Grant Opportunities

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For Teachers and D200 Employees


Vernier Software & Technology
The Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards promote the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, tablet, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. We encourage you to apply for one of seven $5,500 awards.
Funds:  $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and $1,500 to attend the 2016 NSTA National Conference.
Eligibility:  All current K-12 Science Teachers
Deadline:  November 30, 2015

Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant Program
Projects must emphasize student/youth involvement with planning, development and maintenance and increase the educational and wildlife habitat values of the site.
Funds:  $1,000
Eligibility:  PreK-12th grade Teachers
Deadline:  November 30, 2015

Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the U.S. aerospace and defense industry's flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in STEM.
Funds:  $100,000 in cash and scholarships split among the top 10 finishers plus $5,000 in prizes 
Eligibility:  Students grades 7-12
Deadline:  December 4, 2015

Lexus Eco Challenge
Lexus seeks entrants for the 2015-16 Lexus Eco Challenge.  The challenge is a STEM contest for students in grades 6-12.
Funds:  $1,000 per teacher, $7,000 divided among members, and $2,000 to the school.
Eligibility:  6th-12th grade students
Deadline:  December 11, 2015

Shell Science Lab Challenge
The purpose of the competition is to recognize excellence in secondary school science teach, particularly where teachers have to work with limited equipment and supplies.  The challenge will reward winners with additional tools and resources.
Funds:  Grand prize worth $20,000 in grants, equipment, and gift certificates; four finalists with $8,500; 18 winners with $3,000 in equipment.
Eligibility:  Teachers of grades 6-12
Deadline:  December 16, 2015

Wal-Mart Community Grant
Funds must benefit the facility’s service area.  Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity. 
Funds:  $250-$2500
Deadline:  December 31, 2015

National School Library Program of the Year Award
Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment.
Funds:  $10,000
Eligibility: The school librarian must be a personal member of AASL.
Deadline:  January 1, 2016

Walmart Community Grant Program
Walmart's Community Grant Program supports organizations working to make a positive difference in their communities and the communities Walmart serves.  The Walmart foundation identified four focus areas for community grants.  These include:  Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating; Sustainability; Women's Economic Empowerment; and Career Opportunity.
Funds:  $250-$2,500
Deadline:  January 2016, next deadline.  Ongoing;  May 2016, July 2016, October 30, 2017

Hot Planet Cool Athletes
Hot Planet Cool Athletes, an initiative of the North Face, Clif Bar and Mountain Equipment Co-op, requests applications for the Powder Grants program.  The program provides funding to help schools create their own green programs.
Eligibility:   K-12 Schools
Areas:  Projects should take serious action against climate change, such as building a recycling or composting program, creating a clean energy initiative, or developing a plan to encourage local elected officials to support clean energy.
Deadline:  January 15, 2016

The Big Read 2016
Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital guides, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.
Funds:  $5,000-$20,000
Eligibility:  K-12 Schools
Deadline:  January 27, 2016

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant
Teachers in Illinois may apply to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources through the ENTICE program to receive funding for natural resources-related field trips. 
Funds:  Up to $2,000
Eligibility:  K-12 Teachers
Deadline:  January 31, 2016

Toshiba/NSTA ExporaVision Competition
The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. 
Funds:  Up to $10,000 in US Savings bonds, paid trip to Washington
Eligibility:  Students under age 21 
Deadline:  February 1, 2016

Innovative Reading Grant
The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.
Funds:  $2,500
Eligibility: Applicant must be a personal member of AASL
Deadline:  February 1, 2016

American Honda Foundation
The well-known motor company boasts over $32 million awarded to date to schools and community organizations. It provides grants to individual schools or school districts as a whole in amounts ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 with a focus on supporting STEM programs.
Deadline: Ongoing, next deadline February 1, 2016

Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries
The purpose of this grant is to provide funding support on a competitive basis to public school libraries in the U.S. for the creation and implementation of a local awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions the school library as a necessary resource in the community, tying in the theme "Strong School Libraries."
Funds:  $3,000 for the project, and $2,000 for librarian and official to attend AASL national convention
Eligibility: Current members of the ALA and AASL
Deadline:  February 1, 2016

Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
Eligibility:  K-12 Schools
Funds:  $2,000-$5,000
Deadline:  Ongoing, next deadline February 1 (then June 1, 2016)

Toshiba America Foundation
This grant is awarded to teachers of two different groups, Kindergarten through fifth grade (in the amount of $1,000) and sixth through twelfth grades (amounts of up to $5,000). Applicants must demonstrate a desire to provide an innovative, technology-focused implementation to improving classroom learning for students.
Funds:  $1,000-$5,000
Eligibility:  K-12 schools
Deadline: Year-round for requests of less than $5,000, and February 1 for $5,000 award level for 6 – 12

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. 
Funds:  $10,000 per team
Eligibility:  High School Educators
Deadline:  March 7, 2016

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes
The Together Counts program seeks to bolster student health and wellness by helping schools ensure that students get opportunities to exercise and eat well.  Can enter sweepstakes daily.
Funds:  New Playground from Playworld and $30,000 for school wellness programs.
Eligibility:  US residents age 18 and older
Deadline:  March 25, 2016

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program
Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
Funds:  $2,000-$25,000
Eligibility:  K-12 Teachers
Deadline:  April 30, 2016

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The program provides financial assistance to secondary schools for in-oservice education in mathematics.
Funds:  Up to $4,000
Eligibility:  Secondary schools with NCTM membership
Deadline:  May 6, 2016

Fuel up to Play 60
Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes.
Funds:  Up to $4,000
Eligibility:  Enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60, Have a registered Program Advisor, Participate in the National School Lunch Program
Deadline:  June 1, 2016

Learning and Leadership Grants
Our Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:  Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research; Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.
Elgibility:  Public School Educators or Support Professionals
Funds:  $2,000-$5,000
Deadline: Ongoing

Good Sports
Good Sports seeks to help lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged youths nationwide. 
Areas:  Must operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Meemic Foundation
Grants are available for the following programs:  arts, behavior modification, health/pe, history, literature, math, science, social studies, special needs, STEM, technology.  Funding can be used for classroom projects, field trips, school assemblies, and professional development for educators.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Sony Corporation of America
Sony provides to projects that emphasize the arts, culture, technology and the environment.  It seeks to apply its resources to encouraging the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce.
Deadline:  Ongoing

For Students

Infosys Foundation USA
Infosys Foundation solicits entrants for its Infy Maker Award program.  The program seeks to spark the spirit of making in everday learning and to celebrate makers of all ages who demonstrate creative excellence.
Funds:  50 students will win $1,000 each and $10,000 to school or community organization
Eligibility:  Middle and high school students

Deadline:  Entries open December 1, 2016

Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the U.S. aerospace and defense industry's flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in STEM.
Funds:  $100,000 in cash and scholarships split among the top 10 finishers plus $5,000 in prizes 
Eligibility:  Students, grades 7-12
Deadline:  December 4, 2015

Doodle4Google Contest 2015
Students artists, you have the chance to showcase your work on one of the world's biggest stages. Doodle4Google is back, and this year, the company is asking kids to create homepage artwork with the theme "What makes me... me." Kids can make their doodles in any visual media: drawing, painting or graphic design. And students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate.
Funds:  The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and their work will be featured on Google's homepage.
Eligibility:  Students, grades K-12
Deadline: December 7, 2015

AEOP eCybermission Competition
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.
Funds:  $500-$5,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds at maturity
Eligibility:  Students in grades 6-9
Deadline:  December 16, 2015

Foot Locker Foundation
The Foot Locker Foundation seeks entrants for the 2016 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program.  The program awards scholarships to outstanding student athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, school, and within their communities.
Funds:  $20,000 scholarships
Eligibility:  High school seniors college-bound in the fall of 2016.  Applicants must be active participants in a sports-related activity and have at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA
Deadline:  December 17, 2015

ACM/CSTA Culter-Bell Prize in High School Computing
Each year, the  ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes the most talented high school students in computer science. To participate, students complete a computing challenge that allows them to showcase their computing skills. This year, participants are asked to develop "an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science." Judging will be determined on the "ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, and originality" of the project.
Funds: There are four $10,000 prizes available. Plus, winners receive a trip to the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing Reception in February 2016.
Eligibility:  Graduating High School Seniors
Deadline: January 1, 2016

Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous. You have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. Create a 30-60 second video for your fellow teen drivers that highlights the importance of safe teen driving and you could win $15,000, or one of 14 other prizes!
Funds:  14 Prizes awarded, up to $15,000
Eligibility:  High School Students
Deadline:  March 7, 2016

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The completition annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8-18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.
Funds:  $5,000
Eligibility:  Youth, ages 8-18 who are currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months.
Deadline:  April 15, 2016


Young driver awards and scholarship opportunities 
List of awards and scholarships that include the Digital Responsibility's Don't Text and Drive Scholarship, the Scholarship, and more.
Eligibility and Deadline:  Varies

U.S. Department of State 
The U.S. Department of State has recently announced scholarship opportunities for American high school students to study abroad. 
Eligibility:  High School Students
Deadline:  Varies

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