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General Grant Opportunities

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General Grant Opportunities

(not specific to science or math)

  • Pat Bricker Grant - Sponsored by the Wisconsin State Reading Association, this grant awards up to $2000 for Wisconsin educators to conduct classroom-based research.
  • Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality grants - this is a Title IIa grant program managed by the UW system. These are large scale grants for professional development across subject areas.
  • Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association (WREA) - provides grants of up to $2,000 to support middle school in continuing innovative projects they have started.
  • National Board Certification - Wisconsin teachers can get a reimbursement of up to $2,000 plus annual grants of $2,500 to $5,000 for national board certification.
  • McCarthey Dressman Foundation - has two grants programs, one for innovative class projects and one for teacher professional development, both are due Apr 15th and are up to $10,000/year for three years.
  • Alliant Energy Community Grants - this program has rolling dates and mostly funds projects under 5k, link to guidelines.
  • Masanto Fund - has two available grant programs - one is the Grow Rural Education Grant, where you can get $10K or $25K and have to be sponsored by a farmer. There is also the Mansanto Americas Farmers Grant - where you submit your school name and idea, and by county farmers can vote to support your project with a $2500 grant. Each county will receive $2500.
  • Braitmayer Foundation - a competitive grant process for innovative curriculum enhancements, grants for under 10k have an easier application than grants for 35k (somewhat standard amount). Deadline is March 15th.
  • Meemic Foundation - Relatively easy application for general materials for MI, IL and WI teachers. Grants up to $500 have a quarterly deadline. They also have $100 back-to-school supplies grants.
  • Walmart Foundation Grants - their local giving program awards from $250 to $2500.
  • U.S. Government Computers for Learning - the U.S. government gives away old technology equipment to schools. Look to see what is available in Wisconsin - items show up as they're available.
  • Workforce Development Grants from BNY Mellon - want to connect your students' learning to workforce development? This group asks for a letter of inquiry before applications.
  • Wells Fargo Grants - supports education initiatives, particularly in low to moderate income communities. Online application, quarterly giving.
  • Irwin Potter Foundation Community Grants - Irwin Potter Fdn funds educational projects, particularly where those benefitting then give back to their community, $500-$30,000, deadline Mar 31st.
  • Best Buy Technology Grants - Best Buy gives $4-6000 for technology for after school programs for teens (largely to places like Boys and Girls Clubs), though schools with 501c3 status can apply especially if you have an innovative after school idea.
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant Program - provides grants for projects between $2,000 and $5,000, particularly focusing on parental and community involvement in areas that will have a permanent impact, such as community clean up and renewal projects. Deadline is twice yearly, Feb 15th and Oct 15th.
  • Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin - Community Foundation of Southern WI targets several communities for grant support ($2 to $5,000).
  • RGK Foundation Grants - large-scale, competitive education grants with a focus on math, science and/or reading. They request a letter of inquiry. There are rolling deadlines unless the grant is >$100,000.
  • CHS Ag Grants – CHS Foundation gives $1,000 grants to student organizations with an agricultural focus, for training experiences such as going to conferences, no deadline.
  • Chichester DuPont Foundation - their Clark Fund focuses on pivotal funding for education/environment, letter of inquiry by Aug 1st.
  • Murray Foundation Special Needs Care Training Grants - Murray Foundation provides grants for the care of people with disabilities and training of their teachers, $7500.
  • Association of American Educators Classroom Grants - provides grants of up to $500 for classroom materials and projects, deadline is March 1st and October 1st. AAE members receive priority.
  • Menards - this handy, home improvement store does give materials to teachers, but requests have to be done in writing. Send your request in writing directly to the Donations Committee at 5101 Menard Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54703. The committee meets monthly and works via U.S. mail.