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Grants to Bring in the New School Year Right

It’s that time of year again! Back-to-school season is the time to put your plans for the school year into action. To help you fund your back-to-school wish list, we’ve collected funding opportunities for every subject area.


Teacher Art Grants
Sponsored by P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education offers grants to support new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming in prekindergarten through grade 12. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who desire to use the arts in teaching children who learn differently. The grant supports teachers in establishing or maintaining an effective learning tool using the visual arts within the school day.

Deadline: September 30, 2017


Marion B. Pollack Fellowship for Health Education Studies
Sponsored by Society for Public Health Education and funded by the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education

The Marion B. Pollack Fellowship for Health Education Studies is an award presented to an elementary, middle, or high school teacher pursuing graduate study in health education at the master’s level. Candidates are evaluated based on their evidence of ability to link health needs of children to school health education, teaching experience, professional goals, and potential to advance the practice of school health education.

Deadline: September 30, 2017


Teacher Professional Development Grants
Sponsored by John Van de Walle Fund and the Mary Dolciani Fund of the Mathematics Education Trust and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Teacher Professional Development Grants are provided to improve the mathematics competence of classroom teachers in prekindergarten through grade 5, grades 6 through 8, and grades 9 through 12.

Deadline: November 3, 2017


Student Achievement Grants
Sponsored by The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in 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. Funding preference is given to projects that incorporate school farming, aquaponics, global learning, or the foundation’s online courses.

Deadlines: February 1, June 1, and October 15, annually


Physical Education
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60
Sponsored by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a national in-school initiative to promote healthy eating and 60 minutes of physical activity daily to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. The funding program provides grants to public and private schools to support Fuel Up to Play 60 projects and activities. Projects must engage students in raising awareness and making lasting improvements in nutrition and physical activity at school, such as ensuring that students have more opportunities to choose nutrient-rich foods throughout the school campus and to be physically active.

Deadline: November 1, 2017


Reading/English/Language Arts
Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy
Sponsored by Penguin Random House, in partnership with The Penguin Random House Foundation, Inc.

The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students. Award winners foster a love and passion for reading in students through innovative programs and curriculum, take risks in presenting books and literature to students in a unique way, make a commitment to helping reluctant readers and are visionary in their methods of reaching them, and create distinctive programs and activities that support and promote a community of readers.

Deadline: September 15, 2017


Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award
Sponsored by National Science Teachers Association

This annual award recognizes kindergarten through grade 12 science educators who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in the field of science and science education through their ability to motivate and challenge students while providing effective planning and presentation skills. Yagar Scholars share Robert Yagar’s passion for education and continued professional development.

Deadline: December 15, 2017


Social Studies
Field Trip Fund
Sponsored by Civil War Trust

The Civil War Trust promotes education, commemoration, and contemplation of the Civil War history. Field Trip Funds provide financial assistance to teachers planning on visiting Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields and other historic sites. Funds may be used to cover transportation, meals, admission, and fees for guides or presenters.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.


Make this school year one to remember. Apply for funding to power your goals for the new school year. For more funding opportunities for back to school, visit the GetEdFunding website.


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