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Service-Learning Funding Opportunities

Grants for Students, Teachers, and Schools


Project Funding Resources


State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants

The Youth Advisory Board grants funds for student-led service-learning projects in the United States. These grants address, in a structural way, the issues of arts and culture, community safety and justice, economic empowerment and financial education, societal health and wellness issues, education and closing the achievement gap, and environmental responsibility.

Eligibility: 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. Non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to actively interact with students in public K-12 schools. Applicants must also have a demonstrated capacity to effectively manage grant funds.

Award: The minimum grant amount is $25,000 and the maximum grant amount is $100,000. Applicants may request any amount within this range based on the required budget, outlining project expenses.

Youth Service America Grant Programs

Youth Service America supports and motivates youth, educators, and service-learning coordinators by distributing over 400 micro grants each year for service and service-learning initiatives.

While most of the grants support projects that culminate on Global Youth Service Day in April, funding is also available for projects in the fall.

Lowes Toolbox For Education Grants

Lowes, in partnership with PTO Today, will provide awards for school improvement projects initiated by parents. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.

Eligibility: Any non-profit K-12 school (including charter, parochial, private, etc) or parent group (associated with a non-profit K-12 school) that has a group tax ID # and official 501c(3) status from the IRS. If you do not have 501c(3) status, please apply through your school.

Maximum Award: $5,000

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.

Maximum Award: $2500.

Eligibility: Schools and non-profits.

NEA Foundation Grants

The NEA Foundation provides two grant programs for educators. The Learning & Leadership Grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. The Student Achievement Grants provide awards to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

Eligibility: Applicants must work in the U.S. and be one of the following: public school teachers in grades K12, public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Those who have less than seven years experience and/or are education support professionals are especially encouraged to apply.

Maximum Award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study or Student Achievement Grants.

For questions about this information, contact Victoria Rydberg-Nania (608) 266-0419