If you know the name of the foundation you’re looking for, you can find its website by using a regular search engine—but you should note, however, that not all foundations have a website, especially if they are small and have no paid staff. On their websites, most foundations will describe their eligibility requirements, list application deadlines and amounts of their grant awards, and provide a list of prior grantees. Many foundations also now use an online application process, so you can see what information will be needed to submit a request for funding.
Many corporate funders also include grants information on their website; however, I’ve found this information sometimes can be hard to locate. Try looking under tabs labeled “foundation,” “corporate giving,” “giving,” or “community support.” As with private foundations, you can find eligibility requirements, application requirements, giving histories, and the online application itself, if applicable.
If you’re not sure what corporate funders exist in your community, contact your local Chamber of Commerce and ask if they have a list of top employers in your community. Start researching this list to find potential funders, but don’t restrict yourself only to the major employers in your community. You might find that smaller businesses also provide financial support, although the dollar amounts they give might be smaller than those of the major corporations.
The last type of funders to research are national or local organizations related to a specific academic discipline—such as the National Science Teachers Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and so on. If there is a national organization devoted to your academic field, do some research to see if it offers any grants you can apply for to support a classroom project. Again, the organization’s website probably will provide you with all the information you’ll need to decide if this is a viable funder for you to pursue.
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