Grant funding is imperative to the success of every educational facility. Finding grant opportunities and information about possible funders, however, can be extremely daunting. The good news is, there are dozens of resources available and we here at AET are actively searching to identify grant opportunities to support our customer’s educational funding needs.
With particular focus on STEM technologies, we have compiled a list of grant opportunities available to educators and institutions from K-12 to higher ed. Application deadlines, funding potentials, and primary sources of funding: the public sector (federal, state, and local government) and the private sector (foundations and corporations) have been identified whenever possible in an effort to help and as you navigate through this page.
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Active Grant Opportunities:
- Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant will award $12 million for the purchase and installation of equipment to support vocational and technical training, to upgrade and expand career technical education, and training high quality career pathway programs that are aligned to regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries. Grants range from $50,000-$500,000. Letter of eligibility is due July 14, 2017 with full proposals due on August 11, 2017.
- Amgen Foundation Grants fund projects to advance science education and strengthen communities in MA and RI. Amounts awarded and time periods of grants vary widely and depend upon the scope of the project. The minimum Amgen Foundation grant is $10,000. Proposals are accepted throughout the year.
- Navy and Marine Corp STEM Education Outreach and Workforce Program supports proposals for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward the future and current Naval STEM workforce in High School. Under-represented populations including women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is December 31, 2017 with grants of $250,000+ awarded on a rolling basis.
- Applied Materials Foundation funds educational grant proposals that benefit K-12 students in reading, writing and STEM to better prepare them for entering the workforce in areas where they have business including Gloucester, MA. Semi-annual deadlines of January 15th and June 15th.
- 100Kin10 Early Childhood STEM Learning Grant 100Kin10 is awarding up to 10 collaborative teams funding up to $2,000,000 for ideas solving the following challenge: “How might we support teachers to create active STEM learning environments in grades P-3 in schools across the country?”. Application launch September 2016.
- SONY USA Foundation With an emphasis on education, SONY seeks to apply its financial, technological and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce. Requests for funds are accepted throughout the year. Award amounts vary in accordance with individual proposals.
- jetBlue Foundation Grants support aviation-related education in general and STEM in particular, and fostering effective programs that empower and provide opportunities to students and communities. Awards (8) grants of $25,000 each fall to the Greater Boston area.
- Biogen Idec Foundation awards STEM grants to teachers and schools to support science education programs and projects run by elementary, middle, and high schools represented at the MA STEM Summit. The program is designed to promote science literacy in innovative ways among students; enable teachers to bring new, exciting hands-on science experiences to their students; encourage under-served youth with potential to pursue science as a career; create excitement about STEM topics within the classroom setting; and inspire students to consider pursuing STEM careers. Giving primarily in Cambridge and Greater Boston, MA. Awards range from $100-$100,000. Ongoing entries welcome.
- PPG Industries Foundation STEM Education Grants from The PPG Industries Foundation board favors projects that promote academic excellence and prepare the next generation of leaders in business, science, and technology. Support for students of high academic achievement and programs that attract young people to the study of science remain priorities. At the pre-college level, PPG supports programs that impact on quality of teaching and motivate students to realize their potential. Awards average $1,000-$500,000. Ongoing entries welcome.
- IES Institute of Education Sciences awards grants for research and research training to PreK- Higher Ed in amounts ranging from $500,000-$5,000,000. Applications season is the spring annually.
- Texas Instruments Foundation Community Grants help improve STEM education, advance the quality of life and address critical needs in their major site communities. In the U.S., their focus is STEM and they especially work to increase these skills in under-resourced communities throughout Maine and New Hampshire, and among under-represented minority students and girls. Awards average $15,000.00 – $200,000.00. Ongoing entries welcome.
- Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds focus is on providing youth access to hands-on STEM learning opportunities in after-school settings. Award amounts vary. Ongoing entries welcome.
- W. R. Grace Foundation, Inc. main focus is on STEM education and basic needs, such as food, shelter, first aid and healthcare. It also supports civic and environmental programs. Support is provided to organizations based in areas where Grace has a significant employee presence, including Massachusetts. Awards range from $1,000.00 – $10,000.00. Ongoing entries welcome.
- Cicso Systems Foundation awards primarily within a 50 mile radius of company operations in Boxborough, MA, to support programs designed to improve access to basic human needs, education, and economic opportunity. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to address under-served communities; and provide solutions that utilizes the power of the internet and communications technology. Awards range from $3000-$75,000. Ongoing entries welcome.
- Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest aims to engage and create enthusiasm for STEM subjects by asking teachers and their students to answer the challenge, “Show how STEM can be applied to help your local community.” Winning schools will be awarded more than $2 million in technology from Samsung. Public school teachers in grades 6 – 12 can apply. Ongoing entry deadlines.
- The Windham Foundation provides support for restoration of buildings, economic vitality in the village of Grafton, VT to provide financial support for education and private charities, and to develop projects that will benefit the general welfare of the state and its residents. Funding interests are in agriculture and food systems, land use, social services, disadvantaged youth, arts and culture, and historic preservation and education. Awards range from $5,000-$10,000. Ongoing entries welcome.
- The Captain Planet Foundation awards sixteen EcoTech Grants to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields that use innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Average award amount is $2,500. Entry deadlines January 31st and September 30th annually.
- Westinghouse gives grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit programs in three areas: K–12 STEM education, environmental sustainability, and community vitality. Within these areas, the company encourages programs that aid the disadvantaged, the young, the elderly, and those with disabilities. Individual award amounts will be $5,000 or less. Requests for funding are due on August 10 and December 10.
- National Council of Techers in Mathematics Mathematics Education Trust grants, scholarships, and awards. Funding ranges from $1,500 to $24,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.
- Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply.
- Grantspace provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.
- Corning Incorporated Foudation grants for local education programs reflect a strong commitment to ensuring an informed citizenry and a skilled workforce. To that end, Foundation funding tends to target innovative and collaborative projects that enhance the teaching and learning of science and math curricula with the goal of improving student outcomes. The Corning Foundation offers educational grants to schools in Keene, NH, Middlesex Valley, MA and Kennebunk, ME.
- The Google RISE Awards is an annual grant program for informal education organizations around the world that promote computer science for K-12/pre-university age youth.
- PLTW/Verizon awards two-year grants for middle schools that will support the implementation of PLTW Introduction to Computer Sciences. Schools must demonstrate a Free and Reduced Lunch Program eligible student population of 70% or greater. The application period runs from January through March.
- National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. Award monies and application deadlines vary.
- American Honda Foundation with a focus on youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, and literacy, AHF awards grants ranging from $20,000-$75,000 to organizations in every state with application deadlines quarterly.
- Toyota USA Foundation Toyota USA Foundation Supports K-12 education programs with a focus on math, science, and environmental science. The Foundation partners with leading organizations and institutes serving diverse populations across all 50 states and has awarded over $52 million to date. Award monies and application deadlines vary.
- Toshiba American Foundation Offers grants to teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students in grades 6-12. Grant requests for $5000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year and requests for $5000 or more are accepted and reviewed twice yearly on August 1st and February 1st.
- TAACCCT Is an excellent resource for community colleges, career training programs, and other eligible institutions of higher education providing funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and training programs that can be completed in two years or less. The department of Labor has implemented the TAACCCT program in partnership with the Department of Education which includes $2 billion over four years to fund the program. Award monies and application deadlines vary.
- Raytheon’s Math Moves U recognizes thousands of students and teachers nationwide from over 500 schools awarding grants and scholarships from $1,000-$2,500 toward the advancement of STEM-related careers. Awards monies and application deadlines vary.
- National Education Foundation Over the last decade NEA has awarded more than $7 million in funds to nearly 4,500 public school educators to enhance teaching and learning. All eligible educational professionals are encouraged to apply. Award monies vary and application deadlines are February, June, and October.
- U.S, Department of EducationU.S. Department of Education Provides competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement and growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates. Grants vary in award amount and deadlines.
- The Braitmayer Foundation awards grants up to $35,000 for innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the country with particular interest in curricular and school reform initiatives. Letters of inquiry are accepted February 1st through March 15th.
- Grants.gov is an invaluable resource with a comprehensive compilation of thousands of identified grant opportunities.
- Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy dedicated to improving learning and enrichment opportunities for children through better schools, enhanced community activities, and participation in the arts. Award monies and application deadlines vary.
- National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency and one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the U.S. awards educational grants which promote strengthening teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitate research, and provide opportunities for lifelong learning. Awards monies and application deadlines vary.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture awards grants totaling $900,000 that promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year post secondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences. Award monies and application deadlines vary.