We all want to provide our students with the most engaging, memorable learning experiences, but finding the funding to execute some of our projects and activities can be a challenge — unless you know where to look. There are actually plenty of grants available that help cover the costs of supplies or field trips, as long as educators meet the requirements and apply in time.
In the examples below, we listed the deadlines posted on their respective websites at the time of this publication. Be advised that deadlines and details are subject to change, so if you find yourself in need of a grant, just be sure to check websites for up-to-date information.
For: Transportation, educational experiences, resource materials, equipment, supplies and/or technology to foster critical thinking and problem solving while expanding students’ understanding of a subject.
Requirements: You must be a current member of the NEA (National Education Association) Foundation and a practicing public school educator or support professional in grades PreK-12, or a faculty or staff member at a public college or university. This grant cannot be used to support after-school, weekend, or summer programs. It also can’t be used to pay stipends or salaries, or for political or religious purposes.
Deadline: Applications are reviewed three times per year, every year. The deadlines are February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th.
Amount awarded: Grant amounts are $2,000 and $5,000.
For: K-12 educators who are planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War battlefields or related historic sites. Funding can be used for transportation, admission fees, presenter/guide fees, and/or meals.
Requirements: You must be a K-12 educator planning a field trip to a Civil War-related historic site. Funds cannot be used for overnight lodging, souvenirs, or non-Civil War related trips. If funded, you have to commit to submitting a 30-second thank-you video, at least seven photos from your trip, and at least five thank-you notes from students.
Deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Amount awarded: Funding will not exceed $1,500.
For: Basic supplies needed for any type of project or learning activity in a K-12 classroom that’s in need. This is specifically reserved for teachers who work predominantly with economically disadvantaged students.
Requirements: 70% or more of the students at your school must receive free or reduced-priced lunches. You must state the name and location of your school, as well as how being awarded supply boxes would positively impact your classroom.
Deadline: The 2017 deadline has passed, but check back again in 2018 for next year’s program.
Amount awarded: Two large boxes containing a predetermined assortment of essential classroom materials including pencils, notebooks, scissors, crayons, colored pencils, etc. Click here for the full list.
For: Field trips that connect to the curriculum and provide memorable out-of-school learning experiences.
Requirements: You must be from an accredited school, part of an organization that’s a tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, or a public agency in the U.S. or one of its protectorates. Examples of public agencies include: public schools, public libraries, and public parks. Target Field Trip™ grants are awarded to K-12 schools nationwide. The grant cannot be used for fundraisers, athletic teams or events, organizations that do not comply with their non-discrimination policy, or for religious purposes.
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Amount awarded: Up to $700
For: Community service projects that get students out in their community, helping locals and advancing their skills.
Requirements: You must be from a tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, K-12 public, private, or charter school, or from a community/junior college, state/private college, or university. Faith-based organizations can also apply with a proposed project that benefits the community such as soup kitchens, clothing drives, etc. Grants cannot be used for advertising, film projects, athletic sponsorships, contests, fundraising events, in-kind donation requests, salaries or stipends, nationally sponsored organizations that do not comply with their non-discrimination policy, or organizations that don’t benefit the community at large.
Deadline: The 2017 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2017 and ends on December 31, 2017.
Amount awarded: $250 – $2,500 per grant
For: Out-of-school-time programs that give underserved teens access to new technologies and help them build their skills as digital learners through hands-on learning.
Requirements: You must be from a public or nonprofit community-based organization (e.g.,community center, school, or library) with a local or regional out-of-school-time program and a proven record of serving youth ages 13 to 18 in underserved communities. Your program must be committed to diversity and inclusion and within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or Best Buy center of operations. Programs should help teens advance by utilizing cutting-edge technology such as computers, professional software, digital cameras, etc. to advance in areas such as: coding, audio production, digital photography, graphic design, filmmaking, hack-a-thons, maker faires, robotics, mobile and game app development, 3D printing, and web design.
Deadline: May 19, 2018
Amount awarded: $5,000 awarded on average and grants won’t exceed $10,000
Good luck to you in procuring what you need for your next great project or field trip!