When it comes to schools’ and districts’ ability to implement new technology tools and programs, cost and shrinking budgets are consistently identified as top barriers to implementation.
And while budget woes won’t improve overnight, schools and districts can boost their available funds with grants that are targeted to different areas of need.
Want to improve infrastructure and close the homework gap? Do you need more funding to support youth-led community service programs? Or maybe you want to spread coding education via your school libraries.
Look no further. We’ve got 11 grant opportunities to meet various levels of funding needs.
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1. Libraries Ready to Code is a competitive grant program sponsored by Google and the American Library Association that will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S. libraries “Ready to Code.” The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future. Deadline: The program will run from July 2017 through June 2018 and applications will open soon.
2. The 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program, with the generous support of State Farm, offers organizations funding, recognition, and ongoing capacity-building training to organize high-impact, high-visibility youth-led projects for Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). The program offers planning grants of up to $1,000. Deadline: August 31, 2017
3. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 7-12 Classroom Research Grants support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. For 2018-19, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades 7-12 level. Deadline: November 3, 2017
4. The AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation’s public schools. Any AASA Affiliate Association State Superintendent of the Year who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated. Deadline: November 1, 2017
5. The Principal Supervisor Professional Development Program, from AASA and the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, brings principal development training to all central office leaders who support principals’ instructional leadership growth as their primary responsibility. Deadline: August 15, 2017
6. The American History and Civics Education – National Activities Grant offers a total of $1.7 for higher-ed institutions or nonprofits with evidence-based approaches that can help improve or have the potential to improve American history, civics, government, or geography learning and teaching. Deadline: August 10, 2017 (for notice of intent to apply)
7. Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community. Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award and other prizes. Deadline: September 18, 2017
8. The Kajeet Homework Gap Grant will give winners 10 Kajeet SmartSpot solutions with 10 months of Kajeet Managed Education Broadband at 500MB per day or 1 Kajeet SmartBus solution with 10 months of service at 5GB per month. Both solutions include filtered internet, access to the Sentinel cloud portal, one Kajeet Health Check, and customer support. Deadline: August 11, 2017
9. The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program encourages the active participation of both in-service and pre-service K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer science and mathematics (STEM) teachers and full-time community college faculty in ongoing engineering and computer science research activities through Site awards and Supplements. Encouraging active participation of teachers and community college faculty in NSF projects is an excellent way to reach broadly into the teacher talent pool of the U.S. facilitating the ability of teachers to teach engineering and computer science concepts to their students in a compelling way and inspiring more students to pursue engineering and computer science careers. Deadline: October 10, 2017
10. The ITEST grant is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences. Deadline: September 5, 2017
11. The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $100,000. Deadline: September 19, 2017