Grants, awards & freebies

Grants, Awards & Freebies — March 7, 2019

It’s so easy being green

Is your school or class involved in sustainability and/or recycling projects? If so, it might be eligible to apply for an award of up to $1,000 being offered by the New York City Department of Sanitation and Citizens Committee for New York City to NYC School green teams. Minigrants are for green team expenses such as recycling and garden projects, T-shirts and/or uniforms, school sustainability events and eco-friendly giveaways. NYC K–12 public schools are invited to apply (although schools that won in fall 2018 are not eligible for a spring 2019 grant).

DEADLINE: March 15.
CONTACT: Department of Sanitation

Integrate fresh strategies

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation is looking for applications for the Teacher Development Grants program. The program supports small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking K–12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Funds: Grants up to $10,000 for up to three years. Eligibility: Licensed K–12 teachers employed in public or private schools. Applicants should be eager to improve classroom instruction; be willing to document the new approach in detail; and have an imaginative and well-considered plan for enriching classroom instruction.

DEADLINE: April 15.
CONTACT:; McCarthey Dressman

OMG! Read all about it

First Book is seeking applications for the OMG Books Awards: Offering More Great Books to Spark Innovation program. The program will provide 1.5 million brand-new books for distribution to children living in low-income communities. Grants will be awarded in 33 states and award amounts will vary by state. Eligibility: Classrooms and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18. Awardees will be able to select the books that will help them best meet the needs of the children they serve through the First Book Marketplace.

DEADLINE: May 15 and Aug. 15. Deadlines vary by state.
CONTACT:; First Book

Looking for problem-solvers

Lemelson-MIT is seeking participants for its InvenTeams program. The program invites teams of high school students, educators and mentors to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Funds: Grants up to $10,000. Eligibility: STEM educators. Funds may be allocated for research, materials and learning experiences related to the project. Funds may not be used to purchase capital equipment or professional services (e.g., intellectual property legal protection, engineering services). Funds may be used for an unrestricted teacher fellowship of $3,000 if the project is conducted as an extracurricular activity or club.

DEADLINE: April 8.

Reach your potential

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

Workshops in full bloom

Each year the City Gardens Club of New York City pays program fees for a limited number of NYC public school teachers to attend activity-oriented summer workshops at the New York Botanical Garden; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; the Queens Botanical Garden; the Horticultural Society of New York; a residential program on Hog Island, Maine, offered by the National Audubon Society; and a residential program at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. Scholarships cover the costs of tuition, P in-service credit where available, course materials, and room and board when applicable. Elementary, middle and high school teachers who teach science in the classroom are eligible.

DEADLINE: April 6 for Hog Island and May 4 for all others.
CONTACT: City Gardens Club

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