New Funding Resources for K–8 Educators

There is money out there if you know where to look

Every year, we scour the Internet and other secret sources to bring you the most up-to-date and complete listing of funding resources for K-8 educators. This year we identified more than 55 organizations and businesses that offer a variety of cash, in-kind donations, or grants to help fund everything from STEM programs for students to new technology for classrooms, and even professional development (PD) opportunities for teachers. There’s a ton of money out there and we show you where to find it.

That being said, free money is not necessarily easy money. It can be a lot of work to pull together a grant application, but it’s well worth the time and effort—especially if you feel strongly about a particular project or challenge. The more passionate and knowledgeable you are about your needs, the better equipped you’ll be to write enthusiastically (and persuasively) about how you propose to put any contributed funds, materials, or equipment to work in your classroom, school, or district.

Also, keep in mind that the process doesn’t end with an award. If you’re fortunate enough to receive a grant, you may be required to keep tabs on how you use the funds and document any related program results. This is especially true for some of the larger grants, so make sure you understand what will be expected of you before you apply. You’ll find award descriptions, eligibility requirements, submission deadlines, and more in our newly updated 2018 Grants Guide, including links to online applications.

Download your free copy now to access grant listings, tips for how to apply, and the very latest details on ESSA funding. Feel free to share this link with your colleagues who may be looking to fund something they’re passionate about too.

TIP: Many organizations and businesses require applicants to supply proof of 501(c)(3) status. This designation essentially defines your school, district, or organization as a federally tax-exempt charity. That means donors can write off any contributions they make to you. If you don’t currently have 501(c)(3) status, you can get more details about exemption requirements and even apply online at irs.gov.

Kristen Ramaley

Kristen Ramaley

Sr Marketing Manager at DreamBox Learning
Kristen is a strong believer in the idea that every student learns differently and has spent the past 8 years working in edtech exploring different approaches to teaching and learning. When she is not behind a computer engaging with educators, she can be found hiking in the mountain passes surrounding her native city of Seattle, or on her paddle board with her furry companion Isla.
Kristen Ramaley