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


School grants offer much-needed financial help for schools

Sept-grantSchool 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 STEM learning to funding for financial education programs. You don’t want to miss out on these school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

(Next page: September’s funding opportunities)

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Program

The 8th annual Conrad Spirit of Innovation Program (Conrad Challenge), in partnership with Destination Imagination (DI), is a multi-phase, innovation and entrepreneurial competition that challenges students and young adults from around the world to use STEM innovation and entrepreneurship to develop world-changing solutions for global sustainability. Participants work together in teams to develop solutions in one of four categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Energy & Environment, Cyber Technology & Security and Health & Nutrition. Teams compete for the opportunity to be recognized as Pete Conrad Scholars and vie for more than $500,000 in awards — including seed-funding grants, investment opportunities, patent support, scholarships and more — to further develop their innovative solution into an entrepreneurial start-up business. The competition is now open to post-secondary university and military teams (ages 19-25 years), in addition to secondary students (ages 13-18).

Deadline: Oct. 3, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

 

Trust Challenge Digital Media and Learning Competition

The Trust Challenge is the fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition–an open, international invitation to museums, libraries, school districts, schools, community organizations, app developers, researchers, colleges and universities, and other institutional/organizational partners willing to create collaborations or alliances that address existing real-world challenges to trust in connected learning environments. Successful applicants will develop digital tools–apps, badge systems, data management platforms, online learning content, etc.–that engender trust, safety, and privacy in connected learning environments, and that empower learners to connect and learn anywhere, anytime in ways that are equitable, social, participatory, and interest-driven.

Deadline: Nov. 3, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

 

Preschool Development Grants

The Preschool Development Grants competition. The goal of these grants is to build, develop, and expand voluntary, high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities for children from low- and moderate-income families. The Preschool Development Grants competition supports states to (1) build or enhance a preschool program infrastructure that would enable the delivery of high-quality preschool services to children, and (2) expand high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities that would serve as models for expanding preschool to all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families. These grants would lay the groundwork to ensure that more States are ready to participate in the Preschool for All formula grant initiative proposed by the administration.

Deadline: Oct. 14, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

 

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program’s goals are to applaud young people in grades 5-12 who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 19 years, more than 370,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts. Students chosen as Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organizations. Those who qualify (50 hours of service for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older) also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events. National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit, charitable organization of their choice.

Deadline: Nov. 4, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

 

Using Music to Teach Mathematics

The purpose of the Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades Pre-K–2 Teachers program is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K–2 level. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement. (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)

Deadline: Nov. 7, 2014
For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

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