- School grants can help educators make ends meet and connect students with valuable opportunities
- Digital learning is often a funding priority for states and districts
Each day, teachers are tasked with doing more and more with increasingly fewer resources. And despite federal emergency funding to help schools provide staff and resources as the pandemic abates, school leaders still grapple with funding challenges.
School grants are often one-time funding opportunities, and while they are not permanent policy changes, grants often help students earn much-needed scholarship money, gain valuable experiences, and they also connect teachers with classroom resources or professional development.
Here are three school grants that may help your school or district. Make sure to check deadlines and requirements!
Renaissance has launched the second annual “Shine a Light on Bilingualism” art contest to celebrate Hispanic culture and bilingualism. All students in grades K–12 are invited to create and submit a painting, drawing, or mixed media piece on the theme of “celebrating Hispanic heritage and bilingualism.” In July, a winner will be selected for each grade band of K–3, 4–8, and 9–12. Each winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and have their art featured during Renaissance’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place between September 15 and October 15. Although the art will be created by students, the work must be submitted by an adult, such as a teacher, parent, guardian, or other family member. To enter a K–12 student in the contest, an adult must upload a photo of the art or mail the original to Renaissance.
Deadline: June 30, 2023
The NSF’s Racial Equity in STEM Education explores how racial inequities often create barriers to STEM knowledge generation, as well as access to and participation in all aspects of STEM education, research, and the workforce. In ongoing efforts to address these disparities, NSF EDU seeks to support bold, groundbreaking, and potentially transformative projects that contribute to advancing racial equity in STEM education and workforce development through practice and/or fundamental or applied research. EDU’s mission builds from the NSF Strategic Plan, seeking “to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels and in all settings (both formal and informal) in order to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators and a well-informed citizenry that have access to the ideas and tools of science and engineering. The purpose of these activities is to enhance the quality of life of all citizens and the health, prosperity, welfare and security of the nation.
Deadline: October 10, 2023
Mobile Beacon wants to provide a path for educators to expand access to technology for students, so every student has equal access to educational resources and learning opportunities. Educators play an essential role in making schools and learning institutions more digitally-inclusive, and Mobile Beacon wants to empower educators with the resources they need to make that happen. Connect for Success will give educators the tools they need to harness the power of the internet and get it into the hands of those students who need it the most. Schools can use the Connect for Success grant to start a mobile learning lab, a program to help close the homework gap, to aid in professional development for teachers, help students connect for success, and more. Grant applicants must be a school, college, or university in an eligible city and fall within Sprint’s 4G LTE service area. Because there are a limited number of grants available, Mobile Beacon wants to ensure the broadband service and associated equipment will be used by schools to fulfill an immediate need. Therefore, your school must use this service for 20 or more hours per week while school is in session.
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