Funding classroom projects out of pocket can hurt the wallet. That’s why we always encourage teachers to explore all of their grant opportunities.
Many application deadlines occur during the fall months--like Kids in Need Foundation grants--but if you dig a little deeper there are several opportunities you can apply for right now.
Here are three excellent picks:
Classroom Innovators Grant
Deadline: Multiple cycles; next cycle ends March 31, 2016.
Brighthouse Networks, cable provider for parts of the Indianapolis area, seeks to reward innovative educators with mini grants that will help them “move students toward a brighter future through innovative learning.”
Grants are awarded in the amounts ranging from $250 to $500. To qualify, those interested educators must be a K-12 teacher or work at after school non-profit within a Brighthouse service area.
Access the full rules and online application here.
Teacher Development Grants
McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
Deadline: April 15, 2016
Teaching is a lifelong learning experience. That’s why this grant supports small teams of teachers seeking to grow through the development and “implementation of groundbreaking K-12 classroom instruction.” This is the perfect opportunity for teachers who seek to improve instruction while enacting an organized and thoughtful plan for enriching the classroom experience.
Grants are for helping educators to launch their project with the expectation they will critically reflect on, write about, and share the student impact and overall results of the project. Amounts awarded are up to $10,000 per year, with the potential for three years of funding for successful, eligible projects.
Learn more and submit your application here.
Grants to Educators
The National Education Foundation
Deadline: Multiple cycles ending February 1, June 1, and October 15
The NEA seeks to “support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning.” To do so they fund multiple grants each year through a variety of grant programs.
Learning & Leadership Grants go to support exceptional professional development experiences, including institutes and peer mentoring, while Student Achievement Grants fund critical thinking-based classroom projects. Throughout the year the NEA also partners with various organizations for special grant opportunities.
Learn more about each type of grant and their requirements on their grants webpage.
Looking for more opportunities? Here are a few great round-ups and resources:
The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources by Edutopia
Grants for Teachers by Teachers Count
In 2008, Mary Stumpp launched a simple project with the idea of raising money for Indy area schools.
Since then she's grown her idea into a popular community non-profit, The Can Lady Project, which turns recyclable items--especially aluminum cans--into dollars for classrooms across the city.
Throughout the past few years Mary has learned plenty about the recycling process and what it takes to earn money from items people typically toss in the trash. Her operation has grown to include collecting recycling from over 50 businesses, several school partnerships--including collecting cans students bring in to their classrooms--and operating a team of volunteers at local events to find even more cans.
Through it all she's been able to teach kids the value of recycling by awarding the money in the form of grants to fulfill classroom wish list items. Schools have have been able to get everything from iPads to novel sets utilizing The Can Lady Project grants.
Lights for Learning
This holiday season Mary is once again collecting and recycling Christmas lights. A standard throw-away item, these lights will be recycled to fund classroom art supplies and Teachers' Treasures will be receiving a share of the proceeds.
Last year over 500 pounds of lights were collected and put to good use. Lights DO NOT have to work, and you do not need to remove the bulbs prior to dropping them off.
If you're interested in donating, drop-off is available at the following locations:
Questions about Lights for Learning can be directed to Mary at 317-716-7056 (she may answer the phone as Broad Ripple Electric).
Click here to learn more about The Can Lady Project.
Teachers' Treasures supports Indianapolis area teachers and students in need by distributing free school supplies through our teacher store. Learn more here.