Have you watched your science budget shrink over the past few years? Has the thought of holding a bake sale crossed your mind as a way of funding your lab?
Despite the shrinking budgets of many of our schools, there are funds available for science education; you just need to know where to look and when to apply.
- ACS Hach High School Chemistry Grant. Applications are accepted annually from February 1 through April 1. This program offers up to $1,500 in funding toward new lab equipment, instructional materials, professional development, field studies, and more.
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- American Honda Foundation. Grants awarded quarterly (February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1) range from $20,000 to $75,000 to fund STEM programs for youth. http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf
- Best Buy Community Grants. Applications are accepted annually from June 1 through July 1. Grants of up to $10,000 fund programs designed to build 21st-century skills for teens ages 13 through 18 and to provide technology to classrooms.
- Digital Wish. Grants awarded monthly fund a variety of educational projects, many involving podcasts and video editing. On the site, you may also create a wish list of digital materials for your classroom and request funding for them. The site also provides links to educational grants offered by third parties. http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/home
- Donors Choose. Through this ongoing program, you may submit a proposal and anyone may donate to fund your project. http://www.donorschoose.org/teachers
- Voya Unsung Heroes. Applications are accepted annually through April 30. Grants of $2,000 are awarded to 100 teachers each year. Of the 100 recipients, 3 are selected as top winners and receive much larger grants.
- Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Grants. Applications are accepted annually from September 1 through October 31.
Be sure to search the Internet often for any local funding opportunities. Inquire directly to local companies to find funds and materials they are willing to donate to your class.
Here are some tips for success in landing a grant:
- Design a project that goes beyond what is already being taught.
- Point out clearly in the grant proposal how the project will boost science content knowledge and/or technology skills.
- For grants that are awarded annually, examine the projects that have been funded in the past.
- Be sure to read and follow closely the application instructions and requirements.
- Have someone else review your application and/or proposal for content, accuracy, and grammar.
- Have your principal review your application to make sure that your proposal falls within school and district guidelines.