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1 | Making Music Happen
Get in tune with your students’ need for instruments. The Fender Music Foundation grant awards gently used instruments to school music programs. The organization primarily gives away guitars (acoustic, electric, and bass), but it will accept requests for other instruments.
2 | Teaching in Color
Educators looking to bring more art into their lessons can win $2,500, as well as $1,000 worth of Crayola products, as part of the company’s Champion Creatively Alive Children program.
DEADLINE: June 23
3 | A Material World
The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards grants of $500 to K–12 teachers who submit inspired proposals for using metals, glasses, and other materials in their STEM courses.
DEADLINE: May 25
4 | Create to Achieve
For K–12 dream projects that promote creative problem solving in any subject, the NEA Foundation will give classrooms up to $5,000.
DEADLINE: June 1
5 | Books on the Move
There’s no such thing as too many books in your library. The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation’s Bookmobile Grant program awards up to $3,000 in book purchases to PreK–8 teachers.
6 | Ocean Solutions
Encourage your middle school students to take action against ocean pollution by participating in the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest. Submissions can be in the form of visual art, writing, or film and should motivate viewers to consider the impact of ocean pollution on ecosystems and animals and present possible solutions. Winners will receive prizes of up to $1,000.
DEADLINE: June 19
7 | Blow Off STEAM!
This Earth Day, call on your students to inspire real change in the world with the Paradigm Challenge. Teams submit original ideas—as posters, videos, apps, and so forth—on ways to reduce waste. One hundred K–12 winning teams will receive up to $200 and more, with a grand prize of $100,000.
DEADLINE: May 1
8 | Art Takes Off
Have your budding artists in grades K–6 submit space artwork to the European Space Agency Space Gallery Competition. The competition centers on a different theme each month, from astronauts to asteroids. Winners will have their work showcased on the ESA website and be entered to win a special prize.
DEADLINE: 15th of each month
9 | Poets Who Know It
From outstanding odes to striking sonnets, Rattle encourages youth submissions of poems of all kinds. Up to 50 K–8 students will be chosen to have their work published in the Rattle Young Poets Anthology and will receive two free copies of the print publication.
DEADLINE: June 15
10 | Color Outside the Lines
Teachers and former teachers are invited to submit artwork to the Sargent Art Brighter World Teacher Contest, with no limits on medium or theme! Winners receive $2,000 worth of art supplies and will have their artwork shared on the Sargent website.
DEADLINE: May 15
11 | Wildlife of the East
Disneynature’s Born in China (out April 21) takes us to China to meet families of golden monkeys, pandas, and snow leopards. You can start exploring early with a guide for grades 2–6. Lessons are designed to promote conservation values and build STEAM-based skills.
12 | Literacy for Little Ones
Build brain connections with Talk. Read. Sing., First 5 California and Scholastic’s collection of free literacy materials, including audio resources, activity sheets, and more.
13 | Snack on Science
The Exploratorium’s Science Snacks range from an anti-gravity mirror activity to building a vocal visualizer. They come with instructional videos, background information, and more, and NGSS connections are in the works.
14 | Food for Thought
Teach students in grades 2–4 the fascinating science of food using Food Scientists, a program from the USDA and Scholastic. It includes lessons and skills sheets on food safety.
15 | What Can a Can Do?
Novelis and Discovery Education take your fourth and fifth graders on an incredible journey with Life of a Can, the Never-Ending Story. Resources include detailed, standards-based lesson plans, a tool kit to start a recycling program, and family resources.
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