As spring approaches, several U.S. Department of Education (ED) competitive grant opportunities will be released. The most notable of these grants is the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. The ED anticipates release of the 2020 solicitation later this month and has projected a tentative deadline for early April. To learn more about this program and what it has funded in the past, click here.
There are also several foundation opportunities with nearing deadlines:
- Infosys Foundation’s Infy Maker Awards: Awards support makerspace programs that provide students opportunities for hands-on, interdisciplinary learning. Funds may be used for materials and equipment, structural improvements, additional professional development (including sending 2 staff members to the Pathfinders Summer Institute), projects for students, impact and assessment research or community outreach and engagement. 10 awards of $10,000 each are expected to be made. The deadline to apply is February 24th. More information is available here.
- EduMotion’s SEL Journeys School-wide Implementation Grant: EduMotion is awarding in-kind donations of their SEL Journeys digital curriculum valued at $1200. This curriculum promotes K-5 students exploring the world through movement while also focusing on social and emotional learning themes. The award package also includes SEL Journeys accounts of all teachers at the school and 10 classroom kits. The deadline to apply is February 28th. More information is available here.
- Association of American Educator’s (AAE) Classroom Grant: AAE provides funding for a wide variety of classroom projects and the materials needed to facilitate these projects. Funding may be used towards books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, lab materials and more. Applicants must not be AAE members, but members will receive additional consideration. Grants will be no more than $500 per awardee. The deadline to apply is March 1st. More information is available here.
- Toshiba America Foundation’s Grants for Grades 6-12: These funds support project-based learning within STEM classrooms but may not be used to purchase computers, laptops or tablets. Requests up to $5,000 will be considered. The deadline to apply is March 1st. More information is available here.
PSBA will continue to share upcoming grant opportunities as they arise.