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A compilation of resources of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to education.

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21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
The No Child Left Behind Act converted the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, an after school initiative, from a federally administered discretionary grants program to a state- administered program. In addition, the program is now written so that community agencies can be the lead fiduciary agency in applying for the grants. In the past, only schools could be the lead agencies, but other organizations could collaborate with schools. All centers must offer significant expanded learning opportunities for children and youth in the community and contribute to reduced drug use and violence. CFDA 84.287.
The program received a $1 billion appropriation for FY2002 and $325 million was awarded to states on a formula basis (current grantees continue to be administered by and receive funding through the U.S. Department of Education). Many states are now conducting their own competitions. (Note: A list of state Department of Education contacts is located at http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc/statecontacts.html.)
Click here for more information about Michigan's participation.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Acquiring Resources: Fundraising

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Advice from the National Wildlife Federation on finding possible sources of money for schoolyard habitats and gardens. Includes a sample proposal letter. The second link also provides information on how to go about acquiring resources for backyard or schoolyard habitats.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits--Environment
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Actuarial Foundation
Advancing Student Achievement (ASA) Grants
Proposals accepted year-round.
Actuarial Foundation awards Advancing Student Achievement (ASA) Grants to public and private schools that agree to set up a mentoring project that involves actuaries in the teaching of mathematics. Actuaries do not need to be contacted before the grant is submitted. The foundation will help with securing an actuary to participate in the mentoring program. There is no deadline for the proposal, but the foundation needs a one- to two-month lead time before the start of the program.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Adopt A Classroom Portal
Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support. The result is a meaningful contribution to education in which donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom's success.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Air Force Assocation
Educator Grant Program
The Educator Grant program is designed to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades by providing $250 grants. The program encourages the development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. The program also encourages establishing an active relationship between the school and the local Air Force Association organization.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation's primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The upcoming deadline for organizations that have never received funding from the Foundation is August 1, 2017. Visit the Foundation's website to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative
Request for Proposal
Since 2008, AT&T Aspire has provided support to more than 1,000 national and community organizations including school districts, higher education and education-serving non-profits. The AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative RFP is focused on high school success and college and career readiness programs that will maintain AT&T's commitment to support local organizations that are delivering results that help reduce the dropout rates in their communities.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Barnes and Noble Corporate Contributions Program
Barnes and Noble Corporate Contributions Program supports nonprofit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts, and education (K-12) in the communities where company stores are located. Funded organizations must be willing to work with the local stores on in-store programming. Limited support is also provided for national nonprofit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or K-12 education. Requests are accepted throughout the year. Local and regional organizations should submit proposals to the community relations manager or store manager at the local Barnes & Noble store.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Better World Books Literacy Council
Literacy Grants
Better World Books announces their eighth-annual Literacy Grants designed to address the literacy needs of communities across the world. Libraries and educational nonprofit literacy organizations can apply for funds to support their efforts to further literacy in their communities. As a Founding B Corporation, Better World Books has raised over $26 million to date for literacy causes worldwide. Libraries and nonprofits may pitch only one project each, with a maximum award of $15,000 (or equivalent) per project. Organizations must clearly outline the project elements that require the requested funds. The Better World Books Literacy Council will review the projects. The Literacy Council will select library and nonprofit winners. The deadline for both library and nonprofit applicants is May 31, 2018
(Last checked 04/17/18)

(Guido A. and Elizabeth H.) Binda Foundation
Giving limited primarily to education in Battle Creek and southwestern Michigan. Grants range anywhere from $200 to $100,000.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education has donated over $90 million to our nation's schools since 1996, helping them earn the cash they need through easy, everyday activities. Join the Box Tops Booster Club to earn more for your school . . . and do something good for your family, too. Courtesy of General Mills.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Braitmayer Foundation
The Braitmayer Foundation is interested in K-12 education throughout the United States. The Foundation is pleased to have its grants used as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organizations.
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Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation
Deadline : rolling
The Broad Foundation's mission is to dramatically improve K-12 urban public education through better governance, management and labor relations. The nation's 100 largest urban school districts that serve significant percentages of low-income and minority students may apply for funding, as well as state and national organizations. Initial contact should be via a one- to two-page letter of intent.
Currently, the foundation is focusing on the following three areas:
(1) Developing a K-12 Leadership Pipeline: The foundation supports efforts to recruit, select, develop and retain the next generation of principals, senior level district leaders, superintendents and school board members.
(2) Developing High-Performing Systems and Tools: The foundation believes that strong leaders in large urban districts need access to the best systems and tools in order to make the changes necessary to significantly increase student achievement.
(3) Changing the Operating Environment for K-12: The foundation supports several national, state and local policy initiatives that it strongly believes will enable dramatic increases in student achievement.
In addition, the Broad Prize is an annual $1 million award given to showcase urban school districts that demonstrate overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among ethnic groups and between high- and low-income students.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Campbell's: Labels for Education
Deadline: None
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.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Captain Planet Foundation
Education Grants
Deadline : May 31
The foundation supports projects that: 1) Promote understanding of environmental issues; 2) Focus on hands-on involvement; 3) Involve children and young adults 6-18 (elementary through high school); 4) Promote interaction and cooperation within the group; 5) Help young people develop planning and problem solving skills; 6) Include adult supervision; 7) Commit to follow-up communication with the foundation (specific requirements are explained once the grant has been awarded). Average Amount: $250.00 - $2,500.00 For more information email tarynm@captainplanetfdn.org or call (404) 522-4270
(Last checked 04/17/18)

(Annie E.) Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation considers support for public education and disadvantaged children one of its priorities. It is primarily interested in "initiatives that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative policy, service delivery, and community supports for children and families." Collaborative projects that engage parents in school improvement and the academic success of their children are within the foundation's area of interest. There are no deadlines. The first step in the grant-seeking process is to send the foundation a 2-3 page letter summarizing the proposed project, its goals, a brief history/background of the school, the population to be served, and the amount requested. If the foundation sees potential in the project, it will invite you to write a full proposal. The address: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Attention: Office of the President, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Grant guidelines are also available at the foundation Web site, or from External Resources and Partnerships (ERP) by calling 773/553-2610, or e-mail at: erp@cps.k12.il.us.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Cash for your Classroom
Lists strategies and ideas depending on the length and amount needed, how to utilize crowdfunding and what is involved, and fundraising opportunities for everyone - from kindergarten to a senior in college. Courtesy of Accredited Schools Online.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

(Harry) Chapin Foundation
We will fund only 501(c)(3) not for profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of:
(1) Community Education Programs
(2) Arts-In-Education Programs
(3) Agricultural and Environmental Programs
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Chicago Public Schools
Office of External Resources and Partnerships
Foundation Links
Contains information on competitive grants. Awarded from FY 2000 to Date.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Citizens Insurance / Student Leadership Services Minigrants
Howell-based Citizens Insurance Company of America and Students Leadership Services are uniting to make financial support available to youth-led prevention groups. Grants are available for $250, $500, or $1000 amounts to fund programs and events. Grants will be awarded for January 3 through September 1 and may be used for activities designed to prevent underage alcohol, tobacco, and/or drug use while encouraging safe and healthy lifestyles. For more information call Citizens, 1-800-388-4300, Ext. 2290. Citizens Insurance indicated that SADD-MI will be handling the mini-grant program for them. Call (248) 706-0757 for more information.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Dollar General
Adult Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants award funding to non-profit organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. Organizations must provide assistance in one of the following instructional areas: (1) Adult basic education;
(2) General education diploma preparation; or
(3) English for speakers of other languages.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Dollar General
Back-To-School Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Back-to-School Grants provide funding to assist schools in meeting some of the financial challenges they face in implementing new programs or purchasing new equipment, materials or software for their school library or literacy program.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Dollar General
Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Program
Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Program benefits public school libraries recovering from major disasters. The program is administered by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association. The National Education Association works with the AASL on the grant review committee and provides support materials to libraries. The fund provides grants for books, media and/or equipment that support learning in a school library environment.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Dollar General
Family Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Family Literacy Grants will award grants to family literacy service providers. Please note that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation uses the federal government's definition of family literacy when reviewing grant applications. Family literacy programs applying for funding must have the following four components: (1) Adult education instruction; including Adult basic education; GED preparation; and English for speakers of other languages;
(2) Children's education;
(3) Parent and child together time (PACT); and,
(4) Parenting classes that teach parents to be the primary teacher for their child.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Dollar General
Youth Literacy Grants
Applications for 2018 Youth Literacy Grants are being accepted through May 17, 2018.
The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant program provides funding to public libraries, schools, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist with implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs, purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, and purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

The Dollywood Foundation
Imagination Library
The Dollywood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1988 by Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Company. Committed to helping children Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More, the Dollywood Foundation develops and administers educational programs for children locally in Dolly's native Sevier County, Tennessee as well as nationwide. The Imagination Library' is one of the Foundation's most successful programs. The Imagination Library provides a book a month from birth until age five for all children in participating communities. The Dollywood Foundation pays books provided to the children of Sevier County (Tennessee), Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -- communities where her businesses now operate. If other communities are willing to cover the costs, the Dollywood Foundation will provide the Imagination Library program to other communities as well.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Education Grants Available through the State of Michigan, try the Michigan Electronic Grants Administration and Management System Portal (EGrAMS).

Education Grants/Programs from the U.S. Government
Posted on Grants.gov
Some of the most current grant opportunities posted by the federal government.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Education RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center Philanthropy News Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals : Education.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Education World Grants Center
Provides a compilation of grants, grant writing, and grants by subject category resources.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Educational Foundation of America
The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) makes grants to qualifying non-profit organizations that have tax-exempt status and those that are not private foundations as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. EFA provides grants for specific projects. It does not provide funds for endowment or endowed faculty chairs, building/capital programs, religious purposes, grants to individuals, annual fund-raising campaigns, indirect costs, overhead or general support. The Foundation prefers not to fund projects located outside the United States.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the environment, reproductive freedom, theatre, education, medicine, drug policy reform, democracy, peace & national security issues and human services. Important characteristics considered by EFA are an organization's record of achievement, intended broad impact, sound financial practices, increasing independence, and correspondence with EFA objectives. Unfortunately, many worthy requests are denied because needs exceed the Foundation's resources or a given project does not fall within a current area of focus.
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Edutopia Grant Information Page
The George Lucas Educational Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation and is not a grant-making organization. We encourage visitors seeking grants or grant information to check our resource listed on this page. You might also consider contacting local community foundations, service organizations and businesses in your area, or your state department of education, which may provide school site-based grants in support of educational technology.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Farmers Insurance: Dream Big Teacher Challenge
Thank Americaís Teachers, an initiative of Farmers Insurance, honors the inspiring work that teachers do in classrooms throughout the country every day. Through Thank Americaís Teachers, the Dream Big Teacher Challenge will award five $100,000 grants to fund K-12 teachersí educational visions for their classrooms and communities in 2018. (Thank Americaís Teachers also provides $2,500 grants to teachers throughout the year.) The Dream Big Teacher Challenge contest funds programs like an outdoor learning center, an accessible playground for special needs students, and a student mentorship program with local business leaders. Proposals must be submitted by May 30, 2018. Visit the Farmers Insurance website to review the contest rules.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Federal Funding Opportunities for Education Grants/Programs Posted on Grants.gov
Lists some of the most recent grant programs available. Note: Select education as funding activity category before initiating search.
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A Christian communication charity which brings books and literacy materials to the poorest countries of the world.
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Foundation Funding Guide : Guide to Foundation Funding Sources for the Top 20 States
This guide provides detailed information on foundations that provide grants for program development in primary/secondary schools. These foundations include local community foundations, regionally focused family foundations, and corporate foundations. There are approximately 70,000 foundations in the US with over $300 billion in assets. Foundations are a good source of funding as they distribute in excess of $14B in grants each year.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Fund for Teachers
Professional Development Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides grants of up to $5,000 to classroom teachers with a minimum of three years experience, so that they may participate in training and enriching activities that will improve and enhance their skills as teachers. Grants will be made solely to fund participation by grant recipients in summer professional and personal development activities. Applicants must be employed as a public or private teacher in K-12th grade at the time grants are approved and made. Since 1998, 567 teachers in seven cities - Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, St. Paul, and Tulsa - have received funding, including 267 Fellows during the summer of 2003. FFT Fellows have participated in programs and traveled in 45 countries on 6 continents. In 2004 Fund for Teachers continues to expand and will award funds to 444 teachers including for the first time, teachers in rural Colorado; rural Oklahoma; Boston, Massachusetts; and to the national network of Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound schools.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

FundingFactory Recycling Program
FundingFactory has helped thousands of educational and non-profit organizations nationwide reach their fundraising goals in an effective and innovative way -- recycling. Your organization can earn FREE technology, sports & recreation equipment, playground systems or even CASH by simply collecting and recycling items most people just throw away. Recycle empty inkjet & laser cartridges and even old cell phones and start redeeming your rewards immediately.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

FundsNet Education and Literacy Grants
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(Bill and Melinda) Gates Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates hope to make an enduring contribution toward increasing access to innovations in education, technology, and global health. More than seventeen billion dollars in endowments have been set aside for these causes.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Gear Up Program
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides five-year grants to States and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.
GEAR UP is unique from other initiatives. This program employs partnerships committed to serving and accelerating the academic achievement of cohorts of students through their high school graduation. GEAR UP partnerships supplement (not supplant) existing reform efforts, offer services that promote academic preparation and the understanding of necessary costs to attend college, provide professional development, and continuously build capacity so that projects can be sustained beyond the term of the grant.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

General Mills Box Tops for Education
A nationwide fundraising program that helps K-8 schools earn extra cash for items that are not covered by shrinking school budgets. With Box Tops for Education, your school can earn up to $10,000 in cash for new playground equipment. Library books. Technology. Art supplies. Whatever your school needs most!
(Last checked 04/17/18)

CDW-G's mission is to help educators and institutions to uncover the funds they need to supplement shoestring budgets, expand innovative programs, prepare students for the increasingly complex skills they'll need to participate in tomorrow's workforce and help close the equity gap in educating students from all backgrounds and circumstances. GetEdFunding is a curated collection of more than 1,000 active grants and awards that will grow by the day, all selected through the prism of relevance to today's educational institutions. Although thousands of generous corporate contributors, foundations and other organizations recognize the need to support education, not all of them are included in this resource. In an effort to save educators time and frustration, a minimum requirement of inclusion in the collection is the willingness to accept Letters of Inquiry and unsolicited applications. GetEdFunding is current. It's built by tapping a wide range of print and electronic sources, web searches, organizations' web pages, communication with program administrators and conversations with long-standing contacts. In the case of federal grants, which rely on congressional approval for continued funding, best efforts have been made to tie down agencies' sense of the likelihood of future funding. Those programs pending congressional approval are included in this collection so that they may get on your radar as future possibilities. GetEdFunding is created by educational professionals, for educational professionals. It's designed to be an easy-to-use, relevant and reliable database to which grant seekers will return again and again. Former and currently practicing prekindergarten through grade 12 and higher education educators and experienced educational publishing writer/editors have touched every stage of this database development from conducting research and writing entries to fact-checking, aligning curriculum, copyediting, data entry and beta testing. In addition to experienced educational publishing professionals, the team includes an education grant specialist, community college instructor, high school math teacher, special needs educator, district technology coordinator, library/media specialist, ELL teacher and elementary teacher.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Google RISE
Deadline : December 1
Google is committed to the belief that today's youth will invent the greatest technologies of the future. We feel that every student should have the opportunity to shine, and that success is made possible through a solid educational foundation. With that in mind, we'd like to introduce Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards, designed to fund, promote and support science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science education. Award amounts will range from $500 - $15,000 in financial and in-kind support.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Grantmakers for Education
Grantmakers for Education is a membership organization for private and public grantmakers that support education from early childhood through K-12 and higher education. Our mission is to improve educational outcomes for students by strengthening philanthropy's capacity and effectiveness. While the organization does not make grants, its members often do.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Grants for Individuals (Financial Aid)
see Grants for Individuals or Grants for Individuals - Education

Grants.gov Funding Opportunities for Education
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Regularly posts new grant opportunities related to education.
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Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener's Supply Company
Green Thumb Challenge
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener's Supply Company have teamed up on a funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide. The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a cash prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of children and their communities. Existing garden programs involving children currently in kindergarten through grade 12, from schools and youth groups, are eligible to participate.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Guide to U.S. Department of Education Grants and Contracts
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing nearly $38 billion this year to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs, to improve elementary and secondary schools and meet the special needs of students. ED is providing about $2.5 billion to help strengthen teaching and learning in colleges and other postsecondary institutions and over $4 billion to support rehabilitation, adult education, research and development, statistics, and assessment. ED awards about $1.5 billion in contracts each year for goods and services necessary to carry out its mission.
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Hewlett-Packard Social Responsibility
HP's U.S. grant programs support K-12 schools and non-profits, primarily in communities where our employees live and work, as well as institutions of higher learning, through annual grant initiatives that are launched at the beginning of each fiscal year (November). In addition, HP U.S. employees make a difference to schools and communities through HP's U.S. employee giving programs.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

IBM Community Support
Deadline: open
Description: The primary grant-making focus is public education on a national basis with emphasis on areas of company operations including Armond, NY. Also gives products and employee matching gifts. Most grants are initiated by IBM and unsolicited proposals are not likely to be funded; HOWEVER, they do accept them, and there are instructions on the web site on how to apply. Their "reinventing education" program is a top priority. Public, private, and charter schools as well as higher education institutions may apply. Average grants range from $500 tp $2 million. For more information call (914) 499-1900 or send an e-mail to ibmgives@vnet.ibm.com.
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Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program
The purpose of the Javits program is to carry out a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students.
The major emphasis of the program is on serving students traditionally under represented in gifted and talented programs, particularly economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, and disabled students, to help reduce the serious gap in achievement among certain groups of students at the highest levels of achievement.
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Joyce Foundation
Is seeking grant proposals as part of $6 million, three-year initiative for universal access to preschool for Midwest children ages three to five.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits-Children.
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Kids Gardening Grants and Fundraising
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Kinder Morgan Foundation
Education Grants
Deadline : May 10
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. Average Amount: $3,500.00 - $5,000.00 For more information, send an email to km_foundation@kindermorgan.com or call (303) 763-3471.
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Kohl's Fundraising Card Program
The Kohl's Cares for Kids Fundraising Card Program benefits school and nonprofit youth organizations through the use of special gift cards. The fundraising card is an electronic gift card sold to school organizations and youth groups at a discount of 5% for total gift card purchases over $1000 and 3% for purchases from $500 to $999. The fundraising groups then sell the purchased cards at face value and keep the profits.
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Kroger Community Rewards
We are committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Each year, we assist hundreds of local nonprofit organizations, schools and churches working to make the communities we share better places to live and work.
(Last checked 04/17/18)

Lisa Libraries
The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and underserved areas. Founded in 1990, the Lisa Libraries was started by author Ann M. Martin and friends to honor and memorialize children's book editor Lisa Novak. Some of the libraries established have been at day-care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements underfilled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. In 2000, the Lisa Libraries contributed over 14,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits-Libraries.
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Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF)
Deadline : April 30th
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation is dedicated to assisting educational programs by providing inexpensive children's books. LEF has several programs available to teachers, non-profit groups and reading programs. LEF has already distributed books to over 40,000 schools nationwide. For more information you can also contact: Literacy Empowerment Foundation, 6323 Salem Park Circle, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17050; Phone: 717-791-6210 or 610-719-6448, Email: info@LEFbooks.org
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Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF)
Reading Resource Project
The Reading Resource Project is an ongoing program that runs throughout the year. The program distributes books FREE of charge for literacy programs. Recipients merely pay shipping, handling, and administrative costs, which is only $0.68 per book ($68 per set of 100 books). Reading Resource Project books come in sets of 100 books per set. There will not be more than five copies of the same book in any set. Reading levels are available for Pre-K through Second Grade. Book selection and quantity is dependent upon availability, so there is no guarantee of specific titles. Books are sorted and shipped as close to a project's needs as possible, with regard to reading level and topic. Reading Resource Project books are available in a limited quantity on a first come, first served basis. Requests for quantities of less than 30 sets can be shipped within 3 to 4 weeks; larger orders may require a longer time period to fill. This offer is not available in Alaska and Hawaii.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits : Libraries
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Lowe's Charitable Giving
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awards more than $1.5 million annually to individuals and organizations across the United States. Founded in 1957, the Foundation's primary philanthropic focus areas include community improvement projects, education scholarships for trade disciplines and environmental initiatives that enhance the natural environment. The Foundation considers requests only from 501(c)(3) organizations.
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Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant Program
Deadline : Feb. 15
This program sponsored by Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation funds school improvement projects initiated by parent and parent/teacher groups to empower parents and further encourage their involvement in schools. Up to $5,000 per school is available. Any nonprofit K-12 school (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent group (associated with a nonprofit K-12 school) that has a group tax ID number and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS is eligible to apply. Parent groups that do not have 501(c)(3) status should apply through their school.
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Lumina Foundation for Education
A private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school. Through research, innovative programs, and communications initiatives, the Foundation addresses issues surrounding financial access, educational attainment and opportunities for nontraditional learners.
Lumina Foundation supports the following types of efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of higher education, improved student access to and preparedness for college, improved student success in college and increased productivity across the higher education system:
(1) Work that stimulates broad-based and systemic change.
(2) Work that focuses on promoting educational access and success for underserved populations, especially low-income students, students of color, first-generation college students and adult learners.
(3) Collaboration among multiple organizations and institutions to ensure comprehensive and enduring attention to students' postsecondary preparation, enrollment and attainment.
(4) Projects that demonstrate capacity for long-term growth and sustainability.
(5) Research and/or evaluation that results in new knowledge and evidence to strengthen opportunities for postsecondary access and success.
(6) Work that addresses increasing efficiency, effectiveness and productivity to more cost-effectively educate a significantly larger share of the U.S. population.
Grants vary in size by their scope. The median size of a grant is approximately $250,000. The usual duration for a grant is one to three years.
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Lumina Foundation Grant Programs
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McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
Academic Enrichment Grants
Deadline : Applications accepted online between January 1 and April 15
Offers Academic Enrichment Grants (average amount $10,000) designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
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MEEMIC Foundation
Since 1992, The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education has been supporting education excellence through funding programs and other partnership initiatives. Created by Meemic Insurance Company and founded as a nonprofit organization, The Meemic Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public, private, parochial and charter schools, and colleges and universities. Currently rovides traditional grants of $1000 and $100 back to school grants for classroom supplies. Registration is required.
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Meijer Community Rewards
If you shop at Meijer, ask about the community rewards program and donate to your favorite school.
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Michigan Association for Computer-Related Technology Users in Learning (MACUL)
Grants and Awards Page
Look for the Grants and Awards tab.
Also listed under computer technology.
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Michigan Department of Education
Federal and Private Grant Resources
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Michigan Department of Education
Search for funding Opportunities
Provides current notices on federal, state, private, and other funding grant resources.
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Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Education grants are available for public and private/charter schools and institutions of higher learning in every state, but institutions located near Mitsubishi plants are given priority. Their goal is to help young people with disabilities through technology to maximize their potential and participation in society. The foundation accepts preliminary concept papers throughout the year. Average grants range from $10,000 - $100,000.
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Music Performance Fund
MPF supports programs which are often the only source of live music in the communities in which they take place. MPF is the largest single sponsor of live music in the world. A main objective of the Fund in recent years has been support of music education in the schools. As federal, state and municipal funding for music education in public schools has declined, MPF has increased its commitment to filling the void. Repeated studies have shown that exposure to music enhances a child's ability to read and learn. It has been shown to improve vocabulary, concentration, enhance problem solving skills and study habits, and encourage cooperation. At present, 25% of our available funds are earmarked for in-school programs.
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National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources
Collects donations of overstocked and discontinued merchandise from businesses and redistributes them to schools and non-profit groups.
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National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
The SBC Foundation, the charitable arm of Dallas-based SBC Communications, has announced a $5 million grant to the National Council for Community Education Partnerships (NCCEP) to support the federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP.
The grant from SBC will supplement the program, which was enacted by Congress when it passed the Higher Education Amendment of 1998, in thirteen states. GEAR UP encourages students in grades 6-12 to stay in school and apply for college. The funds from the foundation will help train teachers to use technology in the classroom; fund technology-based after-school programs; measure student achievement and program impact; and establish new K-16 partnerships.
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National Gardening Association
Current opportunities include:
NGA's grant and award programs are funded by generous corporations and foundations that share NGA's vision of a greener future and belief in the powerful impact gardening programs can have on the mental, physical, and psychological health of individuals. Beginning with 50 Youth Garden Grants in 1982, NGA has delivered 9,586 grants and awards worth approximately $3.96 million, reaching an estimated 1.44 million young gardeners.
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National Wildlife Federation
Campus Ecology Fellowship Program
Deadline : January 31
The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellowship Program offers a nationally recognized opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future. Through tangible projects to green their campuses and communities, environmental research and organizing on key conservation issues, fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts.
In addition to joining the national network of current and alumni NWF Fellows, students also receive a modest grant, project support, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks detailed below. Campus and community stakeholders benefit from the fellow's assistance with the research, design and implementation of projects that produce measurable results to help reduce consumption and pollution, restore habitat, increase awareness, provide opportunities for action and support other environmentally sound initiatives.
This program is partially funded through the generous support of the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Town Creek Foundation.
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National Wildlife Federation
Wild Ones Seeds For Education
Wild Ones offers Seeds for Education grants to educational institutions that would like to put in native plant gardens.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits - Environment
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NEA Foundation
Grants for Educators
The NEA Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools, colleges, and universities.
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NEA Foundation
Learning & Leadership Grants
Deadline : June 1
These grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: 1) Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. 2) Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. The NEA Foundation encourages grant applications from teachers with less than seven years of experience in the profession, and education support professionals. Applicants: Mail the original and five (5) copies of your application to the address listed below. Please do not staple or bind your application. Applications that do not comply with the guidelines or that include materials not specifically requested by The NEA Foundation will not be reviewed. Applications sent by e-mail or fax, or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Average Amount: $2,000.00 - $5,000.00 For more information email info-neafoundation@list.nea.org or call (202) 822-7840
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NEA Foundation
Student Achievement Grants
Deadline : June 1
The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades PreK-12, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Preference will be given to applicants who serve economically disadvantaged students. Preference will also be given to members of the National Education Association. The NEA Foundation especially encourages grant applications from teachers with less than seven years of experience in the profession and education support professionals. Applicants: Mail the original and five (5) copies of your application to the address listed below. Please do not staple or bind your application. Applications that do not comply with the guidelines or that include materials not specifically requested by The NEA Foundation will not be reviewed. Applications sent by e-mail or fax, or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Average Amount: $5,000.00 For more information email info-neafoundation@list.nea.org or call (202) 822-7840.
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NEA Foundation
Additional Grant Opportunities
In addition to its own grants, the NEA Foundation provides a list of additional opportunities that people working in K-12 education should be aware of.
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Office Depot Back to School Program
This unique program for schools can not only benefit your school now, but help keep them in free supplies all year long. All you need to do is make a qualifying purchase* at Office Depot and present your school's 5% Back to Schools program ID -- and we'll take care of the rest.
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Operation Kids Equip
On Facebook
The Operation Kid Equip program is open to teachers from public schools and nonprofit charter schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. In order to participate, a school building must have 70% or more of the students eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Meeting these criteria does not provide automatic enrollment in the program, and is also not a guarantee of enrollment in the program. At this time, Operation: Kid Equip's capacity is 150 active schools. An active school is defined as a school where there have been 15 visits to the Teachers' Annex over a three month period, unless otherwise approved during the enrollment process. The look-back periods are August-October, November-January, February-April, and May-July. Beginning June 30, 2012, enrolled schools must re-enroll each year. The Operation: Kid Equip school year begins on August 1 of each year. Operation: Kid Equip is overseen by the Urban Benedictines based in metro Detroit.
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(Lorri) Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
Provides small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Encourages use of wild flowers.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits--Environment
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Pay It Forward Foundation
Application deadlines are February 15 and September 15 of each year.
The Pay It Forward Foundation was established to inspire students to realize that they can change the world. Pay It Forward Mini-Grants are designed to fund service-oriented projects that are identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. Selection Committee members will score the applications based on: (1) adherence to the Pay It Forward concept (explaining how the project's benefits will multiply exponentially); (2) educational benefit to students / teachers; (3)integration of proposed project with school curriculum; (4) number of people impacted. Schools, churches, and community youth groups may apply for mini-grants of up to $500. Because funding is limited, projects requesting smaller amounts will be given priority.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals - Youth Services
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Pioneer Drama Service
The Show Must Go On Video Contes
Need additional funding for your drama club or program? Pioneer Drama Service is giving away more than $10,000 in scripts and royalties to middle and high schools that are passionate like we are about touching lives through theatre. To enter, staff and students should work together to create a video no longer than 3 minutes that shows why "The Show Must Go On" at your school. Average awards : $500 - $1,000.
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Playground and Playground Equipment Funders
Funding suggestions from Snider & Associates, Inc., sellers of playground equipment.
Also listed under Recreation.
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Playground Equipment Fundraising Ideas
Features the playground dance, cocktail and appetizer party, plant and garden sale, pizza week, selling t-shirts, playground campaign, general raffle, pasta dinner, school fair or carnival, and benefit concert. Sponsored by Snider and Associates of Michigan Playground Equipment.
Also listed under Recreation.
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RGK Foundation
The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry (LOI) from the Web site as the first step. The RGK Foundation will entertain one electronic LOI per organization in a twelve-month period. Grant committee will meet on March 6th, June 5th, September 4, and December 4, 2009 to review the electronic Letters of Inquiry. Applicants will be notified by e-mail about any further action. If chosen, assistance will be provided in the submission of a proposal.
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Rockefeller Brothers Fund Education Program
The goals of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund are to promote universal, quality education and care for pre-kindergarten children throughout the U.S. and to increase the number of talented and committed minority teachers in the United States public education system. There is no deadline for this Rockefeller Brothers Fund program. For more information contact: Benjamin R. Shute, Jr., 212-812-4200, email: rock@rbf.org. Source: Grants and Foundations Review, Jan. 15, 2002.
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Scholastic Place : Community Programs, Awards, and Grants
Each year, Scholastic reinforces its commitment to literacy and learning with numerous awards programs designed to inspire and reward excellence, among students and educators. Describes the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, National Teacher of the Year Award, Scholastic Early Childhood Professional Award, and Scholastic's Ms. Frizzle's Award.
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School-Based Student Drug-Testing Programs
Deadline : September 5
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is seeking applicants for Grants for School-Based Student Drug-Testing Programs, which provides funds to local educational agencies to support the development and implementation of drug-testing programs in schools. Questions may be addressed to Robyn Disselkoen at OSDFSdrugtesting@ed.gov or 202-260-3428.
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Spencer Foundation
The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation received its major endowment upon Spencer's death in 1968 and began formal grant making in 1971. Since that time, the Foundation has made grants totaling approximately $250 million. The Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. From the first, the Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.
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State Farm Foundation
The State Farm Companies Foundation makes charitable contributions to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Canadian charitable organizations, and educational institutions. The Foundation does not fund individuals seeking personal help or scholarships, banquets, tours, competitions, teams, or clubs, politically partisan programs, religious programs, and organizations outside the United States and Canada. The State Farm Foundation was established in 1922. The Foundation's philanthropic interests are meeting the needs of their communities by focusing their giving in three areas: education, safety, and community development. Proposals are accepted year-round and are reviewed in a timely manner. However, approval time depends on the requesting amount and completeness of the proposal. Requests exceeding $100,000 are considered quarterly. For more information contact, Public Affairs Office, Michigan Operations Center, 410 East Drive, Marshall, Michigan 49069-0001; Telephone: (616) 789-5000; E-mail: jobopps.mich@statefarm.com.
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Striving Readers Grant Program
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of the Striving Readers program is "to raise the reading achievement levels of middle and high school-aged students in Title I-eligible schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade level. The program supports new comprehensive reading initiatives or expansion of existing initiatives that improve the quality of literacy instruction across the curriculum, provide intensive literacy interventions to struggling adolescent readers, and help to build a strong, scientific research base for identifying and replicating strategies that improve adolescent literacy skills."
An estimated $24 million will be awarded through the Striving Readers program to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) that have schools that are 1) eligible to receive funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and 2) serve students in one or more grades in grades 6 through 12. Eligible LEAs may apply individually, with other eligible LEAs, or in partnership with any of the following entities:
(1) State educational agencies (SEAs)
(2) Intermediate service agencies
(3) Public or private institutions of higher education
(4) Public or private organizations with expertise in adolescent literacy and/or rigorous evaluation
The awards will range from $1 million to $5 million.
Applications for the Striving Readers program became available on August 15. The deadline for notice of intent to apply is September 14. The deadline for transmittal of applications is November 14.
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Target Field Trip Grants
Application deadline : November 1; check back on August 1for next cycle.
As part of the Target stores commitment supporting education, the innovative new Target Field Trip Grants program will award up to 800 educators grants of $1,000 each to fund a field trip for their students. From art museums and environmental projects to cultural events and civic experiences, Target Field Trip Grants could take you and your students on the ultimate field trip.
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A Teacher's Guide to Fellowships and Awards
Funding opportunities are sorted out into the following categories: Arts; Business, Industry and Economics; Educational Improvement; Educational Leadership; English/Language Arts; Excellence in Teaching; History/Social Studies; Humanities; International Studies; Library Science and Media; Mathematics and Science; Research; Technology; and World Languages. Barbara Libby and Karen O'Connor. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Note: Copyright date, 1995.
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Teachers Count Supply Program
Click on resources tab for a list of other funding possibilities.
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Technology and Learning Magazine available via the MSU Libraries
Often includes articles about grant writing and grant opportunities. Try the last link to freely available journal issues.
Also listed under Computer Technology
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Tent Schools International
This public charity in Grand Rapids, MI provides funding to churches and other stable, accountable nonprofits to build schools in Third World nations. Support is provided only for Christian education-related projects and programs. The organization is primarily focused on economically disadvantaged children who have limited opportunity for education. For more information, visit a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection and ask for FC Search.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Education, 2011
Source: Foundation Stats, 2013, courtesy of the Foundation Center.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Education, 2012
Source: Foundation Stats, 2014, courtesy of the Foundation Center.
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Toshiba America Foundation
The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Grants are made for programs and activities that improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics, grades K-12. The Foundation focuses its grant making on inquiry-based projects designed by individual teachers, and small teams of teachers, for use in their own classrooms. Two separate programs include:
6th-12th Grade Program : Toshiba America Foundation contributes to science & math education by investing in teacher designed projects for 6-12 students. Grade 6-12 grant requests of more than $5,000 are due August 1. All other grade 6-12 requests are evaluated on a rolling basis.
K-5 Grade Program : Toshiba America Foundation offers grants up to $1,000 to K-5 teachers, Applications for K-5 grants are due on October 1.
Application forms can be downloaded from the "How to Apply" section of www.taf.toshiba.com. If you have questions, call TAF with your questions at 212-596-0620.
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Toyota USA Foundation Grants
Education is the focus of Toyota's giving, with emphasis on primary and secondary schooling. In addition to funding national programs, Toyota supports the social well-being of communities where it has major operations (California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and West Virginia). This includes assistance for Arts and Culture and Civic and Community Development.
Toyota prefers to support programs, rather than sponsor events. Organizations must apply each year to the contributions program, and subsequent funding is contingent upon evaluation of previous activities.
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Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence
Provides funds for faculty and students/groups in the Troy, Michigan School District.
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U.S. Department of Education
Discretionary Grant Application Packages
The following application packages are available for grant competitions that are currently open. Applicants may wish to request an official copy of the package as important information may be scrambled when downloading the electronic version, and so that we may have a record of how to contact you in case there is a change in the competition. Instructions for obtaining a free printed copy are specified in the detailed information below about each open competition.
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U.S. Department of Education
Forecast of Funding
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for FY 2004 and provides actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts -- organized according to the Department's principal program offices -- and include programs and competitions we have previously announced, as well as those they plan to announce at a later date. Note: This document is advisory only and is not an official application notice of the Department of Education. They expect to provide updates to this document through July 2004.
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U.S. Department of Education
Grants and Contracts Page
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U.S. Department of Education
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries
The web site includes a list of all school districts that are eligible to receive Department of Education grants (about 5,600) but does not list eligible charter schools as previously reported. (Charter schools must contact states directly for grant information.)
Also listed under Libraries.
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U.S. Department of Education
Office of Innovation and Improvement
Funding Opportunities
The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) administers about 28 discretionary grant programs that foster education innovation at the state and local levels.
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U.S. Department of Education
Office of Migrant Education
Describes funding opportunities available for state governments from this Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education subagency. Describes:
(1) College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
(2) High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
(3) MEP Consortium Incentive Grants
(4) Migrant Education Coordination Support Center
(5) Migrant Education Even Start (MEES)
(6) Migrant Education National Hotline
(7) Technology Grants
(8) Title I Migrant Education Program (MEP)
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U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Schools (OSE)
The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) administers over 40 programs that address critical national needs and support our mission of increasing access to quality postsecondary education. Major programs include:
(1) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
(2) Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Programs
(3) International Education Programs
(4) Teacher and Student Development Programs
(5) TRIO Programs
(6) Distance Education Demonstration Program
(7) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Program
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U.S. Department of Education
Partnerships in Character Education Project Program
Deadline : February 24
An eligible entity may apply for a grant to design and implement a character education program that will be (1) integrated into classroom instruction and is consistent with state academic content standards and (2) carried out in conjunction with other education reform efforts. Such programs may be carried out in conjunction with other education reform efforts and must take into consideration the views of parents, students, students with disabilities, and other members of the community.
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United States-Japan Foundation
Educational Grants
Deadline : December 15 and July 15.
Giving primarily in the U.S. and Japan to promote stronger ties between Americans and Japanese by supporting projects that foster mutual knowledge and education, deepen understanding, create effective channels of communication, and address common concerns in an increasingly interdependent world. The current focus of grant making activities is in the areas of communication/public opinion, precollege education and policy studies. Average Amount $25,000.00 - $50,000.00. For more information, call 212-481-8753 or send an email to info@us-jf.org
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Universal Administrative Services Company
Schools and Libraries Program
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.
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Vulcan Materials Company Foundation
Focus on Schools and Environmental Stewardship
The Vulcan Materials Company Foundation supports many types of worthwhile organizations that enhance the quality of life in Vulcan's communities in 23 states. (For a map of company facilities, visit the website listed above; Michigan is not in the geographic focus area.) Besides supporting the United Way, the Foundation focuses support on working with schools, including elementary/secondary education and higher education; supporting environmental stewardship; and encouraging employee involvement. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Vulcan communities are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the above website for more information.
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Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation funds educational projects in two different areas:
(1) To develop effective educational leadership, especially among principals and superintendents, to improve student learning.
(20 To improve the quality of out-of-school learning opportunities for children and families and to promote learning as a core community value.
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WalMart Foundation
Through its community involvement program, WalMart provides funding to a number of nonprofits working in the areas of children, community, education, and environment. WalMart also provides scholarships to associates.
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Walmart Store and Sam's Club Giving Program Grants
Grants starting at $250 and up are available to communities served by Walmart or Sam's Club. Government agencies, including State, County and City agencies are eligible to apply, as are nonprofit organizations, and K-12 Public Schools/Districts, Charter Schools, Community/Junior Colleges, State Colleges and Universities. Please review the giving guidelines for eligibility. Applications are available at your local Walmart Store or Sam's Club.
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Walton Family Foundation Inc.
Grants for Charter Schools and Charter School Developers
The Foundation makes charter school grants available in the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CO, D.C., FL, IL, MA, MI, MN, MO, NY, OH, OR, and WI, although we consider making Planning Grants to applicants within most all charter states with active charter laws.
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Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program
Deadline : June 1
Education grants support elementary and secondary programs that emphasize math and science. Consideration is also given to other relevant programs. Public, private, charter schools, and higher education programs are all eligible. Grants range up to $5,000.
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What Should I Know About ED Grants?
The Information contained in this booklet (September 1998) is a non-technical summary of the Department of Education's discretionary grants process and the laws and regulations that govern it.
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Whole Kids Foundation
School Garden Grants
Deadline : October 31
School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness. Not to mention an appreciation for food from seed to plate. Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. They also provide a base of knowledge that allows children to take an active role in healthy food choices. School garden grant applications will be accepted through 5pm CST, December 31, 2012. Average amount $2000
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Whole Kids Foundation
Salad Bar Stations
Any school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. There is one application that accommodates either an application for a single salad bar package or for larger districts, multiple salad bar packages. Schools currently awarded with the bronze status or above in the Healthier US School Challenge automatically qualify for a salad bar donation, with the stipulation that the school or district desires and can support a salad bar every day in school lunch.
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Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the Foundationís Board on a rolling basis. Visit the Foundationís website to submit an online Donation Request Form.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits: Libraries
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Young Foundation
The Coleman A. Young Foundation helps prepare Detroit-area students for the many challenges they will face in high school and beyond by sponsoring after-school activities which provide current information and exposure to life-related topics, such as conflict resolution, etiquette, voter participation, Detroit's history and its development, testing, time management and study skills, sexuality and relationships with friends and parents.
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Adopt A Classroom Portal
Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support. The result is a meaningful contribution to education in which donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom's success.
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ClassWallet is a website where funders can make donations and teachers can access those funds to purchase needed classroom materials from sponsoring businesses like Amazon, Scholastic, Office Depot and others. Contributions through ClassWallet have the same tax deduction status as those made directly to the school.
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Classwish allows teachers and others in education to create Wish Lists of needed educational supplies and allows individuals to give to specific schools or teachers.
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Donors choose
Another crowdfunding site dedicated to help teachers appeal for special funding for classroom projects.
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Fund My Classroom
Similar to Classwish, Fund My Classroom's website allows teachers to register for a variety of supplies and other resources. Parents and others can then log in and purchase items needed in the classroom, with the items then sent directly to the school. This service is free of charge and 100% of proceeds are directed back to the classroom.
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For more information about crowdfunding, visit the Crowdfunding tab on the Grants and Related Resources LibGuide.

Discounted Supplies for Educators

Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF)
Reading Resource Project
The Reading Resource Project is an ongoing program that runs throughout the year. The program distributes books FREE of charge for literacy programs. Recipients merely pay shipping, handling, and administrative costs, which is only $0.68 per book ($68 per set of 100 books). Reading Resource Project books come in sets of 100 books per set. There will not be more than five copies of the same book in any set. Reading levels are available for Pre-K through Second Grade. Book selection and quantity is dependent upon availability, so there is no guarantee of specific titles. Books are sorted and shipped as close to a project's needs as possible, with regard to reading level and topic. Reading Resource Project books are available in a limited quantity on a first come, first served basis. Requests for quantities of less than 30 sets can be shipped within 3 to 4 weeks; larger orders may require a longer time period to fill. This offer is not available in Alaska and Hawaii.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits : Libraries
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National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources
Collects donations of overstocked and discontinued merchandise from businesses and redistributes them to schools and non-profit groups. Teachers may apply for a free membership. Other nonprofit organizations may have to pay a $599 membership fee. View products currently available.
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Teachers Count Supply Program
Click on resources tab for a list of other funding possibilities.
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School Foundations

Many schools in Michigan have created foundations to raise money to provide small grants for local teachers or other school needs. Contact your local school foundation for more information.

Community Foundations

Many community foundations fund education projects in their local areas. For more information, see Michigan Community Foundations.

Foundation Center's Funding Information Network

If you can visit a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner such as the MSU Libraries, try searching the Foundation Directory Online Professional to identify additional funders interested in funding projects related to education, children and youth, etc.

GrantSpace, another service of the Foundation Center, provides all kinds of resources for those looking for education funding, including online videos, podcasts, proposal writing resources, etc.

Proposal Writing

Need More Information About Proposal Writing? Check out Fundraising for Educators: Electronic Resources.


The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

BIG TIME FUNDRAISING FOR TODAY'S SCHOOLS. Stanley Levenson ; foreword by Wendy D. Puriefoy. Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, 2007. 197pp. Funding Center (1 East) LC243 .L488 2007
Covering the entire fundraising process, this comprehensive text offers a wealth of practical strategies for pursuing "big time" grants and gifts for America's public schools.
[Educational fund raising -- United States]
[Proposal writing for grants -- United States]
[Education -- United States -- Finance]

THE ESSENTIAL FUNDRAISING GUIDE FOR K-12 SCHOOLS : a 1-HOUR BOOK WITH MORE THAN 350 LINKS. Stan Levenson. [United States] : [Stan Levenson], [2014] 118pp. Funding Center (1 East) LC243.A1 L49 2014
This 1-hour book for busy people is loaded with fresh, new cutting-edge ideas to help alleviate the funding gap that exists in today's K-12 schools. The more than 350 links included will save you time, energy, and money and will keep you in touch with the latest innovations in fundraising for K-12. Whether you are a classroom teacher, a parent, a school foundation member, a school administrator, a volunteer, a school board member, or a school foundation board member, this book is written for you. It's all here for you, and best of all, it shouldn't take you more than an hour to read.
[Educational fund raising -- United States]
[Proposal writing for grants -- United States]
[Public schools -- United States -- Finance]

HOW TO GET GRANTS AND GIFT FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Stanley Levenson. Boston, Ma. : Allyn and Bacon, c2002. 188pp. Funding Center (1 East) LC243 .L49 2002
Here are easy to follow tips, ideas and instructions for securing grants and gifts for your public school. Packed with worthwhile suggestions and techniques that will make you more competitive in your search for corporate, foundation and government grants -and in your pursuit of gifts from individual members of your community -this hands-on guide shows you:
(1) what types of government grants are available
(2) the names and web site addresses of major government funding agencies
(3) how to do prospect research using the world wide web and 28 corporate and foundation givers
(4) what techniques to use to solicit successfully from individuals
(5) how to set up a Local Education Foundation
(6) the ins and outs of planned giving
(7) the differences between writing a government grant application and a corporate and foundation grant application
(8) how to improve your chances of getting funded
(9) and much, much more.
[Educational fund raising -- United States]
[Proposal writing for grants -- United States]
[Education -- United States -- Finance]

HOW TO GET MONEY FOR YOUR CLASSROOM & SCHOOL. Frances A Karnes and Kreisten R. Stephens. Waco. Tx : Prufrock press, 2005. Funding Center (1 East) LB2825 .K33 2005
This book offers a complete course in raising funds for the classroom or school. Nationally respected authors Frances A Karnes, Ph.D., and Kristen R. Stephens, Ph.D., offer practical, hands-on ways to find the resources you need. The authors offer a step-by-step guide to grant writing; fun, success-proven fund-raising ideas; and a practical how-to for long-term fund development. Grant writing can often seem overwhelming to educators. The authors take teachers by the hand and show them how to find grant sources, write query letters, and prepare a winning grant application. Fund raising needn't be a chore. Let the authors share successful ways to build both parent and student involvement in exciting and unique fund-raising projects. Fund development is critical for developing a stable source of funds for a school's goals. How to Get Money shows teachers how to develop a pool of money from which teachers can draw year after year. This is a must-read for any educator looking for ways to raise money for his or her classroom or school.
[Educational fund raising -- United States]
[Education -- United States -- Finance]


Provides five $300 material grants to area schools in East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Perry, Laingsburg, Bath Shaftsburg, Holt, Mason, Williamston, DeWitt, and Owosso for use in creating gardens. Applications are available through schools or from Van Atta's Greenhouse and Flower Shop, 9008 Old M-78, Haslett. Deadline: March 23. Winners notified on March 30. For more information, call Van Atta's at (517) 339-1142.


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