Grants for Educators – July through October by Roxanne Jensen, Ed. Spec.


You counted down the days until summer break, felt just a little teary as you put students on the final bus home, and breathed a huge sigh of relief as the bus pulled away. Are you spending your days gardening, reading, seeing movies, or teaching summer school? However you choose to spend your hours, do you find your thoughts drifting to your students? It happens to all of us. As you look towards the coming school year, consider taking time to write a grant proposal or two that will empower your instruction and support learning in your classroom.

Assel Grant Services has identified four teacher-friendly grant opportunities with deadlines over the next few months. To learn more about these grants and our services for K-12 educators, visit our website:

Target Field Trip Grant – ( Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide, with each grant valued up to $700. Grant applications will be accepted between noon on August 1 and 11:59 p.m. on October 1 (CST).

PLT GreenWorks! – ( Any organization, community group, nature center, museum, school, etc. that is based in the United States or U.S. Territories and that involves youth in environmental and/or conservation education is welcome to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant. Inspire students to take responsibility for improving the environment at their school, home, and in their community. PLT GreenWorks! offers training for adults, tips on starting a student-driven GreenSchools program, how to obtain equipment and collect data, and ways to empower your students to design and lead an action project that uses their STEM skills. This year, the maximum amount you can apply for is $1,000 with 50% matching funds required. The deadline to apply is September 30th.

Toshiba America –  (K-5 Wanted: Classroom Innovators! Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Applications must be for project-based learning. Requests for computers, laptops or tablets are not considered.

  • Grades K-5 Grant requests for $1,000 or less are accepted and reviewed October 1.
  • Grades 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or less are accepted and reviewed quarterly.
  • Grades 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or more are accepted and reviewed twice a year – May 1st and November 1st.

NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants – ( Student Achievement Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Preference is currently being given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, most grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Education support professionals are especially encouraged to apply. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. There are three grant deadlines throughout the course of each year. The next deadline for applications is October 15.

GPC Competency 1: Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs.  Skill 5:  Identify fundable programs and projects for specific organizations.