Funding classroom projects

Inside My Classroom-Jan 2014

Here are some resources for teachers looking for help in finding money to pay for classroom projects.

Grants, Awards and Freebies

We scour the Internet and other sources for grants, awards and free things that New York City public school educators are eligible for and publish what we find in each issue of the New York Teacher.

AFT Funding Database

The American Federation of Teachers' Funding Database is a searchable database of loan forgiveness programs, teacher grants and awards, classroom donation programs, and summer studies and exchange programs. You can search by funding type, grade level, position, district type, subject area and state. is a nonprofit that connects public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning. Teachers are invited to submit a project. Your aim is to inspire donors by describing what you need, why you need it, and how your project will change your students' lives for the better. Donors choose which projects to support. Once a project is funded, the website delivers the materials directly to the school. In return, teachers submit photos of the project in use and thank-you notes from students, which the website then send to the project’s donors.

Teachers Network

The Teachers Network furnishes valuable tips about how to write successful grant proposals and where to find funding opportunities for your classroom.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center provides a variety of tools for grant seekers. Visitors new to the site are encouraged to utilize its Quick Tour of services and features available, which include help with proposal writing; tools for locating prospective funders; news and research on the field; and library and training classes. Grant seekers may use the Search option to access Requests for Proposals, which provide the user with links to the websites of grant makers who are of interest. In order to be granted additional access to the complete database of grant makers, you have the option of subscribing to the site for a designated fee, which is dependent upon the scope of the services desired.

Free Management Libraries

This website is a great place to start for schools looking to fund a proposal. In addition to helpful information on how to fundraise, this site has excellent tips on how much grant money to request and how to write and format any proposals.

Non-Profit Guides

This website is a perfect tool for any school looking for tips on how to write their inquiry letter or grant proposal. Non-Profit Guides also gives several examples on how to write a successful grant proposal.

Green School Grant

Schools can get up to $500 each from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to rejuvenate existing programs or to develop new programs centered around the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) and composting. The grant is geared towards all public and private schools (Grades K-12) in New York State. Awards will be made twice yearly.

School Wellness Council Grant

The annual School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant Program awards $2,500 to schools to create or strengthen SWCs. These councils are charged with developing practical and innovative ways to address various components of wellness for students and the school community such as health education, physical activity, school nutrition, staff wellness, mental health and other wellness-related programs.

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