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20 Grants for Science Teachers


The study of science is rapidly becoming a crucial aspect of the American education system. Topics like technological advances, world climate change, renewable energy and environmental impact are a part of everyday conversation. It’s important for the coming generations to have a more comprehensive understanding in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM education.


While not all states and districts have the luxury of large budgets to help fund STEM programs in their schools, there are a wide variety of alternative resources that can help. Science and STEM grants of all sizes are available from all kinds of companies and foundations. While some cater specifically to a given purpose, many challenge educators to propose a project to be funded. Not only can a grant open doors to you and your students, but working together to create and develop a project or program can be an incredibly valuable learning experience in itself.


In order to obtain a grant, you'll first need to submit a proposal explaining why you deserve to be awarded funds for your project. Each grantor will give you details on the information you will need to include in your proposal for consideration, such as how much you are requesting, what those funds will be used for, and how long you anticipate working on your initiative. Be sure to check the specifics of each proposal format — some only want to be e-mailed, while others ask for a video submission. (UNC Chapel Hill has an awesome guide on writing grant proposals.) It may seem like an extra step between getting you the funds you need, but it will all be worth it should you be chosen by the grant's board.

Here are just a few opportunities to spark those young minds into a burning love for science education!

 


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The Captain Planet Foundation: Grants are awarded primarily to United States-based schools with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants from $500-$2,500 are given to projects aimed to give the next generation a love and understanding of the natural world. This organization aims to inspire youth to create environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities. Activities must be project-based, performed by youth and have real environmental outcomes.
Deadlines: Spring and summer projects — September 30; Fall and winter projects — January 31
 
The DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award: This annual grant — a partnership between DuPont Pioneer and the National Science Teachers Association — is geared toward any K-12 science teacher who incorporates innovative agricultural activities into his or her existing curriculum. The award is given at the Teacher Awards Banquet at the NSTA National Conference and the beneficiary receives a $5,000 grant for his or her program, paid travel expenses to the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont Pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility.
Deadline: November 30 annually
 
The Toshiba America Foundation awards two different types of grants to promote quality science and mathematics education in US K-12 schools. The program for K-5 education gives grants of up to $1,000 to public or private school teachers to help bring innovative, hands-on projects to the classroom. The program for grades 6-12 education provides grants at varying levels — small awards of up to $5,000 and large ones of over $5,000 — to teachers passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for students.
Deadlines: Small grants may be applied for throughout the year; large grant applications are due February 1 and August 1 annually
 


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The Air Force Junior ROTC Grant: This Air Force Association (AFA) grant was established to promote aerospace education throughout classrooms, and to enhance student ideas on how aerospace plays a prominent role in today’s and tomorrow’s society. The AFA awards $250 twice a year to K-12 teachers to use toward any aerospace-related purpose, including purchasing textbooks or taking field trips to an aerospace museum or facility.
Deadlines: October 10 and February 10

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants: Project Learning Tree offers these grants for service-learning projects that improve schools or restore natural habitats. Grant amounts vary; for the year 2015, grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: September 30
 
The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant: The Herb Society of America offers two grants for public and/or private school teachers of grades 3 through 6 to create and maintain an indoor or outdoor herb garden for their classes. Four schools will be selected to receive window sill herb garden kits that include pots, soil, seeds and educational materials from the Herb Society of America. An additional five schools will receive $200 in “seed money” to establish an outdoor herb garden and educational materials.
Deadline: October 1

 


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FirstEnergy STEM Classroom Grants: Teachers pre-K through 12 can apply for a grant to support any STEM project or initiative. Grants are awarded annually and are up to $1,000.
Deadline: September 18
 
The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program: Grants are awarded annually for creative, hands-on projects dealing with STEM. The goal is largely to provide interest in STEM careers among youth. Three schools will receive $1,000 to complete their projects by the school year’s end and an additional $2,000 to their science departments, for a total grant of $3,000.
Deadline: August 10 and December 10
 
The AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program: The goal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is to inspire and advance the future of aerospace by funding the educational needs of students. Each school year, grants of up to $250 are awarded to K-12 teachers who are AIAA Educator Associate members (membership is free) for items such as classroom demonstration kits, physical and biological research materials, and space science education resources.
Deadline: Submission period runs October 1 through November 16
 
The Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants: This annual award from the National Weather Association seeks to improve the education of youth in meteorology science. Worth up to $750, the grant may be used to start new science outreach and education programs, or even allow the awarded educator to attend accredited meteorology courses, workshops or conferences that will enhance their teaching activities.
Deadline: Unspecified; applications for the 2016-2017 school year open February 2016
 


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ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers: This grant program aims to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce. ADVANCE strives to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce and to create systematic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers.
Deadline: January 20 for full proposal
 
The Verizon Foundation Education Grants: These grants intend to promote STEM-related projects like teacher training and summer or after school programs. The Foundation does not list a range for grant amounts, but they have typically fallen between $5,000 and $10,000.
Deadline: Unspecified
 
The American Honda Foundation: Since 1984, the American Honda Foundation has awarded more than $32 million to organizations representing individuals from every state. Quarterly grants from $20,000 to $75,000 focus on youth education in the STEM fields, the environment, job training and literacy.
Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1
 
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants: This grant program is open to US middle and high school science teachers, as well as elementary teachers who teach some science or are teaching specialists. Awardees receive grants of up to $10,000 to execute innovative, community-based projects in environmental and physical science, and integrating literacy and science.
Deadline: Unspecified; funded projects must begin by early June and end by the following May

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Grants Program: This large-scale contest issues teachers a simple challenge: “Show how STEM can be applied to help your local community.” Winners are chosen at both state and national levels with a chance to win $20,000, $35,000 and $120,000 in technology for their schools.
Deadline: Late November for initial application
 
Hot Planet/Cool Athletes Powder Grant: With the support of an educator, students with a passion for tackling climate change issues can win $10,000 for proposing an innovative idea for bringing a green-focused program to their schools. Past winners have brought ideas to life such as building composting systems and creating clean energy through recyclable materials.
Deadline: January 15 and August 31

 


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Green Thumb Challenge Grant: The Green Education Foundation has teamed up with Gardener’s Supply Company to encourage schools to bring gardens to their campuses. K-12 students and teachers who have cultivated a gardening program are eligible for a $250 prize by creating visual or written accounts of what the project has meant to the team, and what they’ve learned from their experience.
Deadline: September 30

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education: The home improvement superstore company provides nearly $5 million to K-12 schools annually through its technology and safety enhancements initiative. Grants range from $2,000 to $100,000 (based on need), and as many as 1,000 schools are awarded each year.
Deadline: Mid-October

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant: High school teachers may receive up to $1,500 to fund their classroom chemistry project. Grants will be considered for those with a specific science activity planned out for students, or for general equipment and learning materials for the classroom.
Deadline: April 1

President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education: The Entomological Society of America supports two educators annually for outstanding origination in using insects in the classroom as learning tools. The organization not only awards each science teacher’s school $400 toward their bug-centric curriculum, but also pays for the educator to receive his or her award at the society’s annual ceremony.
Deadline: July 1

 

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