School grants offer much-needed financial help for schools

may-grantsSchool funding difficulties show no sign of abating, 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 compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon—from a focus on cultural traditions to prizes for deserving educators. You don’t want to miss out on these May school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

(Next page: May’s funding opportunities)

Prizes for student projects on community traditions

The 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge asks participants to examine a local or regional tradition through the eyes of a community tradition bearer and create a video, podcast or slide show to share the story. Cultural traditions students might explore range from dance, games and handicrafts to cooking, storytelling, customs, distinctive jobs, and more. Comprehensive supporting materials reinforce real world folklorist skills by defining terms, providing examples, tips, and organizational tools, and walking students through professional interview and story-shaping processes.
Deadline: May 26, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

Students: Describe your goal, win an iPad Mini

This year’s contest asks students to answer the following question: What is a goal you want to accomplish and why? Students can answer the question in the form of a video or an essay, and they can also elaborate by explaining what motivates them, who has encouraged them, how they plan to accomplish this goal, and how their education will help them. Four students will win a new iPad Mini. Additionally, the four winners’ teachers will receive a $100 gift card.
Deadline: May 16, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

Challenge students with digital citizenship competition

This past fall, Common Sense Media introduced its first music video, Pause & Think Online, an animated song for kids to learn about digital citizenship. We love our colorful characters but think your students would be even better sharing the message – and we want to see them! Have students create a video, in which they sing, dance, act and/or animate their own characters. The video must:

  • Incorporate the Pause & Think Online song
  • Include Pause & Think Online in your video title
  • Feature elementary students, from grades K-5
  • Feature participants who have parent-signed Release Forms
  • Be no longer than 3 ½ minutes
  • Contain no copyrighted material (unless you have permission)
  • Include end credits (but no full names of students)
  • Be posted as a public video on YouTube

Deadline: May 31, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

Prizes for deserving teachers

Nominate a deserving educator on the contest’s Facebook page and that educator could win prizes from places like Amazon, The Container Store, The Limited, Pottery Barn,,, and more.
Deadline: May 9, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

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