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ADC Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


The ADC Foundation makes direct grants to two strategic focus areas: mathematics and science education, and nonprofit access to technology. Although the Foundation will continue to match ADC employee gifts to a wide spectrum of types of nonprofits and causes, the foundation will consider grant requests only in the following two areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Access to Technology.

Boeing Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants promote the development of quality learning environments in the areas of math, science, and literacy, which are necessary for future success in the workforce and life.

Digital Wish

Deadline: Ongoing


Digital wish is dedicated to helping schools gain technology access across all subject areas.

DuPont Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


DuPont supports programs and initiatives with the potential to demonstrate improved and sustainable outcomes, primarily in mathematics, science, and technology education. CCRE uses a comprehensive set of guidelines to access the merits of all programs under consideration. DuPont does not fund curriculum development or assessment, capital campaigns, or endowments.

Hewlett Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


The Hewlett Foundation makes grants in six core program areas: education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population. In addition, the Foundation makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area. The Foundation’s grants are awarded solely for charitable purposes.

American Honda Foundation Grants

Deadlines: Annually at May 1, August 1, November 1.


The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.

Funding Priority: Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

The American Honda Foundation (AHF) realizes that the current economic crisis is dramatically impacting the nation's nonprofits by increasing the need for assistance in the community. At the same time, available resources to nonprofit organizations are decreasing. In light of this, AHF has modified its grant proposal range to $20,000 - $60,000 per organization to allow the AHF to support more nonprofits.

NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants

Deadlines: Annually at February 1, June 1, October 15.


The NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants are available in the form of Student Achievement grants to K-8 public school educators. The Big Help Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for addressing four key concerns: environmental awareness, health and wellness, students’ right to a quality public education, and active community involvement.

Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education may apply. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Deadlines are February 1, June 1,and October 15 each year.

NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants

Deadlines: Annually at February 1, June 1, October 15.


NEA Learning and Leadership Grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Deadlines are February 1, June 1,and October 15 each year.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

Deadlines: Annually at May 31, September 31, December 31.


The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is to: promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

  • serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and
  • inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

CPF grants are limited to $2,500 and preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their program.

Northrop Grumman Contributions Program

Deadlines: April 30 and September 30


Through this program, the company seeks to address critical issues and needs by providing financial assistance to accredited schools and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The company focuses a substantial portion of its contributions on programs addressing education, the environment, health and human services, as well as services for veterans and the military.

Grant requests are reviewed twice per year. Grant requests submitted by April 30 will be reviewed by May 30. Grant requests submitted by September 30 will be reviewed by October 30.

Air Force Association Educator Grants and Scholarship

Deadline: March 31 and September 30


The Air Force Association provides grants to public schools to support science and environment programs. Grants cannot exceed $250 per request. Grants must be used for aerospace education-related items/activities such as books, videotapes, aerospace-oriented field trips, and aerospace education days. Deadlines are March 31 for the spring cycle and September 30 for the fall cycle.

Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants

Deadline: February 1, August 1, and October 1.


Information on grants for grades 6-12:

Information on grants for grades K-5:

Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) awards grants for activities and programs that improve classroom teaching and learning in science and mathematics for students in grades K-12. U.S. public and nonprofit private schools, as well as universities collaborating with K-12 classroom teachers, may apply. Projects should provide direct benefits to students and are usually designed by individual teachers or small teams of teachers for their own students.

  • Grants for grades 6-12 of up to $5,000 are awarded each month. Applications are accepted year round.
  • Grants for grades 6-12 of more than $5,000 are awarded twice each year. Applications for these larger grants are due February 1 and August 1. Requests should not exceed $25,000.
  • Grants for grades K-5 of more than $5,000 are awarded twice each year. Applications for these larger grants are due October 1. Requests should not exceed $1,000.

Patagonia Environmental Grants

Deadline: August 31, 2011


Grants support small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. Grants can help local groups working to protect local habitat. Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $8,000.

If you are not applying to a retail store, applications must be submitted by April 30 or by August 31 to be considered. All applications received by April 30 will be responded to in August. All applications received by August 31 will be responded to in January. Only one proposal from an organization will be considered per year.

Grants for Special Needs Children's Programs

Deadline: August 31, 2011


The Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation (IWPF) was founded to provide financial help to quality special-needs children's programs. IWPF makes grants to organizations dedicated to serving developing innovative programs, disseminating ideas, or providing direct care or services for children with special needs, acute illnesses, or chronic disabilities. All applicant institutions must be qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

NiSource Charitable Foundation Grants

Deadline: September 1, 2011


The NiSource Charitable Foundation seeks opportunities to provide funding and encourage volunteer support for nonprofit organizations in the areas of Learning and Science Education, Community Vitality and Development, Environmental and Energy Sustainability, and Public Safety and Human Services. Successful applicants will demonstrate that their organizations have a direct impact in communities where NiSource companies operate or provide services. Deadlines are April 1 and September 1.

Target Field Trip Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2011


Target has established a Field Trip Grant program to help teachers continue to take their students on field trips. Each Target store will award three Field Trip Grants to K–12 schools nationwide, enabling one in 25 schools throughout the United States to send a classroom on a field trip. Teachers can use a grant to fund a school field trip that connects their curriculum to out-of-school experiences. Each grant is valued up to $700.

Verizon Grants for Education, Literacy, and Health

Deadline: September 30, 2011


The Verizon Foundation is accepting proposals from eligible institutions. The foundation is investing in online resources, community-based initiatives, and national programs that increase literacy and educational achievement. Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations, including higher education institutions and elementary and secondary schools (public, charter, and private).

GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2011


Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and their students in grades preK–12, is providing GreenWorks! grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. GreenWorks! is PLT's service-learning program that encourages students to "learn by doing" through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or their neighborhood's environment. It blends community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Some examples of past grant projects include energy conservation, habitat restoration, and watershed improvement. To learn more or apply for a grant, visit the program website. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2011.

PK-12: Kids in Need Grants

Deadline: October 1, 2011


As you prepare for the new school year, the Kids In Need Foundation wishes to thank you for the work you do with children. They know it is not easy. They know that most school districts are struggling financially. Here is an opportunity they hope will help you and your students:

Kids In Need Teacher Grants - funds for innovative classroom projects. Applications are now available online until October 1, 2011.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education

Deadline: October 14, 2011


For more than 60 years, Lowe's has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to make ends meet, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes that we must increase our focus on basic, one-time project needs.

Again, this year, we challenge ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through these challenging times efficiently and with the greatest impact. In 2011-2012, basic needs will take priority. Please keep this focus in mind as you apply for a Toolbox for Education grant in the 2011-2012 academic year.

There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored. Please note the grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third party funding. Only 10% of any award granted can be used toward outside resources such as labor, installation, consultation and delivery.

International Reading Association Teacher as Researcher Grants

Deadline: November 1, 2011


This grant supports classroom teachers who undertake action research inquiries about literacy and instruction. Grants will be awarded up to US$4,000, although priority will be given to smaller grants (e.g., $1,000 to $2,000) in order to provide support for as many teacher researchers as possible.

Office Depot Foundation Grants

Deadline: December 31, 2011


The Office Depot Foundation awards grants to organizations large and small to collaborate on programs and efforts that bring systemic change to the communities they serve. The Foundation will give priority to applicants that: Submit proposals that represent collaborations between two or more organization; Participate in the Office Depot Foundation Leadership Network and/or attend the annual Weekend in Boca Civil Society Leadership Symposium; Utilize the Office Depot Foundation Caring Connection to recruit volunteers or to track volunteer activities/hours. Grant amounts will be a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $3,000 (very limited). The majority of grants issued are in the vicinity of $1,000 and are supported by in-kind donations when inventory allows.

Toyota Tapestry Grants

Deadline: March 3, 2012


A partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association, the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program offers grants to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal according to the proposal requirements.

The program is open to middle and high school science teachers residing within the 50 United States and U.S. territories and possessions and it is also open to elementary teachers who teach some science in the classroom or are teaching specialists. Middle and high school teachers must teach at least two science classes per day. All applicants must have at least two years science teaching experience in a K–12 school not including the current school year. Only the Project Director has to meet the above criteria. The project staff may consist of educators of any discipline, administrators, parents, students or anyone who will be directly involved in the project. An individual teacher or a team of up to five people may submit a proposal. The Project Director will be the contact person for the team and will be the sole administrator of the grant money. Applicants may submit only one proposal per year as Project Director.

Intel Schools of Distinction

Deadline: February 24, 2012


Every year, Intel honors U.S. schools demonstrating excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning environments. To be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put forth by national mathematics and science content standards.

Up to three schools at each level—elementary, middle, and high school—will be named as finalists in the math and science categories. These 18 schools will receive a cash grant of USD 5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a four-member team from their school and district. Six winners will be selected from the finalists and receive a USD 10,000 cash grant. One of these winners will be selected as the "Star Innovator" and will receive a USD 25,000 grant. All five winning schools and the Star Innovator will also receive products and services from program sponsors.

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