Budget cuts in recent years have left our schools in a bad situation. Most school districts are under-funded, leaving our teachers without all the resources necessary to provide a truly great education to our children. There is some support in the form of grants that seek to make up the difference. These groups offer direct support to American classrooms, providing funding for materials and supplies that our kids often have to go without and desperately need.
This is a neat non-profit organization formed to support the needs of teachers, schools and parent teacher groups. ClassWish solicits donations for specific items requested by individual teachers and then purchases those items and ships them directly to the teacher’s school. Teachers create an account and select school supplies to form a wish list of items. The catalog includes books, art supplies, musical instruments, science lab supplies and much more. Schools and PTA groups can request support also. Parents willing to donate can earmark their donations to their own child’s classroom. ClassWish offers a workplace giving program that allows each employer to make matching gifts donated by their employees. It also raises funding through a web thrift store that sells donated items to raise money for classroom supplies.
Association of American Educators Foundation
The Association of American Educators is a professional organization for teachers. Its AAE Foundation supports the work of teachers with $500 classroom grants. Funds can be used to pay for books, software, calculators, art supplies, lab materials or anything else needed to create and implement exciting lesson plans. The foundation accepts applications twice yearly with deadlines of March 1 and October 1. Applications from AAE members are weighted but teachers not affiliated with the organization can apply as well.
Toshiba America Foundation
This foundation does not accept grant requests for computers. Instead, Toshiba America Foundation seeks to make math and science fun by providing grants that support innovative education in K-12 classrooms. Funds can be used to pay for project materials that give kids engaging, hands on experiences. Projects are created by teachers and used in their own schools. K-5 classrooms can receive $1,000 grants. The yearly deadline for applications is October 1. 6-12 classrooms can receive much larger amounts. For requests under $5,000, the foundation considers applications year round. For anything larger than $5,000, applications are handled in two grant rounds with deadlines in February and August.
Category: Education Grants