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Midwest Garden Grants

Deadline: April 26, 2013


NGA is delighted to announce the forth year of the Midwest Garden Grant program. Programs throughout the Midwest have received funding for the past three years providing over $40,000 in donations to National Gardening Association to support schools and garden programming. Midwest grants will be distributed to applicants located in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

2013 Samsung Grant Competition

Deadline: May 1, 2013


Samsung wants to help teachers upgrade the quality of technology in American schools. Our 2013 grant program is simple. We are offering ten (10) SAMCAM 760 document cameras to worthy schools based on the lesson plan they submitted. Including a document camera in your lesson plans is an excellent way to focus an entire class on a single subject and enhance their learning experience.

American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) Education and Technology Grant

Deadline: May 1, 2013


ARRL's Education & Technology Program's Progress Grant application process is open. The grant offers modest financial support to those teachers who are currently using amateur radio in their classrooms as an instructional tool and who need financial assistance for specific purposes. The grant is meant to supplement existing resources for such things as amateur radio license manuals and instructor guides, station upkeep and maintenance, upgrades, and various supplies and consumables. Progress Grants have a limit of $500 per school year.

American Honda Foundation Grants

Deadline: Annually at February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1


The foundation awards grants of $20,000 to $75,000 to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs benefiting youth and scientific education - the physical and life sciences, mathematics, and the environmental sciences. Programs characterized as scientific, dreamful (imaginative), creative, humanistic, youthful, innovative, and forward thinking will receive preference.

ADC Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


The ADC Foundation makes direct grants to two strategic focus areas: mathematics and science education, and nonprofit access to technology. Although the Foundation will continue to match ADC employee gifts to a wide spectrum of types of nonprofits and causes, the foundation will consider grant requests only in the following two areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Access to Technology.

Boeing Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants promote the development of quality learning environments in the areas of math, science, and literacy, which are necessary for future success in the workforce and life.

Digital Wish

Deadline: Ongoing


Digital wish is dedicated to helping schools gain technology access across all subject areas.

DuPont Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


DuPont supports programs and initiatives with the potential to demonstrate improved and sustainable outcomes, primarily in mathematics, science, and technology education. CCRE uses a comprehensive set of guidelines to access the merits of all programs under consideration. DuPont does not fund curriculum development or assessment, capital campaigns, or endowments.

Hewlett Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


The Hewlett Foundation makes grants in six core program areas: education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population. In addition, the Foundation makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area. The Foundation’s grants are awarded solely for charitable purposes.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

Deadlines: Annually at May 31, September 31, December 31.


The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is to: promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

  • serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and
  • inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

CPF grants are limited to $2,500 and preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their program.

NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants

Deadline: Annually, February 1, June 1, and October 15


The Big Help Grants program invites K-8 public school educators to apply for student achievement grants of up to USD 5,000. The program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for addressing four key concerns: environmental awareness, health and wellness, students' right to a quality public education, and active community involvement. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education may apply.

Teacher Opportunities

American Home Energy Education Challenge


Designed for students of grades 3–8 across the US, the challenge will teach fundamentals about energy use, energy conservation in the home, and cost-savings as a result of the challenge initiatives. Participating schools compete for more than $200,000 in prizes distributed at the regional and national levels of the competition.

365: Chemistry for Life Contest


The American Chemical Society (ACS) is offering students, teachers, and others the chance to win cash cards and an iPad, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano in a contest to fill in empty dates in its IYC-365 online calendar. Called the “365: Chemistry for Life Contest,” it is part of ACS’ celebration of the International Year of Chemistry. ACS purposely left some days without content, as an invitation to the public to help fill in the gaps, and participate in the IYC. Entries should consist of the name of a chemistry-related person, place, innovation or everyday item with a 300-400 word description of the entry. The description should be written in non-technical language and include a discussion of how the entry improves and impacts everyday life. Entries accepted for use in the calendar will be eligible for a monthly drawing for a $50 Visa card, and a December drawing for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano.

Free Online Science Safety Certification


Over the past 30 years Flinn Scientific has successfully trained more than 100,000 high school and middle school science teachers in classroom and laboratory safety via safety seminars, safety workshops, and safety related email. They have developed the seven unique laboratory safety courses listed above that you can view online 24/7 absolutely FREE. You can now become “Flinn Certified” in high school or middle school laboratory safety. Sign up for a free account today and click on the High School or Middle School Safety Course tab for more information.

Student Opportunities

Do Something Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Deadline: Ongoing and Various


DoSomething.Org offers a myriad of opportunities for students to take action, learn, collaborate, and make a difference, including $500 seed grants, $250 "project pitch" grants , and $250 Do Something Club grants.

Gr 3-6: Kids’ Science Challenge Opportunity

Deadline: Ongoing, beginning in October 2011


The Kids’ Science Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Pulse of the Planet, is a nationwide annual competition in which students in grades 3–6 submit experiments and problems for real scientists and engineers to solve. An online video provides an overview of this year’s challenge topics: Zero Waste, Animal Smarts and Meals on Mars. Through the video, students will learn what the scientists and engineers are challenging them to do: to come up with ideas or inventions that no one has thought of before.

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Copyright 2009-2013- The Ohio State University. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Grant No. 0840824. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.