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It begins with an idea! 

over 2 years ago

What would you like to see funded at your school, in the district, or in the community?
This site is an evolving resource of grant opportunities, so check back periodically for updates.
  • Include your principal in the grant-writing conversation.
  • Collaborate whenever possible.  Work with your colleagues to refine your proposal.
  • Larger grants will likely need information, assistance, and/or approval from district-level staff.
  • Start sooner, rather than later.  Don't let a last-minute request for signature or information prevent you from meeting a grant deadline!
For additional information or to share other grant opportunities contact:
Vickie Hines, GCPS Finance Coordinator
919-693-4613 (IP# 101226)

The Arts

over 2 years ago

  • Target - varied deadlines

    "Throughout the year, our stores provide education grants to local K-12 schools to support educational field trips, early childhood reading programs and participation in the arts."
  • Arts in Education Grants (NC Arts Council) - March 3

    "The Arts in Education (AIE) program provides support to schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the use of the arts in pre K–12 settings. We give priority to funding fees for professional artists to work in educational settings and collaborations between arts organizations and schools. Arts in Education grants are not intended to substitute for a school’s arts education program."

Health & Wellness

over 2 years ago

  • CVS - November 15

    "Through the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program we provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that are providing much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including those in public schools; and programs that are helping all kids on their path to better health – with a focus on the critical years of development from birth to age five."
  • Walmart Local Giving program - December 1

    "Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving. To ensure that your application has the best chance of being funded, the proposed use of the grant should fit within these areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity."  Awards range from $250 to $2500.

Outdoors & Enviornment

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  • Captain Planet Foundation - September 30 & January 31

    "Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:
    -- Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
    -- Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
    -- Have real environmental outcomes;
    -- Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities."
  • Subaru Healthy Sprouts - November 15

    "The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on the teaching of environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the U.S. Through winning programs, youth will learn the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and gain an understanding of how their actions can positively impact the well being of their community.

    To be eligible, your school or organization must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. This year, awards will be presented to 50 schools or youth programs. Of those, 47 will receive award packages and funding valued at more than $500. Three exceptional garden programs will receive the grand prize, a $1,500 award package and funding."
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education - February 14

    "There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored."


over 2 years ago

  • Lego Children's Fund - quarterly

    "The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization.

    Areas of support:

    • Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity
    • Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities"
  • RGK Foundation - ongoing

    The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.
  • American Honda Foundation - quarterly

    Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
  • Farrell Family Foundation

    "EDUCATION, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON TECHNOLOGY - Gifts will be made to tertiary institutions, as well as secondary schools oriented toward technology. Ideally these schools will serve underprivileged children who have the capability but not the resources to reach their full potential."
  • Google RISE awards

    "Google RISE Awards are designed to support organizations that promote access to Computer Science education and give students aged 7-18 the opportunity to become creators - and not just consumers - of tomorrow’s technological innovations. We award funding to, and partner with, organizations running programs that inspire, engage, and retain students on a long-term path in the field of computing."
  • Toshiba (6-12) - August 1 for over $5000; ongoing for under $5000

    Toshiba America Foundation contributes to science & math education by investing in teacher designed projects for 6-12 students.  Grade 6-12 grant requests of more than $5,000 are due August 1. All other grade 6-12 requests are evaluated on a rolling basis.
  • Toshiba (K-5) - October 1

    Toshiba America Foundation offers grants up to $1,000 to K-5 teachers. 
  • Student Achievement Grants (NEA) - Feb 1 / June 1 / Oct 15

    "The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection."
  • N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant (Westinghouse) - November 15

    "Schools and teachers who want their students to learn more about STEM through a hands-on project should apply for this grant. The grant money will be used to fund the project based on the guidelines below under the projects considered for funding.

    Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete their project by the end of the school year. Another $2,000 will be granted to each of these school’s science department for its needs. Therefore, total grant amount a school will receive is $3,000."
  • PRISM award - December 5

    "The PRISM award program provides grants up to $3,000 to cover the cost of equipment, materials, and supplies to implement hands-on, minds-on science and mathematics curriculum in the classroom. Recognizing the need for materials training, additional funding up to $1,500 may be requested for professional development related to the implementation of new equipment or use of materials in the classroom."
  • Shell Science Lab Challenge (NSTA) - December 20

    "Are you succeeding in science lab instruction with minimal equipment? The Shell Science Lab Challenge gives you an opportunity to share your exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000!"
  • Christopher Columbus Awards - February 3

    "The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for middle school students. The program challenges the students to work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem.

    Eight finalist teams and their coaches will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World® to attend National Championship Week and compete for valuable scholarships and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine their idea."
  • Pre-College Grant program (American Psychological Foundation) - May 1

    "More than 200,000 students are currently enrolled in high school psychology. APF wants to support high quality education in psychology and to nurture the next generation of psychologists, with up to $20,000 for projects that support the goals of the program:
    • Reinforce the discipline of psychology as a science in secondary school curricula.
    • Expand the profile of psychology as a science to attract talented high school students to pursue the discipline.
    • Convey to high school students that psychological science is a tool to improve society.
    • Teach students about career options that apply psychology outside of an academic setting (e.g. NASA, organizational development).
    • Proposals for programs must focus on supporting the education of talented high school students."   


over 2 years ago

General - Non-Specific

over 2 years ago

  • Donors Choose - ongoing

    " is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you."
  • AJ Fletcher Foundation - ongoing

    "We’re always looking for innovative projects that recognize and solve community and civic needs. As such, we’d love to hear from you if you’ve got a great idea and need support! AJF awards both one-time and renewable grants, dependent on the organization and the project.

    To get started, all you have to do is submit a one-page letter of inquiry(LOI). In it, you’ll describe your project and the level of funding you’re seeking. We accept letters throughout the year and do not have specific deadlines."
  • Wells Fargo Corporate Giving - August 31

    "Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

    We support organizations that promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students by:
    • Eliminating the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based or school-sponsored programs
    • Facilitating merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
    • Advancing teaching through recruitment, professional development, support, and retention of teachers"

Tips & Resources

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