The challenge invites middle and high school science teachers (grades 6-12) in the United States and Canada (with special attention to urban and underrepresented groups) to illustrate replicable approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources.
Entries will be judged on the basis of a number of criteria, including demonstrated science inquiry and innovation in the classroom with limited laboratory equipment, materials, and resources; demonstrated impact and engagement with students and the school community; and demonstrated need for support to improve science laboratory experiences.
Fifty-four regional finalists will be selected and asked to create a short video that displays the school's current science laboratory facilities and provides further explanation of how winning equipment and resources would make a difference in their science teaching and in the learning experience for students. The judging panel will then review the submissions and select eighteen regional winners. Of the eighteen winners, five national finalists will be chosen, and from those finalists a grand-prize winner will be selected.More than $90,000 in lab makeover prizes will be awarded to the eighteen winning schools. All winners will receive science lab equipment, cash grants, membership to the NSTA, and support to attend NSTA conferences on science education.
- For complete program guidelines and the application form, visit the NSTA Web site.
The Big Help Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches to addressing four key concerns — environmental awareness, health and wellness, students' right to a quality public education, and active community involvement. The grants target these four concerns as areas of great promise in helping students in the twenty-first century develop a global awareness that encourages and enables them to make a difference in their world.
Applicants must be practicing U.S public school teachers or public school education support professionals.Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.
The application process is the same as for the NEA Foundation's Student Achievement grants. Applicants should specify that their request is for the Big Help Grants program in their application.
For complete program guidelines, eligibility restrictions, and application procedures, see the NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants page at the NEA Foundation Web site.
- A program of the Kids In Need Foundation, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students.
- Teacher Grant awards range from $100 to $500 and are intended to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The number of grants awarded varies from year to year, depending on the total amount of funds requested. Typically, three hundred to six hundred grants are awarded annually.
Applications are judged according to a rubric that emphasizes innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness.
- All certified K-12 teachers in the United States are eligible.
- Visit the Kids In Need Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and examples of winning projects.
- Funded by the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program provides grant awards of up to $5,000 to support school improvement projects at K-12 public schools in the United States. Now in its sixth year, the program has donated over $25 million to more than five thousand schools.
- For the 2012-13 school year programs, the foundation will give priority to basic necessities. There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor), as well as landscaping/cleanup projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit are encouraged. (Please note: the grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third-party funding.)
- Sample project ideas include reading gardens, vegetable gardens, physical fitness areas, school landscaping projects, school nature trails, parent involvement centers, peer tutoring centers, playgrounds, and rotating student art exhibits.
- Any individual U.S. public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with a public K-12 school is eligible to apply. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Groups without 501(c)(3) status should apply through their school. Preschools are not eligible.
- Grant requests must be between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. Lowe's will donate $5 million to schools and school parent/teacher groups at more than one thousand different schools during the school year.
- The deadline for submitting applications for the fall 2012 grant cycle is October 12, 2012. However, if fifteen hundred or more applications are received before the deadline, then the application process will close.
- Visit the Toolbox for Education Web site for complete program guidelines, application materials, an FAQ, and sample project ideas.
- A collaborative effort between EarthEcho Internationaland the NEA Foundation, the Water Planet Challenge grant program supports student service-learning programs designed to help improve the health of our water planet.
- The Water Planet Challenge Grants are available in the form of NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants to middle and high school public educators.
- Interested applicants must cite specifically how they are utilizing EarthEcho's Water Planet Challenge Action Guidesin the classroom with their students. From conserving energy and improving the quality of drinking water to understanding the impact of the Gulf Oil spill, the Water Planet Challenge's collection of action guides, videos, lesson plans, and service-learning materials are intended to help educators connect with students and jumpstart student awareness and involvement in affecting change.
- Grants are in the amount of $2,000.
- The online application process for this grant is the same as all NEA Foundation $2,000 Student Achievement Grants. Applicants should designate their grant application for consideration for the Water Planet Challenge Grant program.
- For complete program guidelines and the online application system, visit the NEA Foundation Web site.