National Foundations

The American Honda Foundation’s funding priorities are: youth education, specifically in the areas ofscience, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), the environment, job training and literacy. The foundation gives grants to private and public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Proposals should be submitted online.
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A key benefit of utilities with membership in the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Program is the ability to apply for funding through a grant. The grants, typically $25,000-$50,000, can support pilot projects, new technology demonstrations, early commercialization projects, and the development of best practices. There are two deadlines: February 15 and August 15, dates which coincide with the spring and fall meetings of the DEED Board. In evaluating grant applications, the DEED Board of Directors looks for broad applicability to public power systems, sponsorship and significant cost sharing by one or more organizations, and the overall benefit the project will provide to utility operations. Nebraska school administrators and teachers interested in applying for a grant must contact their local utility to learn whether they are a DEED member and, if they are, whether they would be willing to collaborate with your school on a grant proposal.
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The Association of American Educators Foundation provides competitive $500 scholarships and grants for teachers nationwide, members and non-members. Classroom grants are available to all fulltime educators who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the past two years. The grants are designed to advance student learning, continue teacher education, and fund innovative classroom projects. Scholarship awards can be used for tuition, books, travel expenses, conferences, workshops, registration fees and other expenditures. Grants are awarded for books, software, calculators, lab materials, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment and other materials. Application deadlines: October 1 and March 1. Questions: Call 1-877-385-6264 or Email
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The Braitmayer Foundation is interested in proposals utilizing innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are: curricular and school reform initiatives and preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers. The foundation awards grants up to $35,000. Applications are submitted online between February 1st and March 15th. The application includes a two-page Letter of Inquiry describing the proposed project, its timeframe, and proposed budget. By August 1st the trustees will invite selected organizations to submit full proposals, which are due October 15th. Normally a representative of the Braitmayer Foundation will conduct a site visit prior to the end of February. Successful organizations must wait two years before reapplication.

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and must have all three of the following to be considered for funding:

  • Be project-based;
  • Projects must be performed by youth; and
  • Projects must have real environmental outcomes.

The Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 and $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. Application Deadlines: September 30th for spring and summer projects and January 31st for fall and winter projects.
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Special Grants: EcoTech grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations for the purpose of engaging students in inquiry-based projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Read more at:

The CenturyLink / Qwest Foundation awards grants that generate high impact and measurable results through community-based programs in the area of Pre-K-12 education. The Teachers and Technology Program grants are specifically designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology. Teachers in public or private PreK-12 schools in CenturyLink’s residential service areas are eligible to apply. The next application cycle will begin in October. For questions about the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program,
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Donors Choose is not a foundation. It’s a website where teachers can post classroom project requests, and donors choose the ones they want to support. The program was founded by a history teacher in 2000. To date, it has helped nearly 300,000 teachers fund the materials they need for classroom projects. For more information, visit:

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Application periods are announced through Request for Proposals (RFPs). New RFPs are posted online when available at:
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Fund for Teachers’ grants are used for an unlimited variety of projects, all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for a maximum of $10,000. The entire application is completed online.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Employed full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher and spends at least 50% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting;
  • Intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year; and
  • Has at least three years teaching experience as a PreK-12th grade teacher.


Grants.Gov is the federal government’s master system for listing and tracking grants. Listings of funding opportunities include all 50 states as well as federally-funded programs. These are searchable by categories, including “Eduction.” Website:


The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The foundations’ focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development. Applications are submitted online, using the links provided on the “How to Apply” page of the website. Once submitted, every request goes through an evaluation process that generally spans four to six weeks. There are no deadlines. Proposals are accepted year round through the Hearst Foundations’ online application. Website: 

The mission of Hot Planet / Cool Athletes is “to ensure the next generation is educated and energized to lead the fight against climate change.” Since launching at X Games in 2011, the initiative has reached more than 30,000 students at over 72 schools in the U.S. and Canada. At the website, interested schools can request a free Hot Planet / Cool Athletes assembly or a DVD that runs 45 minutes. These provide a platform for athletes to share their experiences witnessing climate change firsthand, while educating students about the latest climate science. Both end with a call to action and information on how schools can submit a proposal for potential funding. With the help from their partners at The North Face, Hot Planet / Cool Athletes gives away $10,000 every year to the top proposals submitted by students that “make an impact in their schools or community and take serious action against climate change.” Whether it’s building a recycling or composting program, a clean energy initiative, or developing a plan to encourage local elected officials to support clean energy, the key is that the project or program must be student-led. Website:

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The IEEE Foundation invites grant applications exclusively from IEEE organizational units. IEEE organizational units include sections, regions, societies, affinity groups, student branches, and major boards. Grants are awarded for projects requesting funding between $5,000 and $100,000. Shared funding of a project is preferred but not required. Visit the foundation’s website for a list of additional funding criteria. The IEEE Foundation has one grants cycle each year. For questions regarding the guidelines or forms, send an email to: or telephone: (732) 981-3435. Website:

The Lexus/Scholastic Eco Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12 who are enrolled in a public or accredited private school or registered and homeschooled. Students enter the challenge as a team consisting of at least five but no more than ten students and up to two teacher advisors. Teams can also be part of an after-school science or environmental club. Teams choose one of two provided topics that have their own Action Plans and Lesson Plans: Land & Water or Air & Climate. A total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships is awarded each year. Visit the website for complete instructions on how to enter the challenge, prizes, action and lesson plans, past winners and a team toolkit.

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants to libraries and other institutions that operate a library for purchasing books published for young people preschool through 8th grade. School libraries, non-traditional libraries operated by charitable 501(c)(3) and other non-taxable agencies, and bookmobile programs are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Grants for 2016 will range from $500 to $3000 and will be awarded on or before November 10, 2016. Organizations receiving grants will be notified by mail.
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Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation focuses its funding efforts on public education and community improvement projects through two primary grant programs: Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and Lowe’s Community Partners. Any public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with that school (PTO, PTA, etc) are eligible to apply to Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program. Parent groups that are applying must have an independent EIN and official 501c(3) status from the IRS. If your group does not have 501c(3) status, apply through your school. Grant amounts are between $2,000 and $5,000. Only 10% of any award granted can be used toward outside resources such as labor, installation, consultation and delivery.

There are typically two grant cycles in the school year, fall and spring. There is a larger Toolbox grant offered for amounts over $5,000 and up to $100,000, which has a different application. If you would like to submit a grant for over $5,000, the application can be found here: Click on the first “apply now” box on the right and you will be taken to the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
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The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years for proposals designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. Eligible applicants are educators who:

  • are employed by schools or nonprofit organizations, for example: community centers, museums, etc.
  • have the background and experience to complete the project successfully
  • have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to 12
  • work with students from low-income households
  • are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation

Applications are accepted online from January 15 to April 15.

The National Education Association provides the following grants to public school educators.

  1. Learning and Leadership Grants fund an individual educator’s participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research. Grants are also available to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups.
  2. Student Achievement Grants are provided in the amounts of $2,000 to $5,000 for the purpose of improving the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.

Applications are available online. The deadlines for both grants are February 1, June 1, and October 15. Website:


Project Learning Tree’s GreenWorks! program provides grants up to $1,000 for schools and youth organizations to engage students with their local communities to complete service-learning, environmental-improvement projects. GreenWorks! has funded a variety of environmental service-learning projects including, but not limited to: habitat restoration, watershed improvement, outdoor classrooms, recycling programs, and energy conservation. Website:

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board plays a leadership role in designing and overseeing State Farm’s service-learning initiative. The Board is a diverse group of 30 students aged 17-20 selected from across the United States. The minimum service-learning grant amount is $25,000, and the maximum grant is $100,000. Applicants may request any amount within this range based on the required project budget. The primary applicant can be anyone involved with a public K-12, public charter, or higher education institution. Teachers or school-based service-learning coordinators whose primary role is to coordinate service-learning projects in a public, charter, or higher education institution are excellent applicants. Nonprofit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to actively interact with students in public K-12 schools. Each applicant should create leverage by collaborating with key partners, needed to impact systemic change throughout the surrounding area. Ideally, the proposal should be replicable in surrounding communities. Applicants must demonstrate clearly how service learning is embedded within their project. Email any questions you may have to Kelsey West:
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The Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) provides grants for projects and materials that teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. TAF is interested in projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers in public and nonprofit private schools that will make mathematics and science learning fun and successful for students. Applications must be for project-based learning. The foundation uses two online application forms: An elementary school application (Grades K-5) and a middle and high school application (Grades 6-12). Grades K-5 applications for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant are accepted once a year on October 1st. Grades 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year. 6-12 grant requests of more than $5,000 are accepted and reviewed twice a year: February 1st and August 1st.
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The Toyota Foundation supports funding for proposals that focus specifically on the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Grants, of a minimum of $50,000 per year, are available to support the development and implementation of STEM programs. As part of the selection process, every online application is thoroughly reviewed, and a request for proposal is sent out to a shortlist of the most outstanding applications. The pool of proposals then undergoes a second, thorough review until a final decision is made by the Board of Directors of the Foundation on the exceptional proposals to include in the final shortlist. In order to select the best candidates from the pool of applications, the Foundation considers the following criteria:

  • Significance of need/problem
  • Program’s potential for long-term success and sustainability
  • Program’s resourcefulness
  • Scale of project within the community or geographic region
  • Innovation and creativity of the program
  • Program’s ability to measure results
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Diversity, inclusion and financial soundness

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The Verizon Foundation funds education grants intended to support, among other things, projects that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) proposals, including, for example, summer or after-school programs, teacher training, and research on improving learning in STEM areas through use of technology. However, public, charter, and private K-12 schools, as well as libraries, may not use Foundation grant funding to purchase technology hardware (computers, netbooks, laptops, routers), devices (tablets, phones), data or Internet service and access.
Grant applications are by invitation only. Contact Verizon’s Nebraska Community Relations Manager by email to discuss your project: Denise Loughlin
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