One of the difficulties we, as teachers, face is limited funds for classroom supplies. There is help out there. Monetary grants and donations of needed supplies
are available to educators.
There are many community resources we can turn to in order to procure materials. Many local store owners are happy to donate materials and goods. For example,
carpet squares for our meeting areas can usually be obtained for free just by asking a local carpet dealer. Pencils and paper might be donated by a local stationary storeowner. Publishers
will sometimes send sample books, CDs, and DVDs upon request for teachers to examine before ordering. One teacher needed a supply of M&M’s for a math lesson. She wrote to the
Mars Corporation and they donated individual M&M’s packages for each student in the class. (If you are a NYC teacher try Materials For The Arts,
they offer educators materials and art supplies for free.) There are foundations, corporations and government agencies that offer grant opportunities.
The web sites listed below may be used to obtain information and applications for many grants. It is advisable to begin by reading the web sites that will guide
an applicant through the application process. Applicants can use the same unit plans for various grant applications by adapting the plans to fit the requirements of each grant.
National Science Teachers Association
Get information and an application for Toyota Tapestry Grants. Grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 each are available to K-12 teachers of science.
Grantsalert.com provides lists of foundation and government grants for educators.
Valuable links to guide educators through the grant process and web sites that provide information on available grants.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
K-12 teachers who develop or apply science, mathematics, and technology into their curriculum may qualify for a grant of up to $200 per individual request to supplement their learning programs. Each
school is limited to up to $1,000 per calendar year.
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