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  • The NEA Foundation Grants support a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools, colleges, and universities. Several grants are available. Check the website for deadlines.
  • AFT Loan Forgiveness ProgramFederal Loan Forgiveness Programs | Public Service Loan Forgiveness

  • AFT Scholarship and Grant: FEA members and their children who will graduate from high school in 2008 can take advantage of the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program which offers four competitive $8,000 scholarships to high school seniors and $1,000 grants to AFT/FEA members who are continuing their education. Download the application from the AFT Web site. The application deadline is March 31.

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Discover: Pathway to Financial Success Grant
Discover is investing up to $10 million in financial education, and any high school can apply for a grant toward a financial education curriculum. Applying schools must have implemented or be looking to implement a financial education curriculum; have a measurement tool planned or in place to assess participation in and comprehension of the financial education curriculum; and agree to share overall results of the measurement tool's pre- and post-curriculum testing with Discover upon the program's completion to assess what worked and what didn't. Maximum award: Varies. Eligibility: High schools in the United States. Deadline: None. 


Adopt-A-Classroom Educational Grants
Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom Website can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive up to $500 worth of credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology. Average Amount: $500.00. Deadline: None


Fund for Teachers: Grants for Travel and Growth
The Fund for Teachers makes direct grants to teachers for summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: Teachers K-12 with a minimum of three years teaching experience; teachers must be full-time and spend at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom when grants are approved and made. Deadline: Varies by state.


Global Youth Exchange
AYUSA is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor. AYUSA administers four grant programs funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Deadline: varies

Labels for Education
Campbell's Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products. Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools. Deadline: N/A.

Grants for Math Mentoring Programs Using Actuaries
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement Mentoring Program awards grants to schools and groups to develop a viable mentoring program involving actuaries in the teaching of mathematics to children in private and public schools. Collaboration among school systems, local actuarial clubs, corporations and other stakeholders in education is encouraged in order to enhance the chances of success, particularly on a long-term basis. Award: $30,000. Deadline: N/A.

Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Program
Dollar General has created a grant program to benefit public school libraries in communities affected by disasters. The fund will provide grants for books, media, and/or equipment that support learning in a school library environment. Maximum Award: $15,000. Eligibility: Public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. First priority for the initial grants will be given to school libraries impacted by hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma -- either through direct loss or through an increase in enrollment due to displaced students. Deadline: open.

Department of Education Forecast of Funding
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for FY 2006 and provides actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts -- organized according to the Department's principal program offices -- and includes previously announced programs and competitions, as well as those planned for announcement at a later date. Note: This document is advisory only and is not an official application notice of the Department of Education. They expect to provide regular updates to this document.

Outstanding Biology Teacher Award
Every year, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) program attempts to recognize an outstanding biology educator (grades 7-12) in each of the 50 states; Washington, DC; Canada; Puerto Rico; and overseas territories. Candidates for this award do not have to be NABT members, but they must have at least three years public, private, or parochial school teaching experience. A major portion of the nominee's career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science, and candidates are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and student-teacher relationships. OBTA recipients are honored at a special event during the NABT Professional Development Conference sponsored by Pearson Prentice Hall; microscopes from Leica Microsystems, Inc.; and certificates and a complimentary one-year membership from NABT. Please contact state OBTA Regional Director using the list at OBTA Directors for more information.

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards
National Association of Geoscience Teachers Outstanding Earth Science Teacher awards are given for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the secondary level. Award: $500 classroom improvement funds. Middle and high-school teachers of earth science are eligible. Deadline vary by region. Check site for more information:


Earthwatch Educator Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully-funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects around the world. Maximum Award: Fully funded fellowship. Eligibility: Elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Bring Monarch Butterflies Into the Classroom
The Live Monarch Foundation Educator Outreach Program provides funding for teachers throughout the United States to enroll in the National Campaign to bring Monarch Butterflies into the classroom. This program provides education and materials to strengthen the Monarch’s 3,000 mile migratory route within North America by creating self-sustaining butterfly gardens and refuges. Current extreme weather has eliminated early milkweed growth... participation is critical. Materials will be provided for each participant to raise a virtual butterfly and start a real butterfly garden with professional instruction on each level of its maintenance and care, with insight into the shared responsibility of each person to protect our fragile environment one backyard at a time. Eligibility: Teachers and classrooms in areas on the monarch migratory route. Deadline: Rolling. 

Grants for Early Literary Professionals
RA & RR Reading Conference Grants are available to help fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals attending International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.
Maximum Award: $200.
Eligibility: Early literacy professionals (grades K-3).
Deadline: N/A.

Grants for Foreign Language Training and International Studies
The U.S. Department of Education's International Education Programs Service (IEPS) offers funding to promote expertise and competence in foreign languages and area and international studies. The Group Projects Abroad Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by U.S. teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Maximum Award: Varies. Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and a faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies; a teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or an experienced educator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels.
Deadline: see website.

Increase Awareness & Understanding of Japan
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership is providing funding opportunities for small-scale education initiatives that will increase awareness and understanding of Japan through support of teacher training and related programs addressing the needs of the student and teacher community. Grants will be awarded for projects conducted from May 1-December 31, 2007. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: K-12 classrooms in Southern and Midwestern states. Deadline: Rolling.

National Vocabulary Championship
The National Vocabulary Championship (NVC) is an initiative sponsored by GSN, The Network for Games, that uses competition and wordplay to engage and reward high school students, educators and parents, teaching them the value of a strong vocabulary. Students can have access to NVC preparation materials through the NVC website and in-school coaches, if applicable. Maximum Award: $40,000 toward college tuition. Eligibility: High school students across the country. Deadline: See website for specifics.

DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry and gives young people a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology. During the camp, girls are exposed to executive speakers, technology tours and demonstrations, networking and hands-on learning workshops.
Maximum Award: camp attendance.
Eligibility: girls grades 7-12; must be 13 at the time of attendance.
Deadline: varies; see website.

NetAid Global Citizen Corps
The NetAid Global Citizen Corps is a national network of high school students working to educate and mobilize their peers in efforts to end global poverty and address global challenges like HIV/AIDS, hunger, and access to education. Places are still available for this year’s online program.
Maximum Award: N/A.
Eligibility: Students attending high school in the 2006-2007 school year.
Deadline: Rolling.

Outdoor Classroom Grant Program for the Natural Sciences
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and National Geographic Explorer! Magazine have teamed up to create an outdoor classroom grant program whose focus is to engage students in hands-on natural science experiences and allow enrichment opportunities across the core curriculum. Maximum Award: $2,000. Eligibility: K-12 public schools in the United States. Deadline: N/A.

Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge
The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate.
Maximum Award: $75,000.
Eligibility: Students in grades 6-12 and their teachers.
Deadline: Varies.

Teachers of Critical Language Program Grants
The American Councils for International Education Teachers of Critical Languages Program brings qualified EFL teachers with at least five years experience from China and Jordan to America where they teach Chinese and Arabic for an academic year in schools that offer the languages as a course of study. They are currently looking for schools to host them.
Deadline: TBA

"TeachUNICEF Seeks Teachers for Pilot Program"
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is looking for teachers to pilot its new "TeachUNICEF" curriculum materials. These lesson plans examine the lives of children in developing countries who are affected by poverty, armed conflict, child labor or disability. For more information, or to register to participate in the Fall 2007 pilot project, contact: Marie Bresnahan, Director of Education, U.S. Fund for UNICEF at: or 212.880.9135.
Eligibility: Teachers of grades 6-8 and 9-12.

"Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing"
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help first-time grant writers get the grants they need.

School Grants Index:  provides a large sampling of grant applications for all types of school grants. If you would like to see multiple examples of successful grant applications before completing your own, this is a terrific resource.  


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