It’s a new calendar year, and while we’re still in the middle of the school year, you’re probably back from winter break feeling ready to tackle new projects–including school grants.

School leaders consistently identify high costs and shrinking budgets as a top barrier to implementing new technology tools and programs. What’s more, schools in economically-challenged areas have uphill battles trying to find grants to improve resources and opportunities for teachers and students.

Budget challenges won’t improve right away, but school districts can boost their available funds with grants that are targeted to different areas of need.

Check out the following six grants, which cover literacy, learning spaces, drug awareness, and more.

1. Steelcase Education is seeking innovative middle and high school educators and educational institutions looking to implement and expand active learning initiatives to apply for its fifth annual Active Learning Center Grant. Steelcase Active Learning Center Grants include furniture, design review, installation, onsite training, and a Learning Environment Evaluation measurement tool.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

2. Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants support schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading. Grants help in the following areas: Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and purchasing books, materials, or software
for literacy programs.
Deadline: Applications open in January 2019

3. The International Literacy Association Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant is a $2,500 annual grant that honors an outstanding K–8 classroom teacher dedicated to improving and enriching the teaching and learning of purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum. At least 60 percent of the school’s students must qualify for free or reduced lunch. The grant may not be used for purchase of commercial programs or technology hardware. Applicants must be ILA members.
Deadline: March 15, 2019

4. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the launch of the third annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge–a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse.
Deadline: March 6, 2019

5. Each year, the WISE Awards recognize innovative and impactful initiatives addressing today’s most urgent education challenges. Past WISE Awards projects have tackled diverse issues in education, including access and inclusion, design and ecosystems, digital and multimedia, society and workforce, youth employment and more.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

6. NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then–with the help of a teacher–compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then submit it to us with help from a teacher. This contest is aimed at students between 5th and 12th grade. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long. The submission period opens on Jan. 1, 2019.
Deadline: March 31, 2019

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura