Alternate Funding Opportunities and Sources

The Funding Priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs.

  • • The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.
  • • Proposals must be submitted online. No paper or faxed applications will be accepted.
  • New Organizations application deadlines February 1 and May 1 each year. Returning organizations application deadline May 1 each year.

To determine if your program/project meets the qualifications for consideration, take the Eligibility Quiz and begin the online application process.

An NEA member must take the lead in the grant process. Funding of $2,000 or $5,000 available. Teachers, counselors, and educational assistants may apply. Building administrators and district administrators and staff are not elgible.

Funding will provide for Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research; and for Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

Provides classrooms with funding for field trips to visit historical sites and museums associated with the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Funding ranges from $250.00 – $1,500 and may be utilized for transportation, meals, admission, and guide fees. Is available on-going throughout the school year.

 The Home Depot Foundation requests applications for the Community Impact Grants program. The program seeks to provide grants and volunteer opportunities to support the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications, and/or weatherization of existing homes, centers, schools, and other similar facilities.

Deadline: Dec. 31
Funds: Grans up to $5,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations.

Krystal has turned its focus toward K-12 schools and teachers, the very heart of our educational system. Throughout the year, Squaring is Caring grants will provide K-12 schools and organizations with funds that will allow them to make further investments in STEAM education in their classrooms. These grants will be distributed by The Krystal Foundation throughout the school year, and directed towards providing better educational and enrichment opportunities and programs to all students.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, simply follow the link . Teachers, principals, school faculty, PTO/PTA groups and other K-12 School-affiliated organizations are all eligible to apply.

Window for grant applications open September 1 and close October 1.

Active Learning Center Grant from Steelcase Education.  A $65,000 dollar grant for building an innovative classroom. An annual grant that runs in January of each year.

The Robert Schumann Foundation Grant. Provides grants that improve the quality of life for both humans and animals through environmental or educational programs. Applications are due June of each year. 


The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible music programs. These items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected from manufacturers and retailers. There is No Application Deadline. For more information click here

Provide grants for projects which align with one or more of Lockheed Martin’s strategic focus areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and military veteran causes, or provide support to address the needs of the communities where there employees live and work. Lockheed Martin has a presence in the CMCSS area. On-line grant applications are on going. For more information click here

Although Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Career Opportunities, they will also support programs which are geared toward strengthening the local communicates, for example support of local school-based initiatives. Funding levels range from $250 to $2,500. For more information click here


Student led projects which take action against climate change such as building a recycling or composting program, creating a clean energy initiative, even developing a plan to encourage local officials to support clean energy. Grants up to $5,000 available. This project also provides for opportunities for a free POW athlete assembly. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Applications for this grant close each year in Dec/Jan. For more information click here.

Organizations seeking support from the Foundation may submit a letter of request for $1,000 to $20,000, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is sought.
In addition to the letter, the request should include a 200-word synopsis of the the proposal. The request should also include an itemized budget for the program or project, along with the total operating budget for the organization.

Paper application are generally due each year in May to the foundation. For more information, click here

An award of up to $500 is awarded to public schools and libraries to implement a proposed program. Mini-Grant programs are creative and innovative…they take place inside the classroom or out in the community…they bridge disciplines and grade levels from preschool to 12th.

On-line grant applications are generally due in March of each year. For more information, click here
Fund for Teachers (FFT) provides educators possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants are used for an unlimited variety of projects; all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students, and their school communities. We believe that supporting teachers’ active participation in their won professional growth positively impacts student learning and achievement. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000.

On-line grant applications are generally due each year in January. For more information, click here

K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.

On-line applications are generally due in October each year. For more information, click here

Grant requests for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or more are accepted and reviewed twice a year – August 1st and February 1st each year.

On-line grant applications are generally due in October each year. For more information, click here.
Applications for this grant close each school year in early December.

The Education Foundation awards grants of up to $1,000 each year to teachers in the CMCSS district who need resources to bring an idea to fruition for the benefit of increasing student achievement. Great Idea Grants are open to all CMCSS teachers and CMCSS school administrators.  

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