Ask any educator about their #1 problem and you will most likely hear the answer: budget. According to CoSN’s 2019 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report, budget constraints remains the top challenge for IT leaders – and has remained the #1 challenge for the past six years.The #2 challenge? Professional development, which is directly tied to the budget problem.
Some schools may have seen an increase in their budget, but more often than not, teachers, IT leaders, and transportation departments could all use a little more money for their programs. (If you’re looking for grants transportation, check out our blog on 10 bus grants.)
But educators are innovative. In fact 43 percent of respondents to the CoSN survey plan to overcome IT budget issues by finding money with grants.
So what are you waiting for? Check out 10 new grants for the 2019-20 school year to help find funding. And if that’s not enough, download the Kajeet grants report with 123 grants available!
Mission: ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that:
- Increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations
- Motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations
- Develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.
Funding Priority: ITEST proposals should broaden participation of all students, particularly those in underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. ITEST supports three types of projects: (1) Exploring Theory and Design Principles (ETD); (2) Developing and Testing Innovations (DTI); and (3) Scaling, Expanding, and Iterating Innovations (SEI).
Amount: $10 million to $20 million
More Information: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5467
Mission: Devastating budget cuts leave schools without the resources students need to succeed. ClassWish is the only nonprofit that lets people contribute to fund any K-12 school or teacher in the country. We help educators and schools get the supplies they need for their students to excel.
Funding Priority: K-12 educators
More Information: https://classwish.org/teachers
Mission: 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.
Funding Priority: A project/program requires collaboration among at least three different organizations for funding consideration:
- One must be a DiscoverE Steering Committee member and one other from a DiscoverE Diversity Council member. Lists are available here: Steering Committee & Diversity Council.
- Both student and professional chapters/sections are eligible.
More Information: http://www.discovere.org/about-us/outreach-grants/collaboration-grants
Mission: The Kauffman Foundation works in partnership with organizations that share our vision and passion for education, entrepreneurship and the Kansas City community. The Foundation looks for ways to advance programs and to leverage additional funding and resources in these areas. They consider our grants to be investments, and we look for a return on the investments we make.
Funding Priority: The Foundation only funds programs within the United States. Most of the grants are proactive and made to tax-exempt organizations. Active grantees are required to provide regular progress reports on project activities and outcomes. The Foundation funds entrepreneurship programs and activities located across the country, including Kansas City.
Geography: The majority of the education grants go to organizations and efforts focused within Kansas City’s five-county metropolitan area.
More Information: https://www.kauffman.org/grants
Mission: In order to advocate and promote the reuse of computers, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is proud to sponsor the new re-engineered Computers for Learning (CFL) website. The CFL program assists federal agencies to meet the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 12999, “Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century”.
Funding Priority: A school is eligible to receive donations through the Computers for Learning program if it is public, private, or parochial, serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students.
Amount: Donations in the form of computers (Windows based PCs and Apples)
More Information: https://computersforlearning.gov/htm/hp_programDesc.htm
Mission: Pitsco Education appreciates everything educators do to positively affect learners. We also know that funding enriching learning opportunities for students can be difficult. This grant is awarded in the form of a gift certificate that may be used to purchase hands-on STEM products, curriculum, and more here on our website.
Funding Priority: K-12 educators
More Information: https://resources.pitsco.com/pitsco-grant-app
Mission: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning.
Funding Priority: The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.
Amount: Up to $10,000 per year for up to three years ($30,000 total)
More Information: https://mccartheydressman.org/academic-enrichment-grants/
Mission: For situations where educators lack the funds to run a program they know will make a difference for their students, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning unique Innovative Educator Prize (IEP) offers financial support for teachers and schools utilizing digital learning to overcome achievement gaps, drive engagement, and personalize learning for their students.
Funding Priority: IEGP is designed to recognize and reward teachers and counselors who have demonstrated excellence in education in targeted areas in the blended and online setting. We seek to fund programs that support our mission and vision exemplifying how the use of technology is a catalyst for innovation in the classroom.
Amount: Up to $10,000
More Information: https://www.blendedandonlinelearning.org/grant-program
Mission: The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of today’s world still lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion.
Funding Priority: Applications for grants are considered in the following areas: Education, social service, healthcare, civic and cultural, and environmental.
Amount: Varies – typically ranges from $5,000 to $25,000
More Information: https://www.drschollfoundation.com/application-procedures/procedures/
Mission: We support the dedication, imagination and courage of many worthy organizations, particularly those involved in our key grant focus areas of education, health care, the arts and children’s initiatives. The Foundation provides philanthropic support to a number of organizations that share and embody this mission.
Funding Priority: The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Healthcare, education, the arts, and children.
More Information: http://www.reimanfoundation.org/grantapplicationinformation/
Looking for more funding? Keep reading below for previous grants Kajeet has pulled together for this blog!
10 New Grants for 2018-19 Ed Tech Initiatives
Originally Posted on September 4, 2018
Technology is increasingly essential in the realm of education; however, technology comes at a cost, as in a monetary cost. Regardless of cost, tech tools have developed into a necessity because of the benefits which it provides for students, along with the innovation it brings. For example, a Massachusetts school established remote libraries, allowing students to collaborate with each other. It sparks creative discussion and enables the classroom time to flow more productively.
But the problem with this shift, as David Liu points out, is that the gap between underserved areas and the wealthier systems is continually widening. Without proper funding, these less affluent schools cannot adequately provide the technology that their students need to compete on a level playing field.
However, with the help of ed tech grants, these limitations can be overcome.
Because finding grants which fit your specific needs is not an easy feat, we want to give you a solid place to begin. Below you will find a compilation of 10 new grants for 2018 that will jump start you into the world of grant funding!
Mission: Educators of America are driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need, but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible.
Funding Priority: If you are a teacher in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom, but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out this grant application.
More Information: https://www.educatorusa.org/educator-and-technology-grants
Mission: Lockheed Martin is committed to a program of philanthropy that supports the Corporation’s strategic business goals and invests in the quality of life in the communities where our employees work and live.
- Public elementary/secondary school.
- 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.
- Located or operate in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests.
More Information: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/who-we-are/community/philanthropy.html
Mission: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) actively garners grant funding to support projects that address critical unmet needs, supplement existing programs, explore new ideas, and/or implement model programs. Grants also serve as catalysts toward building partnerships between schools and communities that will improve the quality of education and supports academic achievement for all. Grant opportunities for schools fall within one of the following three categories:
- Independent Activities Fund (IAF): Less than $20,000.
- Supported Project or Central Office Grant: Grant does not meet requirements of the IAF grant, and must be managed at the central office level.
- MCPS Educational Foundation Inc. (EFI) Grant: Specific tax status eligibility requirement.
Amount: Less than $20,000
More Information: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/grants/
Mission: The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s).
Funding Priority: Educators frequently need outside funding for classroom resources. NEA members help students learn how to think critically and solve problems. Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or technology.
Geography: Any NEA members in the U.S.
Amount: $2,000 – $5,000
More Information: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/
Mission: The purpose of the Fund is to support nonprofit organizations that can demonstrate that they have planned their projects with respect to the community’s greatest opportunities.
Funding Priority: Priority is given to projects that build on strengths and assets of individuals, organizations, and institutions. The Fund will support nonprofit organizations in the greater communities of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Le Mars, Iowa; Sioux City, Iowa; and Panama City Beach, Florida. Colleges and universities are not eligible.
Geography: FL, IA, LA
More Information: http://www.braf.org/powell-group-fund
Mission: The foundation supports grants for instructional technology for the classroom among a variety of other grants.
Funding Priority: The Foundation puts specific focus in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (which includes the arts) curricula as well as workforce development programs that lead to productive career paths for young adults. The programs could include exposing students in kindergarten through 12th grade to STEM-related experiences and hands-on activities.
Geography: AZ, CA, MA, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, TX, UT, VA, and WV
More Information: https://cfncw.org/strongerschools/
Mission: We know that there are many creative solutions to community problems. Community Innovation Grants focus on finding these new solutions that are inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful. Community innovation should address a community need or opportunity in a more effective, equitable, or sustainable way than existing approaches.
Funding Priority: Applicants should be public, non-profit organizations.
Geography: South Dakota
Amount: $500 – $10,000
Mission: Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, Digital Wish develops new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for our children.
Funding Priority: Teachers who submit a technology-based lesson plan.
More Information: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards
Mission: The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi strives to bring the best educational opportunities to students and adults in northwest Mississippi. Technology in Education grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations for the following purposes: summer technology camps and workshops for teachers; innovative technology workshops for students outside their regular classroom; entrepreneurship support utilizing EverFi; ways to use technology to advance learning; and, early childhood learning through technology.
Funding Priority: The Grants Selection Committee considers many factors including the extent to which each grant request addresses the criteria outlined in the funding guidelines for Technology in Education.
More Information: https://cfnm.org/grants/
Mission: The founders of Turner Industries have taken an interest in steadily investing charitable dollars back into the communities in which the company works. As the company has grown, so have the number of recipients the company has been able to assist.
Funding Priorities: Turner Industries Fund has granted to a wide variety of causes with emphasis on education, health, the arts, and community development. The fund supports nonprofit organizations in the greater communities of Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and New Orleans, Louisiana; Port Arthur, Houston, Corpus Christi, and Paris, Texas; and Decatur, Alabama.
Geography: Alabama, Louisiana, Texas
Amount: $500 – $5,000
More Information: http://www.braf.org/turner-industries-fund
Funding options are out there – ready to bolster your school or district’s ed tech ideas. If you’re looking for additional grants, check out our 123 Grants report.
Originally Posted on May 16, 2017
Education technology grants help schools provide additional learning opportunities for students, while increasing access, equity, and overall engagement. Spending on high-tech devices in schools reached $13 billion worldwide in 2013, according to one report, with the U.S. spending more than $4 billion that year on mobile devices alone. Globally, education technology spending will reach $19 billion by 2019.
Despite these numbers, finding the funds to pay for technology in your school district can be a big roadblock to long-term planning, which is the key to sustaining successful programs and projects. Finding money for those tech tools is not necessarily an easy task.
However, through foundations, federal and state agencies, and even local businesses, funding is available. And it may be an option for your ed tech program. To provide the best access to students, teachers, technology administrators, and districts, it is best to think comprehensively about all available opportunities to access funding. We have gathered 10 new grants for 2017 to help you navigate the grant funding universe!
Mission: The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is committed to improving student performance and increasing access to quality education so that children and adolescents around the globe have improved opportunities for success.
Priority: The Foundation only accepts unsolicited proposals for specific areas within the education, family economic stability, and childhood health sectors in select countries where Dell works, namely the U.S.
Amount: The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has approved grants ranging from $500 to several million dollars. As a guideline, the foundation generally will not fund more than 25 percent of a project’s budget or more than 10 percent of a district’s total annual operating expenses.
More Information: https://www.msdf.org/apply/
Mission: The program strives to close the “digital divide” for disadvantaged children who get left behind because they do not have the means to access computers in today’s increasingly digital society. Its goal is to address the needs of underprivileged/at-risk children ages five to 18 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school hours in a safe environment.
Priority: Organizations with an existing after school program in need of a new or renovated digital learning center serving underprivileged/at-risk youth.
Mission: Supports efforts to provide all children with an education that will allow them to reach their greatest potential and prepare them to participate in a nation and economy that continues as a global leader.
Priority: Fund three types of grants for K-12 public schools: Teacher Development, Service-Learning, and Education Reform/Systemic Improvement.
Amount: Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more.
Mission: Valero Energy Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where the company has major operations.
Priority: The foundation provides funding to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services supporting education, basic human needs, healthcare, and civic projects.
More Information: https://valero.versaic.com/login
Mission: To help ensure a strong, successful education system, we are committed to providing the support needed to develop society’s most valuable natural resource, our youth.
Priority: Funds organizations that focus on education, environment, culture and the arts, civic and community development, and health and human services.
Geography: Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah , Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming
Amount: Most grants are in the $1,000 to $15,000 range. Higher amounts may be awarded when a program is an exceptional fit with corporate business or giving priorities, or when there is significant employee involvement in the effort.
More Information: https://www.dominionenergy.com/community/educational-programs
Mission: Corning Incorporated Foundation grants for local education programs reflect a strong commitment to ensuring an informed citizenry and a skilled workforce.
Priority: Foundation funding tends to target innovative and collaborative projects that enhance the teaching and learning of science and math curricula with the goal of improving student outcomes.
Geography: Glendale, AZ; Palo Alto, CA; Harrodsburg, KY; Kennebunk, ME; Middlesex Valley, MA; Concord, NC; Durham, NC; Hickory, NC; Wilmington, NC; Winston-Salem, NC; Keene, NH; Canton, NY; Corning-Elmira, NY; Fairport, NY; Oneonta, NY; Keller, TX; Blacksburg, VA
Amount: Funding amounts vary
More Information: http://www.corningincfoundation.org/our_focus/education/
Mission: KeyBank Foundation values organizations which embrace inclusion.
Priority: Recipient of grants must submit interim reports on an annual basis and a final report no later than three months after completion of the project and prior to any new funding request.
Geography: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
More Information: https://www.key.com/about/community/community-partners.jsp
Mission: The Meadows Foundation exists to assist people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstance of life for themselves and future generations.
Priority: Within their traditional five categories of giving: arts and culture, education, health, human services, and civic and public affairs, the Foundation gives special emphasis for improving public education.
Amount: Funding amounts vary, based on request
More Information: https://www.mfi.org/Education.html
Mission: It is the policy of The Kerr Foundation to identify and support 501(c)(3) organizations and institutions that provide new or enhanced opportunities for those within the granting areas, particularly the young.
Priority: Funds within the areas of education, health, cultural development, and community service.
Geography: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas
Amount: Up to $100,000
More Information: http://www.thekerrfoundation.org/
Mission: Boeing is committed to helping children and youth achieve their potential through educational enrichment and support programs that promote academic success, independence, and economic sustainability. Boeing focuses on: early learning, educator leadership development, and problem-based learning.
Priority: Grant-making specifics and requirements are customized locally to address the specific needs of their region.
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington D.C.
More Information: http://grantsoffice.com/GrantDetails.aspx?gid=35344
Remember, there are a variety of funding options out there to support your school or district’s ed tech program. These grants are all available to help your 2017 programs. Check out our Grant Writing Tips to help you get started.