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Fall 2016 Grant Round-Up

Pumped Up and Ready for the New School Year?  Here are Some Grant Opportunities for You!

Fall Grant Round-Up - PinterestI have always loved the start of a new school year!

Everyone – students, teachers, and parents (maybe parents more than anyone else!) – is excited, refreshed, and ready for the opportunities ahead. And some of those opportunities include finding much-needed funding to support initiatives that are important to your school, your students, and your children.

Below are 14 grant opportunities with deadlines beginning on September 15, 2016 and going through December 31, 2016. If you can’t make a September deadline, most have rolling dates and you may apply in a few months!

These are by no means all the opportunities available, but they’ll get you started thinking about the money you can get for new programs, updated technology, field trips, classroom supplies, and much, much more!

Many of these foundations support a variety of different education initiatives. Be sure to check out their websites for more detailed information and for directions to submit a proposal or application.

Check out all the opportunities below. Be sure to read #12—where you can get a successful sample grant application for that competition—and also #14… there are lots of chances to win big with that one!

  1. The Edward E. Ford Foundation funds projects that support secondary education programs, grades 9-12. Grants are for $50,000.00 or less, with a one-to-one match required. Applications are due March 1, April 1, and September 15 of each year.
  1. Target Foundation Arts Grants are awarded to programs and organizations that provide accessible and affordable arts and cultural experiences to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Applicants must complete a data profile annually through the Minnesota Cultural Data Project (CDP) website. Before applying for a Target Foundation Arts Grant, applicants must register on the Minnesota CDP website. Arts grant applications are accepted between January 1 and February 1 of each year.
  1. The Field Foundation of Illinois provides grants for Chicago, Illinois schools with a 501(c)(3) designation or who partner with a 501(c)(3) as a fiscal agent. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and applications are accepted on January 15, May 15, and September 15 of each year.
  1. The Whole Kids Foundation is devoted to improving children’s nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending childhood obesity. It funds a variety of K-12 grant programs, including the School Garden Grant, Extended Learning Garden Grant, Honey Bee Grant, School Salad Bar Grant, and the Healthy Kids Innovation Grant. The average grant amounts vary, so review their website closely. Application deadlines also vary, depending upon the grant for which you apply.
  1. The Seabury Foundation funds one-time, special project grants in the City of Chicago. Grants are generally $5,000 – $20,000. A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is required for all requests, prior to submitting a full proposal. LOI deadlines are January 15, June 15, and September 15 each year. Proposal deadlines are March 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year.
  1. The Donley Foundation provides grants to schools in the Allentown-Bethlehem area of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire; Greater York County, Pennsylvania; and the Townships of Western Cook County, Illinois and their adjoining neighborhoods on Chicago’s West Side. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $25,000, but don’t usually exceed $10,000, and are made for general operating support, project or program support, and scholarships. Proposals are due March 15 and September 15 of each year.
  1. The Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program awards grants of $250 – $2,500 through Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics facilities. Eligible nonprofits, including K-12 public and private schools, charter schools, community colleges, state or private colleges, and universities, must operate within the service area of the facility from which they request and receive funding. The 2016 grant cycle began on February 1, 2016 and the application deadline is December 31, 2016. Applications may be submitted at any time during the grant cycle.
  1. The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation has offered grants as small as $3,500 and as large as $150,000, with the average being around $22,000. This foundation maintains a vital interest in efforts to increase economic literacy, giving special attention to projects that raise the public’s participation in economic education and/or create a demand for greater economic literacy. Applications are due by September 15 each year, for review in November/December, or by February 15 for review in May/June.
  1. The Les Paul Foundation supports programs and awards grants for music and sound programs that serve youth, and music-related student scholarships at schools. Preference is given to music programs that are related to the guitar. Applications are due January 15 and September 15 of each year.
  1. Target Field Trip Grants of up to $700 are awarded to K-12 schools across the United States. Applications are accepted between August 1 and October 1 each year.
  1. The Isabel Bloom Art Education Fund provides grants that enhance visual arts education in the primary and secondary public and private schools of Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois. Visual arts include painting, drawing, sculpting, and similar art forms. for art programs in public and private schools throughout Illinois and Iowa. Grants range from $1,000 – $2,000, and applications are due April 15 and, if funds remain, September 15 each year.
  1. The Toolbox for Education Grants from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation provides $2,000 – $5,000 grants to public schools across the United States. Applications are due September 26, 2016. (To “jump-start” your submission, a completed, successful sample grant application for this competition is furnished by the foundation and can be found here.)
  1. Small Grants from The Captain Planet Foundation provide amounts from $500 – $2,500 to K-12 classrooms across the United States for a variety of activities. This foundation invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local and global environmental change-makers. Applications are due on January 31 and September 30.
  1. The Solve for Tomorrow Contest from Samsung offers grants to public schools and charter schools that derive at least 50 percent of their operating funds from public sources. Their funding focus in on STEM programs. Two hundred and fifty-five (255) State Finalists will receive two Galaxy Tablets; 36 State Winners will receive $20,000 in Samsung technology; 10 National Finalists will receive $40,000.00 in Samsung technology; 5 National Winners will receive $120,000.00 in Samsung technology and additional prizes from Samsung partners. The submission deadline is November 30, 2016.

You CAN get money for your classroom (if you’re a teacher) or your child’s school (if you’re a parent)! When you win, share your story with our readers so they can follow in your footsteps!

 

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