Teachers often have to purchase their own supplies when decorating their classrooms. Even standard office supplies like pens and paper sometimes come out of teachers’ personal money. Though the U.S. government gives a $250 tax credit to teachers for any school supplies they buy, some end up surpassing this amount. Recently, 94% of public school teachers reported they dipped into their own funds to pay for class supplies. On average, teachers spent $479 out of pocket, with nearly 10% reportedly spending more than $1,000.
Students struggling to grasp the curriculum, often rely on supplemental materials. However, these additional resources are not always subsidized by schools. In recognition of the sacrifices and dedication of our teachers, we’ve found 12 grants to help ease the burdens of these costs.
12 Grants for Teachers
1. Up to $5,000 in funding is available to eligible educators to enhance the learning experience for students. Furthermore, this grant can support project-based learning, skill development and engaging learning experiences.
2. In-kind grants of essential school supplies are available to teachers in underserved schools; teaching in the classroom or via distance learning. While relieving the financial burden from teachers who are spending their own money on supplies, this grant aims to improve the educational experience of students.
3. Teachers can nominate their school to receive up to $500 of technology items in-kind. Specifically, technology products include powerbanks, USB flash drives, pop sockets, and charging cables branded with the school logo.
4. Grants of $500 are now open to educators for classroom projects and lessons related to aviation. Furthermore, applicants can include private, charter, and public school K-12 teachers, homeschooling cooperatives and STEM coordinators.
5. High school educators can apply for grants of $500 for supplies and materials to aid in classroom instruction. Moreover, this funding is to assist teachers in providing additional opportunities to their students and classrooms.
6. Grants are open to U.S. full-time public and public charter school educators, including counselors, librarians, nurses, and therapists. Particularly, this funding is for classroom projects that benefit students. Examples include books, technology, and field trips.
7. PreK-12 teachers can apply for grants to incorporate agricultural lessons into the core curriculum. Moreover, this funding is to help purchase materials necessary for projects related to agriculture, gardening and other related topics. Teachers may propose creative classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more.
8. College and post-secondary education faculty staff can apply to receive surplus laboratory equipment. A wide range of equipment and training apparatuses include but are not limited to amplifiers, oscilloscopes, mass spectrometers and power supplies.
9. An in-kind grant of software and training is available worldwide to educators to help their students practice and master math facts. However, grantees may use the software with only one classroom of students (up to a maximum of 40).
10. Mathematics teachers of grade 6-8 students can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for innovative classroom materials. Materials may be in the form of books, visual or audio displays, computer software, or other hands-on materials for mathematical exploration.
11. Up to $1,000 is now open to educators and teachers to cover costs associated with visual art supplies and materials. This funding is to help enhance educational programs through art.
12. Music teachers may be eligible to receive grants of up to $750 for professional development activities. This funding is open to support private and public studies as well as projects to help increase the applicant’s teaching and performing skills.
More Grants Are Available
Meanwhile, more than 150 grants are currently available to teachers and educators. Grants can also be found for preschools, elementary schools, high schools and post-secondary education (IHEs). While our youth is the future, teachers play an important role in preparing them. Continued funding is crucial for the development of students, and resources such as GrantWatch.com, provide listings for current grant funding opportunities. As the school holidays end, we look forward to the new term and those going back to school.