Federal U.S. Grant Opportunities

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Charter Schools

Early Childhood Professional Development

Education Technology State Grant


Gifted and Talented Students

Innovative Education State Grants

Magnet Schools

Mathematics and Science Partnerships

National Science Foundation

Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act

Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Federal US Grant Opportunities

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 611
Grades: K-12
Formula Grant
Contact: Special Education Director, IDEA Coordinator, Federal Programs Director, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Individuals with Disabilities ACT (IDEA) funds are used to provide education in the "least restrictive" environment" for children with disabilities. IDEA 611 funds supports school-aged children ages 5 to 21. School districts may use 15% of IDEA funding for early intervention services in regular education - response to intervention (RTI). Funds under this program are combined with state and local funds to provide a free and appropriate education to children with disabilities.
Note: IDEA funds may ONLY be used to serve the special education students or special ed-dedicated instructors, not the general student population.

Title I, Part A, College and Career Ready
Grades: K-12
Formula Grant
Contact: Title I Director, Federal Programs Director, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Title I provides financial assistance through SEAs to LEAs and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. Unless a participating school is operating a school wide program, the school must focus Title I services on children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards. Schools enrolling at least 40 percent of students from poor families are eligible to use Title I funds for school-wide programs that serve all children in the school. Title I funds are most often used for reading/language arts and mathematics support, which includes professional development for school personnel work with children receiving Title I-funded services.

Title I, Section 1003(g) - School Improvement Grants
Grades: K-12
Formula Grants to SEAs, LEAs must compete for funds
Contact: Title I Director, Federal Programs Director, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

School Improvement Grants are competitive funds designed to raise achievement in schools identified under Title I, Part A that have failed to meet academic achievement goals for at least two years. The goal is to improve student achievement and teacher quality and prepare students for success in college and careers.

Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Grades: K-12
Formula Grant to SEA, has been proposed to be changed to a competitive grant
Contact: 21st CCLC Coordinator, Before - and After - School Coordinator, Federal Programs Director

Title IV, Part B supports centers that provide academic enrichment programs during non-school hours, especially those that target high-poverty families and students who attend low-performing schools. Districts and community organizations, including faith-based organizations, may run the programs. Funding is distributed to states based on their proportion of Title I funding.

Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Rural and Low Income (RLIS)
Grades: K-12
Formula Grant to SEA, subgrants to LEA (either by formula or competitively)
Contact: Title I Director, Federal Programs Director, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) is designed to help rural districts in meeting their state's definition of adequate yearly progress (AYP). Awards are issued annually to SEAs, which make subgrants to LEAs that meet the applicable requirements.

Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Small Rural Schools (SRSA)
Grades: K-12
Formula Grant to LEA, but LEA must apply to recieve
Title I Director, Federal Programs Director, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

 The Small, Rural School Achievement program provides rural LEAs with small enrollments with additional formula funds. (An LEA may not receive both RLIS funds and SRSA funds.)

Alaska Native Education Equity
Grades: K-12
Competitive Grant
Information provided in awardee details

This program awards competitive grants to eligible applicants to support a variety of authorized activities, including the development and implementation of curricula and educational programs, professional development activities for educators, the development and operation of home instruction programs that help ensure the active involvement of parents in their children's education, family literacy services, student enrichment programs in science and mathematics, and dropout prevention programs.

Career and Technical Education (Perkins Act)
Grades: K-12
Formula Grants
Contact: Director of Career and Technical Education, Federal Programs Director, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

State grants help State and local schools offer programs to develop the academic, vocational and technical skills of students in high schools, community colleges, and regional technical centers. Funds from this program can be used for a broad range of programs, services, and activities designed to improve career-technical education programs and ensure access to students who are members of populations with special needs.

STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)
Grades: K-12
Competitive Grants
STEM Program Coordinator, Science Program Director, Federal Programs Director, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

The STEM+C Partnerships program focuses on enhancing the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers. STEM+C funds research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, or innovate models that integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. STEM+C funds are also used to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. 

The program offers proposers two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building. The second track is discipline-specific and may be expanded to include additional disciplines in future releases of the solicitation.

Private US Grant Opportunities

American Honda Foundation
Grades: K-12, College & University 
Range: $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.

Ecoloab Foundation
Grades: K-12
Range: Not Specified

Ecolab's Visions for Learning grant program for school educators (teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and other licensed staff) is to encourage and reward individual educators' creativity and innovation in classroom learning by providing opportunities that will motivate and challenge students intellectually, raise student achievement, as well as increase their understanding of academic content and the connection between school and life. Ecolabs also offers Regional Community Grants, which may be used, among other things, to provide programs to promote youth development, particularly youth at-risk.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation
Grades: K-12
Range: Award Amounts Vary by Proposal

The FCA Foundation has a specific concentration on K-12 science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) programs; and broader support for post-secondary level business, design, engineering, finance, manufacturing and supply chain management programs.

Lockheed Martin 
Public K-12
Range: varies; can be over $100K

Lockheed Martin provides generous funding to STEM education outreach activities for students from elementary school through college. We are committed to supporting programs, events and campaigns that focus on student achievement, teacher development, and gender and ethnic diversity.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
Grades: K-12
Range: From $2,000 to $100,000

Lowe's Toolbox for Education® Grants projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.

Motorola Foundation
Grades: K-12
Range: $10,000 to $60,000

The corporate foundation gives around 100 grants for science education annually, with recipients ranging from museums to universities to after-school programs. The foundation's STEM grants fall under its Innovative Generation Grants program, which has given more than $34 million to hundreds of programs in the United States and Canada.

Northrop Grumman Foundation
Grades: Public Middle
Range: Up to $100,000

Program inquiries:
Finn Partners
110 E. Broward Blvd Suite 1950
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 765-3636

Texas Instruments Foundation
Grades: K-12
Range: Not Specified

The Texas Instruments Foundation is a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where TI operates. Its primary focus is one providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Toshiba America Foundation
Grades: 6-12
Range: $5,000 +

Funded projects in grades 6-12 provide students with the opportunity to "do science" in new ways that promise to increase their engagement with the subject matter and improve their learning.

Walton Family Foundation
Grades: K-12
Range: Not Specified

Since 1992, the Foundation has invested more than $1.3 billion in K-12 education. With a special interest in public charter schools, they have supported a quarter of the 6,700 charter schools created in the United States and have funded reform-minded school districts. Grants have historically focused on: 

  • Creating & Support High-Quality Schools
  • Attracting & Developing Talent
  • Supporting Advocacy
  • Fueling Innovation
  • Backing Research & Evaluations

Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program
Range: Not Specified

Westinghouse believes STEM education serves to create the pipeline of those individuals who will fill future jobs in the energy sector worldwide. The applicant organization must enhance a STEM subject-matter for students or teachers in all or any grades, kindergarten through college/university level, or for the general public, assist in Westinghouse's overall mission of educating, and help provide interest in STEM careers among youth.