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.

Arkansas AWARE Mini-Grant Opportunity

All Arkansas public school districts are eligible to apply for grant funding up to $10,000 to provide direct mental health services, mental health awareness, trauma-informed practices and behavior support services. Districts should submit completed applications as an electronic file to Applications will be accepted now through Friday, October 28, or until funds are depleted. More information can be found here.

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.

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.

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.

Engage Every Student Initiative

On July 14, USED announced the Engage Every Student Initiative, which focuses on providing access to high-quality summer programming and other out-of-school time (OST) opportunities. USED also announced new resources to support OST, including a $3-4 million dollar contract that will be awarded in FY23 to provide OST best practices, along with a new tool from the Institute of Education Sciences to support states, districts, or programs in building and using evidence to implement after-school and summer learning programs.

ESA Matching Grant Program

Act 217 of 2022 appropriated $5,300,000 for the ESA Matching Grant Program. Districts will receive matching grant funds for Enhanced Student Achievement (ESA) expenditures for evidence-based programs to improve the academic achievement of identified national school lunch students. The program is limited to tutors, before or after-school academic programs, and pre-kindergarten programs. Expenditures incurred from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with the following codes will be eligible for matching grant funds:

004* ESA, Before and After Academic Program

005* ESA, Pre-K

006* ESA, Tutors

204* ESA/SP ED, Before and After Academic Program

205* ESA/SP ED, Pre-K

206* ESA/SP ED, Tutors

More information 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.

Current Opportunities:

Application Submissions Due by 5/12/2023

International Foreign Language Education (IFLE): International Research and Studies Program—Research, Studies and Surveys; and Specialized Instructional Materials

The IRS program provides grants to public and private agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals, to conduct research, studies, or surveys, or to develop specialized instructional materials, to improve and strengthen instruction and enrollment in modern foreign languages and related area studies.

More information can be viewed here.

Application Submissions Due by 5/15/2023

Funds for 3 Federal School Safety Grants Still Available

The Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP School Violence Grants are available through May 15. Districts can apply under Category 2 to receive funding to educate students and personnel on how to prevent school violence, staff an intervention team, develop and implement behavioral threat assessments systems, purchase or upgrade technological solutions such as anonymous reporting technology, and other school safety strategies that increase school safety. More info on how to apply can be found here. More information can be found here.

Application Submissions Due by 5/15/2023

Impact Aid Program: Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program

The Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program provides grants for emergency repairs and modernization of school facilities to certain local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive Impact Aid formula funds.

More information can be viewed here.

Application Submissions Due by 5/15/2023

Well-Rounded Education Programs: Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program

The IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. IAL promotes innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including programs that (1) develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development for school librarians, books, and up-to-date materials to high-need schools; (2) provide early literacy services, including pediatric literacy programs through which, during well-child visits, medical providers trained in research-based methods of early language and literacy promotion provide developmentally appropriate books and recommendations to parents to encourage them to read aloud to their children starting in infancy; and (3) provide high-quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency.

More information can be viewed here.

Application Submissions Due by 5/22/2023

FY 2023 Team Nutrition Grant Supporting Nutrition Education for School-Aged Children

The goal of the FY 2023 Team Nutrition Grant is to facilitate the adoption of healthy eating patterns by school-aged children (grades Pre-K through 12) and their families through the coordination and implementation of MyPlate nutrition education connected to the nutritious meals and snacks offered through USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

More information can be viewed here.

Application Submissions Due by 6/9/2023

Stronger Connections: Competitive Grant Application and Public Comment

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has released The Stronger Connections Grant competitive competitive grant application and public comment on the application and high needs LEA definition.
The Stronger Connections competitive grant aims to provide funding for LEAs to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive approach that prioritizes physical and emotional safety for their unique school community (SEC. 4108 [20 U.S.C. 7118]). Funded activities and practices should promote safe and supportive learning environments by prioritizing safety, creating a sense of belonging, and teaching positive behaviors in order to improve academic achievement and the well being of all students. All grant expenditures must supplement, not supplant. More information can be found

Application Submissions Due by 7/3/2023

Safe & Supportive Schools: Mental Health Personnel Technical Assistance Center (MHP TA Center)

The purpose of the MHP TA Center is to provide technical assistance to current Department grantees awarded funds under the fiscal years 2022 and 2023 Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration (MHSP) and the School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) grant programs and to disseminate resources and information to support State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other stakeholders, more broadly, in the preparation of school-based mental health services providers. More information can be viewed here.

Application Submissions Due by 7/7/2023

Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Grants

The Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Grants program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs), consortia of LEAs, or one or more LEAs in partnership with a State educational agency (SEA) to provide students with access to a well-rounded education and to improve school conditions for student learning by developing or implementing, and making publicly available as a resource for other LEAs and SEAs, comprehensive plans for increasing school socioeconomic diversity in preschool through grade 12. The application and additional information can be found here.

Application Submissions Due by 7/12/2023

American History and Civics Education National Activities (AHC-NA) Program

The purpose of the AHC-NA program is to promote new and existing evidence-based strategies to encourage innovative American history, civics and government, and geography instruction, learning strategies, and professional development activities and programs for teachers, principals, or other school leaders, particularly such instruction, strategies, activities, and programs that benefit students from low-income backgrounds and other underserved populations. More information can be found here.

Application Submissions Due by 7/12/2023

Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics Program

The Academies Program supports the establishment of (1) Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history, civics, and government education (Presidential Academies); and (2) Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics that provide high school students opportunities to enrich their understanding of these subjects (Congressional Academies). More details can be seen here.

Application Submissions Due by 7/14/2023

Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program funds innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P–12). SEPA projects create partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers and teachers, schools, museums, science centers, media experts, and other educational organizations. SEPA K–12 resources target state and national K–12 standards for STEM teaching and learning and are rigorously evaluated for effectiveness. SEPA is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More information can be viewed here and here.

Application Submissions Due by 8/11/2023

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

The overarching vision of the ITEST program is to support applied research and development that provides pre-kindergarten to high school students with equitable and inclusive access to robust, rigorous, and effective learning opportunities using technology integral to a high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Three core ITEST Pillars (Innovative Use of Technologies in Learning and Teaching, Partnerships for Career and Workforce Preparation, and Strategies for Equity in STEM Education) frame the opportunities for all students to acquire the foundational preparation in fields aligned with the technological and computational workforce, including students in underserved regions and Tribal Nations where access to technology and virtual learning remains a substantial challenge. Students emerging from their STEM education with proficiency in emerging technological and computational fields will find increasing career opportunities (Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, 2021).

ITEST expects to fund between 24 and 33 awards per year depending on the type of proposal and funding level. More information can be found here and here.

Application Submissions Due by 8/22/2023

EPA Launches $400M Clean School Bus Grant Program

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the second round of available Clean School Bus funding, this time for $400 million in grants for school districts and fleet contractors to purchase vehicles that reduce harmful pollution. Prioritized applicants will receive combined funding to cover both bus and infrastructure costs for up to $395,000 per vehicle. Non-prioritized applicants that are selected will receive up to $250,000 per vehicle. The EPA expects to establish between 25 and 50 cooperative agreements, subject to the availability of funds, the quantity and quality of applications received, agency priorities, and other applicable considerations, according to the funding opportunity announcement. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 22, 2023. Selectees are expected to be notified between November 2023 and January 2024, with awards distributed in February and March 2024. The first information session about the grant program is planned for May 10, 2023, at 3 p.m. Eastern. More information can be found here.

Application Submissions Due by 8/29/2023

National Science Foundation: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Noyce) invites innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting, preparing, and retaining highly effective elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers and teacher leaders in high-need school districts. To achieve this goal, Noyce supports talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate majors and professionals to become effective K-12 STEM teachers. It also supports experienced, exemplary K-12 STEM teachers to become teacher leaders in high-need school districts. To view possible program tracks and grant solicitation, click 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 students’ 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.