Grant Opportunities

 LOOLOOKINGLOOKlLOOKJKL;LKKL;LKJKL;LKJKL;LKJKLlLLLhttp://lLlooklKKKKKKKKBrBBrowse the grant opportunities below and contact Keely Krueger at 815-206-4475 or Tami Packard at 815-206-2887 if we can assist you in the Grant process.

For Teachers and D200 Employees

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.
Eligibility:  K-12 schools
Deadline: Year-round for requests of less than $5,000, or August 1 and February 1 for $5,000 award level for 6 – 12

Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future
The Westinghouse grants offer an opportunity for K-12 schools to get creative with STEM related projects.  Schools and teachers of students in K-12 should consider applying for these grants to implement STEM hands-on projects for the classroom.
Funds:  $2,000 per school
Deadline:  October 9, 2015

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 October 15, 2015 (then February 1, June 1)

A grant of $1000-$2,000 (funds will be allocated according to needs of garden projects) to be spent on garden materials, including but not limited to soil amendments, plants, seeds, tools, infrastructure such as drip hoses, edging, rain barrels, etc.; classroom materials, outreach materials, seating, sheds, shade structures, etc.; also may be used to cover the cost of field trips to local urban environmental initiatives, and may be used to cover operational/overhead costs for garden management.
Deadline: October 28, 2015 

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:  October 30, 2015 next deadline.  Ongoing; Jan. 2016, May 2016, July 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 November 1, 2015

Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics (6-8)
The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. For 2016-17, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6-8. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment. 
Eligibility:  The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2015) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2015)NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50 percent of the school day
Deadline:  November 16, 2015

The Air Force Association
The Air Force Association believes that one of the most significant means to affect student learning is to fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students. Each school year, the Association awards grants of up to $250 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. A committee comprised of outside experts in the field of aerospace education will review all qualified grant applications and make recommendations on funding. Based upon the funding available, the Association will choose to invest in projects that best serve our nation’s students and support the mission of the Air Force Association. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. 
Eligibility:  K-12 schools
Deadline:  November 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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, 2015

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

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.
Eligibility:  K-12 Teachers
Funds:  $2,000-$25,000
Deadline:  April 30, 2016

Samsung Solve For Tomorrow
Samsung seeks entrants for the 2016 Solve for Tomorrow competition.  The competition asks teachers to submit lesson plans outlining how they will address the challenge, "Show how STEM can be applied to help your local community."
Eligibility:  K-12 Schools
Funds:  Each state finalist teacher receives a package consisting of a Samsung camcorder and laptop.  National finalists receive up to $120,000 in technology grants.
Deadline:  TBA in September

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

U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship
High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The first phase of this program brings two students from each state to Washington, D.C., March 5-12, 2016, to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay.
Eligibility:  High School Juniors and Seniors
Deadline:  October 7, 2015

Disney Dreamers Academy 
The Disney Dreamers Academy solicits applications for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence.  The academy is an innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.  Select applicants, along with parents or guardians, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. 
Eligibility:  High School Students, ages 13-19.
Areas:  Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal stories and their dreams for the future.  Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams.
Deadline:  October 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

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

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.
Eligibility:  Student in grades 5-12 that has engaged in volunteer activity in the previous 12 months
Deadline:  November 3, 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

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