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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Classroom Grants

Teachers are always asking me how they can get more technology items in their classrooms.  If there is no money in budget, I tell them to apply for a grant!  Here are some sites that offer ongoing, quick, and easy grants for educators:

Donors Choose:











Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.  Then, users can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.













Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, Digital Wish develops new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for our children. With your help, we can provide the resources our schools need to thrive.













With districts everywhere facing budget cuts, we're more dedicated than ever to help teachers get the resources they need to make their classrooms successful. And, with loads of prizes available—from cash to iPads to video cameras—there's more incentive than ever to apply now and apply often.




NEA Grants:











Opportunities for educators, schools, communities, and students.  Here is a great article on NEA about applying for grants: http://www.nea.org/home/10476.htm.




Grant Wrangler:











A free online listing service of grants and awards for teachers.




ClassWish:













ClassWish is a nonprofit organization that empowers parents, educators, and local communities to make a positive change in their children's lives by providing them with the supplies they need to learn, grow and excel.





Grant Gopher:












Grant Gopher scours hundreds of sources for grant programs currently accepting applications.  Those grants are compared to your funding needs and you receive alerts when matches are made. 



Teachers Count:











TeachersCount is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the status of the teaching profession and provide resources to the education community. Using a national ad campaign and related initiatives, TeachersCount is working to create a permanent culture of teacher appreciation in the United States.


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