STEM Grants

Science Teacher Grants

The following is a list of grants that classroom teachers, schools, and/or districts may write to support their science programs. They are generally smaller grants whose applications can be completed in a short amount of time.

ING Foundation Grants
The ING Foundation is the charitable-giving arm of ING in the Americas. The Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations (including schools) addressing a variety of community needs and resources, focusing on four primary areas: children’s education, financial literacy, diversity, and environmental sustainability.

Program Areas:
Arts, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science, Environment, Social Studies, Vocational

Pets in the Classroom Grant
Pets in the Classroom is an educational grants program to support school teachers with aquarium fish or small pets in the classroom. The Pet Care Trust understands that many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals. That’s why the Trust sponsors this program to help teachers support pets in the classroom through direct, no-hassle grants. You can obtain a grant or coupon for the purchase of new pets, pet environments, or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets.

Bank of America Foundation
The Bank of America Foundation funds, as its primary focus, education projects; particularly those that deal with early childhood education, school readiness programs, financial education, teacher preparation and certification, and literacy. The Foundation does not directly fund private or public K-12 schools. Bank of America also funds health and human services, arts and culture, and community development projects under its Community Catalyst Grants. All requests for funding should be submitted to local Bank of America offices. Organizations located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington are eligible to participate in Bank of America Foundation’s grant program. Those interested in applying for a grant should send their Bank of America local senior banking executive a brief introductory letter. There are no application deadlines. Visit Bank of America Foundation’s Web site for more information:

ACS/Hach High School Chemistry Teacher Grant
The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant is awarded to high school chemistry teachers seeking funds to support ideas that transform classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. Applications are accepted annually February 1 – April 1. All applicants will be notified of their status by June 15, 2010.

Sortable list of classroom-level grants

National Education Association Foundation Grants
Throughout the year, the NEA Foundation awards close to 200 grants to support educators’ efforts to close the achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development. There are two primary grant categories open to public education professionals: [[pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/student-achievement-grants/|Student Achievement Grants]] and [[pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/learning-and-leadership/|Learning & Leadership Grants]]. Applications for both can be completed online. Please read the grant descriptions below and watch our instructional video to help you with your grant application.

Fund for Teachers Grant
PreK-12 teachers can obtain grants to support professional development summer opportunities that they design themselves. Teachers may request funding for activities (including travel to scientifically appropriate locations) up to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per team. applications due January 29, 2010.

Nickelodeon’s Big Green Grants
Providing resources to schools and community-based organizations to support environmentally friendly projects that educate and inspire kids to (1) take care of the environment; (2) be active and live healthily; and/or (3) engage in community service. Schools may apply for $2,500 grant or a $5,000 if the school matches the $5,000.**

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants
Lowe’s will donate $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups – at more than 1,000 different public schools per school year. Click here to see if you are eligible! These grants are intended to support projects engaging students in hands-on experiences outside the traditional classroom. All K-12 public schools in the US may apply for up to $5,000.

Target Field Trip Grants
Ready to get inspired? Target will award 5,000 grants of up to $800 each for the upcoming school year. So put on your thinking caps and complete an application online anytime between now and Nov. 3, 2009. Only one submission per applicant, please.

Toshiba America Foundation
The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Grants are made for programs and activities that improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics, grades K-12. The foundation focuses its grant making on inquiry-based projects designed by individual teachers, and small teams of teachers, for use in their own classrooms.

California Math Science Partnership Grant
“The CaMSP grant program, administered by the Mathematics and Science Leadership Office in the California Department of Education (CDE), is dedicated to increasing the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills for classroom teachers through professional learning activities. Cohorts 1 through 4 provided training for mathematics teachers in grade five through Algebra I and for science teachers in grades four through eight. Beginning with Cohort 5, training for mathematics teachers may be provided in grade three through Algebra I and for science teachers in grades three through eight.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title II, Part B is the funding source for this in-depth professional development program. The fiscal year (FY) 2003-04 CaMSP grant program was funded at approximately $14 million. The FY 2004-05 program was funded at approximately $20 million. The FY 2005-06 program was funded at approximately $24.3 million. The FY 2006-07 program was funded at approximately $24.8 million. The FY 2007-08 program is funded at approximately $23.6 million. The FY 2008-09 program is anticipated to be funded at approximately $21.9 million.

The grant must be the partnership of one or more school districts*, a university, and other partners such as county offices and informal science education (museums, etc.).

*To be the lead school district, at least 40% of students must qualify for free and reduced price lunch. Partner districts do not have to fulfill this requirement.

Toyota TAPESTRY Grants
A partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association, the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program offers grants to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. Fifty large grants and a minimum of 20 mini-grants, totaling $550,000 in all, will be awarded this year. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal according to the proposal requirements. The deadline for the completion of the online application is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday, January 18, 2010. Recipients of Toyota TAPESTRY grants will be notified by March 4, 2010. Non-recipients will be notified by May 31, 2010.

Olympus, technology in the classroom grants: 
All teachers who submit a technology-based lesson plan on Digital Wish will be automatically entered to win as many as 43 technology grants!

Grants will be awarded on the 28th of every calendar month.

Air Force Association Grant 
The Air Force Association believes that one of the most significant means to affect student learning is to fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students. Each school year, the Association awards grants of up to $250 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning.

American Honda Foundation Grants 
The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. When considering the American Honda Foundation as a potential funding source, please note the following:

Eligible Organizations:
Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In addition, qualifying organizations must have a minimum of two years of audited financial statements.

Geographic Scope:

Funding Priority:
Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy
Grants are provided in the fields of youth education and science education to the following: educational institutions, K-12; accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities); community colleges and vocational or trade schools; scholarship and fellowship programs at selected colleges and/or universities or through selected non-profit organizations; other scientific and education-related, non-profit, tax-exempt organizations; gifted student programs; media concerning youth education and/or scientific education; private, non-profit scientific and/or youth education projects; other non-profit, tax-exempt, institutions in the fields of youth education and scientific education; and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques.

The Lexus Eco Challenge
Deadline: January 19, 2010
Up to $30,000 for winning middle and high school students participating in an environmental contest.

Green Grants for Public Schools Teachers
The NEA Foundation and Nickelodeon’s Big Green Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching green concepts to elementary and middle school students. Green Grants to Public School Educators support projects that integrate green-related topics with various standards-based content areas to increase student engagement and improve academic achievement. The grants target environmental education as an area of great promise in helping students develop a sense of environmental stewardship. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: PK-12 public school educators. Deadline: October 15, 2009. The first application deadline is October 15, and the first grants are slated to be awarded in January 2010. The NEA Foundation will award two more rounds of green grants in 2010, with deadlines for applications falling on February 1 and June 1. For more information, visit the NEA Foundation website.

Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants
The Kinder Morgan Foundation provides grants for K-12 educational programs in the US of $1,000 to $5,000 (in communities where Kinder Morgan has operations (Barstow, Ontario, Bloomington)). Funding is available to local, state, provincial, and regional educational institutions; libraries; and programs providing ongoing support. See for application guidelines.

Hooked on Hydroponics Grant Awards
The National Gardening Association, the Grow Store, and will award equipment, curricular materials, and reference books to schools for use in hydroponics educational projects. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water containing dissolved nutrients. Eligible schools and youth organizations must plan to engage in a hydroponics project with at least 15 children ages six to 18 during the 2010 school year. Consult

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Grants
The foundation will award grants of up to $1,500 to K-12 environmental education projects. Educators who develop environmental curricula that empower and encourage students to seek solutions to environmental and social problems as informed decision makers are eligible. Please see

Kids in Need Teacher Grants
The Kids in Need Foundation funds $100 to $500 projects with these features: using common teaching aids creatively, approaching curriculum from an imaginative style, or linking non-traditional concepts to illustrate commonalities. Innovation and merit compromise 40% of the evaluation. US K-12 certified teachers working at public, private, or parochial schools may apply. See

Tommy Hilfiger Education Grants
Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation awards education grants to programs and partnerships that promote educational opportunities for diverse populations in the US. The maximum award is $25,000 and non-profit organizations are eligible. Visit

Pentair Foundation Education Grants
The Pentair Foundation funds K-12 youth programs in communities in which Pentair operates (Chino, CA). The foundation focuses on programs and organizations that support and enhance science and math education with a focus on applied skills including math and science for career development. Grants are also awarded to programs providing school-to-work initiatives, offering alternative education that enables students to excel and advance. See

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
The National Education Association Foundation provides grants to programs that increase the academic achievement of students in US public schools in any subject area. The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving to deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, AP, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Grants are up to $5,000, see

National Gardening Association’s Healthy Sprouts Awards
To encourage the growth of health-focused youth gardens, the NGA recognizes outstanding youth garden programs with its Healthy Sprouts Awards. These awards support programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the US. To be eligible, schools and organizations must plan to garden in 2010 with at least 15 students between the ages of 3 and 18. Winners will receive gift certificates toward the purchase of gardening materials from Gardener’s Supply Company and gardening and nutrition kits from NGA. See

Toshiba Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants
Toshiba America Foundation offers grants to improve the quality of science and mathematics education in US communities by investing in projects designed by K-12 teachers. Past projects include materials for the hands-on study of environmental science issues, equipment for a teacher-designed astronomy curriculum, and the implementation of innovative mathematics curricula. K-12 schools and teachers in the US may apply. Grants for K-6 are up to $1,000, 7-12 are up to $5,000. Visit