Current Grant Opportunities – April 2015

  1. Safe Places to Play from the U.S. Soccer Foundation
  2. Foundation Grants from the Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation
  3. Educational Grants from the Mockingbird Foundation
  4. NCTE Donald H. Graves Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  5. Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities from the Department of Education
  6. Kids-to-Parks Day National School Contest from the National Park Trust
  7. Improving Community Education Grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  8. EcoTech Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation
  9. GO! Grant from Kids in the Game
  10. Ross Foundation Educational Grants from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation


1. Safe Places to Play from the U.S. Soccer Foundation- The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the beautiful game – from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play. Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, and Sport Court. Multi-sport field projects are eligible for funding, but such fields must be used a majority of the time for soccer. Multi-field projects are also eligible.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $4,000.00 – $50,000.00
  • Address: 1211 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ste 500, Washington, DC 20036
  • Telephone: 202-872-9277
  • E-mail: foundation@asminternational.org
  • Website: ASM Materials Education Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School
  • Program Areas: General Education, Math, Science/Environmental, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Technology
  • Deadline: 5/22/2015

2. Foundation Grants from the Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation- The Foundation’s purpose is to support and fund innovative approaches to education, the arts and medical research. The Foundation generally supports projects where the grant will make a significant difference and where the desired result will be tangible, lasting and can be accomplished within a reasonable period of time. Nevertheless, the Foundation seeks to encourage innovation and recognizes that this may involve risk.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $2,500.00 – $25,000.00
  • Total Amount: $100,000.00 – $250,000.00
  • Address: c/o Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, Two International Place, Boston, MA 02110-4101
  • E-mail: estherbkahn@choate.com
  • Website: Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, Arts, Early Childhood, ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Deadline: 6/30/2015

3. Educational Grants from the Mockingbird Foundation- Grants given to support K-12 music education on a national basis. Education may include the provision of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. Mockingbird is particularly interested in projects that foster self-esteem and free expression.

  • States:  All States
  • Average Amount:  $100.00 -$5,000.00
  • E-mail: grants@mbird.org
  • Website: The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas:  Arts
  • Deadline: 8/1/2015

4. NCTE Donald H. Graves Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)- The NCTE Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing was established in 2001 by Donald H. Graves and annually recognizes teachers in grades K-6 who demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in the teaching of writing.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount:  $2,000.00
  • Address:  NCTE Donald H. Graves Writing Award, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL  61801-1096
  • E-mail: elementary@ncte.org
  • Website:  National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School
  • Program Areas:  General Education, Language Arts, Writing
  • Deadline: 6/15/2015

5. Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities from the Department of Education – The purpose of this priority is to fund three cooperative agreements to establish and operate model demonstration projects that are designed to improve the literacy of adolescents with disabilities in middle and high school grades. For purposes of this priority, the target population includes: Students with disabilities in grades 6 through 12 who score below grade level in reading, or who have identified reading goals and objectives on their individualized education program.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $10,000.00
  • Total Amount: $400,000.00
  • Address: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), U.S. Department of Education, PO Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Telephone: 202-245– 6425
  • E-mail: Gregory.Knollman@ed.gov
  • Website: Department of Education
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas: Disabilities, Reading, Special Education
  • Deadline: 5/4/2015

6. Kids-to-Parks Day National School Contest from the National Park Trust- The purpose of the contest is to empower students to create and plan their own park experience. This national contest is open to all schools across the country and in the U.S. territories. The students must research the park to find out what outdoor recreation activities, educational, and park stewardship opportunities. Be creative, video entries and artworks are encouraged!

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,000.00
  • Address: 401 E. Jefferson Street Suite 203 Rockville, MD 20850
  • Telephone: 301-279-7275 x17
  • E-mail: William@parktrust.org
  • Website: National Park Trust
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School
  • Program Areas: General Education, Science/Environmental, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Deadline: 3/2/2016

7. Improving Community Education Grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation- The foundation believes education, economic participation and community engagement are critical to moving low-income Americans toward greater prosperity. These three areas are the pillars of their program to address poverty in the U.S.  Funding is made under three objectives: Improving Community Education, Expanding Economic Opportunity, and Building Organized Communities.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $10,000.00 – $4,500,000.00
  • Total Amount: $90,000,000.00
  • Address: 503 S. Saginaw St., Ste. 1200 Flint, MI United States 48502-1851
  • Telephone: 810-238-5651
  • E-mail: info@mott.org
  • Website: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Safe/Drug Free Schools, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Deadline: Ongoing

8. EcoTech Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation- Sixteen grants will be awarded to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities.

  • States: All States
  • Address: 133 Luckie Street, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Telephone: 404-522-4270
  • E-mail: grants@captainplanetfdn.org
  • Website: Captain Planet Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, General Education, Math, Science/Environmental, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Technology
  • Deadline: 5/31/2015

9. GO! Grant from Kids in the Game- GO! Grants (Mini PEP Grants) support more minutes on the move before, during, and after school through funds and gear for new classroom and playground programs. Schools that are already enrolled or are willing to enroll in Let’s Move! Active Schools, that have little to no organized physical activity, and are Public or charter schools are eligible to apply.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $5,000.00
  • Address: 875 SE 3rd St. Suite 240 Bend, OR 97702
  • Telephone: 541-508-3966
  • E-mail: grants@kidsinthegame.org
  • Website: Kids in the Game
  • Eligibility: Public School
  • Program Areas: After-School, Health/PE
  • Deadline: 6/1/2015

10. Ross Foundation Educational Grants from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation – Giving on a national basis to advance the moral, mental, and physical well-being of children of all races and creeds; to aid and assist in providing for the basic needs of food, shelter, and education of such children by whatever means and methods necessary or advisable; to prevent by medical research or otherwise the mental and physical handicaps of children. Funding also provided for the research of pediatric diseases.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,000.000 – $15,000.00
  • Total Amount: $400,000.00 – $560,000.00
  • Address: 1036 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
  • Telephone: 585-473-6006
  • E-mail: info@dhrossfoundation.org
  • Website: The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
  • Eligibility: Private School, Faith-based, Other
  • Program Areas: Disabilities, Early Childhood, General Education, Health/PE, Special Education
  • Deadline: Ongoing

2 thoughts on “Current Grant Opportunities – April 2015

  1. Darlene Schlott

    Hi, I am on the soccer program sponsorship committee for Hillgrove High school in Powder Springs, Georgia. There are over 880 students who participate in sports. The soccer program is not funded by the county or state. Students must pay participation fees in or to play as we must cover: EMS (at games), transportation, meals for away games, referees, training, uniforms, tournament fees and equipment. We believe that participating in a sport is healthy and adds to the student’s education outside of the classroom. We want students to be able to participate in a sport ..even if they cannot afford the fees ($375 per student). Hill grove does not wish to leave any child behind who wants to play!

    Can you tell me if there is an organization which can help sponsor our team? $750 will help two students who cannot afford the fees be able to get involved and play soccer for one season. Thank you.

  2. Sarah G Post author

    Hi Darlene,
    Thank you for contacting us. We tend to deal only in Grant funding with our listings. I did a quick search and I didn’t see anything that would be of use in GA for athletic funding. I would recommend a search of the web to see if there are any sponsorship-type opportunities available in your specific area.

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