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15 Teacher Grants, Contests, and Freebies for Summer
Celebrate the arts, literacy, wildlife, and more!
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
1 | In Living Color
Collaboration is the key to this grant opportunity from Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children. Devise a plan to build your school’s creative capacity with team members and your principal. Successful applicants will receive $2,500 in funds and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
DEADLINE: June 21
2 | Play’s the Thing
Put your students center stage with a grant from the Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama. The charity awards an average of $300 to help stage plays and musicals performed by students in grades 1–5.
DEADLINE: July 31
3 | Driven to Act
Looking for funds for a river cleanup project or book donation effort? The Mazda Foundation awards grants for a variety of projects, including ones that help kids develop civic awareness, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and maintain a clean environment.
DEADLINE: July 1
4 | Youth Action
Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to supporting teachers to educate children on how to be active participants in a diverse democracy. To this end, the group provides educator grants for projects that promote kindness, critical thinking about justice, and fostering a welcoming classroom environment. Successful applicants will receive between $500 and $10,000 in funding.
5 | When Art Works
The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting projects that use innovative strategies to increase access to arts education. K–12 schools, art teachers, and general education teachers may apply for funding of $10,000 or more.
DEADLINE: July 11
6 | It’s Game Time!
PreK–12 mathematicians are encouraged to design and film a demonstration of an all-new math game for the Mind Research K–12 Game-a-thon. It can be a board game or a card game, involve computers, or even be an outdoor game! Kids submit their ideas for a chance to win certificates, T-shirts, and custom board games.
DEADLINE: June 30
7 | Full of Kindness
Creating a society full of kindness is the theme of this year’s International Essay Contest for Young People. The Goi Peace Foundation invites kids of all ages to submit essays of 700 words or less for a chance to win up to $900 and other prizes.
DEADLINE: June 15
8 | Skipping Stones
The Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Program challenges kids in grades 1–8 to submit original writing promoting international understanding, multicultural awareness, or nature appreciation. Students should submit essays, poems, interviews, plays, and more. Winners will be published in the magazine and receive books and free copies of Skipping Stones magazine.
DEADLINE: June 25
9 | Animal Art
Your grades 1–8 artists will love entering the Youth Art Contest sponsored by the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. Students can use pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, and more to craft their illustration of a young member of any wildlife species. Winners will receive a ribbon, an award, and additional prizes.
DEADLINE: June 1
10 | Extra! Extra!
Do you know any aspiring newshounds? Let them know the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is still accepting applications for the 2019–20 school year. Successful applicants (ages 10–14) report on local and national news. Previous writers have interviewed NFL players, authors, and presidents!
DEADLINE: May 31
11 | Art Is Everywhere
The Kennedy Center’s Arts Edge program features lessons, activities, projects, and guides to help support teaching with the arts for every grade. These have ranged from creating an “Adjective Monster” to constructing a mock baseball field to adapting a musical!
12 | Women in History
Women’s history isn’t just for the month of March. Celebrate women’s achievements with resources from the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Here you will find biographies, lesson plans, political cartoons, and more great resources.
13 | To the Letter
Encourage your third and fourth graders to put down their devices and take on the (almost) lost art of letter writing with lessons, activities, parent resources, and more designed to guide students to communicate in a meaningful way.
Find social-emotional learning and language arts lesson plans and activities for grades 3–5 that teach mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. The site, in collaboration with Alo Yoga, also includes family resources, digital activities, and yoga videos.
15 | Crazy for Coding
Calling all coders! Give your fifth and sixth graders a chance to program their very own animated stories using code. With simple coding videos from CS First and a teaching guide and ELA resources from Scholastic, you’ll have all you need to inspire your budding coders. Bonus: Learn about how to win free books for your classroom!
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