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Another Grant Roundup:

This time, instead of listing all the grants available (because there are quite a few), I’m going to link you to the grant databases I’m browsing today — meant specifically for teachers and/or schools

GrantWrangler is an excellent resource targeted at teachers specifically, and I would definitely suggest keeping it in your toolbar and checking back every now and again to see what’s available.  Seeing all of their available grants by deadline is a pretty simple fix: when you go to their grants search page, specify an end date in “Deadline till,” any date at all, whether it’s two months from now or a year from now, and it will weed out anything expired or not actually a grant.  You can also browse by subject in the sidebar, for those of you looking for something in a particular subject or field.

GrantsAlert is occasionally a little more general, but most of their grants are education-oriented.  Because it’s part of a larger site and not tailored the way GrantWrangler is there may be fewer opportunities, but it’s always good to glance over what’s there in case you find a gem.  Here I have them organized BACKWARDS by deadline, because for some reason they include a host of grant listings for which the deadline has already passed, and that wouldn’t exactly be very helpful to you all.

There are a few other sites I’ve been using today, but they either require questionable registration information, are horrific to navigate (or, sometimes, organized incorrectly), or aren’t specific to education.

If anyone has questions about these sorts of things, I don’t mind answering!

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Gates Foundation Grant Funds Development of MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) to Help Teach Math, Science

With the science field already relying on gamers to help them unlock some of the many puzzles of the universe, could video and computer games be the key to unlocking STEM for students? 

According to Klopfer, the game to be developed under this grant will be designed as a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG), a genre of online games in which many players’ avatars can interact and cooperate or compete directly in the same virtual world. “This genre of games is uniquely suited to teaching the nature of science inquiry,” he says, “because they provide collaborative, self-directed learning situations. Players take on the roles of scientists, engineers and mathematicians to explore and explain a robust virtual world.”
The game will be designed to align with the Common Core standards in mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards for high school students and will use innovative task-based assessment strategies embedded into the game, which provide unique opportunities for players to display mastery of the relevant topics and skills. This task-based assessment strategy will also provide teachers with targeted data that allows them to track the students’ progress and provide valuable just-in-time feedback.

But will this keep their attention, or will students be put off by the fact that their in-game performance is actually being potentially monitored by their calculus teacher?  Will this “robust virtual world” be able to provide experiences that are comparable enough to real-world activities to be transferable?  And what will the trash-talking sound like when it’s over who grabbed the last test tube, not the ammo?

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Sandra Day O'Connor and Verizon Foundation Announce National Civics Contest for Students

"Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and theVerizon Foundation have announced the launch of a new national contest for middle schools designed to help renew the teaching of civic engagement.

The contest, Civic Impact Challenge, involves using iCivics (an online education project that O’Connor spearheaded) to teach students civics, encourage them to learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and learn and understand the workings of the U.S. government.

The Civic Impact Challenge contest is open to classrooms (grades 5-12) across the country. Classes participating in the contest can earn “impact points” by playing any of fourteen civics games that are part of the iCivics curriculum. Games cover such topics as civil rights, how a bill becomes a law, and the role of local government. The class that earns the most impact points between October 3 and November 30, 2011, will win a VGo telepresence robot and receive a virtual visit from O’Connor.

After the contest, students can donate their earned impact points to benefit a variety of community projects run by other youth, connecting their classroom civic education to real-world civic participation.”

This looks so cool — I wish I still had my students right now.  You all will just have to do it instead and I’ll live vicariously.

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Well, I went to compile a list of grants for October and found that this site has nearly everything I've got to list and then some. Already listed and described. And arranged by deadline.

Did someone hit the Easy button for me on this one?

(They may not all be specifically education, but nearly all of them are education-related, and those that aren’t directly grantable to teachers or institutions are still relevant to someone around this tag.)

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Up for Debate but Strapped for Funding?

The Open Society Youth Initiative’s Great Debates program is offering funding to “projects designed to develop, enhance, and support higher education debate programs and help students realize a vision of global public policy engagement.”

What does that mean for you?

If you

  • have a debate team or organization in your college, or university that needs funding for training, for travel, or to host a tournament or public debate, or 
  • want to start a debate team or organization where there currently is none,

$50,000 is up for grabs.

For high school teachers, while you might not be able to get a grant from Open Society Foundations to start or pep up your debate team, but a search on the site for “high school” noted some youth forums and conferences that could be of interest.

In general, their education and youth page looks like a good potential resource for thoughts on the subject in general.  I would take a look.

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Independent Resources

I have a handful of Special Education and Technology related grants that are on a rolling deadline.  I just want you all to know I’m listening.  But because they’re on a rolling deadline, and because we have two here at work due by Friday, they won’t get out there right away.  They’re not a matter of links — they showed up in a database and I have to track down the information.  I’m thinking next week.

So you know, though, the latest goldmine we hit was something called “GrantWatch.”  It organizes grants according to your state of residence/use, all you have to do is change the url to “” (so, for us,, though it does include national grants in state sections.  You can also view it by purpose and ignore location entirely.  

A week’s worth of access is $15.

For $15, we at my office are going on the biggest saving-and-printing binge this town has ever seen.  And it is thus far potentially paying off in spades.

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Generally going to post at the beginning of the month, but since we’re halfway through September, jump on these while you can if you can crunch the time.

NOTE: Always check the guidelines.  Some of these might be restricted to certain geographical areas.  Some might have to go through a non-profit, so you might have to buddy up as a school or a teacher, though most of what I post here will be accessible to schools.

Deadline September 16th (IT’S JUST A NOMINATION GO GO GO!): The Great American Teach-Off

Nominate an outstanding K-6 teacher (yourself included) for a chance at a $10,000 classroom grant — 7-12 teachers get a chance come Winter.

From the site:

GOOD and University of Phoenix are proud to announce the launch of The Great American Teach-Off, a nationwide competition to celebrate teachers who are making a positive impact in America’s classrooms.

Here’s how it works: Click here to nominate an outstanding teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade*—it can be one you’ve had, your child’s, or even yourself—by September 16. We’ll select the finalists based on how he or she makes a positive difference for students; how creativity and innovation is fostered in the classroom; and what impact he or she has made on the greater school community.

Deadline September 19th: Make Your Mark Grant

Youth-led hands-on service mini-grant, $200

From the site:  

GenerationOn Make Your Mark Week (formerly Kids Care Week) is celebrated during the third week of October, this year October 16-22, 2011. The week inspires and mobilizes youth to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to “make their mark on the world” through hands-on service to help others in their local and global communities. During the week, young people focus on issues that matter most to them by doing small acts or service projects that add up to making a big difference. Make Your Mark Week ends on Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of service.

Thanks to our founding partner, Hasbro, generationOn will award 200 mini-grants in the amount of $250 each to support service projects that enable youth to “make their mark” on one of the following issues: Animals, the Environment, Homelessness, Hunger and Literacy. We’re looking for projects that engage youth and other community members in creative solutions that make a positive impact on the Make Your Mark Week issues in local and global communities.”

Deadline September 30th: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education Grant

For teachers integrating the arts into instruction, $1000

From the site:

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2011 to educators who need assistance to further their program goals.


Applications may be made for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into educational programming.  The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently.

Deadline September 30th: Let’s Play! Playground Construction Grants

$15,000 construction grants to schools, communities, and organizations with a community ready to build a playground but lacking funds to do it.

From the site:

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! are excited to offer $15,000 Let’s Play Playground Construction Grants to qualifying organizations using the KaBOOM!community-build model. Grantees will plan their project, and share best practices and challenges through the KaBOOM! website.

Deadline September 30th: Classics for Kids Foundation Stringed Instrument Grants 

Bridges a funding gap: Amount variable depending on needs, must match some percentage of funds; quarterly deadlines (so don’t panic if you miss this one).

From the site:

 Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments.

If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Please let me know if you apply so I know what to keep posting.  And if you GET one of these?  Drop me a line and I’ll send you a congratulations card!

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