“I’d love to purchase new technology for the classroom, but I don’t have the money for it right now.” This is an all-too common phrase said by educators and administrators. Many educators want to implement new and innovative technology to heighten student learning, but lack the funds to do so. It is an unfortunate reality that many schools are restricted from purchasing technology due to funding. Grants can be an important resource for solving the funding problem.
In our “Technology in Rural Schools” blog, educational consultant Daisy Dyer Duerr discussed the importance of writing grants. It was this process, she explained, that provided her with the money to purchase necessary technology for her school in rural Arkansas. While educators are familiar with grants, many teachers and administrators are unaware of where to find them. What are some available resources that educators can utilize to find and apply for grants (and technology grants in particular)?
GetEdFunding.com is a free resource for finding grants specific to your school type. This site allows you to narrow grants down by state, institution, grade level, focus, content area, and 21st century themes/skills. You can receive biweekly emails for grants that match your interests and specifications.
There are a number of technology-related grants that teachers can apply for, including the DirectStar TV Teacher Grants. DirectStarTV provides grants for educators to implement technology in their classroom. The top three applicants will be selected by the strength of their submitted essay, which will detail the impact the proposed technology will have on their students. The grant winners will receive $1,000 to use for classroom technology. Application deadline: February 27th, 2017
Teachers can also receive $2,500 from Farmers Group, Inc.to use towards their AdoptAClassroom.org funds. AdoptAClassroom is a nonprofit organization where educators can fundraise and purchase necessary classroom supplies. The website has various education technology products to purchase, including the BoardShare USB camera.
Application deadlines: February 27, May 30, and September 27, 2017.
GrantsAlert.com is another free website that is dedicated to helping America’s K-12 teachers and schools find funding opportunities. The website has a number of available grants with both rolling and specific deadlines that teachers and administrators can apply for. Although you cannot filter the grants as specifically as GetEdFuding.com, the grants can still be sorted by state, grant title letter, and deadline. They have a list of the latest grants listed on the right side of their home page.
One of the grants listed on the site is the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology Grants. According to the site, “The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology.” Educators can receive a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $1,000,000 to use towards classroom technology purchases. Application deadline: rolling.
Grants.gov “provides a unified site for interaction between grant applicants and the U.S. Federal agencies that manage grant funds.” Although the site can be slightly intimidating to navigate, it is still an excellent resource for finding grant money. Users can search for grants in a variety of methods, including by keyword, eligibility, category, and funding instrument type.
Published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia is a website that discusses a variety of topics in the education sphere. Designed to help teachers stay in the loop, the website keeps an updated list of new and upcoming grants. The page also contains a list of contests that offer money for contest winners.
As Daisy Dyer Duerr noted in our “Technology in Rural Schools” blog, it can be helpful to call other schools nearby and see what grants they have applied for. She also advises to not be discouraged if you do not receive the grant; instead, follow up and ask what you need to do to receive the grant when you apply the following year. Doing so may help your school achieve its mission of purchasing new and innovative technology.