Funding Resources

BEST BUY INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

The Best Buy teach program recognizes creative uses of interactive technology in K-12 classrooms. The purpose of teach is to reward schools for successful interactive programs they have launched using available technology. This year, the program will provide more than $3.5 million in total awards to K-12 public, private and parochial schools in the United States. For more information, visit their website.

CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION 

Committed to supporting hands-on environmental projects for young people, the foundation provides grants from $250 to $2,500 to school and community groups. For more information, visit their website.

CATSKILL WATERSHED CORPORATION

The Catskill Watershed Corporation provides support to schools, libraries, non-profit groups, museums, and other qualified educational organizations for education projects and programs that help increase public awareness of the human and natural history of the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River and the New York City Water Supply System.
The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) is accepting Watershed Education Grant proposals from schools and non-profit organizations serving Pre-K through 12th grade audiences and teachers in the New York City West-of-Hudson (WOH) Watershed and/or within the five boroughs of New York City. This program is offered in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
Applications and information are available at www.cwconline.org; go to Programs, Education.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SCIENCE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The Science Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for current and future science teachers to partnet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coordinating Center for Health Promotion. This pairing will afford current and future teachers excellent educational opportunities to explore well-documented scientific issues and to learn about a variety of different topics, including epidemiology, surveillance, folic acid, genetics, fetal alcohol syndrome, public health technology etc. For more information, visit their website.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AWARDS

The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem solving. Students in grades 6-8 work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution. Eight finalist teams will receive an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the National Championship week plus a $200 grant to further develop their ideas. Two gold metal teams will receive a $2000 U.S. Savings Bond and the winning team will receive a $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant. Teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. For more information visit their website.

CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR NEW YORK

The Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your School Grant Program provides small grants up to $500 to youth-run projects that make schools a "better place" with a specieal emphasis on environmental or beautification projects at schools or surrounding areas. Groups must complete their projects within six-months of receiving the grant and attend one problem solving clinic sponsored by Youth Unlimited. Call: (212) 989-0909 or visit their website.

CITY GARDENS CLUB OF NEW YORK: MARINE AUDUBON ECOLOGY WORKSHOP

The City Gardens Club of New York provides a limited number of scholarships to professional classroom educators and teachers working in NYC Public Schools for admission to the Marine Audubon Camp on Hog Island. Call: 1-888-325-5261 X 215

DONORS CHOOSE

Donors Choose is a non-profit website where teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom they call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund. Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about the classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, a teacher impact letter, and an expenditure report showing their tax deductible gift was spent as directed. Visit their website.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant Program provides funding to grassroots organizations that address problems of pollution in low-income communities. Call: (212) 637-5027 or visit their website.

The EPA Environmental Education Grants programs solicits grant proposals from education institutions, environmental and educational public agencies, and not-for-profit organizations to support environmental education projects. Visit their website.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation awards several grants each year from $10,000 to $50,000 for research or education in topics pertaining to any aspect of solid waste management. Possible topics include, the development of high school and college educational programs. Call: (202) 244-4700 or toll free 1-800-424-2869 or visit their website.

FULBRIGHT TEACHER EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Get involved in a year or semester direct exchange with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject at the same level. Since 1946, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program has helped nearly 23,000 teachers and administrators contribute to mutual understanding between the US and countries around the world. For more information, visit their website.

GRANT WRANGLER® 

a free grants listing service offered by Nimble PressTM. We make it easier for teachers, librarians, and parents to find funding, including grants and awards for arts, history, mathematics, science, technology, and more. We also help grant-giving organizations more effectively promote their grants and awards to teachers and schools across America. For more information visit their website

ING UNSUNG HEROES

The ING Unsung Heroes award recognizes K-12 educators pioneering new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications that describe outstanding educational projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. One hundred finalists chosen from each of the fifty states receive a $2,000 award. Three finalists are selected for additional financial awards of $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Visit their website.

JORDAN FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM

The Jordan Fundamentals program for support of Public School Teachers was created to recognize outstanding teaching and instructional creativity in public schools that serve economically disadvantaged students. The program awards funding to teachers and paraprofessionals who work with students in grades six through twelve in a U.S. public school. Applicants must develop an original lesson plan or thematic unit. Unique teaching methods and projects are encouraged. Grants can be applied to resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or other costs related to field trips. Up to 400 grants of $2,500 are awarded annually. visit their website.

JP MORGAN CHASE VOLUNTEER GREEN AWARDS

The JP Morgan Chase Volunteer Greening Awards provide small grants to active volunteers for tools, equipment, plants and materials for greening projects in New York City Parks.Call: (212) 360-8166

LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD GRANTS FOR K-12 TEACHERS

The ASM International Foundation is sponsoring "Living in a Material World" $500 grants for K-12 teachers to enhance awareness of materials science and the role of materials scientists in society. Interested applicants may submit a two-page proposal describing a curriculum based hands-on project, involving student observation, communication, and mathematics and science skills while enhancing their awareness of the materials around them. For more information, visit their website .

Lowe's Outdoor Classroom Grant

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and National Geographic Explorer! classroom magazine have partnered to create an outdoor classroom grant program to provide schools with additional resources to improve their science curriculum by engaging students in hands-on experiences outside the traditional classroom. All K-12 public schools in the United States are welcome to apply.  For more information, visit their website.

NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION

The National Gardening Association supports programs across the country that actively engage kids in the garden. TO be eligible, your school or organization must plan to garden with at least 15 kids between the ages of 3 and 18. Selection criteria include: leadership, need, sustainability, community support, innovation, and educational, environmental and/or social programming. Call: 1-800-LETSGROW or visit their website.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The National Geographic Society Education Foundation offers teacher grants to educators to assist their work in their classroom, school, district and community. Projects that have outreach to urban areas are encouraged. For more information, call 1-800-368-2728 or visit their website.

NATIONAL URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL: CHALLENGE COST-SHARE GRANT PROGRAM

The National Urban and Communitu Forestry Advisory Council is an organization that supports education, projects and groups related to urban and community forestry. Their mission is to make a positive impact on community forests nationwide, both now and in the future, is through its annual challenge cost-share program. Each October, a request for pre-proposals is distributed nationwide. Brief proposals are then evaluated by the Council on the basis of meeting the specified criteria and demonstrating merit relative to the other proposals. Selected applicants are then invited to submit full proposals for final judging in this competitive program. In all cases, project funding must be matched on at least 50-50 basis from non-federal sources and the project must have national scope, application and distribution of its findings. Projects that only have a local impact (i.e. local tree planting projects) do not qualify under this program. visit their website

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

The National Widlife Federation offers mini-grants to assist schools in the initial phases of a Schoolyard Habitats project. To be eligible, schools must be planning to create or restore wildlife habitat on their school grounds and certify their Schoolyard Habitats site with the National Widlife Federation. Call: 1-800-822-9919 or visit their website.

NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PROGRAM

The Neighborhood Environmental Action Program offers grants to neighborhood groups in New York City working on environmental improvement projects in low-income areas. NEAP provides vital financial and technical support to volunteer-driven community groups working to preserve, protect and improve the urban environment. Grants up to $5,000 are awarded annually. Call: (212) 989-0909 X 413

PLANET CONNECT HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE GRANTS 

Planet Connect is looking for creative ideas to fix local environmental problems and will award 25 students aged 14-19 $1,000 each to support their ideas and provide them with local environmental internships.  For more information, visit their website

RICHARD C. BARTLETT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARD 

The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is awarded annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation to an outstanding educator who has successfully integrated environmental education into his or her daily education programs. The award is given to a 5-12 grade educator who can serve as an inspiration and model for others. A $5,000 cash award is provided for the recipient to continue his or her work in environmental education.  For more information, visit their website.

STAN MANDEL, SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

Teacher scholarships: Each year The City Gardens Club of New York City pays program fees for a limited number of K-8 NYC public school teachers to attend activity-oriented summer workshops at: The New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Nature Conservancy on Shelter Island, the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, and a collaboration among The American Museum of Natural History, The Central Park Conservancy, and The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. The scholarships will cover the costs
of tuition, "P" in-service credit fees where appropriate, course materials, and room and board where applicable. Elementary and middle school teachers who teach some science in the classroom are eligible.

TARGET CORPORATION 

Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its income to communities. That adds up to over $3 million each and every week.  Areas of focus include: Education, Arts, and Safe Families and Communities.  For more information visit www.target.com/grants or call (612) 696-6098.

TEACHERS NETWORK LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: MET LIFE FELLOWSHIP

The Teachers Network MetLife Fellowship offers interesting opportunities for full time NYC public school teachers to aquire an active voice in discussing and influencing local, state and national education policy. Teachers selected to bacome MetLife Fellows receive a stipend of $1,000, particpate in on-line dialogues with other fellows, meet with influential policymakers, and conduct action research studies in their classrooms. Call: (212) 966-5582 or visit their website.

TEACHING THE HUDSON VALLEY

Teaching the Hudson Valley is a Hudson River Valley education initative that aims to help teachers share with students and other educators an understanding and love for the culture, ecology and history of the Valley, and the tools needed to preserve it. The program offers curriculum development grants, holds summer institutes on the Hudson Valley and maintains a wide variety of curriculum resources. For more information visit their website.

THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND

The Trust for Public Land's Neighborhood Open Space Management Program provides funding to help groups manage local open spaces, primarily community gardens, in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. Call: (212) 677-7171

TOSHIBA AMERICA FUND: SMALL GRANT FOR K-6 SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION

The Toshiba America Fund provides up to $1,000 for any teacher in public or private schools to encourage hands-on teaching of science and mathematics. Call: (212) 596-0620 or visit their website.

TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL TEACHER PROGRAM

The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. teachers. Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. For more information and an application, visit their website.

TOYOTA TAPESTRY GRANTS

Toyota and NSTA Tapestry Grants for Teachers program awards $550,000 in grants to K-12 science teachers in the United States and its territories. Toyota offers 50 large grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 mini-grants of up to $2500 each. Visit their website

WAKSMAN FOUNDATION FOR MICROBIOLOGY

In response to increasing concern in the scientific community about the inadequacies of science teaching in American schools, the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology began supporting projects that encourage the use of microorganisms to teach science in the K-12 classroom. Every type of American institution engaged in education or research has received grants in K-12 education from the Foundation: Universities; Research Institutes; Scientific Societies; Museums; Schools; Associations; Consortia and Fellowship Programs. Visit their website.