Are you looking for funding for a field trip, a special project, or materials for your classroom? Here are a few organizations that offer grants for teachers.
This site allows teachers to submit a project which is then posted to the site. Teachers can request computers, books, classroom furniture, or whatever they need. Donors can look at posted projects and choose one to which they’d like to donate. Teachers, you may also want to check for special funding opportunities for California educators only. There always seems to be 5 or 6 for specific activities or projects.
Projects can remain posted on the site for up to 5 months. There is no submission deadline and projects can be posted at anytime.
Target Field Trip Grant
This grant has a pretty easy online application that can be completed in an hour or two. The foundation provides 5,000 grants of $700 for field trips. If you’re looking for funding for an extracurricular journey, this is a great place to start. They provide grants to teachers in all 50 states, so there’s plenty of competition. The deadline for submitting applications is usually the end of September.
California Community Foundation
This organization provides funds for Los Angeles teachers for both classroom projects and/or field trips. Teachers can apply alone for up to $1,000, or in teams for a maximum of $2,000. Applications are usually due around October 15th. They prefer to fund experiential learning activities.
This year CCF changed to an online application which made the process much faster than in prior years.
Richard Riordan Foundation
This foundation began by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, provides up to $1,200 to fund a classroom lending library. You’ll need to gather all the important data about your school to complete your application (i.e. students receiving free and/or reduced lunch, Title I status, percentage of English Learners, etc.)
Also, the foundation offers a technology grant for Smart Boards. They provide training for the recipient and the necessary accessories.
Both are highly competitive grants which accept applications from both public and parochial schools.
More teachers than ever are applying for grants to help supplement their teaching of core curriculum. If you are interested in applying for any of these grants, be sure to get all your data together and apply early. Good luck!