Grantee Discussion: Where do you look for outside funding?

Now more than ever, savvy teachers and education-support professionals are looking beyond their districts to fund innovative projects.

As an NEA Foundation grant recipient, you understand the importance of securing outside resources to fund your great ideas. Aside from the NEA Foundation, where have you looked to secure funding? Have you been successful in receiving grants or in-kind donations from other sources?

Share your thoughts here.


kathey hoover
February 23, 2012 @ 2:12 PM
I am always on the lookout for funding options for my students and our projects. I have been successful in receiving grants from Toshiba America Foundation to fund a long term pond monitoring project. I have also received a grant from Lowes Toolbox for education to help fund the creation of an outdoor classroom. I have received multiple grants from our Wylie ISD Education Foundation to fund smaller projects.
Jeanne Porter
February 23, 2012 @ 2:21 PM
We have received multiple grants from The Apple Federal Credit Union:Teacher Grant Program as well as DonorsChoose.
Amanda Zullo
February 23, 2012 @ 7:46 PM
As a teacher in a rural, isolated district I'm always looking to reach out to organizations. To date, I have secured funding from the American Chemical Society, Adirondack Credit Union, and the Northern Teachers Center for supplies such as Vernier lab probes, and an LCD project.
February 25, 2012 @ 4:00 AM
Which programmes/projects has NEA suported
KE Hones
February 25, 2012 @ 8:04 PM
I try to layer & build on grants. Once I got one grant for garden/environment I used that info to apply for many other green grants. I try to include student service learning & teacher "mini grants" within the grant proposal & these seem to be of interest to many funders. I have a specific description of the school that immediately captures interest by providing visual: "Located a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean.."
Isabel A. Novak
February 26, 2012 @ 2:40 PM
High school students studying world languages need to build background knowledge about the culture in order to appreciate literature in another language.

Meanwhile, beginning language students would greatly benefit by working on inactive software to help them develop vocab and grammar skills.

When all of these activities occur in the classroom, the instructor can very easily assess individual learning as well as the learning of the class as a whole.

A grant to supply the students with at least some laptops in our world language department would greatly help us achieve these goals.
Richard Rigby
February 27, 2012 @ 12:27 PM
I am doing the same types of things that many other teachers have stated in their comments. As an educator there is never enough money to implement all the great ideas that I want to accomplish with my students. Then try to get all the hands-on materials that are needed for groups is also quite a challenge. So I take advantage of our "mini-grants" that out education foundation gives each year and some of our local industries give out each year. I have been able to accumulate a lot of science materials from these generous entities because of their support for education.
Lisa Hilberg
April 18, 2012 @ 8:52 AM
We have received grants from our very supportive Michigan Education Association. Further, our local community foundation and a local utility company have provided grant money, too.

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