Grants

1 | Fresh Take
Any school participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible for a Project Produce grant of $2,500 to increase kids’ access to fruits, veggies, and nutrition education. Work with your district’s food-service director to apply.
DEADLINE: Rolling  

2 | Kid-Led Projects     
DonorsChoose.org partners with Think It Up to fund student-generated project ideas (grades 7–12). If donors provide half of the funds for your student-led project, Think It Up will provide the rest!
DEADLINE: Rolling

3 | Mini Magic
In honor of children’s author Ezra Jack Keats, this mini-grant program disperses awards of up to $500 to fund special classroom projects each year. Past winners have ranged from community mural projects to a library ’zine. This year, every proposal should have a Keats theme in honor of the program’s 100th anniversary!
DEADLINE: March 31

4 | Globe Trotters
The Rural Trust’s Global Teacher Fellowship provides funds (up to $10,000) in support of professional learning opportunities for rural teachers each summer. Travel-based initiatives are encouraged!
DEADLINE: January 30

5 | Read Up
Attention, librarians: Apply for the American Association of School Librarians’ Innovative Reading Grant
for a chance to win up to $2,500 to fund a literacy project that supports current reading research, practice, and policy. DEADLINE: February 1

Freebies

6 | Let’s Hear It
Research shows that talking, reading, or singing with young children for 30 minutes throughout the day helps build important connections in the brain. Bring these advantages to your kindergarten (or PreK) classroom with the help of English and Spanish sing-alongs, interactive lesson ideas, and more.

7 | No-Smoking Zone
Good news! Fewer teens smoke today than at any time in the past 15 years. To support that downward trend, Scholastic has teamed up with the CVS Health Foundation to provide teachers in grades 3–5 with lessons and printables to help build a tobacco-free next generation—as well as teach science, health, and ELA skills.

8 | Inspiration Station
Bring change makers from the TED Talk network into your classroom through TED-Ed, a collection of lesson ideas that expand on past education-related TED Talks and YouTube videos with additional research as well as discussion questions. 

9 | Medicine Safety First
Teach your students how to prepare for real-world situations involving over-the-counter medicines with resources for grades 5–6, including a digital book and activity, plus lesson plans and informational tips for families.

10 | Fly High
On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart embarked on the first-ever successful flight from Honolulu to the United States mainland. Celebrate through a news-writing activity, an interactive timeline, and more.

Contests

11 | Storyboard for Safety  
Students in grades 6–12 create scripts or storyboards for a 30-second PSA for the Drive2Life Contest to help prevent accidents. The winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to New York City to work with an Emmy-winning director. DEADLINE: February 5

12 | Building Engineers  
For the EGirl Essay Contest, kids create a technology that could improve the four areas of engineering responsibility: safety, heath, well-being, and environmental sustainability. Winners receive up to $500.
DEADLINE: February 1

13 | Park Proposal   
Students work together to propose
a Kids to Parks Day event that involves exploring national parks. Winning entries, which can include videos and artwork, can score up to $1,000. DEADLINE: March 2

14 | Math Genius  
The Association for Women in Mathematics is inviting middle schoolers to interview a woman in the field (math teacher, engineer) for a biographical essay. Winning essays will be published by AWM.  
DEADLINE: January 31

15 | The STEM of Creativity
For the DuPont Challenge, a science-essay contest open to grades 6–12, students research and write a 700- to 1,000-word essay on food, energy, protection, or innovation. Winners receive up to $5,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds, prizes for their school, and more. DEADLINE: February 7

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