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March: 5 education grants you don’t want to miss


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

Each month, eSchool News editors compile a list of the most current education grants expiring soon—from a focus on integrating finance into math projects to corporate funding for school arts programs. You don’t want to miss out on these March school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

(Next page: March’s funding opportunities)

How Big is a Billion? is a new educational program from H&R Block that asks teachers to turn the idea of $1 billion into a math assignment for a chance to win a $3,000 grant. H&R Block is awarding a $50 gift card to the first 50 qualified entries. Deadline: April 14, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

The purpose of the federal Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs (ESSC) is to support efforts by local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish or expand elementary school and secondary school counseling programs. Children’s exposure to violence, whether as victims or witnesses, is often associated with long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. These harms, among others, include depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorders; failing or having difficulty in school; and becoming delinquent or engaging in criminal behavior, including violent acts. Deadline: April 28, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students’ classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Deadline: April 30, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

The Beacon Society, a nonprofit scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars that supports and recognizes exemplary educational experiences that introduce young people to the Sherlock Holmes stories, is offering grants of up to $500 to fund the development of such programs. The grants honor the memory of Jan Stauber, a New Jersey middle school teacher who for 10 years visited classes in the guise of Sherlock Holmes to encourage students to discover the joys of reading. Jan Stauber Grants have been awarded to creative teachers and librarians in the USA since 2004 and in Canada since 2012. Previous awardees have used Sherlock Holmes to teach English, literature, history, mathematics, forensics, deductive reasoning, and critical thinking to students in elementary school through high school. Deadline: May 1, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

Toshiba America Foundation grants fund the projects ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. The foundation is interested in funding projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools. The Toshiba America Foundation believes science and mathematics are exciting fields in which all students can succeed with the proper tools and instruction. Wanted: Classroom Innovators! Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Deadline: August 1, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

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