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Vernier: Engineering Contest.
To recognize creative teaching, Vernier Software & Technology is sponsoring a contest for high school and college teachers. Maximum award: $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2014 ASEE conference in New Orleans. Eligibility: teachers in schools serving grades K-12, as well as post- secondary undergraduate college departments are eligible. More
Deadline: January 15, 2015.
Toshiba/NSTA: ExploraVision Awards
All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. Maximum award: $10,000 bond for each student. Eligibility: Students K-12. MoreDeadline: January 30, 2015.
Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects for to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including schools an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. More
Deadline: January 31, 2015.
AASL: Innovative Reading Grant
The American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of programs for children that motivate and encourage reading, especially with struggling readers. Selection criteria include the potential to measure and evaluate a literacy project that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: reading programs specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting. The program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Applicant must be a member of AASL. More
Deadline: February 1, 2015.
AASL: Collaborative School Library Award
The American Association of School Librarians Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourage collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs through joint planning of a program, unit, or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources. Maximum award: $2,500 to the recipient's school library. Eligibility: school librarians that are personal members of the AASL. More
Deadline: February 1, 2015.
USA Today/Office Depot Foundation: Dream UP!
The Office Depot Foundation Dream UP! Career Exploration Program enables middle school students to evaluate their career interests and future career goals. The Dream UP! Program includes: career exploration lessons in a student workbook format, an essay challenge (aligned to the Common Core), USA TODAY Newspapers for student research on industries and career trends, and the opportunity for five students to win a day with a mentor to experience their chosen career. Maximum award: winning students will each spend one day shadowing a mentor in the field of his or her chosen Dream career. Eligibility: U.S. residents who are full-time students of a public or private middle school in the 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico). More
Deadline: February 5, 2015.
Bezos Family Foundation: Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute
The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute seeks students who are independent thinkers, demonstrated leaders, and engaged community members. Participants meet one another and engage in seminars and informal meetings with the international leaders, acclaimed thinkers, and creative artists who participate in the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Following attendance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the student/educator scholar teams will return home and create Local Ideas Festivals in their schools. Maximum award: participation in the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27-July 3, 2015. Eligibility: applicants' schools must be public high schools (including charter and magnet schools) where at least 25 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch. Potential scholars must be legal U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents in their junior year with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes. Scholar applicants must demonstrate leadership in school and community and have scored exceptionally well on the PSAT/SAT/or ACT. More
Deadline: February 17, 2015.
NGA/Mantis: 2015 Mantis Tiller Award
The National Gardening Association/ Mantis Tiller Awards offer tiller/cultivators to educational gardens that enhance quality of life in their host communities. Maximum award: Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and choice of gas-powered 2-cycle engine or electric motor. Eligibility: not-for-profit charitable or educational garden programs in the United States. More
Deadline: March 6, 2015.
Fund for Teachers: Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. More
Deadline: varies by state.
USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side. Maximum award: $20,000. Eligibility: tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities. More
Adobe: ConnectED software grants
As part of the White House's ConnectEd initiative, Adobe is offering creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States. Maximum award: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Echosign, and a range of teacher training resources. Eligibility: public, state-operated, county-operated school, or BIA schools at the elementary or secondary school level that receive Title I funds.More
Fund for Teachers: Grants. The Fund for Teachers offers direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum award: $5,000 Eligibility: Teachers grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made.
Deadline: Varies by state
Discover: Pathway to Financial Success Grant. Discover is investing up to $10 million in financial education, and any high school can apply for a grant toward a financial education curriculum. Applying schools must have implemented or be looking to implement a financial education curriculum; have a measurement tool planned or in place to assess participation in and comprehension of the financial education curriculum; and agree to share overall results of the measurement tool's pre- and post-curriculum testing with Discover upon the program's completion to assess what worked and what didn't.
Maximum award: Varies Eligibility: High schools in the United States.
Campbell's: Labels for Education. The Campbell's, Inc. Labels for Education program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products.
Maximum award: Varies Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.
Fund for Teachers: Grants. The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum award: $5,000 Eligibility: Teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years' teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made.
Deadline: Varies by state
Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry Grants
Share Our Strength awards grants to eligible organizations involved in increasing access to summer meals programs supported through the Summer Food Service Program or the National School Lunch "Seamless Summer" Program; educating and enrolling more eligible families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; increasing the availability of school breakfast through alternative models such as "in-classroom" breakfast and "grab-n-go" breakfasts; increasing access to afterschool snack and meal programs, as well as child care programs, supported through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); and advocacy around any of the above anti-hunger issues. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S.
The Awesome Foundation: Grants for Projects
The Awesome Foundation funds projects that challenge and expand our understanding of our individual and communal potentials, bringing communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: all people and organizations; there are no prerequisites.
AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Maximum award: $200 Eligibility: Current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game. The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side.
Maximum award: $20,000 Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities.
Best Buy: Teach @15 Award. The Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet their technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on www.at15.com can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award.
Maximum award: $1,500 in the form of Best Buy Gift Cards Eligibility: Accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12.
VSP: Sight for Students. Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eye care services. Parents and guardians interested in seeking assistance through the Sight for Students program must work through VSP's established network of community partners. VSP does not issue gift certificates directly to the public.
Eligibility: There are five basic qualifications a child must meet in order to receive a Sight for Students gift certificate: family income is no more than 200 percent of federal poverty level (see website for chart); child is not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance; child is 18 years old or younger and has not graduated from high school; child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant with a social security number; and child has not used the Sight for Students program during the past 12 months.
Free Classroom AV Solutions from Extron Electronics. The Extron Classroom A/V System Grant Program provides selected pilot classrooms with advanced audio/video solutions for mounting and controlling wall or ceiling-mounted projectors and for classroom sound amplification. The goal of the program is to demonstrate the ease of use and benefits of Extron classroom AV technology to students, teachers, and administrators.
Grants include the installation of a PoleVault, WallVault, or VoiceLift system from Extron, as well as full training.