Grants and Awards

Grants and Awards

Kinder Morgan Foundation The Kinder Morgan Foundation grants up to $5,000 in science, math, and music. Their goal is to help today’s science, math, and music students become engineers, educators, and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come. To accomplish this Kinder Morgan funds programs that promote the academic and artistic interest of students in the many cities where Kinder Morgan operates.

American Honda Foundation Grants
The foundation awards grants of up to $75,000 to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for youth education programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the environment. The foundation is seeking programs that meet the following characteristics: scientific, dreamful (imaginative), creative, humanistic, youthful, innovative, and forward thinking. Deadlines to apply for the grants are May 1, August 1, November 1, and February 1.

Digital Wish Grants
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. 

Earthwatch: Educator Fellowships
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. Eligibility: Elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline. Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

e-Cybermission Competition
e-Cybermission is an online math, science, and technology competition for students in grades 6-9. The program challenges students to think about real world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and find a solution. Students compete for state, regional and national awards, with national winners receiving up to $9,000 in EE Savings Bonds.

Frontier Communications
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.  Share what you as a teacher/college professor and your classes have learned when it comes to cyber safety for an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant. In order to apply, teachers should submit either a 300-500 word essay or a 1-2 minute video. Learn more at the link above.

Kids in Need Teacher Grant
Kids In Need Foundation grants are designed to help teachers purchase classroom materials for innovative projects. There are two different programs. One program supports teachers' projects in any subject area, and these projects are judged on creativity and educational merit. Teachers can also select a project from a list of more than 1,200 ideas and apply for funding through the second program. Grants are available from $100 to $500. 

Lemelson-MIT Program Initiative
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors in support of their efforts to invent a technological solution to a problem of their choice.

 Lexus Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge is designed to educate and empower middle and high school students to take improve the environment. Within the topic of Land & Water or Air & Climate, students identify an environmental issue that affects their local community and devise an action plan. Be sure to check out the lesson plans and judging criteria. 

The annual NSTA Awards and Recognition Program recognizes exceptional and innovative science educators. The NSTA Awards and Recognition were created in 1973 to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards recognize outstanding K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Since 1983, more than 4,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.  Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—are invited to nominate exceptional Math or Science teachers teaching. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

Save On Energy® is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability. We teach consumers of all ages about the many aspects of energy in our Learning Center through blog posts, videos and infographics. Plus, our Nico the Ninja guides help teach kids about electrical safety and energy savings. Now it’s your turn to create a lesson plan that can help kids learn about energy. Lesson plans may vary in scope and topic but all lessons must:
Encompass energy and/or sustainability knowledge. Be appropriate for a grade level from kindergarten through eighth grade. Include goals and how you plan to measure students’ understanding. Include a fully detailed description of the lesson plan, handouts, etc., including a list of all materials needed. Use information found on (including Kids Learning Center, blog posts, state pages, etc.). Be created by one teacher without use of existing prepared educational materials outside of those available on Encourage student development through participation opportunities.

Target Field Trip Grants
Would you like to take your students on a field trip next year, but the challenge is funding is holding you back? Consider applying for a Target grant for class field trips. Each year, Target supports teachers across the country, providing small, one-time grants to help fund the out-of-class learning experiences. Interested grant seekers can apply online and view local learning field trips that have been funded.  Grants are available up to $700.

Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants
The foundation seeks to improve the quality of U.S. science and mathematics education by investing in projects designed by classroom teachers. Previously funded projects include materials for the hands-on study of environmental science issues, the implementation of innovative mathematics curricula, and equipment for a teacher-designed astronomy curriculum. Grades 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grant requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants of more than $5,000 are due on August 1 and February 1 each year. Toshiba America Foundation offers grants of up to $1,000 to K-5 teachers.

Walmart Foundation Grants & Walmart Foundation Local Giving Programs
The Walmart Foundation provides grants for K–12 public, private, and charter schools; community or junior colleges; and state and private universities through its Local Giving Program. Grants of between $250 and $2,500 are available, and should be used to benefit areas served by a Walmart, Sam’s Clubs, or a company logistics facility. 

The Walmart Foundation supports charitable organizations through its Local Giving Program. Eligible organizations include K-12 public schools/districts, charter schools, community/junior colleges, and others. Core areas of giving include sustainability and career opportunity.

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