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!
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.
September 13: Submission deadline for the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Classroom Enhancement Grants. These grants of up to $5,000 are available to eligible public school classrooms and public school libraries, grades pre-K through 12, in the following areas: 1) Arts and Humanities, 2) Science or 3) Literacy.
September 15: Application deadline for National Agriculture in the Classroom's CHS Foundation Classroom Grants. The grants will be awarded to kindergarten-12th grade core education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and/or social studies.
September 28: Date set for this year's FREE Science Museum Oklahoma's TinkerFest. Tinkerfest will encompass the entire museum and grounds, bringing together makers, artists, crafters, engineers, and educators to showcase how their diverse skills converge.
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 1: Application deadline for classroom supply grants for visual and performing arts. The Oklahoma Arts Council offers this grant Teachers and education leaders across the state have made it clear to the Oklahoma Arts Council that classroom art supplies are one of their greatest needs in delivering high quality visual and performing arts education programs. Funding for art supplies is essential for Oklahoma schools to sustain valuable art programs that help students succeed in their education and beyond.
November 1: Submission deadline for the Flight Night Science of Flight classroom grants. This grant is designed to provide resources pertaining to flight-related STEM programming.
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.
From what I’ve seen in the news and on social media, it would appear we’re entering a new era—or perhaps repeating a bygone era—in our country where walkouts, protests and strikes are becoming popular methods of choice for those wishing to be heard regarding various issues.
The crew here at OPSRC is always searching for ways to help schools save on their expenses, an especially critical need right now.
As more and more schools’ budgets are being further reduced, reductions in force (RIF) continue to be explored by many districts. A couple more questions frequently asked are worth reviewing once again this year.
Latest financial updates, including where the 1017 and Common Education Technology Funds stand.