Tech Grants to Look Out for in January

A new year brings new opportunities and challenges. Budgets remain tight, and educators and school staff continue to look for outside sources to fund programs, projects, and classroom equipment.

We have compiled a number of grants that offer funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects to boost classroom teaching in 2019.


ecoTech Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation is offering grants to support inquiry-based projects in STEM fields that leverage technology or use nature-based designs to address environmental problems in local communities. Projects encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges.

Applications open on January 16 and are accepted through July 15, 2019.


Education Outreach and Sustaining Grants

SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, provides grant support for elementary, middle, and high school education projects related to optics and photonics, including STEM activities with an optics or photonics component. Proposed projects are judged on their potential to impact a large audience and increase awareness and interest in optics and photonics.

Applications are due January 31 and May 31, 2019.


Paradigm Challenge

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition developed by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross. The challenge is intended to inspire youth to use STEM skills and kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference. This year’s challenge brings back the first three challenge projects (reducing injuries and fatalities from home fires, helping the environment through the reduction of waste, and improving personal health through wellness and healing), as well as adds a new project (the security of global food system).

Entries may be submitted until May 1, 2019.

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Classroom Grants

Classroom grants from the Association of American Educators Foundation can be used for a variety of projects and materials including, but not limited to, books, software, calculators, mathematics manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, lab materials, and more.

Applications for grants are due March 1 and October 1, 2019.


Fluid Power Action Challenge Grants

The National Fluid Power Association Education and Technology Foundation makes grants that facilitate the teaching of hydraulics and pneumatics and support educational programs and research in fluid power. Fluid Power Action Challenge Grants are available to educators planning to teach fluid power in their classroom. The grants are intended to help defray the costs directly related to the educational aspects of the challenge program, such as the purchase of program materials (classroom exercise kits or challenge event kits) or other expenses directly related to students and teachers participating in the Fluid Power Challenge events or related classroom activities.

Applications may be submitted year-round.


These are just a few examples of technology and STEM grants available to educators on For more opportunities, create a custom search and check the Focus areas “Technology,” Technology Ed,” and “STEM.”



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