Find Funding for your Science Initiatives with Tips from Frey!
It's no secret that education funding is tight all across the country. At Frey, we want to do everything in our power to assist you to be able to buy all the products you need to run a successful science program!
There are multiple opportunities listed below. Many of these opportunities focus on STEM.
While we are not experts on grant writing, here are some general suggestions that might help you win enough money to fund your lab supplies and new resources:
- Be sure to note and meet deadlines.
- Divide and conquer– perhaps look at several opportunities at one time. But assign several staff members different applications, so you have more chances of winning a grant.
- Be sure to follow all the instructions. This is a known reason why grants are not funded in many cases.
- If you have questions while filling out the application– be sure to contact the organization.
If you find other grant sources, be sure to let us know so we can add them to this list.
- Grants.gov is the federal government's master system for listing and tracking grants. It includes all 50 states as well as federally funded programs.
- The Foundation Centers is a site for stimulus funds that shows the different options by state associated with the ARRA.
You can also keep track of the latest announcements and RFPs for private grants at the Philanthropy New Digest.
DonorsChoose.org and AdoptAClassroom.org exist to connect teachers with smaller donors. Both sites let schools and individual teachers sign up and post a project or request. The sites then collect donations on your behalf and facilitate the process of getting materials.
- The National Science Foundation
National STEM Education Distributed Learning --Aims to establish a national network of learning environments and resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels.
- AFCEA Education Foundation
$5,000 scholarships are available for teachers of STEM subjects in middle and high School. A $1,000 per year grant for 3 years for STEM related supplies and activities. Also, $1,000 Grants are provided to AFCEA Chapters for the purpose of selecting K-12 STEM teachers (or international equivalents) to purchase items that would augment STEM activities in classrooms such as lab supplies, hardware, software, SMART boards, projectors or other equipment.
- IEEE Foundation
The IEEE Foundation has founded robotics competitions and projects. Grant application and submission deadlines (which occur throughout the year) can be found here.
- Motorola Innovation Generation Grants
The Motorola Foundation awards millions of dollars in grant funding to science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM) that help spark an interest in science and science-related professions. Grants range from $25,000 to $50,000 are awarded.
- Toshiba America Foundation
Do you teach K-12 science or math? Do you have a wish list of instructional equipment that will make learning more exciting for your students? Toshiba America Foundation would like to hear from you!
- WK Kellogg Foundation
The Kellogg Foundation supports a wide array of educational initiatives and grant applications are accepted throughout the year.
State Specific Programs
- The Verizon Foundation
In 2010, The Verizon Foundation awarded a $10,000 "Thinkfinity Grant" to the Robotics Club at Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts. Helpful hints and suggestions and how to apply can be found here.
Grants limited to Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Intel grants support K-12 or higher education programs that advance science, math or technology education.
- Dominion Educational Grants
Dominion has contributed towards robotics programs in Virginia and Connecticut and accepts grant proposals from throughout the United States on a year-round basis.
- Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The majority of education grants are awarded to programs in the Kansas City area that focus on providing high-quality educational opportunities to urban students and focus on STEM topics.
- The Humana Foundation
Grants limited to: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.