9.) Grants and Fundraising

9.) Grants and Fundraising


This is a work in progress - we will continue to add more grant and fundraising resource links and ideas.

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10 Tips for Writing Grant Proposals that Will Show You the Money
"I’ve written a lot of grant proposals since I became a media specialist in 2010. And while I certainly haven’t received every grant I’ve ever applied for, I have been successful at getting quite a few, including two $5,000 grants and several smaller grants. Like many other schools throughout the country, I’ve had to deal with my share of tight budgets. Yet, it kills me when I hear other educators lament about how they can’t pursue Makerspaces/innovative projects/needed materials because there isn’t any money." ~ Diana L. Rendina


AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards
Applicant must be a current member of the AASL Affiliate Assembly.

AASL Research Grant
The AASL Research Grant is to recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), through the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS), will invite submissions of papers on original research with this focus. Full papers submitted can either be:
Articles published in a peer-reviewed journal with a publication date no earlier than January 1, 2018; OR
Completed research papers ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, or currently under review.

ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant
The ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local levels.

ALTA/GALE Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant
The ALTA/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables public library trustees to attend the ALA Annual Conference. A grant of $750 each is awarded annually to two public library trustees who have demonstrated qualitative interests and efforts in supportive service of the local public library.

Amber Brown Grant
The Amber Brown Grant commemorates author and beloved school speaker, Paula Danziger. One school is awarded each year with an author or illustrator visit and new books to continue Paula’s love of connecting children with creative influences. SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.

Application Learning Center
Tools for Preparing your Fund for Teachers grant application.

ASM Foundation
The ASM Materials Education Foundation annually awards 20 grants of $500 each to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
To date, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has awarded over $40 million to support the development and expansion of 885 family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Better World Books Literacy Grants

Better World Books grants fund literacy and educational nonprofits and libraries for specific projects — the front lines of the fight to reduce global poverty through education.

Better World Books also offers literacy grants for nonprofits

Bookapalooza Program
The Bookapalooza Program will offer select libraries a collection of materials that will help transform their collection and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways.

Browse Awards, Grants and Scholarships (ALA) Here

Browse Grants - National Endowment for the Humanities Here

Collaborative School Library Award
The Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and educators in meeting goals outlined in National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians and School Libraries through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.

Community Engagement Grant Guidelines for a more musical tomorrow
PURPOSE: To provide financial assistance, of up to $750, for programs and projects that bring together MTNA teachers, students and the local community, and focus on projects that engage the community in making music, appreciating music, or attending live music events. Community Engagement Grants support Pillar One of the MTNA mission: “Engage the Public,” by supporting programs/activities designed to “increase the number of all people making and teaching music.”

DEMCO has a free grants search Here

Educators of America MicroGrant
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. If you are a teacher that is 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 our grant application. Our classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (January, April, July, October).
Fill out our Grant Application Form below to apply for the Microgrant Program. Please be specific as possible when filling out the application, including what technological resources, how they will be used, and what long term strategy will be employed to ultimately increase student achievement and technology integration.
If you have an attachment that supports the application which can include, but is not limited to, budget plan, implementation schedule, curriculum or M&E processes. We understand that the future is in our children’s hands, but let’s give them the resources to make it the best future possible.

First Step Award /Wiley Professional Development Grant
This Wiley Professional Development Grant is intended to provide librarians new to the continuing resources field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective and to encourage professional development in ALA Conference and participation in Continuing Resources Section activities. The cash award is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc.

From Failure to Promise K-12 Educators' Mini-Grant
How would $500 help you move students/youth "From Failure to Promise" in Literacy, Math, Science, or Technology?

Grants Alert
Aims to help America's K-12 teachers and schools find funding. Grants Alert researches, identifies and shares information on available grants. Programs that directly or indirectly benefit schools can also find funding opportunities. Access to this information is free and up-to-date.

Grants Watch
Allows nonprofit organziations to locate foundation grant funding, federal government grants, and state and local grants, as well as obtain grant writing assistance.

Grants.gov — Find and apply for federal grants.
This site is managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Grant Space
GrantSpace is Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector. GrantSpace provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.

Grant Station
GrantStation is your one-stop solution for federal, state, and private grants research.
Hear Jeremy Smith, GrantStation's Communications Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, take you on a tour of the GrantStation website. This tour provides tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects.

ILA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant
The International Literacy Association (ILA) Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant is a US$2,500 annual grant that honors an outstanding K–8 classroom teacher dedicated to improving and enriching the teaching and learning of purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum. At least 60 percent of the school's students must qualify for free or reduced lunch. The grant may not be used for purchase of commercial programs or technology hardware. Applicants must be ILA members.

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries 
This program helps LEAs improve reading achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and professionally certified school library media specialists.

Innovative Reading Grant
Applicant must be personal member of AASL.

Inspire Collection Development Grant
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian, AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Collection Development Grant, a grant so that an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school. The program is to satisfy the need to establish or supplement traditional print or online resources in the school library setting in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school.

Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian, AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to help and support a pre-existing public middle or high school library—led by a certified school librarian—that has incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism or provides funding to a middle or high school public school that has been impacted through an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

Inspire Special Event Grant
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian, AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Special Event Grant. The grant opportunity supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors.

Learning and Leadership Grants
We have provided funding to thousands of educators, enabling them to develop their professional practice to improve student learning.

Libri Foundation
The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.

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Light the Way Grant
The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary and replicable outreach to underserved populations through a new and innovative program or an expansion of work already being done. The grant is administered by the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Library Grants Blog
Keep up with additional grant opportunities by following this blog, which makes timely announcements about many different kinds of grant opportunities for libraries and librarians.

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides funds to our Nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.

Library of Congress Surplus Books Program
The Library of Congress has surplus books available to non-profit organizations. The books are a mixture of topics with only a small percentage of publications at the primary and secondary school levels. Your library needs to send or designate someone to choose books from the collection and pay for shipping the material.

Library Research Grants
Applications to the Reiman Foundation need not adhere to any specific form. We simply ask that the information contained be specific enough to give us a clear picture of your intended project, why you are proposing it, who will benefit from it and how it will be administered.
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas:
Health Care
The Arts

Lisa Libraries Grants
The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas.
The Lisa Libraries was started by author Ann M. Martin and friends to honor and memorialize children's book editor Lisa Novak. Some of the libraries established have been at day-care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters,and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements under-filled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. Since its founding in 1990, the Lisa Libraries has contributed over 350,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country.
In general, the Lisa Libraries has a strong interest in supporting small, grass-roots organizations. As a matter of policy, the Foundation makes grants only to organizations that do not discriminate against people seeking services or employment based on race, sex, religion, age, sexual preference, or physical ability.

Little Free Library has compiled a list of major organizations and retailers that award community grants. That can be downloaded -here!

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Bookmobile Grants
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation awards grants to organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. The grants are for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Bookmobiles operated by charitable [501(c)(3)] and other non-taxable agencies, including public libraries or schools, are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.
Grants range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses

VOYA Unsung Heroes
With over $5 million in awarded grants, the Voya Unsung Heroes® Awards Program has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 50 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.

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National Instruments Grant Request Application can be downloaded -here!

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Variety of Grants
Apply for a Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

K-12 Grant Opportunities and Ed Tech Event Listings
Here you'll find regularly updated listings of new funding opportunities for K-12 schools and individual educators; upcoming events and webinars; and calls for papers and proposals.

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries
Monetary Amount: $3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness, $2,000 for both the school librarian and school official (or volunteer parent) to attend the AASL national conference or the ALA Annual Conference during the years when there is no AASL national conference.

The Fund is $20,000 per year. The direct assistance grant shall be capped at $5,000. At least four grants per year will be awarded with the total number of grants determined by number of applicants, geographic distribution, and total unmet need as determined by the Jury. Of the total, at least two (2) grants up to $5,000 per year will be awarded to a public middle or high school that has 85% or more of its student population qualified for Free/Reduced Lunch (FRL) program.

Young Readers Group Award
This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children's Books, provides a $600 stipend to up to four children's librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Recipients will also attend the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy banquet.

Native American Library Services: Basic Grants
Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity for eligibility criteria for this program.

Target Field Trips Grant
Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. We're bringing students once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences through field trips they'll never forget.

Snapdragon Book Foundation
Each year, we fund worthy projects in PreK-12 schools across the country. Learn about eligibility, the timeline for applying and projects funded in the past.

ProLiteracy's National Book Fund
The National Book Fund provides adult literacy and basic education programs with educational materials to help teach adults to read.

The Tina B. Carver Fund
Honors the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. A TESOL member, or member of a TESOL affiliate, may submit an application on behalf of a community-based organization, charitable institution, or other nonprofit in the United States that carries 501(c)3 status and provides ESL programming for adults. Awarded grants will primarily serve the hardest-to-reach students with limited resources. Annual application deadlines are 31 January, 31 May, and 30 September.

Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students’ curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
The Mitsubishi Foundation is committed to helping young Americans with disabilities reach their full potential within society. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funds that help young disabled people have full access to educational, vocational and educational opportunities in order to participate with their peers.

PLA New Leaders Travel Grant
The purpose of these grants is to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities. This grant has been established to enable PLA Members new to the profession and who have not had the opportunity to attend a major PLA Continuing Education Event in the last five years to do so. Eligible events are the PLA Spring Symposium workshops; PLA National Conferences; and other PLA Events, such as Preconferences, held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conferences.

Verizon Foundation: Literacy
To help move America to a more literate society, Verizon uses a combination of corporate philanthropy, employee participation, celebrity volunteers, partnerships with literacy organizations and contributions from our customers. In 2005, Verizon awarded more than 900 literacy grants totaling more than $13 million.

MBNA Foundation
The MBNA Foundation is dedicated to supporting results-oriented programs that make significant and positive differences in the quality of education. Grants are available to teachers, school administrators, and other educators for programs in grades kindergarten through 12.

Universal Service Administrative Company
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.

The Prudential Foundation
The Prudential Foundation provides support to innovative direct-service programs that address the needs of communities in three areas: Ready to Learn, Ready to Work, Ready to Live.

The Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program
The LSL program promotes comprehensive local strategies to improve student reading achievement by improving school library services and resources. The program is one component of the Department's commitment to dramatically improve student achievement by focusing available resources, including those of school library media centers, on reading achievement.

Diversity Research Grants
The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. Three grants are awarded each year.

Dollar General Beyond Words School Library Relief Fund
Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grant
The Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Competitive grant opportunities are available annually to libraries located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store. The Literacy Foundation also has a Family Literacy Grant program and a Summer Reading Grant program.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Grant
These grants support the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Local nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries are eligible to apply if their programs meet the following criteria:
Target Pre-K – 12th grade students who are new readers
Target below grade level readers
Assist readers with learning disabilities
The 2020 application will be available in January

The Pilcrow Foundation Children's Book Project Grant
The Pilcrow Foundation, a national non-profit public charity, provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project.

Half Pint Library from Half Price Books
"The Half Pint Library program is a book drive hosted each year by Half Price Books to collect and distribute children's books to those in need. Books donated through the Half Pint Library program provide an escape from the challenges faced by children while helping to boost literacy skills outside of school."

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards $500 grants to public and school libraries to fund creative programs.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation offers grants in the categories of Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Details and the application can be found on their website. Kellogg also funds the SPARK project, which is currently active in the Canton area and several other Ohio communities.

Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

The Foundation Center
Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Its Philanthropy News Digest lists grant opportunities in all sectors. One of only five Foundation Center learning centers nationwide is located in Cleveland and offers free access to information resources and educational programs.

Starbucks Foundation
The foundation funds programs for youth, ages 6-18, that integrate literacy with personal and civic action in the communities where they live. The Starbucks Foundation invites letters of inquiry from qualifying 501 (c) 3 organizations that work with underserved youth in the fields of literacy (reading, writing and creative/media arts) and environmental literacy. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000.

Pets in the Classroom Grant
Do You Qualify?
Are you a pre-K through 9th grade public or private school teacher in the US or Canada?
Is this your first time applying for a Pets in the Classroom grant this school year?
Are you aware that if you’ve previously received a store or rebate grant, you are now ONLY eligible for the Sustaining Grant?

SPIE Education Outreach Grants
Qualifying not-for-profit organizations such as universities, optics centers, science centers, primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, industry associations, and international optical societies are eligible for outreach activity support; STEM activities should have an optics or photonics component.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants
The Foundation employs a two-step grant application process that includes the submission of both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Full Proposal–the latter only by those applicants requested to do so. This ensures that consideration of Full Proposals is limited to those applications that strictly comply with the Foundation’s programmatic guidelines.The next deadline for submitting a LOI is September 30, 2019. Applicants must submit Letters of Inquiry by clicking on the Email your Letter of Inquiry button below. Once a Letter of Inquiry is received by the Foundation, the Directors will determine if the proposed program fits the Foundation’s funding guidelines. Successful applicants will be invited via email to submit Full Proposals.

Research Grants at Presidential Libraries
Several private foundations associated with our Presidential Libraries provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings. Please contact the foundations to confirm eligibility.

National Science Foundation
This NSF website page offers information on, and links to, programs that provide either direct or indirect funding for K-12 educators in areas such as curricula development, training and retention.

The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has invested over $7.1 million funding nearly 4,500 grants to public school teachers aimed at enhancing teaching and learning. It is supported through educator contributions, corporate and foundation sponsorship, and other sources. More than $11 million in grants have also been made directly to unions and school districts through the Foundation's Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative

Walmart Grants
Our local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Don’t know how to determine your local facility? Don’t worry, the application will assist you.

Moody Foundation
Collaborating with innovators and game-changers.
We accept inquiry letters on an ongoing basis, and our trustees meet four times a year to consider grant awards. Because of this, the grant application process from inquiry to funding decision may take up to six months; please consider this time frame in determining what projects you propose for Moody Foundation funding.

Raskob Foundation
The Raskob Foundation is an independent, private Catholic family foundation. Grants and loans are made worldwide for projects and programs associated with the Catholic Church. The Foundation has no official funding priorities. However, the Raskob Foundation takes particular interest in projects in which self-help and local support are demonstrated. Applications to the Foundation are considered on their merits. Need, timeliness, and the good to be accomplished are prime considerations.

We are Teachers Contests and Giveaways

Download the 10 School Fundraising Ideas that Take Little to No Effort sheet -here!

Download the A to Z Library of over 100 Fundraising Ideas -here!

Download the 100 Fundraising Ideas from Donorbox -here!

Download Fundraising tips from Scholastic -here!

Localist has some fundraising ideas -here!

Fundraise with Little Caesar's Pizza Kits -here

Go Green when Fundraising with Flower Power. Learn more -here

EveryLibrary has a great read on How to Become - and - Thrive - as a Fundraising Librarian -here

Funding Brainstorm with WebJunction, the learning place for libraries. -here

Take an E-Course - Enroll in the Fundraising e-course on How to Run a Successful Online Fundraising Campaign -here!

Fundly has a list of over 130 fundraising ideas for nonprofits and individuals - pick from categories such as free fundraisers, quick and easy ideas, creative ideas, fundraising by cause and so much more! -here

Double the donation has 145+ amazing and free fundraising ideas ! -here

Finding the Top School Fundraising Ideas is Easy with - Easy Fundrasing Ideas

Get EdFunding
GetEdFunding is your grant finding resource wizard, dedicated to helping educators, schools, and institutions identify the funding they need in budget-tight times.

Donors Choose
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity aimed at providing crowdfunding to K-12 public schools throughout the United States. Teachers post project requests on the site. Donors can then contribute to those projects in amounts as small as one dollar. Approximately 70% of projects are successfully funded. If a project does not meet its stated goal, funds contributed are returned to the donors.

How to Create Donors Choose Projects that Will Get Funded
"DonorsChoose: A Hidden Goldmine for Public Schools
My first experience with DonorsChoose was in 2011. They had a promotion with Starbucks where gift cards were given out to patrons to spend on projects. I had several successful projects at that time, but I didn’t really use DonorsChoose much again until 2014." ~ Diana L. Rendina

Pledge Cents
Another education focused crowdsourcing platform. This one allows you to keep all money you raise, even if you don’t meet your goal. Can be used for school projects, classroom projects and even professional development (hello conference fees!)

Class Wish
ClassWish.org is the easy and efficient way for teachers to get the support they and their students need.

Class Wallet
ClassWallet is a website where funders can make donations and teachers can access those funds to purchase needed classroom materials from sponsoring businesses like Amazon, Scholastic, Office Depot and others. Contributions through ClassWallet have the same tax deduction status as those made directly to the school.

Sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia's website offers a clearinghouse of resources for K-12 teachers including this page of information on funding opportunities of every size. Teachers can access fundraising-related blogs, videos and more.

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers provides grants to teachers that allow them to "pursue self-designed professional learning experiences." Eligibility is open to PreK-12 teachers, who apply by submitting detailed descriptions of their proposed fellowships. Awards of up to $5,000 are made to individuals and up to $10,000 for educator teams.

Primarily a social networking site for students to showcase their academic achievements and connect with others with similar interests, GoEnnounce additionally allows students to launch fundraisers for clubs and causes they are interested in.

Go Fund Me: Education, Schools & Learning
GoFundMe is one of the most popular crowdfunding websites out there. It's Education, Schools & Learning section allows school fund seekers to submit their project requests and then collect contributions with no deadlines or limits.

Piggybackr is a crowdfunding website that focuses on schools, communities groups and youth. Individuals and groups seeking funds in these areas create a project fundraising page on the site. Donors contribute using credit and debit cards. Once the fundraiser is over, Piggybackr sends the funds seeker a check for the amount raised, minus a small percentage-based fee.

Fund My Classroom
Similar to Classwish, Fund My Classroom's website allows teachers to register for a variety of supplies and other resources. Parents and others can then log in and purchase items needed in the classroom, with the items then sent directly to the school. This service is free of charge and 100% of proceeds are directed back to the classroom.

Another listing site, TeacherLists provides a platform that allows teachers and schools to efficiently upload and manage supply lists throughout the school year. Parents and others can easily access up-to-date school supply lists at any time or place, helping to keep classrooms from suffering materials shortages.

United Federation of Teachers
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is a union of teachers, nurses and others working within the five boroughs of New York City. Their website provides this helpful page on funding classroom projects that can be used by teachers everywhere seeking ideas and access to further resources..

The AFRDS is a fundraising industry professional association that provides helpful resources such as a fundraising handbook and fundraising "report card" on their website. -here

Box Tops for Education: This program allows individuals to clip box tops from participating products, send them into their school's program coordinator who in turn redeems them with the program for cash -Learn more here

Ford Foundation: This Ford Foundation site offers information for the big picture regarding the need to promote educational efforts nationally and worldwide. The Ford Foundation additionally provides grants to help promote its education initiatives. -Learn more here

FundingFactory: FundingFactory is a "fundraising-thru-recycling" company that offers their services to schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the contiguous United States. -Learn more here

Fundraiser Insight: Excellent site for ideas for fundraisers generally and for different school groups specifically.-Learn more here

National PTA: Fundraising: Excellent site from the National PTA with links to fundraising event ideas and other associated resources. -Learn more here

PTO Today: Fundraising Ideas & Profiles: PTO Today is a media company and service provider dedicated to, "providing a full suite of products, programs, and services to the entire K-8 school parent group market."-Learn more here

California Grant and Funding Opportunities
The California State Library administers federal and state funding programs related to library development and cooperation, and civil liberties public education.

Colorado State Grants to Libraries
In the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado Legislature increased the appropriation to $3 million in the state's budget to fund the State Grants to Libraries Act. The funds will be available to eligible publicly funded school, public and academic libraries to fund grants for library materials as defined in the statute (see CRS 24-90-401). The purpose of the funds is for educational materials in libraries that support efforts to improve literacy and learning.

Florida Public Library Construction Grants

Idaho Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grants
Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring Idaho children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home. The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is offering mini-grants to schools to help increase access to books.

Indiana Forum Credit Union. Educator Grants
The Foundation designates $25,000 annually in educator grants ($2,500 maximum grant per educator). Grants may be used for any direct classroom expenses, including, but not limited to supplies needed to fund a project for the classroom, basic supplies the classroom may be lacking, supplemental items to enhance classroom learning, or an experience to enhance classroom learning.
Who’s Eligible to Apply for Educator Grants?
Teachers or administrators in K-12 accredited schools in the counties of Marion, Hamilton, Johnson, Boone, Hendricks, and Hancock. If applicant is a FORUM member, account must be in good standing, or if not a current member, have never caused a loss to FORUM in the past. Have a signed consent form from their school principal for the requested project. Be a U.S. citizen.

Indiana Lilly Endowment Inc. Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program
The Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program is one of the Endowment’s longest standing programs and began as a way to help Indiana public school teachers renew their commitment to teaching. Since it began in 1987, the program has expanded its eligibility to educators in private and parochial schools, to principals and assistant principals, and to school counselors and media specialists. The aim behind this competitive program is to recognize, re-energize and support Indiana educators.

Illinois School District Library Grant Program Illinois State Library
The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for the students of public schools in Illinois. The state legislature has authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools. The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the official enrollment as of the previous September 30th of a school district.

Illinois Grant Programs Illinois State Library
The Illinois State Library administers grants for library and literacy services, programs and initiatives. Grant programs provide access to ideas, resources and information through the efforts of Illinois’ academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries, regional library systems, literacy agencies and partnering workplaces.
Most of the grant programs are competitive, unless announced otherwise. Each grant program has its own application processes, criteria and deadlines. The authority for awarding grants is based on State and Federal Statutes and Rules subject to annual appropriations.
The grant programs administered by the State Library are:

Adult Literacy Grants
Blind and Physically Handicapped / Radio Information Services
Cataloging Maintenance Center
Illinois History Digital Imaging Grant Program
Illinois Veterans' Home Libraries
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
The MARC of Quality
Project Next Generation
Public Library Per Capita and Equalization
Public Library Construction Grant Programs *Includes Live and Learn Construction and Public Library Construction Act
School District Library Grant
Technology Grants

Massachusetts Grants Information Collection

Massachusetts The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) helps communities improve their public library facilities through funding and technical assistance for planning & design and construction projects.

Ohio Children's Foundation
"The mission of the Ohio Children's Foundation is to enhance the lives of children by providing grants to support services for at-risk children and families, by helping prepare children for kindergarten, and by advocating for public policy that will positively affect children's lives." Grant requests are accepted on a rolling basis year-round.

Ohio Literacy Association Grants
​For details or questions please contact: Julie Greenberg, Vice President juliegreenberg12@gmail.com

Ohio LSTA Grants
We administer the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) program, funded through the independent federal agency IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).
LSTA funds are used in one of three ways:
Supporting in-house initiatives, e.g., the Summer Reading Program
Supporting statewide initiatives, e.g., Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and Guiding Ohio Online
Competitive grant programs
Our staff works with the LSTA Advisory Council to determine funding priorities each year. Libraries may apply for either a planning grant or a project grant. Announcement of grant availability is posted on library listservs and application materials and the timeline for each grant cycle can be found on the website.
All types of libraries (i.e., public, school, academic and special) may apply for LSTA grants. Partnerships with other libraries and organizations are required.

Ohio Literacy Grants: 83 Literacy & Libraries Grants for Ohio.
Literary grants for nonprofits, schools and libraries, early literacy grants, health literacy, financial literacy and literacy grants for teachers.

Literacy 2030 - Specific to South Carolina
Literacy service providers, educators, businesses, legislators and passionate volunteers are determined to break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy in our state. Literacy 2030 unites these stakeholders under an admittedly challenging yet important goal. We believe in the power of collaboration to change lives. We believe that by 2030, we will see our state transformed.

Texas Grant Information Services
The Grants Information Service offers the latest information on foundations, grants, proposal writing, fundraising, volunteerism and nonprofit management. We also offer funding information for finding Affordable Housing, Finding Help with Health Care, Government Grants, Starting A Small Business, and Starting A Nonprofit Organization. We are a Foundation Center Funding Information Network site associated with the Foundation Center.

Texas Grant Information Services
This site is a central resource for all State and Federal grant opportunities administered by TEA..

Texas Grant Information
Grant management, administrative guidance, and other resources can be found at the Department of Contracts, Grants and Financial Administration's Administering a Grant web page above

Texas Texas Hill Community Foundation
The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country’s aim is to improve the quality of life for area residents. We work hard to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to our care and strive to make grant decisions that not only promote solutions to community challenges, but also build the capacity of nonprofits to collaboratively partner with others to improve the quality of life.
The Foundation only grants awards to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are providing services in Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Real, and Uvalde counties.

Texas Woll Memorial Fund for School and Public Libraries
This fund was established to perpetuate Christina Woll’s love of reading and commitment to providing quality literature for children. Based on the merits of individual applications, awards of up to $1000 will be granted PRIOR to the TLA Annual Conference to Texas school or public libraries that demonstrate one or more of the following:
A commitment to providing a collection of quality children’s literature.
A need to develop or enhance a particular part of the overall collection.
A need to develop or enhance a particular program.
A need to support a particular part of the curriculum

Texas The Meadows Foundation
The need for arts and culture in our lives is part of the human experience that began with the first ancient figures etched on a rock face and the distant echoes of storytellers enthralling audiences with animated voices. Through fine arts, theater, music, dance and literature we stay connected to our heritage, give expression to our imagination, discover worlds beyond our own, and gain an appreciation for cultural diversity.
Algur H. Meadows was a passionate patron of the arts. The directors of the foundation he created carry on his dedication to nurturing and uplifting the people of Texas through support of a variety of arts and cultural programs throughout Texas.

Texas Texas Book Festival Grants
The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities. Funding comes from book sales at the Texas Book Festival and other generous donors.

Wisconsin Grants Information Collection



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