Conferences, Competitions and Service Projects

American Historical Association: The Beveridge Family Teaching Prize

Established in 1995, this prize honors the Beveridge family’s longstanding commitment to the AHA and K-12 teaching. Friends and family members endowed this award to recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. The prize is awarded on a two-year cycle rotation: in even-numbered years, to an individual; in odd-numbered years, to a group. The winner receives a $1500 cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Assoc. for Asian Studies Award

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) invites submissions for the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize, awarded annually to recognize an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level, elementary through university. Deadline: November 1.

Horace Mann – Abraham Lincoln Fellowship

The fellowship will allow fifty full-time US teachers the opportunity to study the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. It is open to all K-12 teachers of any discipline, but its curriculum is targeted towards educators of grades 4-12.

National Council for Geographic Education

The NCGE College/University and K-12 Distinguished Teaching Achievement Awards recognize outstanding geography teaching in the colleges, universities, and schools of the United States and Canada, including U.S. Department of Defense schools abroad.

National Council for History Education Prize

The Paul Gagnon Prize will be presented to either a K-12 history teacher who exhibits exceptional historical scholarship or an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of history education.

National History Day Educator Award

The History Channel presents this award to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to history education through service to the National History Day program. The winner receives $5,000 and a special plaque that is presented at the NHD national contest in June. To be eligible, the individual must be a participant in the National History Day program and may be a teacher, media specialist, district or state History Day coordinator, judge, or parent. Nominees are evaluated based on success in involving students in the program, service to the History Day program, and service to the discipline of history in general.

Organization of American Historians

The Organization of American Historians sponsors or cosponsors awards, prizes, fellowships and grants given in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history.

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award

Sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, this award is given to outstanding teachers, researchers, and other individuals and programs. This program recognizes classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-12, who teach social studies regularly.

TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) Annual Teaching Prize

TEAMS is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support the teaching of medieval studies in all disciplines at K-12 and undergraduate levels. Winning lessons will be published in the fall edition of the Once and Future Classroom. The first prize recipient will receive a cash award of $1000, and the second prize recipient will receive $500. Additionally, the first prize recipient will be provided with a subsidy to attend the following year's International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to formally accept his or her award. Circumstances allowing, the possibility also exists for first prize recipients to be asked to present their papers at a TEAMS-sponsored session at the conference.

The Bill of Rights Institute- Media & American Democracy

Founded in 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute pursues its mission to educate high school students and teachers about our country’s Founding principles through classroom materials and programs that teach the words and ideas of the Founders; the liberties and freedoms guaranteed in our Founding documents; and how America’s Founding principles affect and shape a free society.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History- History Teacher of the Year Award

History Teachers of the Year are chosen from each state and awarded $1,000 and an archive of books for the school library. The National Winner gets an expenses-paid trip to the national recognition ceremony.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation supports music education and its many benefits through the donation of new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved school and community music programs and individual students nationwide. K-12 schools can apply for this grant. The foundation makes repairs to damaged instruments, distributes refurbished instruments and then purchases new instruments.

ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Awards

The council provides numerous awards for educators.

Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award was approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees in September 2001 and recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education.

Institute of International Education

The Toyota International Teacher Program is an international professional-development opportunity for U.S. secondary school teachers focusing on environmental stewardship and global connectedness.

National Chinese Langugage Conference Call for Proposals

National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) Call for Proposals: The success of the NCLC is built upon the innovation, best practices, and shared experiences of educators and administrators in the field of Chinese language and culture education. Share your ideas and successes by leading a session at the 2016 NCLC. The Request for Proposals is still open—submit your proposal today!

National Italian American Foundation Italian Language Study Grants

This is a matching grant program open to organizations, individuals, schools, and community groups that wish to launch or expand the teaching of Italian in their local public or private elementary, intermediate, or high schools. The grant money may be used to purchase teaching materials, pay teacher and/or teacher’s aide salaries, or towards any legitimate and academically sound activity that furthers the study of Italian in the school for one academic year. The language program may be held before, during or after school hours. Grants range from $500 to $2,000 per year.

Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies

The Korea Society’s Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies program is designed to help educators integrate Korean subjects into their curricula by taking fellows on a two-week study tour of Korea. The program includes lectures and discussions on Korean language, history, culture, art, politics and economics. Also included are opportunities for on-site study of locales of historical and contemporary relevance. During the final week, participants will be given time for independent research and exploration. The participants in past programs have found that the program offers an unparalleled learning experience as well as a unique opportunity for extensive travel in Korea.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, provides U.S. secondary-level teachers of English or the social sciences the opportunity to participate in a two-week professional exchange program in one of the following countries: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Senegal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. Each US teacher is hosted by a TEA alumni school in the participating country where they team-teach, and discuss best teaching practices, curriculum, and educational issues in the host country. The trip includes visits to local schools and parents’ committees, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and speaking to local government officials and meeting with Ministry of Education representatives. The program is fully funded and provides visa support, round-trip domestic airfare, lodging and meals to attend the TEA U.S. Conference, round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the assigned country, emergency medical insurance, and lodging and a daily stipend in host country.

The American Turkish Society Curriculum Development Grants

Curriculum Development Grants in the amounts of $250-$2,500, are made available by The American Turkish Society, a NY-based not for profit dedicated to enhancing ties between Turkey and the United States. Grant recipients will have an opportunity to attend teaching workshops in Turkey with travel, accommodation and program expenses covered by The Society’s program partner SEV.

Academic Enrichment Grants

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

This grant program offers 10- to 11-month staff positions at various federal agencies or congressional offices in Washington, D.C., including the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $5,500, plus travel and moving expenses. Applicants are judged on excellence in math, science, and technology instruction; innovation; professional growth and leadership; communication skills; and knowledge of national, state, and local policies affecting education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have at least five years’ teaching experience, and be employed full time in science, mathematics, or technology classrooms at a public or private school.

Classroom Materials Grant

$500 for global classroom project supplies.

Cyber Security Grant

Frontier Communications is taking applications for a $1,000 cyber security grant open to school teachers and college professors. Apply and you could win grant money to buy technological equipment or supplies for your room. In order to apply, teachers must submit either a 300-500 word essay or 1-2 minute video. The application deadline is April 30, 2017.

DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose enables teachers to post resource needs and it allows donors to browse and grant requests.

Fund for Teachers Grants

K-12 teachers with a minimum of three years teaching experience as a full time teacher spending at least 50% of the time in a classroom or classroom-like setting, in an eligible area, can apply for this grant by designing a professional development experience. Eligible applicants may apply as an individual or as a team; the funding limit is $5,000 per person and $10,000 total per team of two or more. Applicants submit a written online proposal explaining how their experience will make them a better teacher and how the applicant’s improved skills or capacity will be implemented in the classroom, benefiting students, curricula and school. In addition, applicants should supply information as to how they will document experiences and describe, in narrative form, their proposed fellowship budget.

Great Decisions Teaching Training Institute

Through the Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute, the Foreign Policy Association hosts talented teachers from across the country, committed to international education. In order to promote the expansion of global affairs discussion in high school classrooms, the Teachers Training Institute provides teachers with the training and materials necessary to provide in-depth international studies discussion. The Foreign Policy Association will also be able to provide accommodation and $300 towards travel expenses.

International Literacy Association

The International Literacy Association offers various grants and fellowships for study of beginning reading, reading difficulties, literacy and instruction, and adult readers, among other subjects. These include the $6,000 Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship; Teacher as Researcher grants of up to $5,000; Elva Knight Research Grants of up to $10,000 each, awarded to IRA members for proposed research addressing new and significant questions; the $5,000 Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Support Grant for an IRA member to disseminate research; the $1,000 Helen M. Robinson Grant for a doctoral student or association member in the early stages of study; and travel grants to IRA conventions.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Fellowships are awarded for graduate study of the U.S. Constitution. High school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies are eligible, as are college seniors and graduate students planning teaching careers in those subjects. Fellows from each state receive up to $24,000 to help pay for graduate study leading to a master’s degree in history, political science, or education. Both full- and part-time fellowships are available. Senior Fellowships are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degree.

Laura Bush Foundation

School Libraries can win up to $7,000 for books.

NEA Foundation

The National Education Association’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers numerous grants and awards for educators. The exhaustive list is on their website.

Pets in the Classroom

The Pet Care Trust is sponsoring the “Pets in the Classroom” program that provides educators with funds to purchase and maintain classroom pets. The grants are offered to Pre-K through 8th grade classes only and teachers can only receive one grant per school year.

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC)

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long, fully funded professional development opportunity for US elementary, middle, and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens. TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.

Teachers Notebook

When you buy an item on TeachersNotebook.com, all of the proceeds go to the teacher that created the item. Teacher resources, teaching tips, teacher deals, and education forums are all available on this website.

Toshiba America Foundation

TAF offers grants of up to $1,000 for K-6 teachers, in public or private schools, for the creation of projects designed to improve instruction for students in grades 7-12. The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms. Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellowship Program

This fellowship is opened to US educators in grades 7 – 12 who serve as leaders in Holocaust education for their schools, their communities and their professional organizations. These educators must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history, successful teaching experience, and participation in community and professional organizations. Museum Teacher fellows will participate in a five-day, all-expense paid summer institute at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., designed to immerse participants in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. Following the summer institute, Teacher Fellows are expected to create and implement an outreach project in their schools, communities, or professional organizations.

American Library Association

This site offers a variety of awards for school librarians, media professionals, and teachers.

Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award

The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award Program honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students’ lives and communities where they teach. The award consists of a $5000 cash prize and covers transportation and lodging (up to $1000 USD) for our annual conference in October. (At bottom of page link)

Cash for Classrooms Program from Accredited Schools Online

Fundraisers have a huge impact on both the student and teacher population. Fundraisers give financial stability, give students and teachers alike a chance to get creative and think of fun ways to support their school, and the end result is always rewarding. Accredited Schools Online created this guide to provide teachers and administrators with expert tips to raise funds and build relationships.

Center for Inspired Teaching

Through a 24-month residency program, Inspired Teaching Fellows are prepared for successful and sustainable careers as teachers and changemakers in Washington, DC while earning a DC teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

ING Unsung Heroes Award

ING honors outstanding teachers in all 50 states through a $2,000 grant program. The First Place Teacher receives $25,000.

Journalism Education Association

The JEA offers a list of awards for JEA members and non-members who have made contributions to journalism education.

Literacy Association Award

The International Literacy Association (ILA) Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant is a US$2,500 annual grant that honors an outstanding mainstream, elementary classroom teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing across the curriculum in real world contexts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12). The grant may not be used for purchase of commercial programs.

M.ED Scholarships

A scholarship database geared specifically toward students pursuing a graduate degree in education.

Milken Family Foundation: National Educator Awards

This program is designed to honor educators who are making great strides in improving education. From its original presentation of awards to a dozen California educators, the program has grown to national stature.

National High School Journalism Teacher Awards Program

The award for the teacher of the year includes a newsroom laptop computer, The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and a column in Advisor Update.

National Middle School Association

The NMSA has a list of awards that are awarded to outstanding middle grade educators.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

This scholarship is for secondary and post-secondary restaurant and foodservice educators who want to complement classroom time with additional industry knowledge by participating in a "hands-on" work experience or attending one of the NRAEF Summer Institutes.

National Schools of Character Program

National Schools of Character (NSOC) is an annual awards program recognizing K-12 schools and districts demonstrating outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance. Although winners may differ in method, content, and scope, all emphasize core ethical values such as honesty, respect, responsibility and caring. Selected schools and districts receive a cash award of $2,000, national recognition, and are featured in the Character Education Partnership (CEP)’s annual NSOC book/CD and on CEP’s website.

National Teacher of the Year Program

Sponsored by The Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic, the National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. A national selection committee representing the major national education organizations chooses the National Teacher of the Year from among the State Teachers of the Year. The site contains information about the application and nominating processes, duties of the National Teacher of the Year, and the selection criteria.

NEA Foundation

The National Education Association’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers grants and awards for educators listed.

State Teacher of the Year

Each state has a teacher of the year program. State teachers can nominate themselves or be nominated by parents and students. Each state’s program is different; for nomination details contact the program coordinator for your state. Those who are named State Teacher of the Year are also considered for the National Teacher of the Year Award.

Target Field Trip Grants

It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, we launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, we’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip.

The Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime.

The Hilton Teacher Treks Program

The Hilton Teacher Treks Program is meant to bring people together and foster greater understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program on behalf of Hilton Worldwide.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame

The National Teachers Hall of Fame annually honors five teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching. Anyone may nominate a teacher. Inductees receive a $1,000 stipend, $1,000 in materials for their school district, a $1,000 scholarship for a student in the inductee's school district who is planning to pursue a degree in education, and more. Candidates must be certified classroom teachers (active or retired) with at least 20 years experience teaching in grades preK-12.

Thomson Gale TEAMS Award

The Thomson Gale TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between teachers and media specialists to promote learning and increase student achievement. Three winners each receive a $2,500 cash award; Thomson Gale products worth approximately $500; a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection; and the Educator's Professional Bookshelf from Linworth Publishing. Nominations may be submitted by library media specialists, teachers, principals, students, or parents, from all K-12 public and private schools in the US and Canada.

Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year

The winner and several finalists are selected annually by the National Center for Family Literacy to honor educators who demonstrate an impact on families through early childhood education, school-based programs, adult literacy and ESL programs, parenting education, library literacy programs and community literacy programs. The online form should be completed by the program director or coordinator, and includes several guidelines which can be found on the website. The winner will receive a $7,500 award for his/her program and a trip to the 18th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy.

USA Today All Star Teachers

USA TODAY honors 20 exceptional teachers a year. Winners are announced in October and they have their photographs published and accomplishments noted in USA TODAY. Each teacher also receives a trophy and a $2,500 cash award — $500 for each of the teachers and the remainder to the school for use as designated by the teachers.

Young Educator Award

The ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award nominee is an education professional, 40 years of age or younger, who demonstrates exemplary commitment and exceptional contribution to the profession. This person's creative and innovative accomplishments within the classroom, school, district, state, or region have had a significant impact on student performance and achievement over time and provide an ongoing model of excellence in encouraging all learners to succeed. The educator's body of work consistently proves leadership among colleagues. The winner receives $10,000.

Air Force Association

The Educator Grant program is designed to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages the development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. The program also encourages establishing an active relationship between the school and the local Air Force Association organization.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The AIAA offers classroom grants of up to $200 for science and math programs. K-12 teachers who use science, math, or technology in the classroom can apply.

Education Challenge Grant

Three grants will be awarded to K-12 schools in the United States that best demonstrate the ability to innovatively incorporate computer and video games into their curriculum. All schools wanting to utilize computers and video games to strengthen their current curricular offerings or create new learning experiences for their students are encouraged to apply. Please note that proposals are not limited to STEM classes and programs.

Entomological Society of America's President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education

Entomological Foundation recognizes outstanding teachers who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools.

InvenTeams Grants

Sponsored by Lemelson-MIT, InvenTeams is a national grant initiative that fosters inventiveness among high school students. InvenTeams asks high school students, teachers and mentors to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project. Teachers apply with students for grants of up to $10,000 to support each team's efforts.

ITEA Educator Awards

This site provides a list of International Technology Education Association awards available to technology educators.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

A grant program provided by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation that focuses on community-building and facility-enhancing (both indoor and outdoor) projects.

Math Contests through Raytheon

MATHCOUNTS, Math Moves U, Rocket Challenge

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The NCTA offers a variety of grants especially for mathematics teachers.

National Geographic in the Field

Teacher grants are given directly to educators to facilitate their work in promoting and increasing geographic literacy in the classroom, school, district, and/or community. Teacher grant applications are accepted from any current teacher or administrator in an accredited K-12 school within the United States and Canada. Projects that have outreach to urban areas are particularly encouraged.

National Humane Teacher of the Year Award

The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education recognizes an outstanding teacher who consistently incorporates humane and environmental education into his or her curriculum.

National Science Teachers Association

NSTA has numerous grants and award programs available for teachers.

National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Fund Grants

Five hundred dollar grants are available annually from the NWA for K-12 teachers who help to improve meteorology education for their students. The selected teachers can use the funds to take an accredited course in atmospheric sciences, attend a relevant workshop or conference, or purchase scientific materials and equipment for the classroom.

Ocean Science Leadership Awards

The QuikSCience COSEE-West Ocean Leadership Awards recognize educators who make outstanding contributions to K-12 ocean science education. Each awardee receives a $500 stipend and a recognition plaque.

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the secondary level." Middle school and high-school teachers are eligible. Eleven national finalists are selected, one from each National Association of Geosciences Teachers section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.

PLT GreenWorks! Grants

Project Learning Tree(R) GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 are available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students "learn by doing" through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science

Established by an act from Congress and the National Science Foundation, this is hailed as the highest award for math and science teachers. In even-numbered years, honors are bestowed upon K-6 teachers, while 7th and 8th grade teachers are honored in odd-numbered years. Recipients receive $10,000, a citation from the president, and a trip to DC for a week of ceremonies in their honor and much more.

Technology Grants for teachers

There is no denying that over the last several years, the role technology plays in our lives has changed in a major way. Computer-based technology is no longer supplemental in most of our lives, but rather a critical factor. Classrooms have been especially impacted by our ever-changing society, where education has shifted from knowing how to look up an entry in a hardbound encyclopedia to learning how to identify reliable sources of information on the Internet.

Texas Classroom Assistance Grants

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is offering four $500 Classroom Assistance Grants to public school teachers in the state of Texas. Applicants may apply individually, as a group/team, or as a school.

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Fellowships

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) is asking for teachers to make a commitment to stay in the classroom.  Valued up to $175,000 and renewable for up to five years, the highly competitive Fellowships are awarded to new teachers committed to teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in high schools nationwide. KSTF offers its Fellows professional workshops, materials grants and access to a teacher-to-teacher mentoring network. By doing so, KSTF gives teachers the tools they need to inspire kids to think critically and creatively about math and science.

Time Warner Cable National Teacher Awards

Outstanding K-12 teachers who develop creative learning experiences using cable television resources such as programming or internet technology can apply for this award designed to encourage the development and effective use of Cable in the Classroom educational programs. Projects must involve cable resources either with national cable networks or local government, educational or public access programs, or technology that stimulate a national exchange of innovative ideas and programs among educators. Projects should focus on curriculum development in areas such as cross-curricular studies, classroom-to community activities, study-related materials, audiovisual productions and/or multimedia applications.

Toyota Tapestry Grants

Toyota Motor Sales Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association offer a minimum of 70 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for K-12 science teachers to implement innovative student projects in environmental or physical sciences or in literacy and science. Fifty grants are worth up to $10,000 each; winners receive an expenses-paid trip to the NSTA national convention. At least 20 mini-grants of $2,500 each are also awarded.

Verizon Tech Savvy Awards

The Tech Savvy Awards are presented to programs that demystify technology for parents so that they can learn about the technology their child is using and better support his or her educational growth. The awards are presented by the National Center for Family Literacy and are the first national awards to be given to intergenerational digital learning programs. One national award of $25,000 and four regional awards of $5,000 will be presented at the National Conference on Family Literacy. All 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, libraries and schools are eligible to apply. Programs should demonstrate innovative and creative use of digital learning in order to increase a parents understanding of the technology and empower them to become actively involved in their child’s education.

Captain Planet Grants

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. - See more at: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/about/#sthash.rGXT7KIH.dpuf

Hoenny Center Project Awards for Teachers

The Hoenny Center studies preK-12 peer teaching and wants proposals for classroom action research projects that focus a) on peer teachers' motivations, teaching strategies, and rewards; and/or b) on classroom techniques that professional educators use to improve peer teaching by students. Inquiries should be sent to teachers@hoennycenter.org with "TeachersCount" in the subject line.

KaBOOM Grants for Outside Play

KaBOOM! offers a wide variety of funding opportunities to help you bring more play into your community.

Kids in Need Foundation

This foundation awards over $100,000 in grants of $500 denominations to numerous teachers to fund creative classroom initiatives.

National Association of Special Education Teachers

Each year, NASET presents awards in a variety of categories for outstanding professional accomplishments. This site offers many awards for special education teachers.

Sprint Character Education Grant Program

The Sprint Character Education Grant Program accepts applications for funding of character education programs promoting leadership, youth volunteerism, character education and school pride. Grants will fund the purchase of resource materials, supplies, teacher training and equipment that facilitates character education for K-12 students. The program is open to all US public schools (K-12) and US public school districts.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The VFW's National Citizenship Education Teachers' Award recognizes the nation's top elementary, junior high and high school teachers who regularly teach citizenship education topics and promote America's history and traditions. Winning teachers and their schools receive 1,000 dollars.

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