1 | Fine Tuning
Need instruments? The Classics for Kids Foundation offers matching grants for school music programs. Complete an application outlining your program and your request. Grants vary and can total more than $2,500.
DEADLINE: December 31
2 | Read ’Round the World
Wilbooks welcomes applications from K–3 literacy professionals to offset the cost of attending the International Reading Association and Reading Recovery conferences. They award 500 conference grants annually, each for up to $200. Grant apps must be submitted in advance of the desired conference.
3 | Generation Global Citizen
The Captain Planet Foundation awards a number of grants for project-based learning opportunities for K–12 classrooms. Teachers submit a learning plan for projects with real environmental impact that will empower students to be catalysts for change. Selected applicants will be awarded grants of up to $2,500.
DEADLINE: January 31
4 | Funding KINDness
KIND isn’t just about granola; through KIND Causes, the company awards $10,000 a month to an individual or group that submits a project plan for a socially affecting cause. Applicants are selected based on popular vote.
5 | What on Earth?
Earth Watch Institute sponsors the Teach Earth program, pairing teachers with scientists worldwide to learn about climate change, wildlife, and more. Teachers from all subject areas are invited to apply, and selected teachers will join a 7- to 14-day expedition to build environmental awareness that they can bring to their classrooms. The grant covers the full cost of the expedition.
DEADLINE: December 18
6 | Note-able Science and Math
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, together with musician Herbie Hancock and leading universities, brings music to math and science lessons. Math, Science & Music is a free toolkit for K–12 teachers with games, lessons, apps, and other online resources that link math and science to music in fun and educational ways.
7 | Write On, America!
With complete and detailed lesson plans, reproducibles, and prewriting tools, U.S.A. Gold’s Writing Activities Library really is as good as gold. First- to sixth-grade teachers have free access to engaging materials to make narrative, opinion, informative, and explanatory writing fun, all while celebrating America.
8 | Sweet-Tooth Fix
Sink your teeth into a world of oral health resources that are perfect for K–1 classrooms. The Ad Council and Scholastic present free lessons, printables, parent resources, and an app to teach kids about their teeth and how to take care of them.
9 | Fast-Track STEM
It’s full speed ahead with hands-on experiments, lessons, teaching guides, and videos powered by Nascar’s Science of Speed program. The interactive units on energy and aerodynamics will accelerate learning in your grades 5–7 classrooms.
10 | Animation Celebration
Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios have collaborated to create Pixar in a Box, an inventive program for upper elementary students. Each lesson focuses on a different design element that links educational concepts with real challenges Pixar solves to create its animated movies. The free resources also include standards connections, hands-on activities, and art projects.
11 | Jar of Good Deeds
Acts of kindness won’t go unnoticed in your K–8 classroom when you take on author R. J. Palacio’s Certified Kind Classroom Challenge. Keep track of kids’ caring acts using a marble jar—one kind deed yields one marble. Fill the jar for a chance to win prizes, like a video message from Palacio or a class pizza party.
DEADLINE: April 3
12 | High on the Totem Pole
Popular thriller author C. M. McCoy and Adventure Write invite kids to brave a new exploit—entering the Totem Head’s Story Competition with a 1,500-word story. Winners are selected from different age groups and will receive a cash prize, publication on the Adventure Write website, and a certificate of achievement.
DEADLINE: December 31
13 | The Art of Music
Calling artists and music lovers! Carnegie Hall needs programs for their kid-friendly Family Concerts. Contestants ages 5–10 submit artwork that expresses what they see when they picture a live concert. Those who hit the right note will win free tickets to a Family Concert, and their artwork will be used as cover art for KidsNotes programs at an upcoming Family Concert.
14 | Inspiring Teachers
What do the composer of Hamilton and the founder of Yahoo Tech have in common? They both nominated a teacher to win the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. Each year, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts awards $10,000 each to exceptional teachers. Only students, past or present, may nominate a teacher.
DEADLINE: December 31
15 | What’s Your Point?
We know there’s rarely a dull moment in your classroom. Share your best ideas for using your pencil sharpener with the 2016 Sharp Minds Sweepstakes by Bostitch for a chance to win a prize pack of Bostitch products, school supplies, and a $25 iTunes gift card.
DEADLINE: February 28
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