Grants for You and Your Classroom. (2023)

Applying for a grant can take a little extra work, but the payoff is worth it.

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By Stephanie Behring

July 24, 2020 | Careers, Continuing Education, Financial Aid

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From bake sales to fundraising drives, it can seem like schools are always looking for ways to increase their funding. While states and the federal government are expected to fund the basics, oftentimes programs are left lacking and teachers find themselves buying their own classroom supplies, using outdated technology and textbooks, or unable to pay for a field trip.

Luckily, there are hundreds of grants available to teachers that can help plug the holes. While some are for professional development or enrichment, most of them help fund your classroom and school. Securing a grant can benefit your students now and for years to come.

Grants are offered by a huge variety of organizations, from small, local charities to large national players like Target, Nike, and Toshiba. So, how do you go about getting one? Make sure you’re narrowing down your choices to grants you or your school would qualify for. Some grants are targeted at particular grade levels, certain populations served, or specific types of schools.

Once you’ve found a grant that will meet your needs, check the application procedure. Often, you’ll need to write a proposal. Your proposal will need to outline facts about your school, why you need the grant, and how you’ll use the money. Often, competitive grants will have a rating and voting system that will weigh your proposal and application against other proposals. A committee will typically vote to approve or deny your grant. Keep in mind that some grants are first-come, first-served, meaning that when funding for a year runs out, that money is gone and you won’t be approved, even if you meet the requirements.

From funding for a pet in the classroom to endowments that bring new reading or sports programs to schools, below are some non-state-specific grants that can help bring improvements to you, your classroom, and your entire school.

Grants for Teacher Development

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Some grants are available to teachers for personal use. While you can’t use these grants to pay your bills or buy a house, you can use them for personal advancement and enrichment. From travel to education to classroom pets, here are a few grants meant just for you.

General Educator Grants

You can find funding for things you might not have thought of, from a classroom goldfish to a once-in-a-lifetime professional enhancement trip.

Pets in the Classroom

Amount: $50 to $150 toward a classroom pet

Description: Have you ever wished your students could share in the care of a pet? The Pets in the Classroom program makes that possible, providing a stipend for teachers to purchase fish, rabbits, and other small animals for their classrooms.

Who Qualifies: K-9 teachers

Deadline: Applications open for each school year in August.

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program

Amount: Travel expenses and stipends

Description: The goal of the Global Classrooms program is to enrich teachers’ lives through travel, allowing them to bring that experience back to their students. Recipients are able to take a three-week trip to an international location, where they can meet with other teachers and gain new experiences.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers with at least five years of experience

Deadline: Applications are accepted December through March of each school year.

Grants to Advance Your Education

If you’re looking to sharpen your skills, learn new techniques, or advance your career, these grants can help.

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Fund for Teachers

Amount: $5,000 to $10,000

Description: Fund for Teachers has been in existence since 2001 and gives teachers the chance to apply for money toward their own professional development goals. Unlike grants meant for a specific course or conference, Fund for Teachers lets you plan your own educational and professional development needs and then apply for funds toward those needs.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Applications are accepted between October and January each year.

NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grant

Amount: $2,000 to $5,000

Description: You can apply for this grant from the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation on your own or as part of a team. Funds can be used to attend conferences, seminars, and other educational opportunities. However, funds can’t be used toward classes that are part of obtaining a degree.

Who Qualifies: Public school K-12 teachers and faculty at public colleges and universities

Deadline: All NEA grant applications are currently paused due to COVID-19.

McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants

Amount: Up to $10,000 per year over a three-year period

Description: These grants from the McCarthey Dressman Educational Foundation allow teachers to pursue innovative professional development and new teaching strategies. Like the NEA grant, you can apply as an individual or as part of a team. If you’re selected, the foundation will work with you to implement your goals and observe their impact on students.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Applications are accepted from January 15 to April 15 each year.

Grants for Your School or Programs

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Most teacher grants fall into this category. You can find grant funding to help you teach certain subjects, spruce up your classroom, get an extracurricular activity started, and more. You can apply for these grants on your own or with the help of other teachers in your school or department. For example, if you’re applying for an English and Language Arts (ELA) grant, you might want to have all the teachers in your department work on the proposal.

Library Grants

Keeping your school library furnished with up-to-date books and materials can be a huge expense for many schools. Librarians, who manage both books and internet resources for schools, will find that grant funding can help overcome that financial barrier and ensure that their school’s library provides value to students.

The Laura Bush Foundation Grant

Amount: Varies

Description: Founded by former United States First Lady Laura Bush, the foundation has been helping high-needs schools keep well-stocked libraries since 2002. Public schools and their libraries are encouraged to apply for the funds they need to update their books and materials.

Who Qualifies: Guidelines are currently under review, but the grant is intended for high-needs schools with a significant percentage of students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.

Deadline: Rolling

Schoolwide Grants

Multiple grants are designed with your whole school in mind. Funds may be used for schoolwide improvements or initiatives.

American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Grant

Amount: Varies, but the average award is $10,000

Description: Funds can be used for needs like meal programs or for learning initiatives like reading programs.

Who Qualifies: Teachers and educators who work for nonprofit schools, libraries, community centers, or other nonprofit organizations

Deadline: Applications are accepted in February of each year.

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Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund Grant
(administered by the National Education Association)

Amount: Varies

Description: Funds are given to help teachers fund innovative schoolwide programming. Each year, priority is given to specific areas. For the 2021 funding year, priority will be given to grant proposals focused on early career educators or racial justice in education.

Who Qualifies: K-12 public school teachers. Schools must be affiliated with the National Education Association to qualify.

Deadline: There are two rounds of applications. The first round of applications is due by September 15. If your application is approved, you’ll then need to submit a second-round application by February 21.

Jordan Fundamentals Grant

Amount: Varies, but the average award is $10,000

Description: The Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, supports this grant. The grant aims to provide funding for schools and improve academic outcomes, teacher-student relations, school communities, and teacher development.

Who Qualifies: K-12 public school teachers at high-needs schools. The Jordan brand defines a high-needs school as one where 50% or more of students receive free or reduced lunch.

Deadline: April 15 of each year

Supply Grants

It’s no surprise that teachers often spend their own money to fill their classrooms with supplies. In fact, the National Education Association reports that as many as 94% of teachers have spent their own money on supplies, averaging over $400 a year. Luckily, there are programs out there that can ease this burden. Teachers can crowdfund their classrooms through organizations like Adopt a Classroom or Donors Choose. There are also grants available. While many supply grants have a specific use in mind, such as STEM or art supplies, others can be used for any supply needs your classroom has.

Supply a Teacher

Amount: $100 to $500 in supplies

Description: Supply a Teacher is an ongoing project from the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF). Teachers can apply for this grant and receive two large boxes filled with a semester’s worth of classroom supplies. As a teacher, you can create a list of supplies you need for your classroom. KINF will make your list available to donors and then deliver them directly to your school.

Who Qualifies: K-12 public school teachers at high-needs schools. The Jordan brand defines a high-needs school as one where 50% or more of students receive free or reduced lunch.

Deadline: You can contact KINF at any time, but lists for teachers in need are posted in the summer.

Student Success Grants

Amount: Awards of either $2,000 or $5,000

Description: Student Success Grants from the National Education Association are designed to help teachers purchase materials, supplies, and technology for their classrooms. Funds can also be used for transportation. Currently, STEM-focused proposals are given preference.

Who Qualifies: K-12 public school teachers at NEA-affiliated schools

Deadline: All NEA grant applications are currently paused due to COVID-19.

Arts Grants

Arts education has been proven to improve overall student learning and success, but instructors who teach art in schools often have a hard time securing funding for their programs. Grants can help bridge this gap and allow your school to continue providing arts opportunities for students.

Arts Fund

Amount: Varies

Description: The Arts Fund is one of five “Spotlight Funds” from Adopt a Classroom. Unlike Adopt a Classroom’s typical crowdfunding model, Spotlight Funds let teachers apply for grants and get funding for specific school needs. Money from the Arts Fund can be used toward art supplies, musical instruments, theater costumes, and more.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Rolling

National Endowment for the Arts Educational Grants

Amount: Between $10,00 and $100,000

Description: The National Endowment for the Arts is a federal agency dedicated to funding artists of all kinds throughout the United States. Schools can apply for grants to fund arts education, theater departments, music programs, and more.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Multiple grant programs with deadlines throughout the year.

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Sports and Wellness Grants

Schools can set a foundation for healthy habits in students, but not having the right equipment can make that tough. Physical education teachers can benefit from a sports and wellness grant designed to get students active and moving with.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants

Amount: Up to $4,000

Description: A project of America’s Dairy Farmers, this grant has been giving schools the funding they need to increase physical activity programs and bring healthy foods to their students for the past 10 years. Funds can be used for school wellness initiatives, sports equipment, and more.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers at schools that are part of the National School Lunch Program. You’ll need to be signed up for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to apply.

Deadline: Applications are accepted every spring.

STEM Grants

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) grants can make a huge difference in the programs and lessons you can provide your students. From science lab supplies to math integration projects, STEM grants can be an invaluable resource for technology teachers looking to help students connect with these subjects in a new way.


Amount: $1,000

Description: The Stem Fund is another Spotlight Fund opportunity from Adopt a Classroom and is offered in partnership with Staples, the office supply store. Teachers can apply for funding toward materials like lab supplies and calculators to teach STEM in their classrooms in an engaging way.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: January through March each year.

Toshiba America Foundation Grant

Amount: Varies

Description: Sponsored by technology company Toshiba, these grants are designed to help teachers bring their STEM learning ideas from concept to classroom. Funds are designed to be used for a specific goal or project and not for classroom supplies.

Who Qualifies: Middle and high school teachers

Deadline: Rolling

Verizon Foundation Education Grants

Amount: Varies

Description: Verizon’s education grants are meant to be used to enhance STEM programming at schools throughout the country. This can include funds for extracurricular activities, integrated programming, and teaching education. Funds can’t be used to purchase classroom computers.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Rolling

Early Literacy Assistance (ELA) Grants

You might not think of early literacy assistance supplies as a huge expense, but with everything from interactive phonics tools to novels falling under this umbrella, costs can add up. Teachers specializing in early childhood education can benefit from grants such as these. ELA grants can make sure your students have the supplies they need to inspire a lifelong love of words.

The Literary Empowerment Foundation (LEF) Book
Matching Grant

Amount: Up to $20,000 worth of books for your classroom

Description: The Book Matching Grant from LEF is designed to help schools double their ability to purchase books. Books are available at multiple grades and reading levels to suit English curriculums. If your school is selected, LEF will match the money you spent on books for your classroom up to $20,000.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: July 31 each year

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Other Grants

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Additional grants are available outside of major subject areas. You can find help to fund that museum field trip, funds to restock your supplies after a disaster, funds toward making your classroom more diverse and welcoming, and more.

Target Field Trip Grants

Amount: $700

Description: Field trip grants have been sponsored by retail giant Target since 2007 with the goal of sending classrooms on field trips to enhance learning opportunities. Funds can be used for tickets, transportation, meals, and more.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Rolling

Disaster Relief Funds

Amount: Varies

Description: If your school or classroom has been impacted by disaster, there’s an Adopt a Classroom Spotlight Fund to help. Funds can go to replenish damaged supplies, provide meals to qualifying students while schools are closed, and more.

Who Qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Rolling

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Grants for You and Your Classroom.? ›

Is the TEACH Grant worth it? Each individual needs to consider carefully if the service obligation attached to the TEACH Grant makes the $4,000 in financial assistance worth it to them. If they don't want to live or teach in an area that services low-income students they may find this program isn't a good fit for them.

What can you use grant money for in the classroom? ›

What to Buy with your Teacher Budget or Grant
  • Flexible Seating. Flexible seating is all the rage across the United States. ...
  • Classroom Library. More and more, ELA teachers must be the book providers in modern schools. ...
  • Breakout Edu Membership. ...
  • Moveable Parts for your Classroom. ...
  • Theater Corner. ...
  • Screencastify.
Feb 5, 2019

Is the Teach Grant worth it? ›

Is the TEACH Grant worth it? Each individual needs to consider carefully if the service obligation attached to the TEACH Grant makes the $4,000 in financial assistance worth it to them. If they don't want to live or teach in an area that services low-income students they may find this program isn't a good fit for them.

How do I write a grant proposal for education? ›

Tips for writing an effective grant
  1. Explain the issues that challenge your students. The first step is to clearly identify the educational need or issue you are looking to address. ...
  2. Clearly articulate your solution to the issue. ...
  3. Share evidence and reasons you think your solution will work.

What is an example of a student grant? ›

A grant is a gift to an individual or company that does not need to be paid back. Research money, education loans, and stock options are some examples of grants.

Which is money given to a student to pay for school? ›

Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable.

How can I fundraise a lot of money? ›

Our Favorite Fundraising Ideas
  1. Local Restaurant Partnership.
  2. Design Challenge.
  3. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising.
  4. Coupon Books.
  5. Crowdfunding Campaign.
  6. Pledge Challenges.
  7. Bake Sales.
  8. Fundraising Letters.
Feb 8, 2023

How can I raise money fast? ›

If you borrow money from friends or family, it's best to draw up a contract about the terms of the loan.
  1. 1) Liquidate Your Assets.
  2. 2) Take on Odd Jobs.
  3. 3) Track Down Your Loose Change.
  4. 4) Organize a Garage Sale.
  5. 5) Get Money From Your Retirement Accounts.
  6. 6) Part With Your Plasma.
  7. 7) Borrow Money From Friends or Family.

How does adopt a classroom work? ›

Donors can give to a specific teacher/school, search for a teacher/school in their community, or give to a Spotlight Fund. Teachers can spend the funds immediately. Donors receive thank you emails, impact stories, and a list of supplies purchased by their adopted classroom.

What is the difference between a Pell grant and a TEACH grant? ›

Pell Grants offer free aid to undergraduate students who haven't yet earned a degree but demonstrate financial need. Unlike the TEACH Grant, there is no service obligation. However, you will need to complete your education program and meet enrollment and academic performance requirements.

Are student loans forgiven for teachers? ›

Teacher Loan Forgiveness (TLF)

TLF forgives up to $17,500 of your Direct or Federal Stafford Loans after 5 complete and consecutive years of teaching at a qualifying school. To qualify for TLF, you must have been employed as a full-time teacher at an eligible school for five complete and consecutive academic years, and.

Are TEACH grants forgiven? ›

After completing five years of consecutive, full-time teaching service, you can submit an application for loan forgiveness. Generally, teachers can receive $5,000 in loan forgiveness maximum. However, educators who teach math, science subjects or special education can receive up to $17,500 in forgiveness.

Can anyone write a grant proposal? ›

To become a grant writer, you need to have a Bachelor's Degree. While it is not required that the degree is in a specific subject, degrees such as English, journalism, marketing, and communication, nonprofit management, or creative writing will help you stand out as a grant writer.

How difficult is it to write a grant proposal? ›

Grant writing tends to be hard because it is intricate and has a number of components to learn. If you come to grant writing with strong writing skills, knowledge of the grant writing process broadly, and a basic understanding of what grant funding is, you'll probably be able to learn grant writing quickly.

How do you ask for a grant proposal? ›

5 Steps on How to Ask for a Grant
  1. Find matching grant prospects. ...
  2. Visit the website of your targeted grantors from time to time. ...
  3. Call the person in charge to confirm your eligibility. ...
  4. Prepare a grant proposal or letter of intent. ...
  5. Follow the grantor's application process exactly.

What are examples of program grants? ›

Project Grants: Examples

The federal government awards many different kinds of project grants. Some project grants examples are the Race to the Top program, the Federal Pell Grant system, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation.

What is an example of a Pell Grant? ›

For example, if you are eligible for a $2,000 Pell Grant for the award year and are enrolled full-time for both the fall term and spring term, you'll likely receive $1,000 in the fall and $1,000 in the spring.

Why are grants important to students? ›

Funds undergraduate research

A higher education grant paves the way for students to pursue research in important fields, like healthcare, social reform, and technology. Each grant given has impact as students grow confident in their ability to affect and change the future.

How much money does FAFSA give? ›

Federal financial aid limits
Maximum amount (2022-23)
Direct Subsidized Loan$3,500 to $5,500 per year, depending on year in school
Direct Unsubsidized Loan$5,500 to $20,500 per year, depending on year in school and dependency status
Direct PLUS LoanTotal cost of attendance
Federal work-studyVaries by school
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How do I know if I get the Pell Grant? ›

Federal Pell Grants typically are awarded to undergraduate students with low or moderate income. Most borrowers can log in to to see if they received a Pell Grant. We display information about the aid you received, including Pell Grants, on your account Dashboard and your My Aid page.

What is the meaning of Pell Grant? ›

A Pell Grant is money the government provides for students who need to pay for college. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Eligible students receive a specified amount each year under this program.

What is the most successful fundraiser ever? ›

The 10 most successful charity fundraising events
  1. Race For Life (£51,521,000) ...
  2. World's Biggest Coffee Morning (£25,102,796) ...
  3. Movember (£11,000,000) ...
  4. Moonwalk (£8,168,992) ...
  5. No Makeup Selfie (£8,000,000) ...
  6. Ice Bucket Challenge (£6,8000,000) ...
  7. Dryathlon (£5,000,000) ...
  8. London to Brighton (£4,308,599)
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How do you ask for donations? ›

Take a look at the following ten best practices for asking for donations in person.
  1. Do research beforehand. ...
  2. Form a strong relationship before you make the ask. ...
  3. Meet them where they are. ...
  4. Practice your pitch. ...
  5. Communicate in a variety of ways. ...
  6. Be genuine, direct, and specific. ...
  7. Tell good stories. ...
  8. Be prepared for rejections.

How can I raise money with 5k? ›

How To Plan a 5k Run/Walk Fundraiser
  1. Gather Your Team and Set Goals. ...
  2. Decide on the Details. ...
  3. Build a Budget and Find Sponsors. ...
  4. Open Registration. ...
  5. Promote Your Fundraiser. ...
  6. Plan for Race Day. ...
  7. Recruit Volunteers for Race Day. ...
  8. Prepare for Racer and Volunteer Surveys.
Nov 30, 2022

How can I make 500 dollars fast? ›

7 practical ways to make $500 fast
  1. Sell items you no longer use. Look around your house or clean out the garage. ...
  2. Rent out extra space in your home. ...
  3. Complete online surveys. ...
  4. Pet sit for other people. ...
  5. Drive passengers with Uber or Lyft. ...
  6. Deliver food or groceries with DoorDash. ...
  7. Become a freelancer. ...
  8. Build an emergency fund.
Apr 3, 2023

How to get $3,000 dollars fast? ›

How To Make $3,000 Fast
  1. Online Freelancing. One of the most straightforward ways to get $3,000 fast is to sell your skills online as a freelancer. ...
  2. Sell Stuff You Own. ...
  3. Try Driving Gigs That Pay. ...
  4. Complete Odd Jobs For Cash. ...
  5. Work Overtime. ...
  6. Start An Online Business. ...
  7. Consulting.
Aug 25, 2022

What does a classroom room parent do? ›

A room mom or dad is a volunteer who helps out in their child's homeroom class to support the teacher by helping out with classroom events, coordinate classroom volunteers, facilitate communication between the teacher and other parents in the class, also act as a liaison between HCE PTO, teachers and parents.

How do you foster a community classroom? ›

5 Strategies for Building Community in the Classroom
  1. Hold Weekly Class Meetings. A simple but effective way to build classroom community is to hold meetings with your class once a week. ...
  2. Focus on Gratitude. ...
  3. Work Together Toward a Shared Goal. ...
  4. Give Daily Shout-Outs or Compliments. ...
  5. Let Students Have a Voice.
Jan 11, 2020

What is Golden State grant? ›

The Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Program awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential.

What is a UCR grant? ›

UCR offers a variety of multi-year funding opportunities for incoming students that may include stipends, full or partial payment of tuition and fees, and appointment as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR).

What is the Perkins Loan? ›

A Perkins loan is a type of federal student loan based on financial need. A Perkins loan is a subsidized loan, meaning that the federal government pays the loan's interest while you are in school.

What is the average student loan debt for a teacher? ›

If you need to take on student debt to pay for a teaching degree, you're not alone. More than half of educators took on debt to pay for college. The average amount they borrowed was $55,800, according to a 2019 National Education Association report.

Which states offer student loan forgiveness for teachers? ›

State programs that offer student loan forgiveness for teachers
  • Arkansas.
  • Delaware.
  • Illinois.
  • Maine.
  • Maryland.
  • Mississippi.
  • Montana.
  • New Mexico.
Mar 18, 2020

What is the typical student loan debt for teachers? ›

Within the 45 percent of all educators who have taken out a loan, the average total amount of student loans among educators was $55,800, with 30 percent taking out $65,000 or more (Figure 2). 7 More than 1 in 10 educators (11%) took out $105,000 or more in student loans.

What teachers get loan forgiveness? ›

Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your ...

What is the TEACH Grant controversy? ›

Some early red flags were raised a few years ago by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO investigated the TEACH grant program and noted that teachers were improperly having their grants taken away. At least 2,252 grants were erroneously converted to loans by the servicer.

Can you get the TEACH Grant and Teacher Loan Forgiveness? ›

You can potentially receive forgiveness under both the Teacher Loan Forgiveness (TLF) program and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. But normally you can't receive forgiveness for both programs for the same period of teaching service.

What not to say when applying for a grant? ›

5 Things Not to Say in Grant Applications
  1. “We are not sure how we will continue the program after your grant funding ends.”
  2. 2. “ We hope to be able to…”
  3. “We need your funding to continue to operate…”
  4. Buzz words, phrases, or industry jargon.
  5. Overly ambitious outcome statements.
Jan 8, 2016

What not to do when writing a grant? ›

What follows are some common pitfalls that you should avoid in writing your grant.
  1. Don't Work in Isolation. ...
  2. Don't write a grant if your request is not of interest to the funder. ...
  3. Don't assume the grant reviewers will be experts. ...
  4. Don't ignore the grant instructions. ...
  5. Avoid confusion in defining the problem.
Jul 12, 2017

What are the 5 types of grant proposals? ›

Common Types of Grant Proposals
  • Capital Grants. It is challenging to build in capital expenditures to a nonprofit budget. ...
  • Program / Project Grants. The most common grant proposal is one requesting support for a program or project. ...
  • General Operating Grants. ...
  • Matching / In-Kind Grants.
Apr 11, 2023

How many hours does it take to write a grant proposal? ›

So you're wondering how long do grants take to write? In general, it is good to plan at least six to eight weeks to write a grant. It is important not to rush the grant writing process so that you have time to write a quality proposal that has a high chance of being funded.

What are 3 questions that you would ask the grant writer? ›

Here are 5 more questions to ask when interviewing a grant writer:
  • How long have you been writing grants? ...
  • How much time do you need to write a federal grant? ...
  • How many federal grants would you like to write a year? ...
  • What is your award rate with federal grants? ...
  • How do you improve your skills as a grant writer?

What is one common reason that grant proposals are rejected? ›

1 The project doesn't fit with the funder's priorities

In that poll of why funders (especially large, influential funders) refuse requests for funding, the reason you'll always find top of the bill is: 'The proposal doesn't fit with our priorities.

What is the most popular grant? ›

Program/project grants

This is the most common type of grant.

How long should a grant proposal be? ›

Typically, a grant proposal should be up to 25 pages, although different funding institutions will often put this in their “Rules” section — so read those carefully!

What is it called when you ask for a grant? ›

A grant proposal or application is a document or set of documents that is submitted to an organization with the explicit intent of securing funding for a research project.

What do students use scholarship money for? ›

Remember, scholarship money can be used to pay for any education expenses deemed necessary by your school. This could include books, a laptop, lab equipment, housing, and more.

What are grants in teaching? ›

A TEACH Grant-eligible program is a program of study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and that leads to a bachelor's or master's degree, or is a postbaccalaureate program.

Do teachers get money to decorate classroom? ›

Yes. Teachers have to pay for almost everything - including decoration. The only things I didn't have to pay for was one box of copy paper, a couple expos, tape, and staples. My district gave us a small amount of money to help with costs, but that was gone quickly because I use it to buy supplies for the kids.

How does Grant feel about teaching where he does? ›

Grant reveals his true feelings about his work and his community. He has no faith in anything and does not believe he can teach anybody anything. He doesn't believe that things will ever change. He also knows that his aunt will not take “no” for an answer regarding his visiting and teaching Jefferson.

What happens to unused grant money? ›

The school will issue you a Pell Grant refund if some of your grant dollars are unused. You may receive a check for the remaining amount, or the school may transfer it via direct deposit into your bank account or student account.

Can you use scholarship money for living expenses? ›

Just as you can use scholarships to pay for tuition, you can use scholarship money for living expenses as well. What some students may not realize is that room and board can oftentimes be just as expensive as tuition – if not more.

Can you keep leftover scholarship money? ›

In some cases, you may be allowed to keep the money and put it towards anything you want. However, in most cases, you will likely have to return the money to the provider so that they can add it to a new scholarship fund for other students.

What is the difference between a Pell Grant and a teach grant? ›

Pell Grants offer free aid to undergraduate students who haven't yet earned a degree but demonstrate financial need. Unlike the TEACH Grant, there is no service obligation. However, you will need to complete your education program and meet enrollment and academic performance requirements.

Are teach grants forgiven? ›

After completing five years of consecutive, full-time teaching service, you can submit an application for loan forgiveness. Generally, teachers can receive $5,000 in loan forgiveness maximum. However, educators who teach math, science subjects or special education can receive up to $17,500 in forgiveness.

What are the three types of grants describe? ›

ED offers three kinds of grants: Discretionary grants: awarded using a competitive process. Student loans or grants: to help students attend college. Formula grants: uses formulas determined by Congress and has no application process.

What sells the most on teachers Pay teachers? ›

10 Best Things to Sell on Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Teacher Planners.
  • Classroom Decor.
  • Printable Task Cards.
  • Morning Work.
  • Sub-Plans.
  • Worksheets and Activities.
  • Digital Items.
  • Clip Art.
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How much does a teacher gift cost? ›

How much should you spend on a teacher gift? A range is appreciated, but gifts of about $25 are common. "Teachers don't typically expect gifts from students. In the past, I've received gifts from $5 up to $100.

What do teachers spend the most money on? ›

Key Takeaways. Well over 90 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies and other items their students need to succeed.


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