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Resources for Teachers Seeking Grants

Grant money has always provided teachers with access to funds for educational endeavors, but today’s climate of dwindling budgets has made grants more important than ever. The following sites are just a few of many offering grants, and include some unexpected possibilities. There are two primary approaches to finding money. Teachers who are aware of specific organizations offering grant money can visit those sites directly. In addition, grant clearinghouse sites offer teachers an easy way to search for money from a variety of sources.


GetEdFunding.com offers free access to its database of educational grants for both K-12 and higher education teachers.

GetEdFunding.com simplifies the search process.

It includes information about over 1,000 grant programs. The site also includes a helpful resources page, which includes articles with tips on writing grant applications. New opportunities are highlighted and updated regularly.

The site covers almost every aspect of the grant process.


Another clearinghouse site, Grants.gov, is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Grants.gov is another clearinghouse site.

The site was established in 2002. It offers grant seekers access to information on over 1,000 programs, which offer roughly $500 billion dollars in annual awards. Criteria for eligibility are easy to locate and clearly defined.

A variety of organizations are eligible for grants.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

Lowe’s, well-known for its huge assortment of home improvement materials, might not be the first name to come to mind when thinking about educational grants. However, the company’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has already granted $25 million dollars to 5,000 schools in the United States.

Lowes offers more than hammers and nails.

The organization has finished its Spring 2013 grant cycle, which sought to support teacher and parent groups and help those groups provide basic necessities for their students. The Fall 2013 grant cycle will begin in July, offering grants in amounts between $2,000 and $5,000, with preference given to projects that will have a permanent, long-term impact on the school community. More information can be found on the site’s detailed FAQ page.

The FAQ page addresses potential questions.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The organization that brings us the annual Oscar Awards presents another unique option for teachers involved with higher education or arts-related non-profits.

Aspiring filmmakers can take advantage of grants from the Oscars.

The Educational Grants Program is aimed at schools and organizations who educate aspiring filmmakers. Recent recipients include the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Emerson College, Hofstra University and the Utah Film Center.

The American Floral Endowment

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is a non-profit which promotes the role of floriculture and environmental horticulture for the benefit of society.
For teachers and floriculture enthusiasts.

The organization offers grants to fund educational programs aimed at drawing young people into the industry. It also provides financing to support programs aimed at problem solving and addressing industry needs and challenges. Since its beginning, AFE has distributed over $1.2 million dollars in grant money.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an organization that promotes education, conservation and environmental stewardship. It offers Environmental Literacy Grants provide money to support K-12 teachers in their quest to educate their students about the environment.

NOAA’s grants will appeal to science and technology teachers.

Interested teachers can view informational webinars online, which will provide them with eligibility criteria and other information.

Written March 17, 2015


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