Teacher Grants are as varied as teachers themselves. There are many different reasons for teachers to apply for grants to help them introduce great learning tools to the classrooms. Some teachers need supplies and physical learning aids, some teachers need extra curricular aids to assist with a specific project. There are those teachers who want to focus more in-depth on a particular subject matter, or a project they are working on for research to improve students’ learning. Be sure to look into different teacher grants in your area to see what you might be interested in assisting a teacher to do with their students.
1. Donors Choose Donorschoose.org
This is the mission statement at Donors Choose: “We make it easy for anyone to help a teacher in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.” Donors Choose allows us, as community members, to search out different teachers, different projects, and different school districts to support teachers who want to go the extra mile for students’ education.
2. TpT ClassFund https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/TpTClassFund
Teachers Pay Teachers is a platform allowing teachers to share the materials they have created for their own classroom in hopes that it may help another teacher in their own journey with their students. TpT ClassFund is free and open to any educator. It is a way that teachers can share what their goal or dream is for their classroom and for members of the community to step up financially to make those dreams into reality for that teacher and their students.
3. Go Fund Me Gofundme.com
A Go Fund Me account is not specific to educators, but has a broader range of people who are seeking financial help. It can be used for any cause in which people need to make money or to help educators fund certain things for their classrooms. A Go Fund Me account is a free way to ask community members to donate to your classroom.
Scholastic is a major distributor and publisher of childrens’ books for education and personal enjoyment. They have been a force for good reading habits and literacy for over 100 years. Scholastic wants to partner with teachers to help learn what is working well in classroom literacy and reading abilities and how those can be improved to promote good reading habits in students. Their grants, contests, and freebies encourage teachers to broaden students’ learning through reading books, protecting our environment, experiencing theatrical and physical art forms, as well as learning through fun and games.
5. Fund For Teachers https://www.fundforteachers.org
Fund For Teachers seeks to promote teachers’ training. They take pride in promoting teachers’ leadership skills, cooperation amongst one another, and developing their professionalism all while learning new skills to improve their classroom. Fund For Teachers seeks to find educators who are doing things that promote education and are making a difference in students’ lives and then showcase their work so that other educators can glean information and improve their own students’ educational experience.
6. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation https://mccartheydressman.org/teacher-development-grants/
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation exists to build up educators. They believe that educators play a great role in education and their Teacher Development Grants aim to use funds to allow teachers to be the best that they can be for their students. The Foundation attempts to allow educators to improve best practices for all classrooms.
7. AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program
The AIAA Foundation seeks to promote science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education. They specifically work with those educators who are wanting to extend their students’ knowledge into the realm of aerospace and are open to grant proposals from teachers across grades K-12.
8. National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Grants https://www.nctm.org/Grants/
The NCTM focuses on high-quality education in mathematics. They have grants for teachers who can demonstrate their desire and a plan to challenge students mathematically and allow them to grow in those skills. The NCTM has been around for more than 100 years and is dedicated to mathematics in all stages of educational life. If you love math or want to expand mathematical education in the classroom, a list of current grants is available on their website.
Although there are so many grants to look through on the websites provided above, I encourage you to reach out to your state, county, and city for local grants for educators. There are so many ideas and resources just waiting for you for the betterment of your students’ education.