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***The Marion Education Association does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the following links to scholarships and/or funding opportunities. We encourage members to visit the websites of our national affiliates for more information.


Grants, Funding and Scholarships



FEA Trust Scholarship

Provides a scholarship opportunity to graduating public high school seniors whose parent’s orguardian’s are FEA members. Applicants must be going into education or related fields. FEA will grant a $2,000 scholarship to each of three winners. Plus FEA/Retired will grant a $1,000 scholarship to the first runner up. The winners may use these funds for the purchase of books or payment of tuition and fees at a college, university, or vo-tech school of his or her choice.   

FEA ESP Scholarship

Provides incentive and financial support in the form of scholarships to ESP members who are pursuing additional academic training needed to obtain necessary skills and/or credentials required for promotion or advancement in the field of public education. Any ESP member who has been a member in good standing in an FEA affiliated local for at least three years shall be eligible to apply. Each scholarship is worth $1,000.


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Earthwatch: Educator Fellowship: sponsored by The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects around the world.
Maximum award: Fully funded fellowship. Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grant provides matching funding requests of up to $200 for in-school bluegrass music programs. While the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) appreciates all forms of music related to bluegrass, including mountain music, old-time, early country, Cajun, blues, and a host of other styles which influenced the development of bluegrass music, they give priority to funding presentations with a central focus on bluegrass music. Live ensemble demonstrations are encouraged, along with a brief overview of the history and pioneers of bluegrass music, the instruments used, their role in a band, the vocal harmony structure used in bluegrass music, and bluegrass music today. Deadline: Rolling

Teaching with Primary Sources Program: The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program is to build a consortium that fosters collaborations between the Library and the educational community to increase instructional use of Library of Congress digitized primary sources within K-12 classrooms. The program contributes to the quality of education by deepening content understanding and improving student literacy in our nation’s schools. Award: Up to $15,000 for teacher development programs in East Coast states that integrate primary sources in K-12 education.  Deadline: Rolling - Waynesburg University, Teaching with Primary Sources Program

GE Foundation Educational Grants are given on a national basis to support organizations involved with education, youth development, minorities, and economically disadvantaged people. Deadline: None

Best Buy Technology Inspired Le@ding Store Donation Grants are given to schools, libraries, and after-school clubs. Donations are made in the form of product or Best Buy Gift Cards. Local store employees decide how to support their community for After-School, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies, Technology. Amount: $500 - $2,000. Telephone: 612-291-6108. Proposal Deadline: None.

Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom web site can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive $500 worth of credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology. Program Areas: General Education, Science/Environment, Social Studies. Proposal Deadline: None. Average Amount: $500.00, Telephone: 877-444-7666,

The Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products. Maximum Award: Varies. Deadline: N/A.

In2Books, the curriculum-based e-mentoring program from ePals, Inc., will be offered for free to some Title I schools. Students participating in In2Books select and read age-appropriate, high-quality books from a list compiled by a team of children's literature experts. The students are matched with carefully screened adult pen pals who read the same books as the students. After reading each book, students and their pen pals exchange thoughts about the important issues in the book via online letters. Teachers reinforce these activities in the classroom with related lessons and discussion. Maximum Award: The online program, books and professional development (valued at more than $500).
Eligibility: All 3rd-5th grade classrooms in Title I schools from any one district.

Pennies for the Planet helps young people get involved with conservation by taking part in local conservation action projects, and by collecting, saving, and sending in pennies for national and worldwide conservation projects. In this year's Pennies for the Planet campaign, students and their families can learn about three conservation projects around the U.S. that need help. Each Pennies project represents a conservation effort that will leave a legacy for future generations. Maximum Award: National Audubon Society staff will visit prize-winning school to create a program about wildlife and wild places. Deadline: N/A

The Fund for Teachers makes direct grants to teachers for summer learning opportunities of their own design. Teachers K-12 with a minimum of three years teaching experience; teachers must be full-time and spend at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom when grants are approved and made. Deadline: Varies by state.

School Funding Center Grant Database is updated daily and currently contains more than 110,000 grant opportunities worth more than $6.5 billion.

Starbucks Social Entrpreneurs Grants supports young social entrepreneurs around the world. The Starbucks Foundation program helps young social entrepreneurs improve communities around the world through new ideas, volunteerism and civic action. The Starbucks Foundation reviews the submissions on a quarterly basis; there are no deadlines for the submission of organization’s profiles.  

The Northrop Grumman Foundation contributes to organizations defined as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service. The purpose is to provide assistance to national-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs spanning pre-college through collegiate levels. Maximum Award: Varies Deadline: N/A Grant requests are accepted throughout the year, but are reviewed late in the calendar year for funding the following year. Organizations may only submit a request for financial assistance one time in a calendar year.

Driver's Edge empowers young drivers through a combination of classroom discussions and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction to erase the "Fast and the Furious" and video-game mentality that many of today's young drivers have and that has skyrocketed automobile fatalities. The program is free. Deadline: See tour schedule for relevant dates.

The Qwest Foundation awards grants generate high impact and measurable results through community-based programs in the area of pre-K through 12 education. We encourage you to learn more about the Foundation and request funding for your program. Program Areas:
Adult Literacy, After-School, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Reading, Safe/Drug Free Schools, Science/Environment, Social Studies, Special Education. Award: $10,000.00 - $500,000.00. No Deadline. Qwest Foundation, 1801 California Street, 50th Floor, Denver, CO 80202

American Legacy Foundation Grants: Changing social behaviors takes sustained widespread effort. Creating tobacco-free generations will come from national and grassroots programs working together over time. The Foundation has made more than $150 million in grants and commitments since 2000. We are committed to supporting community-based efforts and identifying new and better tobacco control programs. Grant categories include National Calls for Proposals, Small Innovative Grants, and Research Demonstration Projects. Award: $5,000.00 - $100,000.00.. No Deadline.

Computers for Learning: This is not a monetary grant, but instead for computers for your school. In order to encourage and promote the reuse of computers, GSA is proud to sponsor the new re-engineered Computers for Learning (CFL) website. The CFL program evolved as a guide for implementing Executive Order 12999, Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for all Children in the Next Century. The Executive Order encourages agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to transfer computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs directly to schools and some educational nonprofit organizations. The CFL program specifically matches the computer needs of schools and educational nonprofit organizations with excess equipment in Federal agencies. No Deadline

The FedEx Social Responsibility Department is giving financial contributions, in-kind shipping services, and the coordination of volunteer services to non-profit organizations that request: 5% or less of a total project budget, contingency grants, or seed money where other sources will contribute matching amounts. Organizations must show evidence of competent management, low administrative and fundraising expense ratios, and a nondiscriminatory program that benefits broad segments of the community. FedEx's funding focus includes programs that address pedestrian and child safety and organizations that enhance education in technology, global economics and trade, and cultural diversity.

Training Scholarships for Teachers: the (PMIEF) Project Management Training Scholarship is a powerful opportunity to place nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, teachers, and educational administrators side-by-side with project management practitioners and specialists. Through strategic partnerships with industry-leading project management training specialists, PMIEF is offering complimentary training scholarships to give educators and nonprofits background in the field and training designed to inspire a growth in project-based learning curricula in the classroom and an improvement in effectiveness and efficiency in operations for nonprofits.

Forum and Referral Contests: Every month, AVerMedia will raffle off a new AVerVision document camera to an AVerMedia forum poster. The more blog posts an individual submits within any given month, the better their chances of winning. To further increase one's chances, participants may also refer a friend or fellow educator to the AVerMedia Teacher Forum

Toys for Tots Literacy Program run by The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, along with The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc., offers the Toys for Tots Literacy Program to give the nation's least fortunate children direct access to books and other resources. Organizations interested in receiving books must be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits, public schools, public libraries, or government funded social service agencies. Applicants should provide educational and emotional support to economically-disadvantaged children who live at or near the poverty level.

Grants for Children and Families: Blockbuster will incorporate cash contributions with volunteerism and in-kind donations to assist nonprofits that: propose projects with a film or video industry focus, impact children or families, support a particular Blockbuster business objective, and have clearly defined and measurable goals. Requests are reviewed monthly.

Singing for Change (SFC) awards grants to programs concerned with the health, education, and protection of children and their families. Projects that foster self-esteem, self-sufficiency, nonviolence, and creative problem solving are most likely to be considered. Grants range from $500 - $10,000 and are made on an annual basis. Grants are made only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are progressive, community-based, and address the root causes of social and environmental problems.

Grants for Pre-College STEM Programs: The Northrop Grumman Foundation provides support for education opportunities to the nation’s youth. The foundation is committed to supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs that span pre-college through collegiate levels. It contributes various amounts to organizations defined as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service.

Make It Matter: The Reader's Digest Foundation invites applicants to describe how they or someone they know is giving back to their community. Editors may select certain stories to appear in The Reader's Digest's "Make It Matter" column or on Reader's Digest will promote applicants' causes to their community of readers and award a $1,500 grant to a tax exempt organization in their name.

Education Grant:: The Payless ShoeSource Foundation gives up to $5,000 to non-profit organizations that propose projects involving the arts, kids education, and health and human services. From January through June of each year, the Foundation will review requests from elementary schools and charitable organizations. Selections will be made in July and the schools and organizations selected will be notified in August or September. Grant requests of more than $5,000 will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Urban Poverty Grants: The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) gives grants of varying amounts to charitable or tax-exempt organizations. MSDF seeks to fund projects that directly serve or impact children in five essential focus areas: education, health, safety, youth development, and early childhood care. The Foundation will review submitted online grant proposals and respond via e-mail within six weeks. If they find the proposed project to be aligned with their mission, the applicant will be asked to complete a formal grant application for funding.

The Teach@15 Award program helps schools that serve grades 7-12 meet their technology needs. Teens (ages 13-18) who are registered members on can nominate their schools to win a Teach@15 Award. Starting September 15, teen members can vote once a day for 15 days for one nomination. Every 15 days, Best Buy will award 3 schools with Best Buy gift cards based on member votes. The first place school will win $1,500, second place $1,000, and third place $500.

Digital Wish is now offering a program that matches teachers with donors. To find a donor, teachers must build a wish list of Digital Wish classroom technology products. Teachers may then tell their stories and share their lesson plan ideas. Prospective donors can review a classroom profile and donate funding or purchase a wish list item for a school. After each technology purchase, Digital Wish will automatically donate an additional 2-10% in immediate cash-back funding to the recipient school to fund their next technology project.

Classroom Learning 2.0: Created by CTAP Region 1 and the California School Library Association (CSLA), Classroom Learning 2.0 is a professional online development tutorial designed for K-12 teachers and librarians. Users will learn about online social networking, wikis, video, podcasting, and gaming sites. The tutorial includes 23 "Things" to complete, each of which will explore a new web tool and help users develop creative ways to use 2.0 tools in the classroom.

The First Amendment Schools (FAS) Network is accepting applications for its Affiliate program, which is the entryway into the work of becoming a First Amendment School. There is no fee to join the FAS Network. Affiliates commit to the guiding principles of the FAS Project, receive materials and resources on democratic freedom and whole school reform, and are eligible for small ($500-$1,000) grants to support best practices for implementing First Amendment School principles. Affiliate School applications may be submitted by the principal and two additional members of the school community.

Help Save Play: KaBOOM! plans to bring together parents, community leaders, and corporate partners to facilitate the planning and design of new community playspaces. Their goal is to build a new playspace and use the project to strengthen existing support networks and build new community relationships. Ideal community partner candidates will be able to raise up to $10,000 towards the cost of equipment, serve children from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds, agree to insure and maintain the playground for the lifetime of the playspace, recruit 15 parent, community, and staff volunteers to participate in planning committees, and recruit 50-100 parents and community volunteers to help build the playspace in one day. Selected community partners will be awarded a project that will substantially, but not completely, cover the costs of building a new playspace, receive two months of step-by-step guidance from a KaBOOM! project manager on planning and building a playspace, and build a playground with the help of 200 volunteers, all in one day.

Recycling Grant: The Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling Grant Program provides support to help increase the consumer electronics recycling opportunities available in communities across the country. Grants, ranging from $500 to $1,500, can be taken in cash, Best Buy Gift Cards, or a combination of both. These grants are designed to defray costs for events already planned and allow groups to do more with their budgets. All organizations and groups are eligible to apply, including non-profit organizations, cities, counties, and public-private partnerships, with priority given to non-profit organizations.

The Wal-Mart Foundation’s National Giving Program awards $250,000 and above to non-profit organizations implementing programs at multiple sites across the country. The foundation supports programs and initiatives that address the educational needs of under-served young people ages 12-25. Examples include programs focused on high school success, access and retention of first-generation college students, and adolescent literacy. Organizations eligible to seek funding from the Wal-Mart Foundation must operate on a national scope through the existence of chapters or affiliates in a large number of states or possess a local focus, but seek funding to replicate program activities nationally.

Walmart Store and Sam's Club Giving Program Guidelines: The Wal-Mart Foundation will give $1,000-5,000 to programs and initiatives that address the educational needs of under-served young people ages 12-25. Examples include programs focused on high school success, access and retention of first-generation college students, and adolescent literacy. The foundation has a particular interest in supporting veterans and military families, traditionally under-served groups, individuals with disabilities, and people impacted by natural disasters.

Box Tops Really Count: Sponsored by General Mills, Box Tops for Education enables K-8 schools to earn up to $60,000 every year by clipping 10¢ Box Tops coupons from hundreds of products such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Juicy Juice, Ziploc, Kleenex, Hefty, and more. At the Box Tops Marketplace, individuals can shop at over 70 online stores like Oriental Trading Co., JCPenney, and Lands' End, and a percentage of these purchases will go back to their schools. Teachers can begin their shopping at the Box Tops Reading Room to earn up to 6% on purchases made at Barnes & Noble. In addition, they can check out the Bonus Box Tops section for sweepstakes, contests, and other bonus opportunities each month.



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