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STEM & Science Related Grants

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STEM and Science Related Grants and Awards

  • Alternative Fuel Foundation - has a relatively easy application for $250 to $500 in materials for alternative fuels activities.
  • American Honda Foundation - awards grants of $20,000 to $75,000 to non-profits and schools on a quarterly basis. Their priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and the environment.
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - you have to be a member of AIAA, but it looks relatively easy to get $250 for aerospace education materials.
  • Captain Planet Foundation - awards grants, usually under $500 (but can be up to $2500, particularly with matching funds) for environmental education projects.
  • Environmental Research & Education Foundation - Environmental Research & Education Foundation provides grants for developing Solid Waste Management related educational curriculum or digital materials (i.e., landfills and recycling).
  • Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grants - awards grants of $100 to $500 to purchase native plants and seeds for projects such as rain gardens or butterfly gardens.
  • National Gardening Association - coordinates several grant programs to support school gardens and other programs that teach students about the environment, nutrition and hunger issues.
  • NEA Learning & Leadership Grants - awards grants of $2,000 for individuals or $5,000 for collaborative groups to engage in meaningful, long-term professional development. Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials--a portion can also go toward a small stipend for collaborative group participants. Three application deadlines throughout the year.
  • NEA Student Success Grants - awards grants of $2,000 or $5,000 for improving critical thinking and problem solving of students. The grants are meant to fund in-school student support with priority given to new teachers (<7 years) doing work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula.
  • Project Lead the Way Grants Page - several foundations help support schools in implementing Project Lead the Way. These funds help defray professional development and materials costs.
  • Raytheon Grants and Scholarships - Strategically focused grants and scholarships from the Raytheon Company, most featuring a technology and engineering focus.
  • Rural Tech Project - awards five $100,000 grants nationally. They are looking to advance technology education programs for rural high schools that use competency-based distance learning. The best three-year grant-funded project will be funded an additional $100,000.
  • Samsung - large-scale, competitive STEM grants program.
  • Technology Education Foundation - Annual Madison Berbee Derby funds technology education grants for the greater Madison area, under 10k, deadline is around July 31st. They have examples of schools that have received technology funding.
  • Toshiba America Foundation - for grades 6-12 they're looking for innovative work in science and math, grants of less than 5k have a rolling deadline, greater than 5k are reviewed on Feb 1st and Aug 1st each year. For grades K-5, they have a grant program for project learning materials up to $1000, due Oct 1st.
  • Verizon Foundation Grants - awards grants to K-12 schools and non-profits. They are particularly interested in high visibility projects that help integrate technology into your classroom/school. You have to contact a regional representative to check on eligibility - see details on their website.
  • Vernier/NSTA Technology Award - awards of $5,500 for innovative uses of data-collections technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom (for projects you're already doing). The awards include travel and expenses to the national NSTA conference, $1,000 for the teacher and $3,000 in Vernier products.
  • Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Grants - WSST has a variety of grants for members for projects and professional development. They are $1000 or less and have a deadline of December 31st.