Funding classroom projects
Here are some resources for teachers looking for help in finding money to pay for classroom projects.
- 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.
DonorsChoose.org 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.
- Grants, awards and freebies
A selection of professional development grants and awards available to educators, updated regularly by the UFT.
- 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.