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Teacher Grants: March 27, 2017

  • Ecolab Visions for Learning
    The Visions for Learning deadline is earlier this year: May 1. Teachers may apply for up to $3,000 for classroom materials, field trips, artist residencies, etc. Please contact lisa.vandersteur@spps.org for help planning and writing your proposal.

    Upcoming grant deadlines

    Ongoing

    March deadlines

    Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant (due March 31)
    Mini-Grants of up to $500 are awarded to public schools and libraries to implement a proposed program. Mini-Grant programs take place inside the classroom or out in the community, bridge disciplines and grade levels from preschool to 12th—and are funded solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Examples of successful past program include a public story walk, a multicultural portrait project, a school garden, bookmaking, creating a puppet show, and an intergenerational publication or activity. The Foundation encourages new ideas.

    April deadlines

    Education Minnesota – Classroom Technology Grant (Due April 1)
    Classroom Technology Grants are intended for Education Minnesota members* who work directly with students. Members may request up to $3,000 to purchase technology or supporting resources to use with students, which support the project. Preference will be given to projects that put the technology in the hands of students, will increase students’ use and understanding of technology, and have measurable or observable outcomes.

    Education Minnesota – Second-Year Classroom Grant (Due April 1)
    This application is intended for Classroom Project Grant recipients who wish to expand on their original objectives, and who have the potential to realize additional goals based on the learning and outcomes of their first grant. You may request up to $3,000.

    McCarthey Dressman Academic Enrichment Grants  (Due April 15)
    The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

    McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants (Due April 15)
    The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grants provide funding to individuals or small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

    Garden in a Box (Due Apr. 21)
    The Garden-in-a-Box program provides an opportunity for children and families in need to experience the benefits of gardening: affordable healthy food, outdoor activity; education and community building. It gives childcare providers, community program coordinators and teachers the chance to incorporate hands-on learning experiences into their programs.

    Voya (formerly ING) Unsung Heroes (Due April 30)
    With over $5 million in awarded grants, the Voya Unsung HeroesTM Awards Program has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

    May deadlines

    Ecolab Visions for Learning (Due May 1)
    The online application portal is open. Teachers may apply for up to $3,000 for classroom materials, field trips, artist residencies, etc. Please contact lisa.vandersteur@spps.org
    for help planning and writing your proposal.

    Dollar General Youth Literacy (Due May 18)
    Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.

    Teacher grant deadlines, updates now on Schoology
    Join the new Grants group on Schoology. The access code is GXJHM-69NRS. The group offers links to grant applications, timely reminders of upcoming deadlines, and all the dialogue its members choose to share.  

    Similar to the SPPS Grants Facebook page, which will continue, the Schoology group will also feature late-breaking grant opportunities, fundraising trends, and SPPS grant-winners. Unlike the Facebook group, you can use it at school.

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