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[Classroom Funding] 20 Grants for Arizona Educators

[Classroom Funding] 20 Grants for Arizona Educators

Like so many educators across the country, teachers and administrators in Arizona are no stranger to dipping into their own pockets to fund their schools and classrooms. In fact, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education survey, 94% of teachers spend their own money—without reimbursement—on day-to-day classroom supplies. On average, the total bill came to $479 dollars for a school year, but some teachers reported spending upward of $1,000 on their classroom.

So, what’s the best solution when district and school budgets are tight? Try applying for a grant! We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of grant programs that all Arizona educators should be aware of, including state-specific programs and as national awards offered by corporations, professional societies, and nonprofit organizations—all organized by category and application due date.*

Grants Specifically for Arizona Educators

Professional Development Grant

Applications Due: December 16, 2018; March 24, 2019; June 23, 2019; and September 23, 2019

This grant from the AEA Foundation for Teaching & Learning offers funding to any full-time teacher or education support professional currently employed in an Arizona K–12 public school to further the profession through leadership development, craft and skill improvement, or collaborative learning with colleagues. Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $650.

Diversity Grant

Applications Due: March 1, 2019

The Arizona Education Association (AEA) Diversity Grant is given to AEA members to develop or pursue instructional programs or curriculum that promote diversity, tolerance, and respect for humankind. One annual grant will be awarded in an amount up to $1,000.

Gay-Straight Alliance Encouragement Grant

Applications Due: March 1, 2019

The AEA Foundation for Teaching & Learning Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Encouragement Grant offers opportunities for GSAs in Arizona to pursue their mission of improving the school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Grants will be awarded in amounts between $50 and $250 to Arizona GSAs registered with the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) for projects designed to create a safer, more positive learning environment for students.

LIFT Grant

Applications Due: March 1, 2019

AEA Learning Improvement through Faculty Team (LIFT) Grants are given for the purpose of enhancing student learning through the collaboration of faculty, who may include support personnel. Up to $3,000 in grants will be available to only AEA members for projects designed to expand and improve student learning.

Promise Grants

Applications Due: March 1, 2019

Promise Mini-Grants support members' small projects that are in the spirit of AEA's mission—"Keeping the promise of quality public education"—and address one of AEA's strategic objectives: “Quality teaching and learning, community engagement, and organizational development with site focus.” Grants will be awarded in amounts between $100 and $1,000 to projects initiated and implemented by an AEA member.. 

Nell Wilcoxen Future Educator Scholarship

Applications Due: March 1, 2019

This scholarship helps defray tuition and registration costs for AEA members or members of their families who are planning to pursue a teaching career.

National Board Certification Scholarship

Applications Due: Ongoing

The AEA Teacher Development Fund offers scholarships to teaching professionals who pursue National Board Certification, the highest professional achievement in teaching.  Applicants are encouraged to utilize all available financial resources to offset their National Board Certification fees.

Mary Kay Haviland Angel Fund

Applications Due: Ongoing

This AEA grant allows education professionals to provide direct assistance to individual students with educational or personal needs.

Allen W. Sayler Fine Arts Grant

Applications Due: Ongoing

This AEA grant offers scholarships to underserved children for the development of an appreciation of fine arts and to enrich the lives of children by seeking way to support students in music, drama, dance, and art.

National Grants for Classroom Supplies and Enrichment

Walmart Community Grant Program

Applications Due: December 31, 2018

Walmart awards annual grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 to a wide variety of community-focused organizations, including K–12 schools. Grants for education are intended to fund afterschool enrichment programs as well as tutoring for low-income students.

Snapdragon Book Foundation

Applications Due: April 2019

The Snapdragon Book Foundation offers a grant to help provide books for pre-K through 12th grade schools and libraries that serve disadvantaged students. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000.

ILA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant

Applications Due: March 15, 2019

This grant from the International Literacy Association (ILA) is intended to recognize outstanding teaching at the K–8 level for economically disadvantaged students. The grant is awarded in the amount of $2,500 to a classroom teacher to improve and enrich reading and writing across the curriculum.

Georgia-Pacific Foundation Education Grants

Applications Due: Ongoing

This foundation was established in 1958 to improve life in communities, including funding grants for charitable purposes.  The foundation supports a variety of results-driven educational programs, including ones that boost literacy, get public school students interested in STEM, and train teachers so that they can take their skills to the next level. The foundation also provides funds for basics like books and grants college scholarships to students who are ready to move on to higher education.

National Grants for Professional Development

ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant

Applications Due: January 4, 2019

The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant is administered by the American Chemical Society and intended specifically to support high school chemistry teachers in accessing opportunities to further their training, such as conferences or professional courses. Applicants can request as much as $1,500 in grant funding. 

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grants

Applications Due: April 15, 2019 (or when 350 applications have been received)

These grants support the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation’s belief in the value of continuous learning, training, and growth for educators. Awards fund small groups of teachers in the development and implementation of forward-thinking instructional approaches in K–12 instruction and offer as much as $10,000 per year for up to three years.

NCTM School In-Service Training Grants Pre-K–5 (Also 6–8 and 9–12)

Applications Due: May 3, 2019

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) offers grants exclusively for training related to mathematics instruction, which can involve consultant fees, conferences, training materials, and more. The NCTM offers separate grants for grades pre-K–5, 6–8, and 9–12, each with a maximum award of $4,000 per school.

National Grants for STEM Initiatives

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant

Applications Due: April 15, 2019

This grant from ACS is intended to fund ideas and instructional approaches to support chemistry learning in the high school classroom. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas to engage students in learning and help them develop a love of chemistry.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants for Grades 6–12


Two Application Deadlines for Grants Greater than $5,000: May 1, 2019; and November 1, 2019

Four Application Deadlines for Grants Less than $5,000: December 1, 2018; March 1, 2019; June 1, 2019; and September 1, 2019

This grant from the Toshiba America Foundation supports a broad range of projects with the aim of making science and mathematics learning more engaging for students. At the grade 6–12 level, grant proposals are placed in to two different funding level categories—requests under $5,000 and requests greater than $5,000.

NCTM Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning Through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants (Pre-K–12)

Applications Due: May 3, 2019

The NCTM offers this grant to promote innovative uses of technology to enhance math instruction in the classroom. Funding can cover costs of devices, as well as professional development related to their use, and awards may be as much as $3,000.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

Applications Due: To Be Determined

This grant from Lowe’s is intended to support communities by funding STEM and technology initiatives for schools and districts, including technology upgrades like new devices, as well as facility renovations and safety improvements. The grant awards $2,000 to $5,000 in funding per school.

Looking for a little guidance to get started on your grant applications? Check out this blog post for 4 Tips to Take the Stress Out of Grant Applications!

*Many of these grants are awarded annually. Due dates are as accurate as possible as of October 2018 but are subject to change. Always check specific grant websites for the most up-to-date and accurate application information.