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How to Find Classroom Grants for Teachers

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Classroom grants can provided additional funds outside of your provided budget for things like class supplies, field trips and class projects. Use this article to get tips on finding classroom grants that can help you improve the learning environment of your class.

Finding Classroom Grants

The internet has made searching for grants much easier than it was in the past. Specific tools and boards are available to connect teachers with the educational grants they need. Some resources that you can check out include:

  • The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources (www.edutopia.org) - Provides a roundup on grants, contests, awards and other resources teachers can use for their classroom
  • Grants to Educators (www.neafoundation.org) - Includes information on a number of grants sponsored by the NEA foundation
  • Grant Wrangler (www.grantwrangler) - Offers information on grants divided into categories, such as libraries, STEM, arts and humanities and more
  • Donors Choose (www.donorschoose.org) - A unique site in which teachers create their own proposal, which donors then browse and allocate money to the projects of their choosing
  • Grants for Teachers (www.teacherscount.org) - Lists grants provided by a variety of sources for different disciplines and purposes

As you look for grants, you should keep in mind that different grants become available at various times, so frequent searches can increase your chances of finding a grant. Check these resources often to make sure that you don't miss the grant that works for you!

Types of Grants

There are a number of different types of grants available. Teachers can find grants for professional development, classroom resources, technology or special teaching activities. In some cases, membership in an organization or public school teaching is required to qualify for a grant.

Professional Development Grants

To help you provide the most innovative and current education to students, you can find grants that support you to further your college education, attend a seminar or conference, engage in a research project or develop improved lesson plans.

Student-Focused Grants

Educational organizations and private donors offer support to teachers to engage students in activities and learning that will improve student performance. Some require specific activity types or outcomes, like improving critical-thinking skills or study habits, though you can find some that offer a little flexibility and creativity in this area.

STEM and Subject-Specific Grants

Most grants are allocated for a specific purpose or subject area. Because of the high profile of STEM subjects, there are a number of grants that offer assistance in developing STEM curriculum. Funding is also often available for language arts, drama, art and music, physical education, and developing school or classroom libraries, among many other areas.

Other Grant Types

Some grants may be used for general purposes, and some may be tailored to more specific uses, such as funding field trips, purchasing classroom supplies, or investing in technology. To make the process of finding a grant easier, consider your specific needs before you start searching. For example, if you are looking for funding to assist your class in creating a school garden, you might be able to find a grant that is tailored towards that exact purpose!

Getting the Grant You Need

Finding the perfect grant for your classroom won't do you or your students any good if you are unable to secure it. Understanding grant writing and the application process is a vital part of successfully applying for a grant. You can strengthen your understanding of this process with this lesson on How to Find & Apply for Educational Grants.

You can also learn about specific types of grants and how they are set up by studying the lessons on Project Grants, Categorical Grants and Block Grants.

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