Ongoing: Edutopia's Big List of Educational Grants and Resources. This list is also updated weekly, so make sure you check back regularly for new additions.
Ongoing: We are Teachers compiles a list of various grants and contests. Check back regularly!
Ongoing: The Sony Corporation focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. While support in other areas may also be considered, the company seeks to apply its financial, technological and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce. If your school has a program for which you would like to ask for financial assistance, click here for details on requirements.
Ongoing: SparkFun welcomes makers of all ages & skill levels to apply to become a SparkFun Community Partner. Starting January 2017, SparkFun will award selected applicants on a monthly basis with a sponsorship package that meets the need of their club or organization. In exchange for support through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money, SparkFun’s community partners provide content for SparkFun’s channels to share their stories with the maker community at large.
Various: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has a host of scholarship opportunities for high school students. Visit their Opportunities page to find ones that might be applicable to your students!
Various: Newspapers in Education has created a variety of student-focused contests. Students who enter into any of the contests will automatically be entered to receive a $250.00 Visa gift card.
Ongoing: Check out the Oklahoma Education Needs/Donations Facebook group where teachers post their classroom needs, and a donor will ship the teacher's request straight to his or her school. Over the past two years, at least 500 teachers from all over Oklahoma have received donations, and there are now almost 30,000 group members!
Various December: UCanGo2.org and The Scholarship System both have various scholarships with December deadlines.
December 13: Deadline for elementary educators to enter the Money Smart Kids Contest. How are you teaching kids to earn, save, spend, and donate? Take a financial literacy pledge for your chance to EARN $10,000 for your school and DONATE $1,000 to the charity of your choice!
December 14: Date of Science Museum Oklahoma's Science of Magic Late Nite Lab. Guests can craft chemistry concoctions, meet some almost-magical creatures, cast spells with computer programming, make and try a favorite wizard beverage, try their hands and wands at magical dueling, get slimy with troll snot and much more.
December 15: Recommendation deadline for OSDE's State Educator Talent Pool. Do you know a classroom teacher or principal who demonstrates exceptional educational talent and whose exemplary accomplishments beyond the classroom provide models of excellence for the profession? The OSDE is looking for early- to mid-career individuals whose contributions are largely unheralded yet worthy of the spotlight.
December 17: Application deadline for the Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards, which promote the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, tablet, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. Apply for one of seven $5,500 awards.
December 27-28: Date scheduled for Science Museum Oklahoma's winter break camps. Session 2 is scheduled for January 3-4.
December 31: Submission deadline for Walmart Community Grants. Grants from $250 to $5,000 will be awarded in the areas of hunger relief/healthy eating, heath/human services, quality of life, education, community/economic development, diversity/inclusion, public safety and environmental sustainability.
December 31: Submission deadline for Innovative Worthy Projects Foundation Special Needs grants to organizations that serve children with special needs, acute illnesses or chronic disabilities from preschool to high school.
January 18: Submission deadline for the Profile in Courage essay contest. Students are asked to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917. First place wins $10,000!
February 8, 2019: Project entry deadline for the Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association's 27th annual ExploraVision program, which tasks students to use problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork to imagine solutions to real-life issues. Participants will have a chance to win a number of prizes, including $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity).
February 15, 2019: Submission deadline for the 2019 Vernier Engineering Contest, which recognizes one educator who innovatively uses Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices to his or her students. The award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the NSTA STEM conference or the ASEE conference. One award will be given to a middle school, high school, or college instructor.
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