Grants Resources in Science, Math and integrated STEM

The first section below provides some resources for writing grants, along with some grant examples.  Next is a list of class wishlist type grants and grant databases, then grant resources relating specifically to science or STEM and math education.  At the bottom is a list of general grants applicable to multiple subjects and foundations that you can contact for further grant possibilities.  

Grant Writing Resources

Edutopia Grant Resources - Edutopia is a fantastic resource in general, they have links to some grant databases as well as a good webinar on grant-writing. 

Houghton Mifflin Grant Resources - their excellent page has a sample letter of inquiry, page of key tips, a longer checklist of things to consider in grant writing, and a great database of grants has a nice page of tips and resources. 

Wishlist-type Grant Opportunities

Adopt-A-Classroom - allows teachers to register and describe their classroom which then appears on a digital database for donors to select.  Teachers receive a credit that they can then use to shop online from selected vendors (who then re-donate a portion of their sales).  

Digital Wish - allows you to create a wishlist or a fundraiser for your school or classroom.  Donors can donate directly to the classroom or put money toward specific items for the classroom.  

Donors Choose - teachers put a classroom project idea in a searchable database and donors select a project to support.  Once the required funding is reached, DonorsChoose sends you the classroom materials. 

Classwish - Teachers create a wish list of materials they need, and visitors to the site can make donations toward these needs. 

Grant Databases

National Science Teachers Association - dig through their calendar to find grants with upcoming deadlines - there are lots of possibilities here!  You can find many lesser known science grants through this resource. 

Houghton Mifflin Grant Database - a very good free database of grants, though you have to look at the grants carefully as many designate specific focus states other than WI. 

ALEKS Grant Database - the folks at ALEKS clearly want you to adopt their program (ask Kevin if that's a good idea).  Their database is very good, though a few links are bad and some listings indicate that the grants are given to schools in WI when they really focus on other states. 

GetEdFunding - a free grants database allowing for a wide variety of search criteria. You do have to sign up for a free account. 

Grant Wrangler - free grants database, though it takes some work to keep searching and find a wide range of grants. 

Pitsco - a great STEM supply company also provides lists of grants each month (at bottom) and some grant tips. 

STEM and Science Related Grants and Awards

Wisconsin State Math-Science Partnership Grants - these are grants to support collaborative work in math and science between districts and higher ed partners.  The deadline this year is June 28th, and there will be a conference on May 22nd (likely near DPI) to describe the program.  You do need to be a "high needs" district

Westinghouse Community Giving - awards grants to community organizations and awards middle and high schools for creative STEM projects.  Grants of up to $5000 are awarded on a quarterly basis to non-profits, and school awards total $3000.  They also offer downloadable K-12 curriculum materials related to energy and nuclear energy. 

Verizon Foundation Grants - awards grants of $5,000 to $10,000 dollars with the next grant cycle beginning Jan 1.  They are particularly interested in high visibility projects that help integrate technology  into your classroom/school. 

American Honda Foundation - awards grants of $20,000 to $75,000 to non-profits and schools on a quarterly basis.  Their priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

NEA Learning & Leadership Grants - awards grants of $2,000 for individuals or $5,000 for collaborative groups to engage in meaningful, long-term professional development.  Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials--a portion can also go toward a small stipend for collaborative group participants.  Three application deadlines throughout the year. 

NEA Student Achievement Grants - awards grants of $2,000 or $5,000 for improving critical thinking and problem solving of students.  The grants are meant to fund in-school student support with priority given to new teachers (<7 years) doing work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula.

Cognizant Making the Future Grants - grants for starting up Maker Spaces, with an emphasis on communities that don't have them.  Link to guidelines and grant application.  This year's is due Nov 15h. 

Raytheon Engineering is Elementary Workshop Scholarship - grant to go get training in EiE, provides up to $3000 for travel expenses and registration to Boston-based EiE training. This year's application isn't up yet. While Kevin can also help implement EiE, this is a great opportunity!

Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Grants - WSST has a variety of grants for members for projects and professional development.  They are $1000 or less and generally have a rolling deadline between the end of Sept and Dec 21st. 

LEGO Children's Fund Grants - awards grants typically between $500 and $5,000, particularly in the areas of early childhood education and creativity, technology, and communication programs.  Applications are accepted quarterly.  See some examples of awarded grants.  LEGO also provides funding for workshops to show what you're already doing with LEGOs or hosting LEGO showcase events for families. 

Foundation for Rural Education and Development - Has a technology grants for rural schools program that awards grants of up to $5,000.  Apply by Nov 15 (annual program). Program eligibility changed recently for this grant - see their application (will need a letter from TDS telecom in Madison). 

Subaru Healthy Sprouts Awards - awards grants of $400 to support school gardens and other programs that teach students about the environment, nutrition and hunger issues.  Apply by Oct 31 (annual program). 

Vernier/NSTA Technology Award - awards of $5,500 for innovative uses of data-collections technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom (for projects you're already doing).  The awards include travel and expenses to the national NSTA conference, $1,000 for the teacher and $3,000 in Vernier products.  Apply by Nov 30 (annual program). 

Toyota Tapestry Grants - awards grants of up to $10,000 to support community-based science projects.  You can get ideas from last year's winners.  The deadline for this annual grant competition is the beginning of March. 

Toyota U.S.A Foundation Grants - these large-scale competitive grants support math and science work over 50k (up to 500k), with a focus on underserved populations - rolling deadline. 

Toshiba America Foundation - looking for innovative work in science and math, grants of less than 5k have a rolling deadline, greater than 5k are reviewed on Feb 1st and Aug 1st each year.  Examples of past, funded grants

Air Force Association Grants - awards grants of up to $250 for aerospace related educational materials.  Deadlines are March 31st and Sept 1st.

 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - you have to be a member of AIAA, but it looks relatively easy to get $250 for aerospace education materials - rolling deadline. 

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grants - awards grants of $100 to $500 to purchase native plants and seeds for projects such as rain gardens or butterfly gardens.  Annual deadline is Oct 15. 

Captain Planet Foundation - awards grants, usually under $500 (but can be up to $2500, particularly with matching funds) for environmental education projects.  Deadlines are Sept 30th and Feb 28th. 

Project Lead the Way - the Kern Family Foundation and other foundations help support schools in implementing Project Lead the Way, a middle and high school engineering program.  These funds help defray professional development and materials costs. 

Alternative Fuel Foundation - has a relatively easy application for $250 to $500 in materials for alternative fuels activities.

Tech Ed Association (ITEEA) Grants - provides grants for ITEEA members who are secondary tech ed teachers or elementary teachers bringing in tech ed ideas. It must involve integrating tech ed with other academic areas.  $2,000 - deadline is Dec. 1st. 

Technology Education Foundation - Annual Madison Berbee Derby funds technology education grants for the greater Madison area, under 10k, deadline is July 31st. They have examples of schools that have received technology funding. 

Materials Science Grants through ASM International - materials science grants of $500, May 25th deadline. 

IEEE Engineering Education - IEEE grants of $500 for innovative engineering education projects, rolling deadline, must know/connect to IEEE member (Kevin could help with that).

Samsung - large-scale, competitive STEM grants program, due Oct 31st


Environmental Research & Education Foundation - Environmental Research & Education Foundation provides grants for developing Solid Waste Management related educational curriculum or digital materials (could be recycling), due Oct 1 or May 21. 


Tech Ed Graduate Studies Support - ITEEA scholarships of $1000 for tech ed teachers pursuing graduate studies

Math Specific Grants

NCTM Math grant writing tips - pdf giving some general grant writing tips. 

NCTM Teacher Professional Development Grants for 4K-5th grade, Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12) - awards up to $3,000 for an individual or group of classroom teachers to support professional development in math.  While it doesn't fund technology, it encourages the use of technology in the plan.  Teachers must have 3 or more years of experience.  Annual deadline is Nov 9. 

NCTM Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants - awards grants of up to $4,000 to current NCTM members who teach at the 4K-8 level.  The funded project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry.  Annual deadline is Nov 9. 

NCTM Classroom Research Grants in Elementary Math and in Secondary Math - awards grants of up to $6,000 for 4K-6th or 7th-12th grade teachers working with a college/university partner to work on innovative math projects or resources.  Work with pre-service teachers is encouraged.  Must be an NCTM member.  Annual deadline is Nov 9. 

NCTM Course Work Scholarships for 6-8 Teachers 9-12 Teachers  or 4K -5 Teachers - awards a maximum of $2,000 for graduate work in mathematics, with the emphasis being math content courses.  Annual deadline is Nov 9.

NCTM Elementary Teacher Leader Grants - awards up to $6,000 to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher per school who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district.  Annual deadline is Nov 9.

NCTM Incorporating Music and Math Grant - awards up to $3,000 for a teacher or small group of teachers is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students (4K-2) learn mathematics.  Annual deadline is Nov 9.

Future Leader NCTM Annual Conference Scholarship - awards up to $1,200 + meeting registration for a 4K-12 classroom teacher to attend the annual NCTM conference next year in Denver (can be used for hotel, airfare, subs, etc.).  Teachers must not have attended an NCTM conference in the past.  Special consideration will be given to a teacher of underserved and rural students.  Annual deadline is Nov 9.

NCTM Engaging Middle School Students in Learning Math - awards up to $3,000 to indvidual teachers to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge.  Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, DVDs, or other appropriate medium. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment.  The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Annual deadline is Nov 9.

NCTM Summer Mathematics Study for 6-8 Teachers - awards up to $6,000 for individual teachers to take coursework in mathematics content and connecting that content to the teaching of math in grades 6-8.  Annual deadline is Nov 9. 

Equity in Math Instruction for 6-8 Teachers - awards up to $8,000 to teachers or small groups of teachers to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement.  Annual deadline is Nov 9. 

Connecting Math to other Subject Areas (High School) - awards up to $4,000 to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Equipment or payment of personal stipends may not be a major portion of the proposed budget.  Annual deadline is Nov 9.

NCTM Elementary Professional Development, Middle School Professional Development, or High School Professional Development - awards provide a max of $4,000 to elementary, middle or high schools for in-service education in mathematics.  Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.  Annual deadline is May 3. Schools must be NCTM members.

NCTM Action Research Grants - awards up to $3,000 to support a research project conducted by a group, which must include a university researcher, a pre-service teacher, and a full-time teacher at the 4K-8 level.  Must be an NCTM member.  Annual deadline is May 3. 

NCTM Long-Term Professional Development Grant - awards up to $24,000 for an NCTM member math teacher at grades 4K-6 to pursue in-depth, further education in mathematics.  This could be a master's degree, for example.  Annual deadline is May 3.

The Math Learning Center - provides donations of its K-5 and MS/HS curriculum support materials to schools.  The deadline to apply is May 15. 

Wisconsin Mathematics Council - offers Jane Brauer grants of up to $825 to attend the annual WMC conference in Green Lake.  Deadline is March 1st.  Also offering free membership to new teachers right now (can even be a teacher switching grade levels). 

General Grant Opportunities - not specific to science or math

Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality grants - this is a Title IIa grant program managed by the UW system.  These are large scale grants for professional development across subject areas - I'd be happy to partner with you on such a grant.  Also see the UWW WITQ grant page

National Board Certification - Wisconsin teachers can get a reimbursement of up to $2,000 plus annual grants of $2,500 to $5,000 for national board certification.  As a National Board Certified teacher in science, Kevin could help out with this process.

McCarthey Dressman Foundation - has two grants programs, one for innovative class projects and one for teacher professional development, both are due Apr 15th and are up to $10,000/year for three years. 

Alliant Energy Community Grants - this program has rolling dates and mostly funds projects under 5k, link to guidelines

Masanto Fund - has two available grant programs - one is the Grow Rural Education grant, where you can get $10K or $25K and have to be sponsored by a farmer.  There is also the Mansanto Americas Farmers Grant - where you submit your school name and idea, and by county farmers can vote to support your project with a $2500 grant.  Each county wil receive $2500.  As of Sept 2013 there is no project listed in Jefferson County! 

Braitmayer Foundation - a competitive grant process for innovative curriculum enhancements, grants for under 10k have an easier application than grants for 35k (somewhat standard amount).  Deadline is March 15th. 

Meemic Foundation - Relatively easy application for general materials for MI and WI teachers.  One grant is for books, up to $500, deadline - end of September.  A more extensive program, up to $2500, has a deadline of  June 30th. 

Walmart Foundation Grants - their local giving program awards from $250 to $2500.  The next deadline is Dec 1st. 

U.S. Government Computers for Learning - the U.S. government gives away old technology equipment to schools.  Look to see what is available in Wisconsin - items show up as they're available.  More info here

Wisconsin Technology Initiative - SMART boards - WTI provides funding for WI schools to get interactive white boards; grants are typically 25k and are awarded twice a year in the March/April and October/November timeframes. 

Workforce Development Grants from BNY Mellon - want to connect your students' learning to workforce development?  This group asks for a letter of inquiry before proposals. 

Wells Fargo Grants - supports education initiatives, particularly in low to moderate income communities.  Online application, quarterly giving. 

Irwin Potter Foundation Community Grants - Irwin Potter Fdn funds educational projects, particularly where those benefitting then give back to their community, $500-$30,000, deadline Mar 31st. 

Best Buy Technology Grants - Best Buy gives 4-6k for technology for after school programs for teens (largely to places like Boys and Girls Clubs), though schools with 501c3 status can apply especially if you have an innovative after school idea. 


Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant Program - provides grants for projects between $2,000 and $5,000, particularly focusing on parental and community involvement in areas that will have a permanent impact, such as community clean up and renewal projects.  Deadline is twice yearly, Feb 15th and Oct 15th. 

Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin - Community Foundation of Southern WI targets several communities for grant support ($2 to $5,000), due on a variety of dates. 

Fort Atkinson Community Foundation - awards educational grants quarterly in the Fort area. 

Janesville Foundation - Janesville Foundation offers grants to improve the Janesville community, rolling deadline

Ecolab Grants in Beloit - Ecolab provides education grants in the Beloit, WI area, call 651.293.2923 for information. 

RGK Foundation Grants - large-scale, competitive education grants with a focus on math, science and/or reading.  They request a letter of inquiry.  There are rolling deadlines unless the grant is >$100,000. 


CHS Ag Grants – CHS Foundation gives $1,000 grants to student organizations with an agricultural focus, for training experiences such as going to conferences, no deadline. 


ING Unsung Heroes - 100 teachers or other school staff will receive grants of $2,000.  Deadline is April 30, 2013. 

Chichester DuPont Foundation - their Clark Fund focuses on pivotal funding for education/environment, deadline of Sept 1st. 


From Failure to Promise Book Grant - Dr. C Moorer gives $1,000 grants toward creative uses of his “From Failure to Promise” book in STEM (story of his non-traditional career start in engineering), due July 31st. 


Murray Foundation Special Needs Care Training Grants - Murray Foundation provides grants for the care of people with disabilities and training of their teachers, $7500, deadline Sept 15. 


Association of American Educators Classroom Grants - provides grants of up to $500 for classroom materials and projects, deadline is March 1st and October 1st.  AAE members receive priority. 


Menards - this handy, home improvement store does give materials to teachers, but requests have to be done in writing.   Send your request in writing directly to the Donations Committee at 5101 Menard Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54703.  The committee meets monthly and works via U.S. mail.


David O. Kingston Foundation, Inc. – (208) 522-2365 – awards educational grants on a rolling basis, call for further details. 


Dom Foundation – Awards educational grants on a rolling basis, call (312) 863-2142

Emory T. Clark Family Foundation – supports education efforts in WI, 414-765-5118

Gordon Henke Family Foundation, Inc.  – awards grants to educational projects in Wisconsin, with inquiries accepted anytime, (561) 395-2319

Esther M. & Freeman E. Everett Charitable Foundation – awards grants to educational projects in CO and WI, submit inquiry any time to:  c/o JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. P.O. Box 3038 Milwaukee, WI 53201-3038


Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation – awards grants in WI, inquiries accepted any time

P.O. Box 147, Elm Grove, WI 53122-0147, (262) 784-9778

Frances & Benjamin Benenson Foundation, Inc., provides educational grants, no deadline or website, submit a letter of inquiry stating the purpose and budget to Bruce W. Benenson, 708 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Gladys and Roland Harriman Foundation – provides educational grants on a national basis, deadlines in Oct and Apr, 212-493-8185

Last Updated: 6/28/16