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Education Programs and Funding

A wide variety of organizations offer grants to assist you in obtaining the technology you need. Here you will find information about those grants to help you acquire the technology products that you want and need in your school.

U.S. Grant Information

The Connection: Social Media in the Classroom Grant

This year, The Connection is awarding a $1,000 grant to two lucky teachers to go towards upgrading their classrooms. To apply, instructors must submit either an essay or video responding to the question below. The application deadline is 11:59 PM EST on December 3rd, 2018. Two grants will be awarded, K-12 teachers and college professors qualify.

The question:
How are you using social media to enhance the learning experiences of your students?
There is so much opportunity for learning using social media. We can connect with others around the world to communicate and share perspectives more than ever before, and with that comes the added concerns of credibility.
What social media channels have you used to enhance your students’ learning environment? What have you taught your students regarding using social media for sharing information?

Responses must be submitted in the form of:

  • A 3-page, single spaced essay (800-1,000 words) written in English or a 2-3 minute video in English.

Additional information can be found on the grant listing page, here.

Sony Corporation of America Grants

Sony provides charitable grants in support of the arts, culture, technology, and the environment with a particular emphasis on education. There is no application, but grant requests can be submitted at any time. Grant requests must be submitted in writing and include:

  1. A brief, written description of the organization on official letterhead, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose and proof of registered 501(c)(3) non-profit status
  2. History of previous support from Sony
  3. The amount being requested, if applicable
  4. A description of the purpose for which the grant is requested

Additional information can be found on Sony's Giving page.  

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation seeks to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability (including microfinance) and childhood health. Proposals must be based on areas the Foundation works, including the United States, India, and South Africa.

The deadline is ongoing and the number of awards vary. The award is no more than 10 percent of an organization's annual operating expenses or 25 percent of the total budget for the project being funded, and awards have ranged between five hundred to several million dollars.

The foundation provides a very helpful FAQ page which is listed on the application page, here.


DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. This site allows public school teachers from every corner of America to create classroom project requests, which provide the perfect opportunity for donors to give any amount to the project that inspires them.

Partners of the site can also choose to match people's offers on various projects.

Teachers can register their public school classroom here.

Brown Rudnick Community Grants

The Community Grant Program requires individuals to propose a specific, one-time future education-related need or idea. This idea must promise to improve inner-city education in one of the Foundation's U.S. communities. These communities include Boston, Hartford, London, New York City, Providence, or Washington, D.C..

The application period is monthly and grants do not exceed $2,000 per month.

The criteria and application form can be found on this page.

Adopt a Classroom

AdoptAClassroom believes that teachers shouldn't have to spend their own money on school supplies. For that reason, their mission is to help provide necessary classroom materials so that students can succeed.

The registration is ongoing, and teachers can register their classrooms to receive donations here.

Up-to-date information and other grants can be found posted on their blog, too!

SparkFun Community Partner Program

SparkFun invites makers of all ages and skill levels to submit applications for STEM/STEAM-releated prize packages, event and team sponsorships and other types of support.

Support is likely to be given to those who demonstrate a noble cause, a vital need, and an inspiring story. SparkFun primarily seeks individuals and organizations who embrace maker values, including open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning, and world improvement.

Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and are due on the third Thursday of each month. Awards vary.

Find out more here!

Verizon Fios

Do you have a tech-focused lesson plan? Win up to $1,000 for your classroom with Verizon's Technology Teacher Grant!

More details and instructions on how to enter can be found here: https://fios.verizon.com/beacon/technology-teacher-grant

The application deadline is December 9th, 2017.

Frontier Communications

Teachers, you could win a cyber security grant! What could a $1000 prize to upgrade your classroom’s tech mean for your students? In order to apply, teachers must submit either a 300-500 word essay or 1-2 minute video on the following prompt:

The Internet provides students a vast resource for research and learning. Yet, navigating the beneficial and dangerous places online has been an ever-evolving battle. What have you as a teacher and your classes learned when it comes to cyber safety?

More information about this opportunity can be found here: http://internet.frontier.com/cyber-security-grant.html

The application deadline is April 30th, 2017.

Toshiba America Foundation

The mission of the Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Grants are made for programs and activities that improve teaching and learning in K–12 science and mathematics. The foundation focuses its funding on projects designed by teachers for use in their own classrooms.

Toshiba's K-5 grant applications are due on October 1st each year, which offer $1000 to support innovative hands-on-projects.

Toshiba's 6-12 grant applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis. Those for $5,000 or more are due on May 1st and November 1st each year.

Toshiba's Education Grants

Verizon Foundation Grants

The Verizon Foundation supports organizations that address areas of education, literacy, domestic violence prevention or technology for healthcare and healthcare accessibility. Eligible organizations seeking grants from the Verizon Foundation must be prepared to track and report program outcomes and specific results that demonstrate measurable human impact. Applicants must contact their Community Relations Manager to see if they are eligible. After confirmation, the applicant will be invited to complete the grant application.

The Verizon Foundation

The NEA Foundation

The National Education Association’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) offers grants of up to US$5,000. These grants fund classroom innovations and professional development for improved practice in public K–12 schools and higher education institutions. Each year, NFIE awards as many as 250 Innovation grants worth up to US$5,000, along with 75 Leadership & Learning grants ranging from US$1,000 to US$5,000 in value. These grants fund activities for 12 months from the date they are awarded.

Deadlines are February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th.

NEA Foundation Grants

RGK Foundation Grants

The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine or health. The foundation’s primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K–12 education, particularly in math, science, and reading or literacy. Other interests include after-school tutoring and enrichment, integrating technology into the curriculum, teacher development and higher education. The foundation is particularly interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science and technology. The foundation does not consider unsolicited grant proposals. Instead, applicants are required to submit an electronic letter of inquiry on the foundation’s website. Letters of inquiry are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The foundation will respond to letters by e-mail within three weeks to let applicants know if they should submit a formal proposal.

RGK Foundation Grants

Best Buy Community Grants

Best Buy Community Grants donates $2 million per year to support non-profit organizations that provide teenagers with 21st century technology learning opportunities. The average grant amount is $5,000 and does not exceed $10,000. This money is intended to support programs that will engage teenagers in areas such as computer programming, digital imaging, music production, robotics, and game and mobile-application development.

Best Buy Community Grants

America Honda Foundation

America Honda Foundation was established to support education and community growth through the provision of grants. Grants are awarded four times per year and go towards youth education. They are directed towards academic programs with a specific focus on STEM and environmental subjects.

America Honda Foundation


U.S. Funding Programs

Improving Literacy through School Libraries Program

This program helps libraries improve reading achievement by providing increased access to up-to-date school library materials, well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers and professionally certified school library media specialists. Districts may use funds for purchasing school library media resources, acquiring advanced technology that is integrated into the curriculum to develop and enhance information literacy, and providing professional development and activities for school library media specialists that foster increased collaboration among specialists, teachers and administrators.

School Libraries Program

No Child Left Behind: Enhancing Education through Technology

This program provides assistance to states and localities for the implementation and support of a comprehensive system that effectively uses technology in elementary and secondary schools to improve student achievement. The program’s goals include helping all students become technologically literate by the end of eighth grade. The program also seeks to help teachers, principals and administrators integrate technology effectively into their curriculum.

Enhancing Education through Technology

Computers for Learning

This program allows schools and educators to view and select technology equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess. This equipment is then transferred to the school through gift or donation in order to increase technology in the classroom. This program is designed to help meet the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 12999, "Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century".


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