For innovative teachers looking for new ways to expand and enhance their instruction and engage their students, cost can be a preventative measure. However, there are a wide variety of sources available for funding educational initiatives, specifically educational grants, or EdGrants. These funds come from two major sources: the federal government and private organizations. Different grants often target specific educational subjects or programs and can fund things from professional development, classroom enrichment, school supplies, field trips and almost anything else that goes into bettering the quality of education.

Below we will discuss some major EdGrant sources.

Federal EdGrants

Most federal EdGrants are reserved for school districts rather than individual teachers. They commonly aim to address district-wide shortcomings for things like students with disabilities, low-income student populations, and programs to help underserved students within the district. Available federal grants can be viewed and applied for on grants.gov. There are a few that are geared toward teachers, funded as part of government subsidiaries. These are listed below.

Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program

Created by the US Department of Education, this program aims to increase student achievement by training teachers. Grants enhance the preparation of up and coming teachers and provide professional development activities for current teachers. TQP grants promote partnerships between institutions of higher education and high-need school districts.

Space Grant Consortia

This NASA initiative supports the advancement of science and engineering education, research, and public outreach. Funds are available for both curricular and professional development for teachers. Grants are provided annually at the state level.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation is a government subsidiary that offers several educational grants. Their website allows you to search by keyword to find grants that are best suited to your needs.

Private EdGrants

There are many organizations that provide privately funded EdGrants. Below are some of the largest.

NEA Foundation

Grants provided by this organization are for NEA members only. They focus on learning and leadership that comes from student achievement. The NEA foundation provides primarily professional development grants.

Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers awards grants for professional development to teacherswho have self-identified that they need to grow as an educator. These grants are self-designed and allow teachers to create their own professional development opportunity based on what is most beneficial to their teaching in their own opinions. The application encourages educators to think about their objectives, motivations and the impact their particular plan of action will have on students.

If these private grant funders do not meet your needs, there are several resources that will list both major and minor upcoming grants, including teach.com the Grantsmanship (tgci.com), and Edutopia. On these databases, you can find grants to cover anything from classroom supplies and field trips to project funding and professional development.

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