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 NOTE: Please contact the granting organizations directly with any questions regarding the grant application process and to confirm that your group is eligible for funding. 

Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators:  The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corporation’s Limited GEO: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators fund specific, one-time future education-related needs or ideas that promise to improve inner city education within one year of the grant award in one of the cities eligible for foundation grants. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: small, concrete projects that will improve inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York or Washington, D.C. within the coming year. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget. Under the President’s Management Agenda, the office was chartered to deliver a system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities.

Grant Watch:    Grant search engine

Get their free weekly emails, listing all the grants posted within the last seven days. Their grant associates translate grant language into layman’s terms and categorize grants for easy searching. You also get full access to the archived grants.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education:  At a time when schools are struggling to support the basic needs of their students, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes the importance of financial support. This year LCEF is seeking ways to provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.

The spring 2018 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is February 9, 2018.

NEA Foundation Grants:  The NEA Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 exclusively to NEA members to enhance teaching and learning:

  • Student Achievement Grants support initiatives that improve academic achievement.
  • Learning & Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development.  The link to The EDGE’s extremely successful Tools for Teachers Programming follows.

Active NEA members who are practicing K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities may apply online. They are currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects. Application deadlines are: February 1, June 1, and October 15.

The NEA Foundation- Learning and Leadership Grant:  Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through their Learning & Leadership grants, they support the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research.
  • Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

Learning & Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development.  Click on Tools for Teachers for more information about The EDGE’s extremely successful programs for educators, education support professionals, faculty and staff.

Panera Fundraising: Schedule an event at your local café, invite your friends and they will donate a portion of the sales to your non-profit organization. (A 501c3 or a W9 is required)

State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant:  YSA and State Farm will select 50 K-12 public schools to receive a grant up to $1,000 to plan a meaningful school wide service project on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). The grant also includes participation in a regional training to introduce grantees to the elements and expectations of the program as well as the suite of tools, resources, and support that YSA will provide. In order to be eligible for this grant, you must apply to be a Global School of Service.

Youth Changing the World Workbook

Target Field Trip Grants:  It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help schools out, they launched Target Field Trip™ grants. Each grant is valued up to $700. Grant applications are accepted between noon CST Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. CT Oct. 1. 

The Foundation Center: Located in Washington, DC connects nonprofits to the resources they need to thrive.

  • FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE gathers and curates the most accurate, comprehensive database of information about foundations and their grants so drivers of social change can find like-minded funders to invest in their efforts.
  • GRANTSPACE is a site that reduces training and travel costs by giving anyone, anywhere access to nonprofit fundraising and management know-how, including rich content and capacity-building resources.

The Grant Helpers.Com:

GroupRaise: is a new way of organizing restaurant fundraisers for things you care about.

Bring people together at a local restaurant to support causes that are doing amazing work around the world or fund-raise for groups like your school, church, college club, or any other 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation:  This fund provides support to varied organizations—including individuals, schools, non-profits, and religious organizations—that provide “education and adventure through activities in the outdoors.” This organization primarily funds smaller institutions rather than large schools and companies. Since the Foundation was established in 2002, it has awarded grants to 53 different recipients.

The Safeway Foundation:  The Safeway Foundation supports numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. They believe that every student should have access to education that prepares them to succeed in school and life. They support programs that encourage a child’s success in a safe environment and that foster learning in all subjects, including after-school activities as well as other interventions. Their funding is specifically for K-12 education in schools and in out-of-school organizations that increase test scores, classroom performance and/or attendance. Education grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Safeway Foundation releases special RFP opportunities by invitation-only for specific causes they identify as priorities. Requests for proposals (RFPs) will be sent out for each of their major fundraising campaigns as noted below. Organizations should only submit an application if they receive an RFP. To be added to the RFP lists, organizations may contact Safeway’s Eastern Division Sr. Manager, Community & Public Affairs department via email at to inquire if they qualify for funding in one of these areas.

  • People with Disabilities – RFP sent in June
  • Veterans – RFP sent in September

Walmart Community Giving Program:  Awards grants of $250 to $2,500 through Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and Logistics facilities. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate within the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

There are 8 areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Example; quality of life: Improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low income individuals and families in the United States. Grant cycle February 1 through December 31. Organizations must submit an online application to be considered for funding.


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