Grants

1 | Teaching Rock Stars
The International Literacy Association Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant recognizes K–6 teachers who have gone above and beyond in reading and writing instruction with real-world applications. Recipients receive a $2,500 grant to enhance their instruction.
DEADLINE: January 15

2 | Tomorrow’s Leaders
The Kinder Morgan Foundation’s mission is to give kids the tools they need to be leaders. To this end, they provide grants to help K–8 teachers implement original science, math, or music programs. Submissions are accepted year-round, with awards of up to $5,000.
DEADLINE: Rolling

3 | Get That Tech
Technology in the classroom can be enriching, but it isn’t always so easy to fund. Apply for a tech grant from the Educators of America to help. Grant size varies based on need.
DEADLINE: Rolling

4 | Ready to Read
Find funding for your most creative reading projects with the American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant. This program awards grants for projects that promote reading improvement in K–8 classes. In addition to $2,500 in grant money, awardees may also be invited to present or write an article about their project.
DEADLINE: February 1

5 | Field Trips to the Past
Teaching your students about the Civil War, the War of 1812, or the American Revolution? Take advantage of the Civil War Trust’s Field Trip Fund to visit any battlefield or related historical site. Selected applicants will receive awards of up to $1,500 to cover transportation, admission fees, and more.
DEADLINE: Rolling

Freebies

6 | Farm to School
Create a balanced diet of lessons with literacy, math, and nutrition materials from Farm to Table. This grades 4–5 online program has lessons, reproducibles, an interactive research tool/quiz, and a comic book–style student magazine to help teach nonfiction reading skills, practice fractions, and encourage healthy eating habits.

7 | City of Books
Finding new and exciting books has never been more fun. Bookopolis puts kids in charge of choosing, reviewing, and sharing their thoughts on books. The grades 2–7 site allows children to safely share their reviews, find personalized book recommendations from other kids, and keep track of their own reading.

8 | Teach Respect
Find lesson plans, strategies, and best practices for teaching your K–8 students about core ethical values, including honesty and respect. Lesson topics include practicing patience, inspiring empathy, and learning to accept others.

9 | A Hearty Constitution
The American Board of Trial Advocates Constitution Day program will bring the U.S. Constitution and the jury system to life. This comprehensive middle school program includes civics, history, and language arts lesson plans, games, and skills sheets.

10 | Your Inner Ninja
Bring the excitement of The LEGO Ninjago Movie to your grades 2–6 classrooms! Your students will love practicing skills with a collection of tiered activities from Scholastic. The standards-based STEM lessons and activities cover concepts like area, angles, rate, and more.

11 | Heads Up About Drugs
Help your students understand important science and health facts about their bodies and drugs. Developed by Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Heads Up site features an in-depth collection of lessons and student articles for grades 6–12, as well as posters, videos, and digital interactives.

Contests

12 | Generations Ahead
Take STEM out of this world! The Generation Beyond Video Challenge Contest invites middle school students to design a spacecraft for astronauts to use as they travel to and from Mars. Winners will be selected based on their scientific know-how, creativity, and communication skills. Prizes include up to $10,000 and a chance to travel to a “unique space experience.”
DEADLINE: December 14

13 | Draw Away!
Students sketching during class? Direct them to Nasco’s “Sketchables” Art Contest! Doodlers in grades K–8 are welcome to submit original art to one of four grade divisions. Winners will receive up to $100, and winners’ schools will win up to $500 in Nasco supplies.
DEADLINE: February 1

14 | Change Artists
Social change is within reach. Encourage your students of all ages to enter the Celebrating Our Differences Call to Artists with original art or a quotation of 20 words or less on the theme “enriching lives through diversity.” Winners will receive $1,000, and artwork will be displayed at an international outdoor exhibit.
DEADLINE:
January 9

15 | Dear Author
Kick reading responses up a notch by having your grades 4–8 students enter the Letters About Literature competition. Students choose a book, poem, or play that affected them, write a personal letter to the author, and submit their letter to the competition for a chance to win a cash prize of up to $1,000.
DEADLINE:
January 8

16 | One Earth
The Green Community Connections organization is working to engage kids in a dialogue about sustainability through the Young Filmmakers Contest. Applicants in grades 3 and up are invited to create three- to eight-minute videos displaying possible solutions for a chosen sustainability topic. Prizes include a cash award of up to $350, a matching grant, and more.
DEADLINE: January 14

17 | If Kids Could Cure
Encourage creativity while improving writing and critical-thinking skills with the If Kids Could Cure Contest. Students in grades K–5 are invited to come up with solutions to real-world problems for a chance to win a $15,000 science grant for their school, along with books and school supplies for themselves and their teachers.
DEADLINE: November 17

 

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