11 Awesome Education Grants to Apply for This Summer

As final exams wrap up and students and educators part ways for the summer, it’s natural for educators to want to take a breath and unwind from a hectic school year. However, it’s also an excellent time to think ahead and look for education grants to fund some of the wonderful ideas you might have for the upcoming year. There are myriad organizations out there looking to fund amazing educator led projects, and there’s no time like the present to think about ways to go about getting that funding. Here are 11 great grant opportunities to check out this summer:

Dominion Foundation Grants fund projects that support environmental education, represent innovative or promising ideas, teach math and science skills, and demonstrate community support. The maximum award is $2,500. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2016.

The NEA Foundation Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants fund innovative education programs, classroom projects, and professional development endeavors. The maximum award is $5,000. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016. Too soon? The next deadline is October 15.

National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants are awarded to educators in grade K-12 to help improve meteorology education. The maximum award is $750. The deadline to apply is June 3, 2016. 

Northrup Grumman Foundation Fab School Labs Grants provide funds for public middle schools to perform science lab makeovers. The maximum award is $100,000. The deadline to apply is June 17, 2016.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. The maximum award is $2,500. The deadline to apply is June 20, 2016.

Honda America Foundation Grants help meet the needs of society in the areas of youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training, and literacy. The maximum award is $75,000. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

Kids in Need Foundation’s Teacher Grants provide educators with funding to purchase materials to conduct innovative classroom projects. The maximum award is $500. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants fund projects that provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities, serve as catalysts to getting environment-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service. The maximum award is $2,500. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grants support new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. The maximum award is $1,000. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.

Target Field Trip Grants fund once-in-a-lifetime extended learning opportunities through field trips for students. The maximum award is $700. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2016.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants fund the projects, ideas, and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. TAF is interested in funding projects designed by educators or small teams of educators for use in their own schools. Award amounts vary, with most being in the $5,000 range. The deadline to apply varies by grade level.

Looking for more educational grant opportunities? Visit the NEA Foundation website for links to grant resources and details on how to apply for NEA grants.


Kirsten Morgan
June 4, 2016 @ 5:32 PM
I teach in a Catholic school, so there is no union for us. I'm looking for a small grant (about $600-700) for some new writing curriculum. I'm not a NEA member since we're not a public school. I used to be a member when I taught in the public school :).

Do you have any ideas for where I could be looking so I can apply over the summer? I am not a member, or I would be able to apply to one of your "top 11" summer ideas.

I look forward to your response. (School is out in 5 days, so that is why I gave my personal e-mail.)

Denise Hershman
September 1, 2016 @ 2:05 PM
I am looking for grants to pay the membership dues for our 4 school nurses so we can belong to the Indiana Association of School Nurses. This organization offers so many resources that will help us to do our jobs better all year long. It's a shame that our school corporation is not able to pay for this for us. Where can I look for a grant that will pay for these dues?
Judi Lindsey
September 12, 2016 @ 6:32 PM
I am a K-8 enrichment/challenge teacher at the public Moore School in Candia, NH that plans to walk 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain the fall of 2017. This trail is a thousand year old pilgrimage trail as well as an old Roman trade route. I plan to create lessons for my students for before, during and after this walk. The walk is scheduled to happen in Sept., Oct. and Nov. of 2017.

I am looking for grants/funding to help defray the costs of travel as well as state of the art communication equipment so I can communicate with my school during the actual walk. I have many additional ideas as well!

Thank you!

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