Current Grant Opportunities – August 2014

  1. Educational Grants from the JM Foundation
  2. Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK-2 Teachers from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  3. Fund for Teachers Fellowship from the Fund for Teachers
  4. Project Orange Thumb from the Fiskars Corporation
  5. Foundation Grants from the Patterson Foundation
  6. Foundation Grants from the Humana Foundation, Inc.
  7. Pets in the Classroom Grant from the Pet Care Trust
  8. Painting a Bright Future from the True Value Foundation
  9. National School Library Program of the Year Award from the AASL and Follett Library Resources
  10. Dreyfus Foundation Educational Grants from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.


1. Educational Grants from the JM Foundation- Giving on a national basis, the Foundation’s current priorities include: supporting education and research that fosters market-based policy solutions, especially at state think tanks; developing state and national organizations that promote free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and private initiative; and identifying and educating young leaders.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $5,000.00 – $100,000.00
  • Total Amount: $1,000,000.00
  • Address: 116 Village Blvd., Ste. 200, Princeton, NJ United States 08540-5700
  • Telephone: 609-951-2283
  • Website: The JM Foundation
  • Eligibility: Private School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Early Childhood, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Deadline: 2/13/2015

2. Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK-2 Teachers from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)- Sponsored by NCTM, the Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK–2 Teachers encourages the incorporation of music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. Grants of $3,000 will be awarded to those currently teaching mathematics in grades PreK–2. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Proposals must address the combining of mathematics and music, the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics, and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement. The applicant must be a current NCTM member or teach in a school with a current NCTM school membership.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $3,000.00
  • Address:  Mathematics Education Trust at NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502
  • Telephone: 800-235-7566
  • E-mail: nctm@nctm.org
  • Website: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Eligibility: Public School
  • Program Areas: Early Childhood, General Education, Math, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Deadline: 11/8/2014

3. Fund for Teachers Fellowship from the Fund for Teachers- Believing the teacher knows best how they can make a better impact in their classroom, Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference.

  • States:  All States
  • Average Amount:  $1,000.00 – $10,000.00
  • Total Amount: $150,000.00
  • Address:  2000 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77056
  • Telephone:  1-800-681-2667
  • E-mail: info@fundforteachers.org
  • Website:  Fund for Teachers
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School
  • Program Areas:  General Education, Professional Development
  • Deadline: 1/31/2015

4. Project Orange Thumb from the Fiskars Corporation- This program provides tools, materials, and other support to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration, horticulture education, and healthy, sustainable food sources. 11 recipients will be chosen from this year’s applicants — 10 will receive $5,000 in cash and tools, and one will receive a complete garden makeover.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount:  $5,000.00
  • Total Amount: $50,000.00
  • Website:  Fiskars Corporation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas:  After-School, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, General Education, Health/PE, Science/Environmental
  • Deadline: 12/31/2014

5. Foundation Grants from the Patterson Foundation – The foundation provides resources to programs and to nonprofit organizations in the areas of oral health, animal health, and occupational and physical rehabilitation. Funds are granted for: Health and Human Services programs related to the focus areas that benefit economically disadvantaged people or youth with special needs; and Education as it relates to the focus areas, especially programs that increase the number of underrepresented people in the dental, veterinary, occupational health and physical health fields.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $5,000.00 – $75,000.00
  • Total Amount: $500,000.00 – $800,000.00
  • Address: 1031 Mendota Heights Road, St. Paul, MN 55120-1419
  • Telephone: 651-686-1929
  • E-mail: information@pattersonfoundation.net
  • Website: Patterson Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas: At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Disabilities, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE
  • Deadline: Ongoing

6. Foundation Grants from the Humana Foundation, Inc. – Education support with no geographical limitations.  Program provides financial assistance to the children of employees of Humana Inc., who plan to pursue a college degree.  The foundation also supports the arts and library sciences.  No support for political, non-school, or religious organizations. No grants for startup needs.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,500.00 – $100,000.00
  • Total Amount: $3,600,000.00
  •  Address: 500 W. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202-2946
  • Telephone: 502-580-4140
  • E-mail: bwright@humana.com
  • Website: Humana Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education
  • Program Areas: Arts, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Library
  • Deadline: 1/15/2015

7. Pets in the Classroom Grant from the Pet Care Trust- Pets in the Classroom is an educational grants program to support school teachers to have aquarium fish or small pets in the classroom. We know many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals. That’s why the Pet Care Trust is sponsoring this program to help teachers support pets in the classroom through direct, no-hassle grants. You can obtain a grant or coupon for the purchase of new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $50.00 – $150.00
  • Address: 2105 Laurel Bush Road, Suite 200 Bel Air, MD 21015
  • Telephone: 443-640-1060 x120
  • E-mail: info@petsintheclassroom.org
  • Website: Pet Care Trust
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas: Miscellaneous, Science/Environmental
  • Deadline: Ongoing

8. Painting a Bright Future from the True Value Foundation- Put a fresh face on your community’s school: Apply for a Painting a Brighter Future grant. The True Value Foundation provides grants for up to 40 gallons of paint through the Painting a Brighter Future program to more than 100 schools each year. Since 2009, we’ve covered more than 3 million square feet of classrooms with a fresh coat of assistance.

  • States: All States
  • Address: 8600 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL  60631-3505
  • Telephone: 773-695-5461
  • E-mail: Shirley.Fugiel@truevalue.com
  • Website: True Value Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School
  • Program Areas: Facilities/Maintenance, General Education
  • Deadline: 11/30/14

9. National School Library Program of the Year Award from the AASL and Follett Library Resources- the NSLPY Award, guided by AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. These programs empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $10,000.00
  • Total Amount: $30,000.00
  • Address: 50 E Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Telephone: 800-545-2433 x 4382
  • E-mail: jashley@ala.org
  • Website: American Association of School Librarians
  • Eligibility: Public School
  • Program Areas: General Education, Library
  • Deadline: 1/1/2015

10. Dreyfus Foundation Educational Grants from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.- Giving on a national basis to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. Organizations seeking support from the Foundation may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is sought.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $20,000.00
  • Total Amount: $2,800,000.00 – $4,000,000.00
  • Address: 2233 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Suite 414, Washington, DC 20007
  • Telephone: 202-337-3300c
  • E-mail: info@mvdreyfusfoundation.org
  • Website: Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, Arts, At-Risk/Character, Disabilities, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Special Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Deadline: 11/10/14

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