Grants, Opportunities, & Free Resources

January 2015, Volume 38, Issue 5

Grants | Classroom Resources | Curricula & Teaching Tools
Professional Development & Learning


Community Schools National Awards for Excellence
If you are partnering to create positive results for children, families, and your community, then you should apply for the 2015 Community Schools awards to showcase the great work you are doing!

The Individual Community Schools Awards will go to schools that have been operating as community schools for at least three years and have demonstrated success. Three individual schools will be recognized. Each winning school will receive $2,500.

The Community Schools Initiative Awards will go to initiatives with joint efforts between schools and community stakeholders that have organized multiple community school sites with a strong commitment to scaling up across the community or school systems. Up to two initiatives will be recognized. Each winning initiative will receive $5,000.

All applications must be submitted electronically through the awards application webpages. We strongly urge you to use the links below to review the Word version of the application and questions before filling them out online:

Individual Community Schools:
Review the application in MS Word
Fill out the final application online.

Community School Initiative:
Review the application in MS Word
Fill out the final application online.

For more information or questions, please reach out to Heather Naviasky at 202-822-8405 ext 111 or

Deadline: February 9, 2015.


The Find Your Balance Challenge is open to elementary school classrooms in grades K-5 and rewards student teams for taking steps toward achieving Energy Balance in your own school communities. - See more at:
The Find Your Balance Challenge is open to elementary school classrooms in grades K-5 and rewards student teams for taking steps toward achieving Energy Balance in your own school communities. - See more at:
The Find Your Balance Challenge is open to elementary school classrooms in grades K-5 and rewards student teams for taking steps toward achieving Energy Balance in your own school communities. - See more at:
The Find Your Balance Challenge is open to elementary school classrooms in grades K-5 and rewards student teams for taking steps toward achieving Energy Balance in your own school communities. - See more at:

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

This foundation funds environmental education programs that are project-based. Grants of $500 to $2,500 will be awarded to schools whose projects promote hands-on environmental stewardship. Preference is given to projects that have secured at least 50 oercent matching or in-kind funding.
Deadline: January 31, 2015

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
This award recognizes and supports excellence in after-school arts programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Eligible programs use one or more arts discipline as core content, and provide participants with ongoing sessions rather than one-time opportunities. The 12 award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept the award at a White House ceremony with Michelle Obama. Winners will also have an opportunity to attend an awardee conference in summer 2015.
Deadline: February 2, 2015.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education
As a part of their Toolbox for Education grant program, the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is donating up to $5 million in funds to public schools and public school parent teacher groups. As many as 1,000 different schools per school year will receive grants valued between $2,000 and $5,000.More information on how to apply can be found on their website. The deadline for the Spring 2015 cycle is February 13, 2015, but Lowe's reserves the right to stop accepting applications after 1,500 have been received.
Deadline: February 13, 2015

Grammy Music Educator Award
Every year the GRAMMY Foundation picks 10 finalists including one winner to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the Award and attend the GRAMMYs, plus pick up a $10,000 honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well. Teachers can nominate themselves, but school administrators, students, parents, and colleagues are encouraged to nominate as well.
Nomination deadline: March 15, 2015
Teacher application deadline: March 31, 2015

Close achievement gaps with matching grant for a grit program
The nonprofit EduGuide program builds students’ grit and other core learning skills to improve academic behaviors and achievement. A new matching grant covers half the cost of the evidence-based program for a limited number of schools. Learn more:

RGK Foundation Grants
 The RGK Foundation funds programs that focus on math, science, reading, and teacher development. There is no deadline or specific project guidelines; interested applicants should submit a letter of inquiry outlining a specific project.
Deadling: Rolling

Tennis, Anyone?
United States Tennis Association Southern offers matching equipment grants to elementary schools that organize a kids’ tennis club. No tennis courts are required. Kids’ tennis clubs can be located in schools, parks, youth centers, or tennis facilities. This grant is available for schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Deadline: Ongoing

Grant for Salad Bars in Schools
Seeking to increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables, the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program plans to fund and grant 6,000 salad bars to schools across the nation by 2013. Any K-12 school or district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply.
Deadline: Rolling

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Books for Children in Need

First Book donates 35,000 books per day to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. Educators or program administrators at schools where at least 70 percent of the children come from low-income families are eligible to apply for the nonprofit’s book distribution programs.

Free Classroom Supplies
Teachers can use a helping hand when it comes to stocking up on school supplies. That is why The Clorox Company is launching the Canisters for Classrooms program to help teachers get Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes for their classrooms and get parents involved in donating, too! When teachers put Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on their back-to-school list, Clorox will automatically donate two canisters to their classroom (while supplies last)! Visit Clorox Classrooms to upload your back-to-school supply list or create your back-to-school supply list online.

Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale
Scholastic is holding a sale at its many warehouse locations across the country. Books are discounted as heavily as 25 to 80 percent, with most being at least half off. You can also register online to save $10 on your first purchase over $50, or $25 on your first purchase over $100.

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PBS LearningMedia
It’s summer and it’s time to play! Games-based learning is a hot topic for educators and parents, and PBS LearningMedia is featuring a collection of free educational resources aptly titled: Got Game? The digital collection includes games and interactives from PBS LearningMedia’s vast library of over 35,000 free resources for educators, and keeps kids playing and learning all summer long.

TED provides a system for creating lessons through YouTube videos. TEDed's tool for finding and “flipping” videos for students allows you to add questions, further resources, and even create a place for discussion. Search videos by subject, or browse other educators’ best flips and find ready-made lessons. You can find flipped videos at, and more TED talks at

Financial Literacy Resources
Money as You Grow—20 Things Kids Need to Know to Live Financially Smart Lives, an online tool to help improve the financial capability of America’s youth, offers 20 essential, age-appropriate lessons kids need to learn about money. The President’s Council on Financial Capability developed the website.

Free Fitness Curriculum
The ACE Operation FitKids curriculum from the American Council on Exercise is designed for educators looking to integrate health and fitness into classroom learning. The 7-lesson curricula for grades 3 to 8 and teach students the dangers of being overweight and the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Free Pen Pal Club Subscription
Pen Pal Kids Club, a global social network for kids, is offering free classroom subscriptions to K-8 teachers across the United States. The website promotes cross-curricular collaboration by integrating nonfiction writing, geography, social studies, and technology while offering students a chance to discover different cultures and meet new friends from across the globe.

Powerful Free Tool for Data, Tutoring
School leaders know that every minute spent testing is a minute taken away from teaching. ASSISTments, a new, free web-based platform developed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, aims to change that, offering teachers the ability to blend assessment questions and tutoring. Students receive real-time guidance, while teachers see instant reports on student progress. Plus schools and districts can build benchmarks right into the system. Contact for training and more information.

Symbaloo Personal Learning Environment
Symbaloo is a free cloud-based, student centered educational solution that allows easy bookmarking of important websites along with the ability to share these resources. Teachers and students have instant access to their important resources, regardless of their device or where they are. To learn more, visit

Grades of Green
Grades of Green is an environmental education non-profit with the mission to empower and inspire students and the broader school community to protect the environment. Their website offers free tools, lesson plans and activities for teachers and principals to use to green their schools.

We Do Listen Foundation
The We Do Listen Foundation is home to a host of free educational resources for children. The award-winning Howard B. Wigglebottom animated books are available online, along with songs, games, activities, and more, including guidelines and resources for dealing with issues like bullying.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING Workshops is offering free 1-day workshops to prepare educators and content-area teachers to introduce computer science basics in a format that's fun and accessible to k-5 learners. The workshop will cover content for all three courses and teachers will receive the supplies they need to teach the course- at no cost. These workshops will be led by experienced K-5 Facilitators in over 60 cities across the United States. Visit their website to find a workshop near you.

Partners in Learning
The Microsoft Innovative Schools Program helps district and school leaders embrace innovation and implement technology effectively to support teaching and learning. Through this program school leaders can explore the possibilities, collaborate with other leaders and create a vision for the future of your school community.

Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities
The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota released a publication titled Impact: Feature issue on Education K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities, which offers information on how to effectively educate English-language learners with disabilities and measure their progress.

Green Strides - Webinar Series
This webinar series, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools initiative, features experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal programs. Topics include fitness, solar energy, life in space, and more.

Implementing Common Core Standards in Math - Webinar Series
This free webinar series and online professional learning community, sponsored by ETA/Cuisenaire, provides advice and support regarding the national math curriculum. The program provides free webinars, live chats, lesson plans and online discussions to assist teachers in connecting and collaborating with others in the same grade level.

Global Learning for Educators - Webinar Series
The Asia Society is providing a free, year-long webinar series, Global Learning for Educators, designed to help educators prepare students for college and the interconnected world beyond. Topics include project-based global learning, preparing your school for global learning initiatives, and more.

RTI in Early Childhood Settings - Webcast
“Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives,” an 80-minute webcast from the RTI Action Network, features a panel of nationally recognized researchers and dynamic RTI implementers on RTI’s role RTI in early childhood. This unique blend of multiple perspectives targets matching high-quality instruction and interventions to meet learning needs during the early childhood years.

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