Well one site, DonorsChoose.org, has made it super easy! So finally you can ask for that software you need or that classroom set of The Kite Runner that you have been wanting.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that allows public school teachers to post requests for their classrooms. Several teachers have had great success at my high school with this site and I plan to use DonorsChoose.org for some resources we will need for a new course we are offering next year.
Getting Started is Super Easy:
1. Choose the exact items you need and describe how they’ll benefit your students.
2. People, companies, and foundations can help fund your request.
3. Once funded, DonersChoose.org will send the resources directly to your classroom.
Currently 70% of all projects at DonorsChoose.org are successfully funded!
Teaching is hard and the money is never enough but there are resources available. You just have to know where to look.
Here are some additional opportunities for you or your students:
Up to $400K for community service
The Kohl’s Department Stores Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominations for kids aged six to 18 will be accepted January 31 – March 14 at kohlskids.com. Kohl’s is encouraging parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding youth, in celebration of their time, energy and passion to helping others. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and nearly 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education.Deadline: March 14, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.
$100-$500 for classroom projects
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is launching its fourth annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer’s Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products. Beginning February 14, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500. The grants will be given to certified K-12 teachers who wish to conduct classroom projects from the website catalog of award winning projects previously funded by the Kids In Need Foundation. Deadline: March 14, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit ourGrants & Funding page.
$100K for brain awareness
2014 marks the third year of the BrainWare Brain Awareness Week Grants. The grant program is designed to promote a broader understanding of the importance of brain research and its contribution to effective learning and cognitive development in schools, and in recognition of Brain Awareness Week 2014. Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by the Dana Foundation, is scheduled for March 10 to 16, 2014. Up to 18 school applicants will receive a variety of awards with a value totaling over $100,000 in licenses for BrainWare SAFARI cognitive development software or SkateKids and Ramps To Reading cognitively based reading programs. Deadline: March 16, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.
Up to $10K for household, school
In an effort to promote its Together in Education (TIE) program and to also encourage customers to try its private label products, Harris Teeter is launching the Harris Teeter Together in Education $100,000 Giveaway which rewards customers for supporting schools through TIE. Each week of the contest, Jan. 22, 2014 through April 2, 2014, Harris Teeter’s TIE Prize Patrol will distribute a cash prize up to $10,000 per winner (“Weekly Contestant”). If the Weekly Contestant does not earn the entire $10,000 cash prize, the TIE Prize Patrol will visit Alternative Weekly Contestants until the entire prize is distributed for that particular contest week. Every VIC household that is linked to a school in Harris Teeter’s TIE program is eligible to participate.Deadline: April 2, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.
Do you know of any other great resources? Please share!