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Grant Name: Adopt-A-Classroom Educational Grants

Funded By: Adopt-A-Classroom

Description: Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom web site can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology.

Program Areas: General Education, Science/Environment, Technology

Recipients: Public School

Proposal Deadline: None

Average Amount: $500.00

Telephone: 877-444-7666

Email: info@adoptaclassroom.com

Website: http://www.adoptaclassroom.com/

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Education, Literacy, and Health Grants

Funded by: Verizon Foundation

Description: The purpose of this program is to assist programs to increase their literacy and educational success; avoid being an abuser or a victim of domestic violence; and achieve and sustain their health and safety.

Program Areas: Adult Literacy, At-Risk/Character, Disabilities, Family Services, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 10/31/2010

Average Amount: $500.00 - $4,000,000.00

Telephone: 800-360-7955

Email: verizon.foundation@verizon.com

Website: http://foundation.verizon.com/grant/guidelines.shtml

Availability: All States

New Grant Opportunity for Field Trips!

Grant Name: Field Trip Grants

Funded by: Target

Description: Good news—registration’s open for the Target Field Trip Grants program. We’ll be awarding 5,000 grants of $700 each to schools for the upcoming school year. Teachers can use a grant to fund a school field trip that connects their curriculum to out-of-school experiences. It’s a great way to engage and inspire students. You can apply any time before September 30, 2010. Best of luck and happy learning.

Program Areas: General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies

Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools

Proposal Deadline: 9/30/2010

Average Amount: $700.00

Website: http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031880

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants

Funded by: Kinder Morgan Foundation

Description: Grants are primarily directed to educational programs for youth in grades K-12. Funding is provided to local, state, provincial and regional educational institutions, libraries and programs that provide ongoing support, such as Junior Achievement. The foundation also supports youth programs provided by local arts organizations, symphony orchestras, museums and others. Initial approach is to contact the foundation for application form, which is required.

Program Areas: Arts, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, General Education, Library, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies

Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools, Other

Proposal Deadline: 7/10/10

Average Amount: $3,500.00 - $5,000.00

Email: km_foundation@kindermorgan.com

Website: http://www.kindermorgan.com/community/km_foundation.cfm

Availability: All States

Do You Know Your Grant Categories?

One major way to categorize grants is by the type of problem the grant addresses. If a grant is designated as a reading grant, obviously you aren’t going to be able to get money to fix a problem you are having in math, unless, of course, the math problem you have is directly related to your students’ inability to read well enough to work any type of stated problem in math.

Obviously, there is great overlap in these categories. An after-school program funded by grant money may involve extra instruction in science and social studies. That is why you need to fully understand the types of problems you have. The overlap in categories can often lead you to additional grant money.

Basically, the main categories of grants for schools include the following:

adult literacy library
after-school math
arts professional development
at-risk/character reading
community involvement/volunteerism
safe/drug-free schools
disabilities science/environment
early childhood
social studies
ESL/bilingual/foreign language
special education
facilities/maintenance
technology
family services transportation
health/PE vocational

Of course, there are other grant topics, but generally these will fit under one of those listed above. Also, it is possible to have quite a bit of overlap. You may have a reading problem that is strongly impacting student performance in social studies and science, and you need considerable professional development in reading in the content areas to correct the problem. You might find grant money under any one of those categories or all of them.

Always try to approach the problems you are experiencing from as many angles as possible. When you do, your solution is likely to be more complete, and it consistently opens up more funding sources.

Grants can be categorized in many different ways. Once you have determined the problem that you have at your school, develop a plan for fixing that problem, and determine the cost of the program, you are ready to start looking in the different grant categories to find grants that match your needs.

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Grant Name: Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant

Funded by: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association

Description: Baseball Tomorrow Fund will review all grant applications and will be most interested in projects that help: Increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; Improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs; Create new or innovative ways of expanding and improving baseball or softball programs; Generate matching funds for programs; Address programs for children aged 10-16; Support existing programs which have demonstrated success in providing a quality baseball/softball experience for youth; Address opportunities for minorities and women. General Requirements: All Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant applications must meet the following requirements: Projects should significantly expand baseball or softball programs in a measurable way. Projects must correspond to a demonstrated need. Projects must have measurable objectives that are achievable within a specific time frame. Projects must include a plan-of-action detailing how the stated goals will be achieved. Project proposals must be complete and submitted to Baseball Tomorrow Fund by the beginning of any of the four grant review cycles. Projects must be evaluated in relation to their stated objectives. Evaluation reports must be submitted within timelines established by Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Projects must acknowledge Baseball Tomorrow Fund support on all public documents, press materials, and public statements. Projects must be audited as required by Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Projects must comply with all Baseball Tomorrow Fund Terms and Conditions.

Program Areas: Facilities/Maintenance, Health/PE

Recipients: Public Schools, Other

Proposal Deadline: 7/1/10

Average Amount: $50,000.00

Email: btf@mlb.com

Website: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/community/btf.jsp?content=grant_process

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Apps for Healthy Kids

Funded by: ChallengePost, Inc. & USDA

Description: The Apps for Healthy Kids competition is a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. Apps for Healthy Kids challenges software developers, game designers, students, and other innovators to develop fun and engaging software tools and games that drive children, especially “tweens” (ages 9-12) – directly or through their parents – to eat better and be more physically active. Childhood obesity or excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children. We spend approximately $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing. Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. We need to get moving! Tools and games should be built using the USDA nutrition dataset recently made available to the public through the Open Government Initiative. The dataset provides information on total calories, calories from “extras” (solid fats and added sugars), and MyPyramid food groups for over 1,000 commonly eaten foods. We are seeking innovative and creative tools and games that use the USDA dataset to deliver nutrition and health concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Program Areas: Health/PE, Technology

Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 6/30/10

Average Amount: $1,000 - $10,000

Email: info@appsforhealthykids.com

Website: http://www.appsforhealthykids.com

Availability: All States

Why Even Write Grants?

Why would you want to be a grant writer? It's a lot of work to pull together a grant application. And it's even more work if you're fortunate enough to receive the grant. You have to keep records, prove that you've spent the money properly, and record the results of your program -- even if those results are not positive. So why even put yourself through the grant-writing process?

The most immediate and seemingly logical answer to that question is, "For the money, of course."

But don't be too hasty with that response.

The best, most successful grants are not usually written with just the money in mind. True, money can help move the change process along, but if your purpose for writing grants is truly to better the lives of students and teachers, the chance for success in doing that improves dramatically when you have a positive, well-defined grant program in place.

What challenges are your students facing? What do they need help learning in your school? What behaviors are they exhibiting that might get in the way of achievement? Can your students read at grade level? Are they proficient enough in math to make major purchases without being ripped off? Can they speak English well enough to live productively in American society? Are your teachers trained well enough to truly educate every child in their classrooms?

Get passionate! You should write grants to change lives. That passion and determination will come across in your grant applications, and it will show up in the results you eventually achieve. That’s why you as a grant writer should apply for grants

But why do most schools in the United States apply for grants? Unfortunately, it’s usually just because they need the grant money. Grant writers should never apply for grant money just because their schools need additional money. They should apply for grants primarily to improve their schools.

Schools should apply for grants to enable them to correct problems and deficiencies they have in order to give their students a better education. A school’s focus should always be on student achievement. That’s why we have schools. That’s why we have grants.

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Grant Name: Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for National Leadership Activities

Funded by: U.S. Department of Education

Description: The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and to evaluate the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents. Section 5205 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, (ESEA) (20 U.S.C.7221d), authorizes the Secretary to award grants under the CSP to carry out national activities.

Program Areas: Facilities/Maintenance, General Education

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School

Proposal Deadline: 5/14/2010

Address: 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Room 4W225, Washington, DC 20202-5970

Telephone: 202-453-7698

Email: richard.payton@ed.gov

Website: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-6378.htm

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: American Honda Foundation Grants

Funded by: The American Honda Foundation

Description: Organizations working in the areas of youth and scientific education may be eligible for grants from the American Honda Foundation. Our policy is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. The American Honda Foundation will make grants in the field of youth and scientific education to: Educational institutions, K-12. Accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities). Community colleges and vocational or trade schools. Scholarship and fellowship programs at selected colleges and/or universities or through selected national, non-profit organizations. Other scientific and education-related non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. Gifted student programs. Youth educational or scientific programs or institutions. Educational radio and/or television stations or networks. Films, movies, film strips, slides and/or short subjects concerning youth and/or scientific education. College, university or other non-profit laboratories engaged in scientific education. Private, non-profit scientific and/or youth education projects. Other non-profit, tax-exempt institutions in the fields of youth and scientific education. Programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques.

Program Areas: General Education, Science/Environmental, TAG, Technology

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 5/1/2010

Average Amount: $40,000.00 - $80,000.00

Address: Honda Foundation, Attn: Grant Application Request, PO Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509

Telephone: 310-781-4090

Website: http://corporate.honda.com/images/banners/america/AHF_brochure.pdf

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: LEGO Children's Fund Grants

Funded by: LEGO Children's Fund

Description: The LEGO Children's Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. We will give priority consideration to programs that both meet our goals and are supported in volunteer time and effort by our employees.

Program Areas: After-School, At-Risk/Character, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Technology

Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 5/1/2010

Average Amount: $500.00 - $5,000.00

Email: legochildrensfund@lego.com

Website: http://www.legochildrensfund.org/Guidelines.html

Availability: All States

Why Do Organizations Give Grant Money?

The federal government, state governments, and foundations are the main organizations that provide grant money to schools in the United States. Sometimes businesses and individuals give grant money to schools without setting up a foundation for that purpose, and although this is rare, schools should always be on the lookout for local grant money from wealthy individuals and thriving businesses within their communities.

It never hurts to ask for grant money. You may get turned down, but you’re certainly not going to get grant money if you don’t ask for it.

Every organization that gives grant money has a purpose. The better you understand that purpose, the better your chance of getting some of that money. Fortunately, most organizations that give grant money to schools have websites. These websites tell you everything you need to know about these granting entities including their philosophy in regard to education. They also generally list the types of projects supported by that foundation or government agency.

Why do the state governments, the federal government, foundations, businesses, and wealthy individuals give grant money to schools? They want to provide equity in education, to encourage new, innovative programs that can be replicated, to bolster the overall quality of education in the nation, in a state, in a region, or in a city. They want to take advantage of tax breaks. They want to promote a love and appreciation of art, music, science, history, or reading.

As a grant writer, you want to know exactly why grantors are making their grant funds available to schools. It does not matter whether the grantor is the federal government, a state government, a foundation, a business, or an individual. You still want to know the motivating factor behind the particular grant program. By understanding why they are giving money and what they expect to happen as a result, you will be better able to craft your grant application into a highly competitive document.

Do your homework. Seek out every bit of information you can about the individual grant you are seeking and the reasons that grant is being given. Only by truly understanding the motives behind the grant can you do your best job in successfully applying for that grant.

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Grant Name: Music Is Revolution Foundation Mini-Grants

Funded by: Music Is Revolution Foundation and Svengirly, Inc.

Description: The Music Is Revolution Foundation administers a mini-grant program for Music Is Revolution activities designed by teachers to implement, support, and/or improve their ability to provide quality music education for their students. Mini-grants up to $500 are available to teachers for music education activities of all types. Only projects that clearly contain a music education focus that is, projects based on the concept of music education, through musical experiences, initiating students into a sense of their social, academic, and cultural identity, and humanizing them through the emotional, cognitive, and/or physical impact of music will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to include activities that expose students to genres and styles of music not likely to be experienced as a part of their normal daily lives, and to plan the project with input from students, parents, and school administrators, so that the project supports the imaginations of the students while maintaining relevance to the curriculum already in place.

Program Areas: Arts

Recipients: Public Schools

Deadline: 4/15/2010

Average Amount: $500.00

Email: info@svengirly.com

Website: http://www.svengirly.com/mir2/pdf/Mini_Grant_Application.pdf

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: ING Unsung Heroes Program

Funded by: ING

Description: Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. For more than 10 years, and with $3.0 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. 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.

Program Areas: General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Special Education

Recipients: Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools

Deadline: 4/30/10

Average Amount: $2,000.00 - $25,000.00

Website: http://www.ing-usa.com/us/aboutING/CorporateCitizenship/Education/INGUnsungHeroes/index.htm

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Shade Structure Program

Funded by: American Academy of Dermatology

Description: The American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Program awards grants in the amount of $8,000 each for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety. The AAD receives support for this program from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company.

Program Areas: Science/Environment, Health/PE

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Other

Deadline: 4/12/10

Average Amount: $8,000.00

Website: http://www.aad.org/public/sun/grants.html

Availability: All States

4 Reasons for Writing Multiple Grants

If you have a major project you need to implement, I believe you are far better off applying for multiple grants to make sure you cover all your financial needs. Writing multiple grants gives a new or improved program every chance of success.

Writing multiple grants gives you several advantages:

1) The more quality applications you submit, the more likely you are to get at least one or two funded.

2) Completing a second, third, or fourth grant application gets easier and easier because you will essentially use the same data again and again, just in slightly different forms.

3) If you have a large project with large expenses, you may have to get grant money from several sources just to cover everything.

4) Quality practice improves your application. Your second, third, and fourth applications will probably be much better than your first. You will be better able to describe your needs and be more convincing in your narrative. You have to be very careful and stay constantly on guard to get your highest quality application the first time through.

If you already have time problems, you may not have the luxury of submitting several different grant applications. However, there are many advantages to submitting multiple applications.

I do want to mention a couple of things you may be tempted to do but shouldn't. It is a virtual waste of time to submit the same letter to foundation after foundation. The person reading the letter will be able to tell what you're doing. Applications for grant funding should be individualized and personalized based on the giving patterns of the foundation and the needs of your school. Random letters seldom tell your story well or inspire foundation board members to support your programs. Use the foundation’s own grant application form if they have one. If not, follow the directions for applying by letter exactly and completely. Submit a unique letter or application to each foundation.

If you are seeking funds to buy particular commercial programs, never cut and paste their advertising material into your applications. They may tell their story well, but your job is to demonstrate how the commercial product fits into the overall program you are developing. Many grant readers view the use of advertising copy in a grant application as a lazy, impersonal way to get grant money. You may want to use their copy; just put it in your own words and describe how the product will be used to benefit your students.

I firmly believe that multiple grant applications are the way to go when you are seeking grant funding. The warning never to put all your eggs in one basket may be old and trite, but it applies today as well as it ever did. Multiple grant applications may mean multiple streams of money for your school.

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Grant Name: Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy

Funded by: National Council for the Social Studies

Description: National Council for the Social Studies honors annually the outstanding performance of teachers, researchers, and other worthy individuals and programs, and has encouraged unique and innovative social studies education projects through its award and grant programs. NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college educators of social studies; teacher educators; researchers; curriculum designers; and curriculum specialists. The Council engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies.

Program Areas: Social Studies

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Other

Deadline: 3/21/10

Average Amount: $2,500.00

Telephone: 301-588-1800, ext. 106

Email: excellence@ncss.org

Website: http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/geographiclit

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: We Can Change the World Challenge

Funded by: Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association

Description: The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association have partnered again to invite students and teachers across the United States to become "Agents of Change" in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Teachers, students, and mentors can visit the program's Web site for complete application information and resources, and to register for the challenge.
Program Areas: Science/Environmental

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School

Deadline: 3/15/2010

Average Amount: $5,000.00

Website: http://wecanchange.com/

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Summer Seminars and Institutes

Funded by: National Endowment for the Humanities

Description: These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks. The duration of a program should allow for a rigorous treatment of its topic.

Program Areas: Arts, Social Studies

Recipients: Public School, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 3/2/2010

Average Amount: $60,000.00 - $140,000.00

Email: sem-inst@neh.gov

Web Site: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Literacy and Education Grants

Funded by: Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation

Description: Literacy and education grants to help children are awarded twice a year for specific programs with measurable outcomes. We desire to provide support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs.

Program Areas: After-School, Disabilities, Early Childhood, Reading, Special Education
Recipients: Public School, Higher Education, Other

Deadline: 2/28/10

Average Amount: $1,000.00 - $10,000.00

Website: http://www.buildabear.com/aboutus/community/grants/

Availability: All States