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Special Projects / Grants

TEACHERS and ADMINISTRATORS, prior to submitting your grant application, please send a signed Procedure for Grant Proposal Form to Nina Mancina, Program Specialist in the Special Projects & Grants office.  This very important FORM is linked at the bottom of this page.

Remember, Special Projects & Grants will provide consultation services to assist with your grant writing, please do not hesitate to contact us at 971-7221.

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Great browsing sites for a variety of grants:  Do SomethingEdutopia, and YSA

Adopt A Classroom
Adopt A Classroom empowers teachers with the funds they need to purchase hands-on learning resources so they can transform their classrooms into vibrant centers for learning - without the out-of-pocket expense. Partner with donors and get classroom resources you need. 100% of donor contributions go directly to your classroom, fueling the aspirations of all your students. For more information visit the Adopt A Classroom website. Please inform the Grants Office of any items received through this program. Deadline: none

Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to help teachers find funding for technology for their classrooms. For more information visit the Digital Wish website. Please inform the Grants Office of any items received through this program. Deadline:  none

Donors Choose
Donors Choose allows K-12 teachers to share their classroom needs with a thriving community eager to help. Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.  For more information visit the Donors Choose website. Please inform the Grants Office of any items received through this program. Deadline: none

Innovation Generation Grants
Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its financial contributions on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. Grants are up to $25,000. For more information visit the Motorola website.  Deadline: Apr 11

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Grants
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation is accepting grant applications up to $10,000 for: 1) TEACHER DEVELOPMENT to support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of ground breaking K-12 classroom instruction; and 2) ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs to improve student learning. For more information visit the McCarthey Dressman website. Deadline: Apr 15

Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders, ages 8 to 18, who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. 25 winners will be chosen and the top 10 will receive a maximum award of $5,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project. For more information visit the Gloria Barron website. Deadline: Apr 15

Adobe Youth Voices Awards
Adobe Youth Voices Awards (AYVA) recognizes media with original, high-quality youth-produced content that creatively express the vision for driving positive change in local communities. Eligible projects must be created by youth between the ages of 13-19 and demonstrate the power of media to give voice to youth issues and concerns. For more information visit the AYVA website. Deadline: Apr 18

Playwright Discovery Award Program
The VSA Playwright Discovery competition invites middle and high school students to explore the disability experience through the art of script writing. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. For more information visit the VSA website. Deadline: Apr 28

Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit
Elmer's Products, Inc. offers the Teacher Tool Kit Grant program to provide teachers with the means to replicate projects found in the Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit catalog in their own classrooms. Grants are $100 to $500. For more information visit the Elmer's website. Deadline: Apr 30

ING Unsung Heroes
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes K-12 educators for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. 100 educators will be selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. For more information visit the ING website. Deadline: Apr 30

Target Foundation Grants
Reading: $2,000 grants to schools and libraries supporting programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Deadline: March 1-April 30, 2014 
Art & Culture: $2,000 grants help schools bring more arts and culture into the classroom, enabling them to expand their creativity and their horizons. Deadline: March 1-April 30, 2014 
Field Trips: Grants valued up to $700. Deadline: Aug 1-Sept 30, 2014 
For more information visit the Target website.

K-12 Classroom Program Grants
Chico's clothing chain supports communities in various ways with a predominant focus on women, children, health, education, and the environment. Chico's charitable giving focuses on numerous programs such as: Improving K-12 classroom programs and learning tools; supporting early education and reading programs; and promoting community involvement in public school systems. For more information visit Chico's website. Written Applications reviewed in Apr, Jul, Oct, and Jan

School Garden Design Grant
The California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) offers grants to schools for gardens that feature California native plants, including edible plants, ornamental horticulture or both. Grant amounts are limited to $1,000 for in-kind assistance, $500 in direct cash assistance, and $5,000 for design services. for more information visit the CNGF website.  Deadline: May 1

American Honda Grants
The American Honda Foundation provides K-12 grants in the fields of youth education and scientific education. Grants are $20,000-$75,000. For more information visit the American Honda website. Deadline: May 1

Discovery Education invites K-12 teachers to enter to win a wireless lab for the classroom valued at $45,000. Enter every day through May 1st for the best chance to win. In addition there will be weekly drawings for prizes including Projectors, Printers, Notebooks or Document Cameras. For more information visit the Discovery Education website. Deadline: May 1

Earthwatch: Teacher Fellowships
Earthwatch is looking for K-12 teachers who are passionate about teaching, excited about making a difference with their time and talents, and interested in conservation, environmental sustainability, and lifelong learning. Selected fellowship recipients will collaborate with a team of teachers from around the country for 7 to 14 days during the summer. For more information visit the Earthwatch website. Deadline: May 1 or until funding is exhausted

NCTM School In-Service Teacher Training Grants for Grades PreK-5
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Clarence Olander Fund are providing grants up to $4,000 for in-service education in mathematics to schools preK-5th grade. For more information visit the NCTM website. Deadline: May 2

Mathematics Education Trust Grants
The Mathematics Education Trust (MET) funds numerous special projects that enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics. Pre-K-12th grade teachers are eligible for grants $1,200-$24,000. For more information visit the NCTM website.  Deadline:  May 2

Youth-Led Service-Learning Projects
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB), is currently funding youth-led service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that address the root cause of the following issue areas: Arts and Culture; Environmental Responsibility; Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness; Financial Literacy; Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap; and Health and Wellness. For more information visit the YAB website. Deadline: May 2

School Library Book Grants
The Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF) is pleased to announce the Whitney/Pinkerton Fund Grants for K-12 school libraries. Maximum grant award is $1,500. For more information visit the SRCF website. Deadline: May 3 

Google Science Fair
The Google Science Fair is an international competition with a finalist winner selected from each of the following age categories: 13-14; 15-16; and 17-18. Students post their science projects online so that they may compete for prizes. At the end of public voting, a team of scientists will pick out a grand prize winner from the 15 finalists. Funding will be up to $50,000 for three awards. For more information visit the Google Science Fair website. Deadline: May 12

ING Run For Something Better
ING Run For Something Better (ING RFSB) in partnership with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), will provide sixty (60) $3,500 grants to elementary or middle schools nationwide that desire to establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one. For more information visit the ING website. Deadline: May 15

Youth Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation's Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools to help K-12 students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grants up to $4,000 are to assist in: Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs. For more information visit the Dollar General website. Deadline: May 22

Youth Soccer Program Grants
The U.S. Soccer Foundation (USSF) provides annual grant awards ranging from $8,000 to $200,000, to support efforts to broaden the reach of youth soccer. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the beautiful game - from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play. For more information visit the USSF website. Deadline: Jun 1

Grants to Educators
The NEA Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Grant awards are $2,000 or $5,000, and funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or software. For more information visit the NEA website. Deadline: Jun 1

Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants
The National Weather Association (NWA) Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants are awarded annually to K-12 teachers to help improve the education of their students, school and community in the science of meteorology. Grants are up to $750. For more information visit the NWA website. Deadline: June 1 

Student Achievement Program Grants
The State Farm Student Achievement Program provides teachers with funding and training to implement Youth Services America (YSA) Semester of Service 2015. Grants are $1,000 for one classroom, or up to $4,000 for groups of teachers. For more information visit the YSA website. Deadline: June 6 

Pets in the Classroom Grants
Pets in the Classroom grants are offered to Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade classes only. Seven types of grants are intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom for the purposes of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets responsibly. Teachers for more information visit the Pets in the Classroom website. Deadline: June 13

School Garden Grants
The California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) provides School Garden Grants to 24 schools annually.  Grants are $1,200. At the end of each year, winning schools can re-apply for a progress grant of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip. For more information visit the CFF website. Deadline: June 15

Applied Materials:  Education Grants
Applied Materials Foundation (AMF), directs its education grants to neighborhoods with the greatest need and to programs that inspire young minds, open new doors, and paves the way for a more promising future for its participants. Grants average $2,500. The Foundation has a specific interest in funding proposals that benefit students in grades K-12. For more information visit the AMF website. Deadline: June 15

Sundt Foundation Grants
The Sundt Foundation funds activities and programs that improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children.  Grants are $1,000-$10,000.  For more information visit the Sundt website. Deadline: June 15

Library Grants
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation (LLCF) annually awards grants to school libraries for purchasing books published for preschool through grade 8. Grants are $500-$3,000. For more information visit the LLCF website. Deadline: June 16

Creative Leadership Grants
Crayola and the Nat'l Assn. of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) reward elementary schools working to develop teams who can help increase arts education within the school. Grant awards are $2,500 each and $1,000 worth of Crayola products. For more information visit the Crayola website. Deadline: June 23

Stringed Instrument Grants
The Classics for Kids Foundation (CFKF) aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments. For more information visit the CFKF website. Deadline: June 30

K-12 Educator's Literacy Grant
Dr. Moorer will award a $500 grant to a school with creative ideas for adopting and using his book "From Failure to Promise" (FFTP) in their literacy, math, science, or technology curriculum. For more information visit the FFTP website. Deadline: July 31

Mr. Holland's Opus
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation program is designed to provide musical instruments and instrument repairs to existing K-12 school music programs. Music programs serving low-income communities, programs with little or no budget for musical instruments and music programs that serve the most students out to the school population are considered before all others. For more information visit the Foundation website. Deadline: Aug 1

Community Impact Grants
The Home Depot Foundation provides grants up to $5,000 to public schools that are using the power of volunteers. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift Cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. For more information visit The Home Depot website. Deadline: Aug 15 

Teichert Foundation Grants
The Teichert Foundation invites grant requests in the following categories: Culture and the Arts, Education, Youth and Elderly, Environmental Planning and Preservation, Community and Social Services, and Rehabilitation and Health Service. Grants are $3,000-$7,500. For more information visit the Teichert website. Available: July 1-Aug 29

3rd Grade Cabbage Program
Bonnie Plants delivers millions of free cabbage plants each year to students in third grade classes. 3rd grade students get a hands-on gardening experience and the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. For more information visit the Bonnie website. Deadline: Sept 16

Siemens STEM Competition
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology for high school students kicks off May 1st. Students may enter the Competition as an Individual, two-member Team, or three-member Team. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 - $100,000. For more information visit Siemens website. Available: May 1-Sept 30  

Teacher Art Grants
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education has grants available up to $1,000 to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. For more information visit the Foundation website. Available: May-Sept 30

K-12 Classroom Grants
The Kids In Need Foundation's K-12 Classroom Grants are being offered to K-12 teachers to improve classroom education. Grants are $100-$500 for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas. For more information visit the Kids In Need website. Available: July 15-Sept 30

The Wish List Project
The Wish List Project fosters individual and family success by finding opportunities for educational, extracurricular, and civic development for at-risk youth and low-income families. Funding examples are: Registration fees for sports, science camp, youth leadership conferences, art classes and supplies; after school tutoring, music class fees and instrument rental, books and supplies; Prom fees and appropriate clothing. For more information visit The Wish List Project website. Available: Sept-Nov

Grants for the Environment
The Captain Planet Foundation grants are made for activities that promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Grant amounts up to $500. For more information visit the Captain Planet website. Deadline: Sept 30

Aerospace Education Grants
The Air Force Association (AFA) provides aerospace education grants up to $250 for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Members who are Educators, to help fund their aerospace education programs, inspiring interest toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and careers. For more information visit the CAP website. Deadline: Sept 30

GreenWorks! Grants
The Project Learning Tree's GreenWorks! grant program announces grants in three award levels: 1) the popular and traditional GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000, 2) GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 for schools involved in the USFS Climate Change Live Program, and 3) GreenWorks! grants up to $2,000 for registered PLT GreenSchools! For more information visit the PLT website. Deadline: Sept 30

Arts Education Grants
The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) is offering numerous funding opportunities for K-12 teacher projects that promote the arts as an educational tool. For more information visit the NAEF website. Deadline: Oct 1

Wild Ones: Seeds for Education
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives cash awards of $100-$500.  Project goals should focus on enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants.  Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers in all phases of development, and increase the educational value of the site. For more information visit the Wild Ones website. Deadline: Oct 15

PG&E Bright Ideas Program Grants
The Bright Ideas Program from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) helps schools to access resources to enhance the classroom experience, teach students about solar power and energy resources and receive the training necessary to teach about solar energy in the classroom. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. For more information visit the PG&E website. Deadline: Nov 1

Education & Technology Program Grants
ARRL, a national association for Amateur Radio, offers resources to teachers and schools for instruction, including kits and projects, professional development opportunity on wireless technology, and grants up to $500 for radio stations and related equipment. For more information visit the ARRL website. Deadline: Nov 1

Geometry Grants
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) offers $4,000 grants to Pre-K-8 teachers to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspects of geometry. For more information visit the NCTM website. Deadline: Nov 7

Brighter Future School Grant
The Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future School Grant Program encourages middle or high school teachers who want their students to learn more about STEM through a hands-on project to apply for a $1,000 grant. For more information visit the Westinghouse website. Deadline: Nov 14

Vernier Technology Awards
The Vernier Technology Awards will recognize and reward the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. Each award is valued at $5,500 and presented to grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. For more information visit the Vernier website. Deadline: Nov 30

Toshiba Science & Math Grants
Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) Grants fund the projects, ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms, grades K-5 & 6-12.
Grants are up to $1,000. For more information visit the Toshiba website.  Deadlines: Vary

After School Advantage Program
The GTECH After School Advantage Program provides non-profit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs. these computer centers are designed to provide urban children aged five to 15 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school  hours, in a safe environment. For more information visit the GTECH website. Deadline: none

Environmental Science Education Grants
The Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA), Mother Lode Chapter, will provide grants of $100 to $1,000, to elementary, middle, and/or high schools for projects with an air quality and/or waste management focus.  Access the application at the bottom of this page or for more information visit the AWMA website. Deadline: none

Advancement of Awesomeness Grants
The Awesome Foundation (TAF) provides $1,000 grants for the Arts and Sciences and the advancement of Awesomeness in the universe. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. For more information visit the TAF website. Deadline: none

No Kid Hungry Grants
Share Our Strength awards "No Kid Hungry" grants to schools who are involved in increasing access to summer meals programs, increasing the availability of school breakfast, and increasing access to afterschool snack and meal programs. Grants are $5,000-$10,000. For more information visit the No Kid Hungry website. Deadline: none

Pioneer: Science Education Grants
Pioneer supports science education in an effort to improve science literacy, enable science discovery, and grow future talent in the sciences. Pioneer provides direct financial support in the form of grants, up to $5,000, to K-12 science and agriculture programs. For more information visit the Pioneer website. Deadline: none

Fender Music Foundation Grants
The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to music instruction programs in public schools. To qualify as a music instruction program, students must be learning to make music in an in-school music class. For more information visit the Fender website. Deadline: none

VSP: Sight for Students
Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eye care services. Parents and guardians interested in seeking assistance through the Sight for Students program must work through VSP's established network of community partners.  For more information visit the VSP website. Deadline: N/A

Driver's Edge: Driving Instruction for Teens
Driver's Edge empowers young drivers through a combination of classroom discussions and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction to erase the "Fast and the Furious" and video-game mentality that many of today's young drivers have and that has skyrocketed automobile fatalities. The program is free. Students between the ages of 15 and 21 who have a learner's permit or driver's license are eligible. Go to the Driver's Edge website to see tour schedule for relevant dates. For more information visit the Driver's Edge website. Deadline: N/A

Access for Educators to C-SPAN Archival Footage:
The C-SPAN Archives Grant awardees are granted the videotapes of their choice from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals for using the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects. Middle and high school teachers are eligible with no maximum grant award.  For more information visit the C-SPAN website.  Deadline: N/A

Grants for Early Literary Professionals
IRA & RR Reading Conference Grants of $200 are available to help fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals (grades K-3) attending International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.  For more information visit the Reading Conference website. Deadline: none

Fire Prevention Grant Program
The insurance conglomerate FM Global supports a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and education programs. Schools are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,500 for K-12 fire safety sessions and fire education prevention materials. For more information visit the FM Global website. Deadline: none

Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program
The Victor Clark Youth Incentive Fund Program, one of ARRL Foundations Special Programs, was established with the objective of providing support for the development of Amateur Radio among high-school age (or younger) youth. Mini-grants up to $1,000 will be made for such projects as securing equipment for antennas for club stations, purchasing training materials, and more. Preference will be given to projects for which matching funds are raised locally.  For more information visit the Victor C. Clark website. Deadline: none

Cultural Exchanges, Training and Study Abroad
The American Councils for International Education (ACIE) administers a variety of cultural exchange, study abroad, and research programs on behalf of both public and private funders. Participation in these programs is through an open, merit-based competition, and facilitates mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia, Southeast Europe, and South Asia. Some programs are fully funded. Visit the ACIE website for current programs available. Deadlines:  Various

Community Giving Days
Each Whole Foods Market (WFM) individually supports local causes that are important to their shoppers and neighbors. Each store donates food to area food banks and shelters and several times a year, the WFM stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as "5% Days") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. For more information visit the WFM website. Deadline: N/A

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