Grant Opportunities Available

Ongoing Opportunities:

Action for Healthy Kids NourishEd District Partnership Grant

School district staff apply for support for district-level policy and professional development, as well as funding and professional development for schools within the district to support curricula/programs, best practices and policy implementation, and family-school partnerships to address food access and nutrition education (NourishEd) and provide a learning environment where students are healthy in body and mind. All grants include monetary and in-kind support from AFHK. More information can be found here.

Spotlight Funds are a grant program for K-12 educators. Each fund supports a specific subject area, or addresses a need facing K-12 educators and students. We currently have five Spotlight Funds: Arts, COVID-19 Relief, Inclusive Classroom, Natural Disaster Relief, Racial Equity in Schools, and STEM. Educators who receive a Spotlight Fund Grant can use the funds to order the tools and materials they need to support their curriculum and meet their students’ needs. See here for more information on each fund, and how to apply.

ASTA Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grants

ASTA Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grants Teacher scholarships and classroom grants are competitive awards available to all educators in Arkansas. Apply online or by mail to receive up to $500 for professional development or classroom materials. Applications are accepted with a recurring deadline of March 31 and October 31.

Cook Center for Human Connection: Calm Room Grant

The Cook Center for Human Connection, is a non-profit organization that brings together the best organizations, programs and products to provide mental health support, and enhance human connections essential for people to thrive, is offering a matching grant of $5000 per school (for up to 20 schools) to install a Calm Room in their school building. More details of the grant can be viewed here.

Cloudflare Project Cybersafe Schools

Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet. It is our pleasure to introduce an initiative aimed at K-12 public school districts: Project Cybersafe Schools.Project Cybersafe Schools will help support small K-12 public school districts, for free, by providing cloud email security to protect against a broad spectrum of threats including malware-less Business Email Compromise, multichannel phishing, credential harvesting, and other targeted attacks. Project Cybersafe Schools will also protect against Internet threats with DNS filtering by preventing users from reaching unwanted or harmful online content like ransomware or phishing sites and can be deployed to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). More information can be found here.

COVID-19 Student Support Recovery Grant

Applications are accepted from local education agencies, charter schools, public schools, nonpublic, and private schools to implement SBHSN's evidence-based mental healthcare program. The purpose of this program is to promote a collaborative and integrated approach amongst the education and healthcare community to ensure students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. The funding will support the placement of licensed mental health professionals on school campuses. These health professionals will provide mental health services and coordinate academic support activities in collaboration with school district-designated program personnel. More information can be found here.

DESE - Financial Aid Incentives for Educators

Please click here for more information on funding opportunities.

Edthena Innovation Fund

Edthena is introducing a $1.5-million Innovation Fund to support schools and districts with their teacher observation and collaboration initiatives. The Edthena video collaboration platform can help by:

  • Streamlining feedback to teachers with video observations

  • Creating opportunities for more teacher-teacher collaboration

  • Scaling best practices and “what works” examples across the district

  • Flexible, asynchronous learning that’s still high quality and high impact

Details on how to apply for funding can be found here.

Harbor Freight Donation

Harbor Freight Tools is proud to support students and teachers in K-12 public schools across the country. From donating a greenhouse for a middle school garden to providing tools for a high school engineering class, we are committed to supporting excellent teaching and learning in the communities where we live, work and serve. We are consistently impressed by the dedication of teachers, administrators and parents eager to improve their students’ education, and we are honored to help make their vision a reality. More information can be viewed here.

Inventionland Grants for K-12 Schools

We are pleased to announce the expanded Innovation Education Grant program for the 2022/2023 School Year . The program is meant to financially support schools, districts and other local educational agencies who desire to leverage Inventionland Education’s award winning Innovation Labs®, professional development programs, and K-12 Innovation curriculum. It is our goal to offer all educators and students the same opportunities to experience the magical world of innovation, creativity, and STEAM-related learning. More information can be accessed here.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Grants

Apply for NCTM's Mathematics Education Trust grants, scholarships, and awards. Funding ranges from $1,500 to $24,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. To view the current grant opportunities available, click here.

National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS)

On July 5, the NPSS officially launched. This new initiative is a public/private collaboration between AmeriCorps, USED, and a large coalition of education and service organizations that will together support the expansion, launch, and improvement of "people-powered supports" such as high-impact tutoring, mentoring, student success coaching, and others with a goal of recruiting 250,000 professionals into the recovery effort nationwide.

Project to Support America's Families and Educators

The Project SAFE grant program is intended to improve students’ safety and well-being by providing resources to local educational agencies (LEAs) that adopt and implement strategies to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Project SAFE grant program provides grants to eligible LEAs to improve student safety and well-being by advancing strategies consistent with CDC guidance to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in schools. Applications are accepted until funding is depleted. More information can be found here.

Rural Tech Fund - Assistive Technology Grants

Rural Tech Fund provides funding for Assistive Technology equipment to increase accessibility for students with disabilities in public schools and libraries. These donations include equipment and software that promote student inclusion and participation. Projects funded include laptops or tablets to utilize speech-to-text, text-to-speech, word processing, magnification, audiobooks, and other accessibility features. They also include Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, whether a dedicated communication device or tablet used for AAC purposes, adaptive equipment such as keyboards or mouses that make technology accessible, and other software or applications that increase education and technology access for individuals. Since AT varies widely, Rural Tech Fund looks for projects that specifically provide accessibility to a student or group of students and include technology access for inclusive purposes. Click here to view more information or here to view the application.

Rural Tech Fund - Rural Technology Education Grants

Rural Tech Fund's work manifests through funding of teacher and student-led projects in public schools and libraries. Projects funded are designed to help spark student interest in technology-based careers like computer science, computer engineering, information technology, programming, cyber security, robotics, or similar areas. In some cases, these project donations may include a few smaller items like a Raspberry Pi microcomputer or a robotics kit. In other situations, partnerships with school districts provide entire Maker Spaces equipped with things like circuit development kits, 3-D printers, robotics kits, and classroom sets of individual microcomputers to build upon. Click here to view more information or here to view the application.

The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation

he Kazanjian Foundation makes grants of $10,000 to $25,000 on average and expects to be one of several funders of a project. The Foundation will look most favorably at programs that match grants of support with funds from other organizations, learning institutions, universities, colleges, internal funds, and government sources.
Foundation’s current funding interest includes but not limited to:

  • Leveraging AI to increase student learning effectiveness and experience

  • Efficient and innovative solutions to reach and serve more people

  • Behavioral economics with a focus on environmental issues

  • Economic education initiatives to under-served communities in the local states

  • On-line competitions

  • Offering future college scholarship to high school students demonstrating financial, economic, and entrepreneurship achievements

  • Marketing capabilities to serve more population in economic education

  • Programs to generate more excitement for economic and financial education

  • Economic education programs in a recently mandated state

Letters of Interest may be submitted at any time throughout the year; however, the recommended deadline to submit your LOI to meet our grant cycles is March 10th or September 10th.

Current Opportunities:

Application Submissions Due by 9/15/2023

The Les Paul Foundation Grant

The Les Paul Foundation inspires innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through support of music education, recording, innovation, exhibits about Les Paul and medical research related to hearing. The foundation awards grants to programs and projects that encourage innovation in music production and/or performance and to innovative STEM and STEAM programs for students and others in challenging situations. The application can be found here.

Application Submissions Due by 9/17/2023

Rural Schools Collaborative: Grants in Place Fellows Program

The Grants in Place Fellows Program provides individual grants to teachers for innovative place-based projects that take place during the 2023-24 school year. Offered in partnership with our Regional Hubs, rural teachers from over 30 states and regions are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Sunday, September 17th. You may learn more and apply here.

Application Submissions Due by 9/22/2023

Take Good Care Calming Room Grant

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is celebrating its 75th Anniversary! In observance and in support of our commitment to whole-person health, we are awarding $2,500 to one middle school, junior or senior high school in each of the 75 counties in Arkansas. Schools will use the money to create a Take Good Care Calming Room.
Calming rooms (also known as “mindfulness,” “safe,” or “quiet” rooms) are designed to be a relaxing space for students to use should they need to take some time to refocus when they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Mindfulness rooms consist of soft lighting, tranquil colors, comfy furniture, positive, inspirational messages and items such as journals, coloring books, sensory objects, or games for students to use to promote emotional regulation. Having a therapeutic environment to self-regulate allows students to enter the classroom feeling more calm, relaxed, confident, and grounded. Arkansas Blue Cross wants to help these spaces become a reality in 75 schools during the 2023-24 school year.
Application guidelines can be found here.

Webinar is scheduled for 9/25/2023

AASA Getting Ready for Grants Webinar: An Overview of Federal Grants and What's Needed to Apply

On Monday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET, join AASA for the first in the Greenlights Grant Initiative webinar series with Matthew McConaughey’s just keep livin' Foundation (JKL). This webinar is designed to introduce our attendees to key concepts and resources to increase their understanding of, readiness for, and competitiveness for federal grant funding. Attendees will leave the virtual webinar with helpful information to use during the federal grant application process. Register here.

Application Submissions Due by 10/1/2023

Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation

The purpose of the Willard and Pat Walker Foundation, Inc. is to support charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational endeavors, either directly or by contributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Walker Foundation limits its grants to 501(c)(3) organizations located in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. Please contact the foundation at least 30 days before submitting a grant request to discuss funding eligibility, by calling (479) 582-2310 or emailing

Application Submissions Due by 10/9/2023

USED Launches Grant Program to Increase Alignment between Secondary Programs and Career Pathways

On August 10, USED launched a new $25 million Career Connected High School Grant program. This program will provide grants to consortia of local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and employers to pilot evidence-based strategies to increase the integration and alignment of the last two years of high school and the first two years of postsecondary education to improve postsecondary education and career outcomes for all students. The notice inviting applications is here.

Application Submissions Due by 10/11/2023

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports authentic summer research experiences for K-14 educators to foster long-term collaborations between universities, community colleges, school districts, and industry partners. With this solicitation, the Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) focus on a reciprocal exchange of expertise between K-14 educators and research faculty and (when applicable) industry mentors. K-14 educators will enhance their scientific disciplinary knowledge in engineering or computer science and translate their research experiences into classroom activities and curricula to broaden their student’s awareness of and participation in computing and engineering pathways. At the same time, the hosting research faculty will deepen their understanding of classroom practices, current curricula, pedagogy, and K-14 educational environments. More details can be viewed here.

Application Submissions Due by 10/25/2023

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) in conjunction with the Arkansas Economic Development Council (AEDC) offers $713,000 to Arkansas Schools

All wildlife and fishing fine money collected in each Arkansas county last year has been set aside by the AGFC specifically for education grants teachers may use to increase conservation education efforts in their schools. The money is available through grants administered by AEDC.

Teachers and administrators have until October 25 to apply for a conservation grant education grant. The amount of money available in each county is based upon the fines collected in that county and any unused funds from previous years. Any school or conservation district in Arkansas may apply for these grants regardless of size or population. The application may be viewed here.

Application Submissions Due by 11/16/2023

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts. At the end of the Fellowship, educators are equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching, ready to make significant contributions to the educational community.


Some outstanding contributions of past AEF Program Fellows include:

  • Designing new elements of national STEM education programs;

  • Implementing major components of national STEM education programs;

  • Initiating collaborations and partnerships among Federal agencies;

  • Drafting legislation and advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States;

  • Creating web-based science education tools;

  • Collaborate with agencies to further advance policies in diversity, equity and inclusion within the Federal Government; and

  • Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in STEM.

More information can be found here.

Application Submissions Due by 2/5/2024

Arkansas Arts Council - Arts In Education Grants

The Arts in Education program initiates new arts programs, or enhances existing ones, in schools and local arts agencies by providing direct interaction with professional artists in residencies for pre K–12 students. All artists involved in AIE residencies must be selected from the Arts in Education Artist Roster (except Veteran's Projects).

Three Arts in Education grants are available: After-School / Summer Residency Program, Arts Curriculum Project Grants, and In-School Residency Program. Three Arts in Education mini grants are available: Mini Grant, Lifelong Learning and Veteran's Projects.

For more information about the Arts in Education program, click here.

Application Submissions Due by 8/9/2024

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

The economic prosperity and national security of the United States is reliant upon the nation’s capacity to remain globally competitive in the technological and computational fields. The nation’s competitiveness, however, is contingent upon its capacity to educate the next generation. Learning and teaching must be reimagined to better represent the diverse composition and perspective of our nation’s people and be expanded to encompass all pathways for students to receive a high-quality STEM education. A highly proficient and diverse technological and computational STEM workforce is needed to advance new discoveries in science, engineering, and technology in the service of the nation. The ITEST program is one way NSF is responding to the challenge and opportunity to provide all students with equitable access to a STEM education related to the technical and scientific workforce. Further information can be accessed here.