Recommended Websites for Grants and Scholarships That May Be Appropriate for Teachers of Gifted and Talented Students
This is not a comprehensive list and you are encouraged to check with your State Departments of Education for further information. Review eligibility requirements when viewing perspective grants and scholarships, specifically if the grant is appropriate for individuals or for K-12 groups. (Note: These websites change frequently.)
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CONFERENCES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
American Association for University Women
Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Funds are available for distance learning. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States, or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for PhD-level work.
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education
The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.
The Braitmayer Foundation
The Foundation is interested in proposals utilizing innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are:
- Curricular and school reform initiatives.
- Preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.
In addition, the Braitmayer Foundation provides modest support of activities in Marion, Massachusetts and surrounding communities which will improve the quality of life for residents in the area.
The Foundation awards Grants up to $35,000
Applications shall be submitted online, via our website, between February 1st and March 15th. The application includes:
- A two page Letter of Inquiry describing the proposed project, including timeframe. Please provide contact information, including email. Appendices should be limited.
- Proposed budget
- Proof of 501 (c)(3) status or other tax-exempt ruling letter.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) offers opportunities to expand your professional horizons! MET supports the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning at the classroom level through the funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects by channeling the generosity of contributors into classroom-based efforts that benefit all students. MET provides funds to support classroom teachers in the areas of improving classroom practices and increasing teachers’ mathematical knowledge. MET also sponsors activities for prospective teachers and NCTM’s Affiliates, as well as recognizing the lifetime achievement of leaders in mathematics education. There may be a program that’s just right for you!
Grants, Scholarships, and Awards Deadlines vary. See webpage for details.
Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program
The purpose is to promote school readiness and improved learning outcomes of young children by providing high quality professional development programs to improve the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators and caregivers who work in early childhood programs located in high-poverty communities and who serve primarily children from low-income families. These professional development programs must provide primarily research-based training that will improve early childhood pedagogy and will further young children’s language and literacy skills to prevent them from encountering reading difficulties when they enter school.
This is a link to all of the deadlines for the various grants: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
National Association for Gifted Children A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) annually awards the A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship to teachers of grades K-12 who have shown excellence in teaching gifted students, the ability to meet the needs of gifted students, and commitment to furthering the development of their teaching skills. The scholarship is designed to reimburse/defray the costs of continuing education for up to two eligible teachers currently teaching gifted students in a variety of educational settings ranging from a homogeneous or full-day special class to a heterogeneous classroom.
The Javits-Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development
The Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund for Diverse Talent Development seeks to increase culturally and linguistically diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities through teacher and school counselor/psychologist training and support related to equity and excellence in gifted education. This scholarship program strives to identify passionate, innovative educators in communities across the country where students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are historically under-represented in gifted programs.
Scholarship recipients receive professional development opportunities that include:
- up to $500 travel stipend (plus hotel) to attend the NAGC Annual Convention
- complimentary registration to the NAGC Annual Convention
- teaching resource toolkit and link to an advisor
- a full two-year membership in NAGC
- a chance to make a difference
Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.
- Visit http://www.fundforteachers.org
- Review the guidelines and create an account.
- Apply as a team? Make sure each team member reads the application guidelines.
- Complete all three parts of the application: coversheet, proposal, and itemized budge.
College Scholarships and Resources for Women
There are a wide-range of resources dedicated to helping female students achieve success in both college and their careers. The link above takes you to a list of scholarship opportunities specifically given to female students. These awards are some of the most important forms of financial aid available to women nationwide. The list of organizations includes on-campus support groups, mentoring networks and organizations dedicated to closing the gender gap in STEM careers. Those profiled are really just a snapshot of the many groups working to push women’s opportunities to the forefront of civic concerns. It takes action-oriented organizations like these to step up in order for the needs of female students to be both respected and consistently addressed.
Toyota International Teacher Program
The Toyota International Teacher Program is an international professional-development opportunity for U.S. secondary school teachers focusing on environmental stewardship and global connectedness. Selected teachers travel on a short-term (2-3 week) study tour to a country that is at the forefront of innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The teachers explore environmental issues through hands-on activities and incorporate what they learn into interdisciplinary and solution-focused lesson plans to share with their students and communities in the U.S.
Applicant must be:
- U.S. citizen
- Full-time classroom teacher or teacher-librarian in grades 7-12
- Have three years of full-time experience.
GRANTS FOR SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Corning Incorporated Foundation
Corning’s areas of involvement have included community service programs for students, curriculum enrichment, student scholarships, facility improvement and instructional technology projects for the classroom. Over the years, the Corning Incorporated Foundation has contributed more than $108 million through its programs of giving. Resources are directed almost exclusively toward initiatives which improve the quality of life in and near communities where Corning Incorporated is an active corporate citizen. Currently, the Foundation annually fulfills approximately 136 grants totaling some $3.0 million.
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
ITEST is designed to increase the opportunities for students and teachers to learn about, experience, and use information technologies within the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including Information Technology (IT) courses. Supported projects are intended to provide opportunities for middle and high school children and teachers to build the skills and knowledge needed to advance their study, and to function and to contribute in a technologically rich society. ITEST has four components: (a) youth-based projects with strong emphases on career and educational pathways (b) comprehensive projects for students and teachers (c) renewals of existing projects (d) and an ITEST Resource Center.
McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
Academic Enrichment Grants are designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
The Teacher Development Grants provide funding to individuals or small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
SEARCH ENGINES FOR FINDING MORE GRANTS
eSchool News Online: Grants & Funding
Foundation Center: find funders
Grants.Gov: All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov and it can be searched by basic, advanced, category, and agency.
Grants Alert: Our number one goal at GrantsAlert.com is to make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.
The Grantsmanship Center: Grants listed by State
The U.S. Department of Education: (ED) is providing nearly $37 billion this year to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs, to improve elementary and secondary schools and meet the special needs of students. ED is providing about $2.4 billion to help strengthen teaching and learning in colleges and other postsecondary institutions and over $4 billion to support rehabilitation, adult education, research and development, statistics, and assessment.