(Isn't cornucopia a fun word?)
During my temporary employment of 'doing whatever needs to be done at school that no one else will do', I've had some experience in writing for grants. I decided to do a little bit of research and offer a resource on grants you can apply for as a classroom teacher. The amount of work required varies for each grant. Basically, they ask you to address certain issues. So address it, organize it, and make it look good. That's it. It's an extremely valuable payoff for the work involved.
Our middle school received a technology grant that put in every class a SMART board, five personal computers plus one that runs the smartboard, a very nice computer desk, a flat screen plasma tv, and a microphone/speaker setup. In every room. Outstanding, in my opinion.
Now with any kind of research you can go as in-depth as you want. I am just offering the intro.
For the Classroom- Art, Character Grants, General Grants, History/Social Studies, Innovation, Lifestyle, Literature/Language, Math, Music, Regional, Science/Technology, Continuing Education and Professional Development- Certification, General, History/Literature, Science/Technology, Travel
National Education Association (NEA) Foundation
The NEA Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools, colleges, and universities.
Learning & Leadership Grants: provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15.
Student Achievement Grants: provide $5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. (These grants replace the Foundation's Innovation Grants program, which has been discontinued.) Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15.
International Reading Association
The World's Leading Organization of Literacy Professionals
More than 40 awards and grants are available to honor educators, authors, and others involved in reading and literacy. Past recipients, guidelines, and application forms can be found on the individual award or grant page.
Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers' grants are awarded to teachers work-ing with students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Teachers submit proposals detailing how their fellowship will make them a better teacher and how their improved skills are to be implemented in the classroom, benefiting students, curricula and school. Teachers are awarded based on application quality and merit as judged by a committee. und for Teachers is dedicated to fostering opportunities that bring fresh perspective, expertise and broad world knowledge into classrooms. They promote innovation. Some of the projects their fellows have pursued include:
exploring Hawaii's active volcanoes, studying Islam through Morocco's political, social and economic development, conducting research on the chemical impact of Puerto Rico's environment, participating in a hands-on study of Beluga whales, trekking across Laos learning about the Hmong culture, and sharpening Spanish skills in Guatemala. To date, more than 3,500 teachers from across the United States have studied and traveled in 110 countries on all seven continents.
Field Trip Grants
Teachers can apply for one of 5,000 grants of up to $800.
Target supports nonprofit projects, programs and organizations around the country.
Early Childhood Reading Grants
Available to programs that encourage children (from birth to age 9) to read with their families.
Take Charge of Education®
Target has donated more than $200 million to schools through Take Charge of Education. Help your school raise even more money with our easy-to-use fundraising tools.
Multicultural Classroom Materials
Celebrate the diverse cultures and rich traditions that make up our world
School Technology Resources and Real Curriculum
Each individual teacher awarded this grant will receive a new hand-held video microscope (or microscopes) with software for PC to take still pictures, video, time lapse movies, etc., and an accompanying curriculum binder with lessons designed to meet both state and national science standards. The top 3 applicants will receive 4 additional microscopes, making a total of 5 for their classrooms. Thirty video microscopes will be awarded in all to 18 individuals. This is a competitive grant based on the quality and value of the applicants' intended use. We are looking for creative, innovative and educationally valuable uses of hand-held video microscopes. Proposal Deadline:4/30/09
Project Learning Tree
GreenWorks! grants engage Project Learning Tree educators and their students with their local community in "learning-by-doing" environmental projects. Student leadership, service-learning, and community participation are the cornerstones to GreenWorks! projects. These grassroots action projects enable schools and youth organizations across the country to make a positive impact on their communities. Proposal Deadline:4/30/09 Average Amount:$250.00 - $5,000.00
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants of up to $500 are designed to fund one-time-only service-oriented projects identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. To be considered in the grant making process, projects must contain a "pay it forward" focus -- that is, they must be based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with the results growing exponentially. Grant applications are reviewed and considered by a selection committee three times a year.
Grants Program for 7-12 Science & Math Education
Toshiba America Foundation's grant program for 7-12 science and math education is intended to encourage projects designed to improve teaching and learning in science and math. The Foundation favors classroom projects developed by individual teachers or teams of teachers. Grant Applications can be downloaded from the Foundation's Web site.
Mr. Holland's Opus
The Melody program, one of three grant programs administered by http://www.mhopus.org/award.htm. The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, provides musical instruments and instrument repairs to K-12 school music programs that have no other source of financing for musical instruments and materials. The program does not offer cash grants; grants of instruments or repairs typically range between $500 and $5,000.
The Mockingbird Foundation
The Mockingbird Foundation, which "generates charitable proceeds from Phish fandom," offers grants for programs and projects designed to support and improve music education. MFI funding focuses on providing for the basic needs of musical instruction, as well as on projects that foster creative expression. Grants range in size from $50.00 to $5,000.00. Anyone interested in submitting a grant proposal should first send a 1-2 page letter of inquiry.
Forensics in the Classroom
Court TV, as part of its education partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers several free forensics-based science units for high school students -- and one for middle school students. In order to make the curriculum as useful to teachers as possible, Court TV conducts quarterly surveys about the units. Teachers who complete a survey are eligible for one of Court TV's $1000 grants. The grants, awarded directly to teachers, can be used for "student consumables or resources related to the teaching of the science curriculum."
Hopefully I've covered a pretty good variety but know there is a ton of information out there. You will probably find a lot of broken links or random pages. It will take some sorting but come on people, where else can you get FREE money!
Also check out -Grants.gov- grants for everything ever in life. Ever!
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