Category Archives: School Grants

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Grant Name: Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing

Funded by: College Board

Description: Each year the College Board recognizes exceptional teachers of grades 6 through 12 for the innovative methods they use to develop their students’ writing skills. Grants of $3,000 each will be awarded to teachers who are doing an inspiring job of teaching their students to write and who will benefit most from a grant to enhance a successful project. The award was named for Bob Costas, the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and author, for his dedication to the craft of writing and his generous public service work on behalf of the National Commission on Writing.

Program Areas: Journalism, Reading

Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools

Proposal Deadline: 11/19/10

Average Amount: $3,000.00

Website: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/costas

Availability: All States

Corporate Grants

There are two kinds of corporate grants that schools should consider. The first is typically a fairly low-dollar type of grant, usually somewhere between $250.00 and $3000.00. These grants are often given by what are known as big-box stores such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Best Buy.

These grants are unique in that they are given to schools and other non-profit organizations within the community of these stores. In other words, money is given back to these schools and organizations because they are customers of those stores.

These “store” grants are a tremendous way to get money for a low-budget project in a district, campus, or even a classroom. Never overlook these grants when you are searching for money. It is easy to apply for these grants, and you usually get the money or materials you need very quickly.

The other type of corporate grant is very much like a foundation grant except that the money comes directly from the corporation rather than its foundation. The application is going to be longer and more detailed than the store grant application, but should be very similar to a foundation application.

Also like the foundation grant, you will need to match your problem area very closely to the corporation’s reason for giving. They, too, have a philosophy behind the giving they do, and as with a foundation, you will need to thoroughly understand that philosophy and match your needs closely to it.

Always remember these two types of corporate grants when you’re looking for money. Even though you won’t get a great deal of money, the first type of corporate grant mentioned above is possibly the quickest, easiest grant money available to schools.

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Grant Name: Braitmayer Foundation Education Grants

Funded by: Braitmayer Foundation

Description: The Foundation is interested in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are: 1) Curricular and school reform initiatives. 2) Preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. The Foundation is pleased to have its grants used as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organizations. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, multi year grants, nor grants for endowment purposes or building programs. Unless a small percentage of the total amount requested, normally the Foundation does not make grants for childcare, pre-kindergarten, or after school programs nor for equipment including hardware, software, and books.

Program Areas: General Education, Math, Professional Development, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies, Other

Recipients: Public Schools, Private Schools, Other

Proposal Deadline: 6/1/10

Average Amount: $500.00 – $35,000.00

Contact Person: Sabina Taj, Advisor

Telephone: 410-480-2799

Website: http://www.braitmayerfoundation.org/

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Literacy and Education Grants

Funded by: Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation

Description: Literacy and education applications to help children are accepted beginning in March for specific programs with measurable outcomes. We desire to provide support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs. Applicants are typically notified within 90 days by email.

Program Areas: After-School, Disabilities, Early Childhood, Reading, Special Education

Recipients: Public Schools, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: Beginning March 1st and throughout the year

Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $10,000. Typically about $1,500.00.

Website: http://www.buildabear.com/aboutus/community/grants/

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for National Leadership Activities

Funded by: U.S. Department of Education

Description: The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and to evaluate the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents. Section 5205 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, (ESEA) (20 U.S.C.7221d), authorizes the Secretary to award grants under the CSP to carry out national activities.

Program Areas: Facilities/Maintenance, General Education

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School

Proposal Deadline: 5/14/2010

Address: 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Room 4W225, Washington, DC 20202-5970

Telephone: 202-453-7698

Email: richard.payton@ed.gov

Website: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-6378.htm

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: American Honda Foundation Grants

Funded by: The American Honda Foundation

Description: Organizations working in the areas of youth and scientific education may be eligible for grants from the American Honda Foundation. Our policy is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. The American Honda Foundation will make grants in the field of youth and scientific education to: Educational institutions, K-12. Accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities). Community colleges and vocational or trade schools. Scholarship and fellowship programs at selected colleges and/or universities or through selected national, non-profit organizations. Other scientific and education-related non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. Gifted student programs. Youth educational or scientific programs or institutions. Educational radio and/or television stations or networks. Films, movies, film strips, slides and/or short subjects concerning youth and/or scientific education. College, university or other non-profit laboratories engaged in scientific education. Private, non-profit scientific and/or youth education projects. Other non-profit, tax-exempt institutions in the fields of youth and scientific education. Programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques.

Program Areas: General Education, Science/Environmental, TAG, Technology

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 5/1/2010

Average Amount: $40,000.00 – $80,000.00

Address: Honda Foundation, Attn: Grant Application Request, PO Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509

Telephone: 310-781-4090

Website: http://corporate.honda.com/images/banners/america/AHF_brochure.pdf

Availability: All States

Why Do Organizations Give Grant Money?

The federal government, state governments, and foundations are the main organizations that provide grant money to schools in the United States. Sometimes businesses and individuals give grant money to schools without setting up a foundation for that purpose, and although this is rare, schools should always be on the lookout for local grant money from wealthy individuals and thriving businesses within their communities.

It never hurts to ask for grant money. You may get turned down, but you’re certainly not going to get grant money if you don’t ask for it.

Every organization that gives grant money has a purpose. The better you understand that purpose, the better your chance of getting some of that money. Fortunately, most organizations that give grant money to schools have websites. These websites tell you everything you need to know about these granting entities including their philosophy in regard to education. They also generally list the types of projects supported by that foundation or government agency.

Why do the state governments, the federal government, foundations, businesses, and wealthy individuals give grant money to schools? They want to provide equity in education, to encourage new, innovative programs that can be replicated, to bolster the overall quality of education in the nation, in a state, in a region, or in a city. They want to take advantage of tax breaks. They want to promote a love and appreciation of art, music, science, history, or reading.

As a grant writer, you want to know exactly why grantors are making their grant funds available to schools. It does not matter whether the grantor is the federal government, a state government, a foundation, a business, or an individual. You still want to know the motivating factor behind the particular grant program. By understanding why they are giving money and what they expect to happen as a result, you will be better able to craft your grant application into a highly competitive document.

Do your homework. Seek out every bit of information you can about the individual grant you are seeking and the reasons that grant is being given. Only by truly understanding the motives behind the grant can you do your best job in successfully applying for that grant.