So you have an idea and now you are looking for ways to fund it.  Are you a student looking for support for your project or a completion to enter? Or are you a teacher who wants to encourage, educate and inspire your students with additional learning opportunities in your classroom?  Yes? In that case you can apply for grants for education. There are ways for you to fund your projects via grants for education that are available from businesses who can help your ideas thrive.

Also, a fun way to raise the funds for your project ideas is to go the route of crowd funding. To explain – crowd funding are funds gathered from a community of backers.  Scroll below and find a sample of some successfully funded projects to motivate and inspire you.

Or how about entering a competition? You can write software, build a robot, create a game or even solve a community or an environmental problem.  Scroll down below and check out the list of exciting possibilities.

The following list includes grants for education  for schools and teachers to apply for. The list includes grants for education deadlines and requirements.

Grants for Education Teacher Grants

Toshiba Teacher Educational Grants for K-12 Schools

  • Toshiba Grants For Grades K – 5 Toshiba Teacher Grants For Grades K – 5 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. With a Toshiba America Foundation education grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Educational grants applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year.
  • Toshiba Grants For Grades 6 – 12   Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications for funding from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students.  6-12 Teacher Educational grants 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.

American Honda Foundation Grants

The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. They provide technology grants for teachers’ for projects that are imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. The educational grants are available to schools and school districts. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000.

Bright Ideas Educational Grants for Schools 

The Bright Ideas Grant program is designed to provide additional learning opportunities for students and teachers while creating energy and money saving programs for school campuses throughout northern and central California. Application due November 1. Credentialed teachers, professors, instructors, principals, deans, department heads, district administrators and facilities managers may apply for the school to receive a $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000 grant to promote education and environmental stewardship in any of the five following categories:

  • Educational Solar Project
  • Youth Energy and Environmental Programs
  • Renewable Energy or Science Related Field Trips
  • Green Your School Projects and Professional Development/Service Learning Projects/ Workforce Development Programs.

Voya Unsung Heroes Grants

Voya Unsung Heroes Teacher Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Educators submit applications must describe projects they have initiated or would like to pursue.  Each year 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. Each project is judged on its, Innovative method, creativity and ability to positively influence the students. The deadline for educational grants applications is April 30.

Google RISE Awards

Google Education – Google RISE Awards are grants are for organizations across the globe that Promote Computer Science (CS) education and initiatives that reach girls, underrepresented minorities, and students facing socio-economic barriers under age 18. Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000 USD.  Check back in Fall 2015 for more information on applying for the 2017 Google RISE Awards.

LANL Foundation Grants in New Mexico

The Los Alamos National Laboratory and Northern New Mexico communities – LANL Foundation exists to enhance the vitality of the region by investing in education, learning, and community development. Small educational grants of up to $1,500 are competitive and available monthly to support public schools and nonprofits working in education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Nonprofit focus should be on teacher professional development, curriculum enhancement, and support for classroom instruction and student learning. Applications may be submitted monthly, January through November, and are due on or before the 15th of each month.

Lockheed Martin STEM Education Grants

Lockheed Martin STEM Education Grants are awarded to projects that align with one or more of Lockheed Martin’s strategic focus areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and military and veteran causes, or provide support to address the needs of the communities where our employees live and work.

Projects must be located or operate in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Applications are accepted year-round. Evaluations are typically performed quarterly. Some grant applications may not be able to be considered until the next year’s budget cycle, particularly those received in the second half of the year.


FirstEnergy technology grants for teachers support classroom projects and professional development initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Educators at schools and youth groups in communities served by FirstEnergy may apply for the $500 grants.

Get Creative With A Software Grant From Adobe

Deadline: Rolling

Educators at Title 1 schools are encouraged to apply for software and teacher development grants from Adobe ConnectEd software grant. The program is designed to increase access to Adobe creative tools through the White House’s ConnectED initiative. In addition to software, educators also receive access to on-demand professional development, including webinars, workshops and collaborative courses to learn more about utilizing Adobe creative programs in the classroom.
Prize: Schools receive access to a variety of Adobe tools, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements. Educators also receive access to online PD courses.

Classroom Newspaper Subscription Grants from USA Today

Deadline: Rolling

On a rolling basis, the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation awards teachers digital and print subscriptions to USA TODAY. Currently, the foundation is awarding digital subscriptions to teachers on a first-come, first-served basis; print subscriptions are unavailable at the moment. Teachers must submit a short online application to be considered.
Prize: Classroom subscriptions to the e-edition of USA TODAY.


Awards & Competitions in Education


Maker Space Crowd Funding

Maker Playhouse Maker Playhouse crowd sourcing via

Gora Makerspace – successfully funded 2016 Gora Makerspace via

Maker Village Rome – successfully funded in 2016 via

Croatia Makers 479% of funding raised via




Vernier/NSTA technology  awards seven $5000 awards innovative use of data collection using a computer, tablet or other handheld.  One of the prizes is awarded to Elementary and College Level, two for Middle School and three prizes to High school level.

The award is to consist of $1000 for the teacher, $3000 worth of Vernier Products and $1500 toward expenses to attend the annual NSTA convention.

Deadline for 2018 is December 2017.


The Cleantech Competition 2017 asks students to use their design-thinking skills to address this important question. You or your team will identify a specific problem, explain and analyze in detail, and design a solution that can mitigate the negative impacts set forth by the challenge

Identify a specific problem associated with buildings or homes, the materials they’re built with or other problems associated efficiency, damage mitigation or a topic of your choosing. Explain the specific impacts on environmental conditions, human health and/or economic impacts.

Research and describe the scale of the problem and the affected populations.

Analyze the foundations and causes of the specific issue you chose. Investigate, understand in detail, and explain.

Design a solution that uses clean technology to address your identified problem, and explain how it would help mitigate the negative impacts of your stated problem.

Teams of 1-3 students are eligible to register who are between 15 and 18 years old when the competition ends on July 14th, 2017.


James Bryant Conant Awards

James Bryant Conant Awards – is a $5,000 award given to outstanding and inspiring teachers of high school chemistry.

The deadline is November 1


The Verizon App Challenge 

is a nationwide contest that invites teams of middle and high school students to address a community issue via an idea for a mobile app.  Students learn to work as a team, solving an important issue using the STEM model and coding.

There are two awards.  One is for Best in State, which is a prize of $5000 and the other is for Best in Nation where $15,000 is awarded to the most creative idea.

Farmers Insurance

Famers Insurance – Thank America’s Teacher’s

This grant is awarded to 180 teachers who received a thank you note via Thank America’s Teachers.

Deadline for applications – February 27, 2017

The Braitmayer Foundation

The Braitmayer Foundation awards grants of up to $35,000 to schools who demonstrate innovative practices in K-12 education.

Deadline for applications is March 15.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency

The United States Environmental Protection Agency hosts the Presidential Innovation award for outstanding environmental educators, from kindergarten to Grade 12.

Applications due March 1, 2017


ExploraVision science competition Challenges K-12 students to collaborate and research current science and technology to look ahead 20 years and foretell new technology that will exist in real world problem solving.

The deadline for 2018 is February, 2018


Lego Life Lego is calling for students to help launch Lego Life and build a logo from Lego.

Top prize is $400 lego voucher and to work with the LEGO Life team to design their own contest for younger builders on the LEGO Life app.

The deadline is March 1, 2017

Society For Science

Society For Science   Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Society for Science & the Public on January 24 recognized 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Finalists were selected based on the scientific rigor and world-changing potential of their research projects.

The application for 2017 will open in May, 2017


The Siemens Competion for Math, Science & Technology   High school students undertake research projects that improve their understanding of the value of scientific study.  Scholarships from from $1000 – $100,000.

Check their website for 2017 details.

Games For Change

The Stem Challenge in association with Games For Change, and organization whose aim is to make social impact through digital games, are running a challenge for 2017. They are asking Middle and High School students to create a game that addresses social change. Either environmental or community focused.

The deadline for the Games For Change student challenge is April 1, 2017

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Stockholm Junior Water Prize Open to over 30 countries.  The contest is open for projects that improve water quality and management and treatment. Along with the education of water.

Contact the regional advisor via the website.

Engineer Girl  To develop thinking and engineering skills in Elementary, Middle and High School girls.  Engineer girl asked the entrants of the 2017 competition to write an essay to positively impact vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered animals through innovative engineering.

Check back here for an update for their 2018 completion.


VEX Robotics Competition

A point scoring game played in the classroom to develop programming skills in a virtual robot world simulation.

Competition ends May 2017


Microsoft 2017 Imagine Cup is calling young developers to showcase their software solution via social platforms such as photo apps, games, gadgets, and robotics.  Twitter & Facebook began as student projects. What will your team create?

The winner could have their winning project on devices all over the world. The prizes is a massive $100,000

Competition ends July 2017


Many of these grants for education listings are from Edutopia.

Other educational grants

Wish List Type

Adopt a Classroom   K-12 teachers spend $600 a year of their own money on classroom supplies. helps offset these costs by funding the classroom materials that students need to learn and succeed. They have raised over $30 million to help!

Donors Choose crowd funding for teachers projects.  

Classwish  Devastating budget cuts leave schools without the resources students need to succeed. ClassWish is the only nonprofit that lets people contribute to funding any K-12 school or teacher in the country.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation  The mission of our grant program is to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching and incorporate basic ecological principles and problem-solving.  application letters to be received by Sept 15.

The Edward E.Ford Foundation  Grants for independent secondary education only. Independent secondary schools must hold membership in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to be eligible for consideration.  Deadline for  applications Sept 15

The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology in 1999. The Competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000.

Deadline for applications Sept 19

NEA Foundation  Helping Educators who frequently need outside funding for classroom resources. Via the Student Achievement grants, NEA members are helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems.

Raytheon invests in programs to help cultivate the knowledge and valuable science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that can create sustainable careers for future innovators.

Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Grades 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grades 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or more are accepted and reviewed twice a year – May 1st and November 1st

Tech Ed Foundation Annual Madison Berbee Derby funds technology education grants for the greater Madison area, under 10k, deadline is July 31st

Math Specific Grants

NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Have a whole host of grants and scholarships.  Grants include that for teachers who support them in service programs, to scholarships and grants for action research. November deadline.

General Grants

Meemic Insurance offers grants year-round for teachers and educators.

 Walmart Community Grant Program   has a community grant program that they offer to K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university.  Deadline December 31st 

Lowe’s Toolbox For Education will donate up to $5 million to K-12 public/charter schools and to parent-teacher groups – at as many as 1,000 different public schools per school year. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. 

DiscoverE Collaboration Grant The goals of this grant program are to facilitate collaboration within the engineering community and to engage youth (particularly underserved K-12 students) with hands-on learning experiences and events that inspire an interest and understanding of engineering. Five $1000 grants are available

A compendium of grants available put together by America In Bloom