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The American Association of Physics Teachers’ Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment for the Support of Physics Teaching was established to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. Activities can include — but are not limited to — the development and distribution of innovative apparatuses for physics teaching, traveling exhibits of apparatuses and local workshops. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: AAPT members.

CONTACT:; Bauder Fund.

The American Music Therapy Association is soliciting applications for the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award. The award seeks to encourage, promote and fund music-therapy research and to explore new and innovative music-therapy treatments. Funds: $20,000 grant. Eligibility: The principal investigator must be a music therapist and a current member of the AMTA.

CONTACT: American Music Therapy Association.

The Society of Professional Journalists is requesting applications for the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award. The award seeks to honor a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Funds: $10,000 cash award, an engraved crystal and transportation (airfare and two-night hotel stay) to the national convention. Eligibility: Individuals.

DEADLINE: June 21.
CONTACT: Pulliam.

he Toshiba America Foundation makes grants for projects in math and science designed by classroom teachers to improve instruction for students in grades 6–12. Educators from those grades may apply now for grants of $5,000 or more; grade K–5 educators can apply in October.

CONTACT: Toshiba.

The Fund for the City of New York, along with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes New York City public school teachers with the annual Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics in New York City Public High Schools. Each year, seven awards are given. Each teacher receives $5,000 and the school’s science or mathematics department receives 2,500 to be used to strengthen its program. To qualify for nomination, a teacher must be a New York City high school math or science teacher for at least five years, must teach at least four periods a day, and demonstrate excellence in teaching and in achieving results. The winners are chosen by an independent panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators. Nominations are welcome from principals, supervisors, colleagues, students, former students, parents and others who are familiar with the teacher’s work.

DEADLINE: Nominations for the awards are accepted throughout the year.
CONTACT: Sloan Award.

DonorsChoose is a charity organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers can create a fundraiser that allows others to donate toward goals such as new school resources or classroom projects. Any teacher or school administrator with financial need can apply by creating an account and setting up a fundraiser, then sharing for others to donate. There’s no deadline.

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources—for free or at low cost—to schools and programs serving children in need, ages 0-18. The goal is to raise the quality of education for all children by making sure they have access to the resources needed to be successful in school and in life. If you are an educator at a Title I or Title I-eligible school, health care provider, school support worker, librarian, early learning professional, community program or after-school staff member, or you serve kids in need in another capacity, you can join for free.

Teaching Tolerance supports projects that “create affirming school climates and educate young people about how to thrive in a diverse democracy.” Ranging from $500 to $10,000, grants fund projects at the school, classroom and district levels. Projects at the school and district levels should focus on improving school climate, responding to and preventing incidents of hate and embracing principles of tolerance and inclusion. At the classroom level, grants should help teachers promote empathy and kindness, positive identity development and critical thinking. Create an account to apply at