary or college-level schools, schools that have been applicants within the last three years, or schools that do not have individual membership in NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).

States: All States

Total Amount: $2,727,000.00

Average Amount: $50,000.00

Address: 66 Pearl St., Ste. 322, Portland, ME 04101-4165

Telephone: 207-774-2346

E-mail: office@eeford.org

Website: Edward E. Ford Foundation

Eligibility: Private School

Program Areas: General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Deadline: 3/1/2014

Check It Out: New Grant Opportunity!

Dreyfus Foundation Educational Grants from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.-  Giving on a national basis to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. Organizations seeking support from the foundation may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is sought.

States: All States

Total Amount: $2,800,000.00 – $4,000,000.00

Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $20,000.00

Address: 2233 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Suite 414, Washington, DC 20007

Telephone: 202-337-3300

E-mail: info@mvdreyfusfoundation.org

Website: Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other

Program Areas: Afterschool, Arts, At-Risk/Character, Disabilities, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Special Education, STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Next Deadline: 11/10/2013

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Classroom Grants the Association of American Educators- 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. Classroom grants are available to all educators.

States: All States

Average Amount: $500.00

Address: 27405 Puerta Real, Suite 230, Mission Viejo, California 92691

Telephone: 877-385-6264

E-mail: awards@aaeteachers.org

Website: Association of American Educators

Eligibility: Public School, Private School

Program Areas: Arts, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Technology

Next Deadline: 3/1/2014

Check It Out: New Grant Opportunity!

BOKS Activation Grant from the Reebok Foundation- Reebok and the Reebok Foundation are awarding $1,000 to up to 500 schools for the 2013/2014 school year! The grants are intended to help get kids moving in a fun way to wake up their bodies for a day of learning with BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), a before-school physical activity program. School staff, parents, and other community members are all invited to apply for the BOKS Activation Grant to support the launch of BOKS in their elementary schools. Applications will be accepted on a rolling first come, first serve basis through December, 2013. All elementary schools, public or private, across the country can apply. The BOKS Activation Grant is only for new BOKS schools. Schools that already run the BOKS program are not eligible to apply.

States: All States      

Total Amount: $500,000.00

Average Amount: $1,000.00

Address: 1895 J.W. Foster Blvd, Canton, MA 02021

Telephone: 781-401-7986

E-mail: grants@bokskids.org

Website: http://www.bokskids.org/2013/09/1000-boks-activation-grant/

Eligibility: Public School, Private School

Program Areas: Health/PE

Deadline: 12/31/2013

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Nurturing Children Grants from the New York Life Foundation- The “Nurturing the Children” initiative has centered on two key issues: educational enhancement and childhood bereavement programs. The Foundation funds programs that enhance and augment classroom instruction during the critical out-of-school (after-school and summer) hours. The Foundation supports programs that help prepare young people for higher education and the workplace and equip them to be responsible citizens. The Foundation has also expanded their focus to include an initiative to help children deal with the loss of a parent, caregiver or sibling and to help parents and other caring adults help children deal with the emotional turmoil that results from the death of a close family member.

States: All States

Total Amount: $4,500,000.00 – $16,500,000.00

Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $100,000.00

Address: 51 Madison Avenue, Suite 352, New York, NY  10010

Telephone: 212-576-3466

E-mail: nylfoundation@newyorklife.com

Website: http://www.newyorklife.com/foundation

Eligibility: Private School, Other     

Program Areas: After-School, At-Risk/Character, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Safe/Drug Free Schools

Deadline: Ongoing