This resource is designed to help teachers identify available funding opportunities for their classrooms.
This guide identifies local, state and national organizations that offer grants or collect donations that will help you achieve your teaching goals.
Each month, new and different funding opportunities are also listed in COCA's Arts in Education Newsletter.
Like a gift registry, teachers create "wish lists" of needed technology products and describe how each item will be utilized. Teachers are then encouraged to send the wish list to the local community, parents and friends and ask them to get involved. Visiting donors can elect to buy items from the teacher's wish list, or donate money directly to a classroom so that wish list items can be purchased. All donations are tax-deductible, 100% of every donation funds classroom technology. When schools buy technology products Digital Wish gives 2%-10% in cash back to schools, and there are never any fees to donate.
This is the signature program of the Foundation for Leon County Schools. The primary goal of the Mini-grant program is to enhance student achievement and teacher productivity by funding innovative projects that enrich the educational experience of our students. Grants are awarded based on projects that are substantive in content and have potential to make the greatest impact in the classroom. The grant application must demonstrate instruction aligned with school and district goals, a measurable educational impact, and the ability to be replicated for ongoing and future implementation in the classroom.
This web site provides teachers, administrators, counselors and related organizations with free access to up-to-date announcements of corporate, foundation, state and federal education funding opportunities. It allows you to sign up for email grant alerts and includes a grant writer's directory, a searchable listing of education grants and a help center with fund raising ideas, ways to develop partnerships, and other helpful documents.
The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. In 1992, this program was awarded the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Dawson Award, which recognizes innovative and successful projects.
Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource - our nation's teachers.
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation provides up to $10,000 for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households. Eligible applicants must be employed by schools or non-profit organizations, have direct and regular contact with students in grades preK-12, and work with students from low-income households.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is sponsoring Art Works Grants, which provide $10,000-100,000 to projects that help K-12 children and youth acquire knowledge and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Projects must also apply national or state arts education standards and include experience, study, performance, and assessment.
The National PTA is accepting applications for the Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants. The grants will award local PTAs up to $1,000 in matching funds to student-centered programs geared toward sustaining and enhancing creativity and artistic values for large groups of at-risk students. With research showing students receive the most benefit from programs that include consistent involvement in the arts, the National PTA proudly supports these invaluable opportunities.
The Surdna Foundation invites arts teachers from public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program. Eligible schools include specialized public arts high schools, as well as arts-focused, magnet and charter high schools. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.
The Big Read is a national program of the NEA in cooperation with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture, and is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to conduct month-long, community-wide reads. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500-$20,000 and access to online training resources, educational, and promotional materials. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts.
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants of $500 to K-12 school and public libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required.
Target is offering $700 for K-12 teachers to take their classrooms outdoors. Field trips may include art museums, environmental projects, cultural events, and much more. Grants do not cover any equipment such as computers, software, or audio/visual hardware.
StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students in grades 6-12 to think seriously about issues that affect communities and the nation. Students may compete individually or in teams of 2-3 members. All documentaries must contain a small amount of supporting C-SPAN footage that relates to the chosen topic. There will be 75 student prizes and 11 teacher prizes, totaling $50,000. Prizes will be awarded in 2 separate categories: middle school and high school. The Grand Prize-winning student will receive $5,000 and his or her school will receive up to $1,000 to spend on digital video equipment. All students with winning videos will receive a certificate of recognition and may be placed on C-SPAN's StudentCam Winners page.
The Fender Music Foundation's mission is to aid non-profit music programs across America. The Foundation accepts grant applications throughout the year from 501(c)(3) organizations that are established, ongoing, and sustainable. Organizations should provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn. The Grant Committee reviews applications three times a year, and grant awards range from $500-5,000 in value.
Sponsored by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grant provides matching funding requests of up to $200 for in-school bluegrass music programs. While the IBMA appreciates all forms of music related to bluegrass, including mountain music, old-time, early country, Cajun, blues, and a host of other styles, they give priority to programs with a central focus on bluegrass music. Live ensemble demonstrations are encouraged, along with a brief overview of the history and pioneers of bluegrass music, the instruments used, their role in a band, the vocal harmony structure used in bluegrass music, and bluegrass music today.
The Mockingbird Foundation offers grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in areas of importance to the Phish fan community. Mockingbird is interested in projects that foster self-esteem and free expression, and particularly (though not exclusively) interested in programs which benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education. Grants range from $100 to $5,000 and are made on a one-time basis.
Sponsored by NCTM, the Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK-2 Teachers encourages the incorporation of music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. Grants of $3,000 will be awarded to those currently teaching mathematics in grades preK-2. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Proposals must address the combining of mathematics and music, the plan for improving students' learning of mathematics, and the anticipated impact on students' achievement. The applicant must be a current NCTM member or teach in a school with a current NCTM school membership.
The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) is pleased to announce the Lin Wright Professional Teaching Grant to support the work and professional development of an exemplary secondary school teacher through the introduction of AATE's national professional network. The $3,000 grant funds registration and travel expenses to attend AATE conferences, and a project aimed to grow or enrich the theatre program in their school or to make the program more visible in their community. The grant is intended for a professional teacher who has never attended an AATE conference before.
This program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Grants help build your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invite applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.
Please also visit the Classified section of COCA's Tallahassee Arts Guide to see other possible education related funding opportunities.
We recognize that these listings do not represent all arts educational funding opportunities. COCA does not endorse any organizations or programs listed herein, nor imply stature through their inclusion in this guide. While we have made every effort to ensure that this guide is correct, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information. If you have updates or other funding resources that you’d like to see listed here, please contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest them.