Need some funds to do a classroom project or take a field trip? Jeffrey Collins of Independence National Historical Park offers these grant ideas. (INHP offers great school programs too. Check it out!)
Grants are listed by deadline, with the earliest deadlines first:
Apply by September 30 for Kids In Need Teacher Grant. They provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. Grant Amounts are $100 to $500; they want to be the sole funding agent for your project. In exceptional cases, a grant may be awarded in conjunction with funding from another source.
The Target Field Trip Grants Program, with a deadline of October 1, is an innovative, no-strings-attached initiative that funds field trips for students nationwide. Over 3,600 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January 2014.
Funded by the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program provides grant awards of up to $5,000 to support school improvement projects at K-12 public schools in the United States. The deadline is October 15, 2013. However, if 1500 applications are received before the application deadline, then the application process will close For the 2013-14 school year, the foundation will give priority to basic necessities, with a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/cleanup projects.
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has created a funding initiative called Minigrants, through which awards of $500 are given to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community. The deadline is March 15, 2014.
Do Something Seed Grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. They give out a $500 every week to help young people start a community action project or program.
National History Day is offering 11 Resource Books free to teachers.