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.
Various: The Oklahoma State Dept. of Education has compiled a list of writing contests--state, national and international.
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!
June 7-8: Date scheduled for the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association's annual conference. This year's theme is Teach Outside the Box: Building Community Partnerships.
June 12: Application deadline for the Flight Night STEM Innovator Awards. The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and Flight Night honor educators who creatively engage students in STEM. Winners will receive $2,500 and will be announced at the Flight Night Charity Event on September 12, 2019.
June 10-14 & June 24-28: Dates set for the OSU Sustainable Bioenergy workshops. Attend one of these events to learn about making biofuels from invasive plants, visit the Nobel Research Institute and leave with more than $1,000 in supplies for classroom experiments!
June 14: Nomination deadline for the 2019 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, which recognizes the positive impact of teachers who engage families in school- and community-based educational programming. NCFL is committed to promoting the winning educators’ success by sharing participating family stories and highlighting the impact of the first place $20,000 grant award and the second place $5,000 grant award on the designated programs.
June 21: Deadline submission for Crayola's Creative Leadership grants, which provide funding for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000 (Note: principal must be a member of NAESP).
June 30: Submission deadline for the NWEA Educators for Equity grant. This is a new initiative for helping teachers foster student growth for students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities. NWEA will be awarding grants up to $10,000 to educators from eligible schools and non-profits so they can better support their most important student growth programs and help eliminate inequity in education.
June 30: Submission deadline for the Energize the Environment grant. This program offers two $3,500 environmental grants per year – one each in the spring and fall – to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit our environment.
July 1: Submission deadline for the quarterly Karma for Cara Microgrant Program. By providing microgrants in varying amounts up to $1,000, K4C helps young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world. Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities throughout the United States.
July 15: Submission deadline for EcoTech grants. These grants encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges. EcoTech grants are specifically offered to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.
August 23: Submission deadline for STEM professional learning grants. The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and Flight Night are providing this grant opportunity for Oklahoma STEM educators, which will be divided into large (up to $1,500) and small (up to $750) awards.
August 23: Submission deadline for afterschool program grants focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. These are offered thanks to the generosity of Flight Night, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.
September 13: Submission deadline for the Foundation for Rural Service grant program. Funds can be used for technology in the classroom (computers, interactive white boards), curriculum development, extracurricular activities and distance learning programs.
October 1: Submission deadline for the Toshiba American Foundation grants. K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.
November 15: Submission deadline for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association: Teacher of the Year award. This award recognizes the national high school journalism teacher of the year based on his/her work during the 2018-2019 academic year.
December 31: Submission deadline for Walmart's 2019 local community grants, which range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
As you ready for your Spring Break, just a reminder of important websites to...
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. - Winston Churchill
Oklahoma's financial picture is fragmented right now. Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on the commodities markets, and previously established values are not necessarily holding true right now.
You made it! School's out, students are gone, and while you may have vacations planned, summer PD scheduled or you're finally reading those books you've been waiting to dive into all year, don't neglect one critical item: your school's social media accounts. Summer is a great time to engage with your parents and community supporters.