Grants, awards & freebies

Grants, Awards & Freebies — April 6, 2017

Middle school science support

The Urban Advantage Middle School Science Program (UA) provides a comprehensive framework for supporting teaching and learning that is grounded in authentic science and evidence-based inquiry. This citywide initiative spearheaded by the American Museum of Natural History serves more than 800 teachers and 80,000 students annually in approximately 46 percent of the middle schools across all five boroughs. Urban Advantage is a public-private partnership involving the Department of Education, the City Council and a museum-led consortium of eight institutions. The program provides professional development for teachers, equipment and supplies for schools, and field trips and vouchers for students, families, teachers and administrators.

DEADLINE: May 2017.
CONTACT: or call Hudson Roditi at 1-212-313-7315.

Students’ health and well-being projects announced a new program to fund projects that support students’ health and well-being, making it easier for them to focus on their studies and have success in school. These projects fall under the label of Student Life Essentials. Matching funds of $1 million are available. Eligibility: K–12 schools. Projects may include requests for warm, clean clothing; personal hygiene items like deodorant and toothpaste; and food to take home on nights or weekends.

DEADLINE: Ongoing.
CONTACT: DonorsChoose

Linking U.S. and Japanese students

The United States-Japan Foundation is requesting applications for its Pre-College Education grants program. The program supports innovative education projects that help young Americans and Japanese learn about each other’s society, culture and country, as well as learn to work together on issues of common concern. Eligibility: K–12 schools. Funds: Vary by request. Previous grants ranged up to $110,000. The Foundation focuses on K–12 education and throughout its history has been at the forefront of supporting teacher professional development projects that train U.S. teachers to teach about Japan, and Japanese teachers to teach about the U.S.

DEADLINE: July 15 for letters of inquiry; Aug. 31 for full, invited proposals.
CONTACT: David Janes, the director of Foundation Grants, United States-Japan Foundation, 145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016;; United States-Japan Foundation.

STEM funding sweepstakes

The Siemens Foundation seeks entrants for the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes gives educators the chance to win funding to help advance STEM at their school. Eligibility: K–12 schools. Funding may be used by the school for a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies or technology. Winner is chosen through random drawing. Applicants may vote once a day for their school. Funds: $10,000.

DEADLINE: April 28.
CONTACT:; Simens Sweepstakes.

Seeking unsung heroes

Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? The Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. With more than $5 million in awarded grants, Voya Unsung Heroes has proven to be a popular program with educators. The program’s “alumni” have inspired success in the classroom and affected countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. All K–12 educators can apply.

DEADLINE: April 30.
CONTACT: Unsung Heroes

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