45 Best Education Grants for Teachers and Schools



It’s no secret that teachers spend money out of their own pockets to make sure students have the tools and resources they need to learn. In fact, a 2021 teacher-spending survey by nonprofit adoptaclassroom.org found that 30% of teachers spend $1,000 or more of their own money on their classrooms during the school year. And they shouldn’t have to do it. Fortunately, there are many companies and organizations that offer education grants, and teachers can definitely use them!

It’s often time-consuming, however, to find the grants that are worth your time to fill out an application. Here is our big list of school grants and classroom education grants for teachers, separated by category so you can easily find the ones that best work for you and your school. While we’ve included an overview of the application guidelines, it’s important to read them directly on the programs’ websites for the most complete and accurate information.

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Tips for Applying for Education Grants

Applying for classroom grants might seem like navigating a maze, but with a few smart strategies, you can find your way to success. Here are some quick tips to help you get started.

  • Look for grants that feel like a perfect match for your classroom, project, or organization.
  • Carefully read the grant guidelines so you understand exactly what the funder is looking for.
  • Create a proposal that feels like it was made just for them, from the way it’s structured right down to the nitty-gritty details.
  • Open with an executive summary that packs a punch—it should quickly tell the story of your project, why it’s amazing, and how it lines up with the funder’s dreams and desires.
  • Keep your plan straightforward: what you aim to do, how you plan to do it, and why you’re the one to make it happen.
  • Map out a budget that makes sense and shows you’ve thought everything through.

Before you hit send, double-check your work for any typos and make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes. A well-crafted proposal doesn’t just showcase your project’s potential—it shows you’re serious, thoughtful, and ready to make things happen.

General Education Grants for Teachers and Schools

DonorsChoose

  • What It Is: Create a fundraiser that allows others to donate toward goals like new school resources or classroom projects. Get crayons, books, cleaning supplies, technology, and more to help students get back to learning.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: For teachers or full-time educators who work directly with students.

Voya Unsung Heroes

  • What It Is: Recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education by providing grants for educators to fund classroom projects.
  • Award: $25,000 (first place), $10,000 (second place), and $5,000 (third place). Each of the 50 finalists will receive an award of $2,000.
  • Deadline: April 19, 2024
  • Application Requirements: Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective and innovative projects that improve student learning. Must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

  • What It Is: Dedicated to helping young Americans with disabilities maximize their potential and fully participate in society. A major program emphasis is inclusion: enabling young people with disabilities to have full access to educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities, and to participate alongside their non-disabled peers.
  • Award: $10K to $100K/year, for one to two years
  • Deadline: MEAF accepts online proposals from July 15 to November 1 to be considered for the following year’s funding.
  • Application Requirements: MEAF defines youth from birth through college age (about 26).

ConocoPhillips

  • What It Is: ConocoPhillips offers Charitable Investment Grants in the areas of education, the arts, health and safety, natural resources, civic and social services, and disaster relief.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: July 31
  • Application Requirements: To qualify for a ConocoPhillips charitable contribution in the United States, organizations must be either IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) public charities, government subdivisions, or accredited schools/systems.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

  • What It Is: Mini-Grant programs give teachers and librarians a unified, flexible way to meet Common Core goals, and offer students a fun experience, a sense of achievement, and a source of pride.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: September 30
  • Application Requirements: Public schools, public libraries, preschools, Head Start programs located in the United States and U.S. commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. Only one application per library or school may apply.

Association of American Educators Foundation

  • What It Is: Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audiovisual equipment, and lab materials.
  • Award: Up to $500
  • Deadline: October 1, March 1
  • Application Requirements: For full-time educators who have not received a grant or scholarship from AAE in the past two years. AAE members receive additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Casey’s Cash for Classrooms Grant Program

  • What It Is: In 2021, Casey’s awarded $1 million to benefit K-12 public and nonprofit private schools through 99 grants. Categories include physical improvements, material needs, teacher support, and community engagement. (Note: Open to K-12 public and private schools within Casey’s 16-state footprint: IA, IL, IN, AR, NE, MO, KS, KY, MI, MN, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, WI.)
  • Award: $3,000 to $50,000
  • Deadline: November 30
  • Application Requirements: An organization may only submit one application during the current cycle. A K-12 public or nonprofit private school in Casey’s 16-state footprint can receive more than one donation if submitted by different organizations. These organizations must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File, and conduct activities within the United States.

Walmart

  • What It Is: Providing after-school enrichment, tutoring, or vocational training for low-income individuals and families in the United States.
  • Award: $250 to $5,000
  • Deadline: Quarterly—April 15, July 15, October 15, and December 31
  • Application Requirements: Organizations must have a Spark Good account and be verified by Deed, Walmart’s third-party verification service provider. All grants are disbursed through electronic payment, so organizations must provide electronic payment information to complete the approval process. They must also meet specific tax criteria outlined on the program’s website.

U.S. General Services Administration Computers for Learning Program

  • What It Is: K-12 educators can apply for this computer grant, which aims to provide students in disadvantaged communities with equipment for their schools.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: Registration is ongoing
  • Application Requirements: Must be a school or educational nonprofit organization with a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) number, serve some portion of pre-K through 12, and be located in the United States (including U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands).

Pets in the Classroom Grants

  • What It Is: This small grant provides financial support toward the purchase of a classroom pet.
  • Award: Varies depending on the pet store you choose.
  • Deadline: Applications open for each school year in August.
  • Application Requirements: Teachers in public or private schools from pre-K through 9th grade level qualify. School librarians are also eligible to apply. High school grades 10 through 12, homeschools, home daycare centers, and home-based preschools do not qualify.

Jordan Fundamentals Grant

  • What It Is: This education grant provides funding for schools with the goal of improving academic outcomes, school communities, teacher-student relations, and teacher development.
  • Award: The average award is $10,000 but can vary.
  • Deadline: April 15
  • Application Requirements: For public school teachers or paraprofessionals working with students in grades 1 through 12 in the United States (all 50 states and the District of Columbia). At least 50% of the school’s student population must be eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program at the time of application.

Professional Development Grants for Teachers

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

  • What It Is: This grant offers a unique professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers who have taught STEM subjects for at least five years. These educators participate in 10- or 11-month positions in federal agencies or U.S. congressional offices across the country before returning to the classroom.
  • Award: $6,000 monthly stipend, $1,000 monthly living expenses
  • Deadline: See website for key dates.
  • Application Requirements: Candidates must be U.S. citizens with at least five years of full-time teaching experience in a STEM field, excluding student teaching. Applicants should have taught full-time in a public or private K-12 school for five of the past seven years, with current employment in such settings or as a district official. A letter of recommendation from a school district official among three required letters and the ability to secure a leave of absence for an 11-month program participation are also necessary.

Fund for Teachers

  • What It Is: These self-designed awards allow educators to create their own unique professional development grants for teachers based on what they know they need to grow.
  • Award: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Deadline: January 18, 2024
  • Application Requirements: For those who teach full-time in a public, private, charter, or religious school with at least 50% of instruction in a classroom or classroom-like setting (including a library, gym, or pull-out scenario), who will return to the classroom the following year, and have completed three years of teaching by the conclusion of the 2023-24 school year.

NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants

  • What It Is: These grants are for teachers and school administrators who are current NEA members. They support educators from districts with limited budgets with the funding to access professional development opportunities.
  • Award: Between $1,500 and $5,000
  • Deadlines: May 1, 2024
  • Application Requirements: For teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel who are current NEA members. Current NEA Foundation grantees are ineligible for this funding opportunity.

McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants

  • What It Is: A grant for teachers that can provide individual or small teams of K-12 teachers the opportunity to engage in insightful professional growth and training to bring fresh and innovative teaching strategies and methods to the classroom.
  • Award: Up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $20,000 over two years.
  • Deadline: April 15
  • Application Requirements: For licensed K-12 teachers employed in public or private schools who have the background and experience to complete the project successfully and are willing to work in collaboration with the foundation.

STEAM Education Grants for Educators and Schools

Dell Technologies

  • What It Is: The Dell Technologies Grants Support Program helps get your technology projects funded. As a free service, the Grants Program provides customized reports and consultations regarding ongoing annual technology grants that align with your project.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: Grants are for public agencies.

National Girls Collaborative Project

  • What It Is: Mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices.
  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: At least two programs from distinct organizations listed on the NGCP Program Map must collaborate, with one chosen as the lead, located in a state or region currently offering mini-grants. Preference is given to innovative projects involving first-time collaborations. Projects must extend beyond a single day unless they are part of a larger event.

Saxena

  • What It Is: The foundation awards grants and supports programs that have a particular focus on STEM education and around empowering women in the United States and India.
  • Award: $5,000 to $50,000
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: Organizations seeking funding must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and classified as public charities under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, excluding private foundations and for-profit entities. Churches and religious organizations can qualify for non-sectarian community-benefiting activities. Though some unrestricted funding is available, the foundation predominantly supports specific projects.

Verizon

  • What It Is: For education grants, Verizon Foundation funding is intended to support, among other things, projects that promote science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”), including, for example, summer or after-school programs, teacher training, and research on improving learning in STEM areas through use of technology. New applications are by invitation only.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: Organizations must not replicate public agencies’ efforts, maintain auditable records, adhere to legal standards for registration and reporting, and uphold high business ethics. Additionally, organizations receiving mixed income and those operating in support of these entities are eligible, with specific conditions for K-12 schools, which must be not-for-profit and registered with the NCES. For more, read the full requirements.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

  • What It Is: Supports inquiry-based projects designed by individual teachers and small teams of teachers for use in their own classrooms to improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics.
  • Award: Up to $1,000 for K-5, up to $5,000 or over $5,000 for grades 6-12.
  • Deadline: October 1 for K-5. March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1 for under $5k for grades 6-12. May 1 and November 1 for over $5k for grades 6-12.
  • Application Requirements: For elementary, middle, or high school teachers with a creative proposal for enhancing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through project-based learning with quantifiable results, consider identifying specific tools, resources, or technologies that could make learning math and science engaging and enjoyable for your students.

AEP

  • What It Is: AEP has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, the study of energy and a sustainable environment, and energy efficiency.
  • Award: $100 to $500
  • Deadline: Midnight on the third Friday in December
  • Application Requirements: For pre-K-12 teachers who live or teach in the AEP service area, or communities with major AEP facilities.

American Chemical Society

  • What It Is: The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.
  • Award: Up to $1,800
  • Deadline: June 1, 2024
  • Application Requirements: For high school chemistry educators teaching in a U.S. or U.S. territory school.

Gravely and Paige Grants for STEM Teachers

  • What It Is: The Gravely and Paige Grants provide grants for elementary schools and middle schools in the United States to promote STEM innovation in the classroom, with an emphasis on academic programs.
  • Award: Up to $1,000
  • Deadline: July 31
  • Application Requirements: Teachers specializing in STEM subjects at U.S. elementary or middle schools, particularly those serving economically disadvantaged students, are prioritized for these awards. Selection criteria include the teacher’s expertise, the potential for effective use of the grant, and financial need. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal outlining their project, a budget detailing fund utilization, and a letter of recommendation from their school’s principal.

AIAA

  • What It Is: A clear connection to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on aerospace must be included in the grant proposal.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: August 31
  • Application Requirements: Grant proposals must explicitly link to STEM fields with a special focus on aerospace. Eligible applicants are K-12 classroom teachers, with funds disbursed directly to their schools. Teachers must be active AIAA Educator Associate members before the grant is awarded. Note that each school may receive a maximum of two grants annually. Moreover, allocated funds must be exclusively used for the expenses detailed in the original application.

NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust

  • What It Is: Funding ranges from $490 to $10,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Award: Up to $24,000
  • Deadline: May 1 and November 1
  • Application Requirements: The guidelines for each grant are unique. Please see the list of awards to find the specific requirements.

National Science Foundation Discovery Research Grant

  • What It Is: NSF offers this ed-tech grant to provide funding for STEM programs for pre-K–12 educators with financial need.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: Submit a full grant proposal by the first Wednesday in October each year.
  • Application Requirements: Choose the award on the list to review the specific guidelines.

ASM’s Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award

  • What It Is: A grant to recognize the accomplishments of a high school science teacher who has demonstrated a significant and sustained impact on pre-college-age students.
  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: June 30
  • Application Requirements: Eligible candidates for this opportunity must be either full- or part-time high school teachers actively employed in the USA or Canada. Ideal candidates are those who have previously received ASM Foundation K-12 Teacher Grants or have graduated from the ASM Materials Camp Teachers Camp program. Additionally, any ASM member can submit a qualified application or nomination for consideration.

Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching

  • What It Is: The award is designed to recognize one teacher of grades K-8 each year for their leadership and innovation in earth science education.
  • Award: $2,500 and $1,500 grants to attend NSTA Conference
  • Deadline: TBA for 2025
  • Application Requirements: Must be full-time K-8 earth science teachers in the United States or United Kingdom, demonstrating a comprehensive approach to instruction. Required application materials include an essay, a detailed CV or resume, a recommendation letter from the principal, two additional recommendations from educational peers, and a standout earth science lesson plan.

Innovative Technology Education Fund

  • What It Is: Supports the integration of innovative technology in education to improve engagement and learning outcomes.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: January 31
  • Application Requirements: Grants are typically awarded for a one-year period. Applicants must have the endorsement and backing of their superintendent or head of school, as well as their Information Technology department. Recipients are required to showcase adherence to grant conditions via quarterly reports, mid-project visits, and a final report. Eligible applicants are those whose charter has been in effect for at least three years. Proposals can target individual or multiple grade levels, whole schools, or involve partnerships with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports students and/or teachers from accredited or charter schools.

Literacy Education Grants for Teachers and Schools

Believe in Reading

  • What It Is: Believe in Reading awards grants to existing and provably successful literacy programs.
  • Award: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: Believe in Reading grants are for established literacy programs with a proven track record of success for at least two years. Eligible recipients must possess tax-exempt status under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) or an equivalent for educational entities, including public libraries; applications from organizations with pending tax-exempt status are not accepted. The grants support a wide range of reading and literacy initiatives for all ages, encompassing adult literacy, English as a second language (ESL) projects, and Braille programs for the blind or visually impaired.

Snapdragon

  • What It Is: Provides books for school/educational libraries for disadvantaged students.
  • Award: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: Applications are due in February. Please check the application for the precise deadline.
  • Application Requirements: School libraries within alternative education settings, such as youth detention centers, in the United States and its territories that cater to disadvantaged youth are eligible to apply for grants. Individuals working across multiple schools may submit separate applications for each or a single district-wide application if they oversee multiple libraries. Libraries serving pre-K–12 students are eligible, and previous applicants, including past grant recipients, are welcome to reapply annually.

International Literacy Association

  • What It Is: The Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award recognizes an ongoing professional collaboration between two or more people who regularly contribute to the professional knowledge base of literacy educators.
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Application Requirements: Collaborative teams of two or three professionals, known for functioning as a unit in their field, can be nominated or self-nominated for recognition. These teams should have a history of working together on various projects that have significantly contributed to the advancement of literacy education over a minimum of five years. Eligible contributions may include a body of research and practice evidenced through publications or impactful field-based projects that explore new literacies, foster literacy collaborations, or enhance literacy engagement. To qualify, all team members must be members in good standing with the ILA and maintain their active membership throughout the nomination process.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

  • What It Is: Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: March 7 (Youth Literacy Grant), May 19 (Summer Reading Grant)
  • Application Requirements: Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply.

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

  • What It Is: The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation awards grants to organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. For preschool through 8th grade.
  • Award: $500 to $3,000
  • Deadline: September 1
  • Application Requirements: The LLCF Bookmobile Grant Program offers funding for acquiring books for children from preschool through grade 8, encompassing Early Reader to Young Adult and Hi-Lo books. Eligibility is restricted to organizations operating within the United States, its territories, or commonwealths. Recipients of the grant are required to submit a brief questionnaire post-award and provide evidence of how the grant funds were utilized.

American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant

  • What It Is: Members of the American Association of School Librarians can apply for this curriculum grant that supports planning and implementing programs to encourage students, particularly struggling learners, to read.
  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Application Requirements: Applicant must be a personal member of AASL.

The Laura Bush Foundation Grant

  • What It Is: This grant is intended for high-needs schools with a significant percentage of students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: To qualify, a certified librarian or paid professional must oversee the school library’s collection and maintenance. Eligible public schools must meet Title 1 criteria, including neighborhood, charter, and magnet schools. Private and parochial schools can apply if at least 50% of their students are eligible for financial aid. Applicants must have a designated library space accessible for all students to borrow books. The application requires a digital signature from the principal and complete financial documentation, including the school/district’s W-9 and a voided check or bank letter. Grant funds are strictly for purchasing books, e-books, and magazines for the school library, excluding expenditures on shelving, furniture, equipment, staffing, software, videos, classroom book sets, or similar items.

Arts Education Grants for Teachers and Schools

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

  • What It Is: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation awards grants to organizations for whom a small amount of money can make a big difference. The foundation will consider requests to support schools, museums, and cultural and performing arts programs.
  • Award: $1,000 to $20,000
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: The application demands comprehensive details including organizational and contact information, confirmation of nonprofit status, a history of past awards or requests, and a synopsis of the organization’s mission and programs. It also requires a plan for the potential use of funds, a formal letter of request, the most recent IRS Form 990 (if applicable), a detailed program budget (for program support applicants), and a copy of the IRS letter confirming Section 501(c)(3) status, excluding private foundations. If the application progresses, additional financial data, such as the last four IRS Form 990s, will be necessary for further evaluation.

Classics for Kids Foundation

  • What It Is: Money granted toward the following instruments: violins, violas, cellos, double basses.
  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31
  • Application Requirements: Schools and nonprofit organizations dedicated to incorporating fine instruments into their programs and can demonstrate a genuine need alongside a commitment to raising matching funds are ideal candidates for the Classics for Kids matching grant program.

The Mockingbird Foundation

  • What It Is: The Mockingbird Foundation offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in music education for children.
  • Award: $100 to $10,000
  • Deadline: January 15
  • Application Requirements: Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, entities with a 501(c)(3) sponsor, or U.S. government entities like public schools, with required proof of status for full proposals. Exclusions include individuals, research, fundraising events, religious or political programs, and non-U.S. organizations. Applicants must ensure non-discriminatory practices in employment and service delivery.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education Grants

  • What It Is: For projects within schools serving all children that integrate the arts into educational programs. The purpose for this grant is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish or maintain an effective learning tool using the visual arts within the school day.
  • Award: Up to $1,000
  • Deadline: September 30
  • Application Requirements: Candidates must focus on creating and applying a hands-on visual art educational resource.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

  • What It Is: Provides vital support services to school districts and new musical instruments to underfunded music programs nationwide. Gives under-represented youth access to the many benefits of music education, leading them to success in school, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.
  • Award: Varies
  • Application Requirements: By invitation only

Education Grants for School Grounds

Good Sports

  • What It Is: Get sports equipment for your school.
  • Award: Equipment from their catalog
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Requirements: Eligibility for this program requires U.S.-based organizations serving youths ages 3 to 18, particularly in high-poverty areas, with a participation fee of $299 or less. The organization should ensure regular access to physical activity, which does not need to be a structured sports program. For schools, there must be no tuition charges, and over half of the students should qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Whole Kids Foundation

  • What It Is: Through their Garden Grant Program, schools and nonprofit organizations turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity, and support classroom curriculum.
  • Award: $3,000
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Application Requirements: K–12 schools or nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada.

KidsGardening Youth Garden Grants

  • What It Is: Supports school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities.
  • Award: Varies, includes cash and gardening supplies
  • Deadline: 2024 date TBA
  • Application Requirements: Schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States can apply. Grant awardees are required to complete a year-end report including 5 to 10 digital images of the garden, parental release forms to accompany images of children, and a narrative about the impact of the garden program.

The Herb Society of America’s Classroom Herb Garden Grants

  • What It Is: Supports the development of herb gardens in schools as a way to stimulate students’ interest in herb planting and gardening.
  • Award: $300
  • Deadline: To apply for a 2025 grant, visit the website in the summer of 2024 for more information.
  • Application Requirements: K-12 educators who are interested in creating or maintaining an herb garden with their students. The project should have a clear educational outcome related to the study of herbs.

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