Teaching a Summer Lesson

Get a Head Start on Summer: 5 Awards and Fellowships for Educators

It may seem like summer is still far away, but deadlines for funding summer programs and professional development opportunities are approaching fast. To help you start planning your summer, we’ve pulled together a few funding finds that are too good to pass up:


Founder’s Award
Sponsored by National Summer Learning Association and the New York Life Foundation

The Founder’s Award honors summer learning programs for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. Programs that focus on the following are strongly encouraged to apply: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art (including digital media arts); early literacy; college and career readiness; health and wellness; leadership and teamwork; and anytime/anywhere learning. Eligible programs are also those that target key transition periods in child development, English language learners, and boys and young men of color.

Deadline: February 1, 2017


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Sponsored by President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Awards recognize and support outstanding after-school and out-of-school arts- and humanities-based programs for underserved children and youth that operate on a regular basis in the afternoon, on weekends, or during the summer. Programs must involve children and youth as active participants in the arts or humanities experience. Programs should integrate arts or humanities education programs with youth development goals such as enhanced leadership skills, self-confidence, and peer relations.

Deadline: February 8, 2017


Dollar General Summer Reading Grants
Sponsored by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Summer Reading Grants support nonprofit organizations and libraries to implement or expand summer reading programs. Programs must target prekindergarten through grade 12 students who are below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities. Organizations must provide direct service in a state where Dollar General operates.

Deadline: February 23, 2017


C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship Program
Sponsored by C-SPAN Classroom

The C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship is an annual program open to social studies teachers in grades 6 through 12. Teachers selected as fellows collaborate with C-SPAN’s Education Department to develop new teaching materials using C-SPAN resources. The four-week fellowship is held during the summer in the C-SPAN offices in Washington, DC. In addition, C-SPAN Teacher Fellows may participate in C-SPAN’s Summer Educators’ Conference, which brings together middle and high school educators from around the country to learn more about C-SPAN and how to effectively integrate C-SPAN’s online resources into their instruction. This fellowship is open to members of C-SPAN Classroom, a free membership service that supports educational use of C-SPAN programming.

Deadline: March 3, 2017


Summer Teacher Institutes
Sponsored by The Library of Congress

Kindergarten through grade 12 educators may apply to participate in one-week Summer Teacher Institutes. During each institute week, Library of Congress education specialists facilitate sessions modeling strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Participants reflect on and discuss how the strategies apply to their students, subject areas, and classroom or school libraries. In the school year following the institute, educators are expected to implement an activity based on a primary source and share outcomes with the institute staff and session cohort. There is an option of completing additional work to pursue graduate credit in history from George Mason University.

Deadline: March 17, 2017


We hope these funding opportunities help you to start planning an amazing summer. To see more grants, awards, and fellowships for summer, head over to GetEdFunding and try searching Summer Programming under Focus Areas.


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