eSchool News highlights five new education grants for December you don’t want to miss

december-grants-educationSchool funding difficulties show no sign of abating this December, and school budgets are stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students.

During the beginning of every month, the editors of eSchool News compile a list of the most current education grants expiring soon—from a focus on female-led projects to making the most of your antivirus software. You don’t want to miss out on these December school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators!

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1. Purchase proceeds to help classrooms

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 24, Epson will donate 5 percent of select purchases made on Epson.com – up to $100,000 – to support eligible classroom projects across America. Teachers just need to submit a qualifying project to DonorsChoose.org – and with the help of donor contributions and Epson purchases it may become a reality. Deadline: December 24th, 2013. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

2. Up to $10K for female-led projects

Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. Deadline: January 15th, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

3. Up to $7M for youth career training

The program is designed to provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula focused on specific in-demand occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers as well as the related activities necessary to support such training to increase participants’ employability in H-1B in-demand industries and occupations. Furthermore, given the large number of H-1B visas in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries, pending high quality proposals, DOL expects a large share of the grants to support education and training in STEM industries. Deadline: January 27th, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

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4. $25K cash prizes for antivirus referrals

AVAST Software is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering a $25,000 cash prize to the U.S. school that uses its free antivirus software and registers the most referrals to fellow students, parents, friends, coworkers and the school community. To win, schools, school districts, universities and colleges just need to apply for a free license and then recommend avast! Free Antivirus to their students, parents, colleagues, friends, etc. The school with the highest recommend score will be awarded $25,000. Deadline: January 31st, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

5. More than $5K in cash prizes for high school videos

There are over 7 billion people sharing the planet and we live in an increasingly connected world. In our global society, population pressures can affect our ability to sustainably use the earth’s resources and improve living conditions for all of the world’s people. Considering the interdependence of people and the planet, create a short (60 seconds or less) video that illustrates the connection between population growth and one of the following global challenges: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability. Deadline: February 21st, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.