We support educators to apply for grants to buy STEAM products. Below you find a selection of US focused grants. Pick a grant that suits you!
Teacher fund-raising sites
Opportunities for teachers to offset costs of classroom materials
Use DonorsChoose.org to receive donations from philanthropically-minded users
Go Fund Me
Raise money online by sharing your personalized fundraising page via email and social media
List of regional STEM funding opportunities
Curated selection of education grants to fit your exact needs
Search for educational grants through this database
Grants for Teachers
Filter through regional and national grants by subject and grade level
Find education grants in particular regions with this active database
Weekly updated list for K-12 grant opportunities
Government Regional Grants
Allegheny Intermediate Unit STEAM Grants
STEAM Grants for public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania
American Savings Foundation
Project based learning grants for after school programs in Connecticut
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Connecticut, Massachusetts, & New York
Search tool for small educational enrichment grants in CT, NY, & MA
Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest
$2,000 rolling grants to improve education in underserved communities
Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program
Computer science grant for teachers in Colorado
Connecticut and Virginia
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 for initiatives that better their community
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Grants for tax-exempt organizations that have a passion for education, primarily in the Kansas City Area
Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Grant opportunities for education initiatives in Ohio
Hall Family Foundation
$15,000+ grants for early & K-12 education in the greater Kansas City area
Grants to enhance PreK-12 educational experiences in Oklahoma
Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, & Washington
STEM grants for developing a diverse community of technology innovators, with a focus on closing the gender gap and assisting the disenfranchised
$5,000 to $20,000 rolling grants focused on STEM for underserved youth
Grants for K-12 public school children in New Mexico
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, & Washington
Funding for non-profit projects that increase the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest
North Carolina Bright Ideas Education Grants
Funding for innovative, classroom-based projects for qualifying K-12 schools in North Carolina
Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
Grants for school-based STEM programming in Iowa
STEM grants open to schools near Westinghouse locations
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Grants to enhance education in Arkansas
Woods Charitable Fund
$1,000 to $100,000 grants for education in Lincoln, Nebraska
Strawbees Global Challenge
Product prizes worth $250 - $2500
Do your :bit challenge
Winners will receive the new micro:bit and a selection of micro:bit accessories.
AFCEA Educational Foundation
Scholarship for $2,500 awarded to STEM teachers
Alternative Fuel Foundation
$250 to $1,000 rolling grants for programs that promote renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship
Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant
Special COVID-19/School Closure grants are available for up to $500 for classroom materials
The Chisholm Foundation
Grants to support education. The foundation also has an interest in supporting religion.
Five $1,000 grants for new engineering outreach programs in underserved communities
Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grant
Grants specific to elementary math educators to become the teacher-leader in their school or district
InfyMakers Awards Contest
$10,000 grant available for K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations aiming to create more hands-on, interdisciplinary, maker-based learning opportunities
Up to $10,000 available to high school students, teachers, and mentors to create a solution to real-world problems using technology
McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
Academic enrichment grants awarded to educators aiming to improve student learning and classroom instruction
The Meemic Foundation
A variety of grant options across multiple disciplines
The NEA Foundation
Educator and district-level grants involving STEM, learning, and leadership
Penguin Random House
$1,000 to $10,000 grants for both classroom teachers and librarians focused on innovative community programs and literacy
WK Kellogg Foundation
Grants contributed towards educated & healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and community & civic engagement
$500 STEM technology grant awarded each month to any educator in the United States
STEM grants to increase student achievement
Grants supporting equitable access to STEM education for low-income populations (August Due Date)
Funding for district-wide STEAM programs within proximity of a Ford facility
National STEM grant for “imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative” public or private schools
STEM-focused grant within a community where Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests
Grants for educators preparing the next generation of innovators in STEM fields
$350 Pitsco gift card awarded monthly(PreK-College)
Siemens STEM Day Sweepstakes
Sweepstake for $10,000 towards STEM education
Rolling requests for support to teach the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce.
$5,000+ grants for education programs (October Due Date)
Grants for K-12 teachers aiming to making science and math more engaging for their students
Grants for programs promoting workforce readiness
Receive funding from $20 to $5,000 to create an impact in your neighborhood
Tips for grant applications
Sam Yancey, one of our Super Ambassadors and a K5 US teacher and STEAM enthusiast, is sharing some helpful grant writing tips to bring more Strawbees to your students. In the last 3 months he won 2 grants for Strawbees, read more on what has worked for him.
Tip 1: Tell your story in a way that speaks to your unique needs/situation!
What social-economic backgrounds do your students come from? What area are your students based-in? E.g. students from rural areas have typically less access to high-quality STEAM educators, resources and the internet. What are the parents’ employment situation, how likely do the parents have the means or support to purchase Strawbees for their child? Do the students have a good place to do work at home?
Tip 2: Why is Strawbees well-suited to the learning needs/standards of this time?
Even when things go back to school post-COVID-19, certain things have changed forever. Teachers need something that students can reuse, build with individually, and even wash in the dishwasher if need be. Sam Yancey for instance made zip lock bags of Strawbees materials for each individual student, counting out an exact number of certain straw lengths and connectors. Students can use their bag, quickly clean up, seal the bag, and no other student has to touch their materials.
Tip 3: How does Strawbees meet the budget of schools/individual accounts right now?
The new STEAM Starter Kit has a lot of straws and connectors, everything arrives pre-cut, and it’s only $20 in the U.S. Grants and companies are looking for a way that they can really multiply their impact. In other words, cost per student is extremely low compared to other STEAM solutions.
Tip 4: How is your idea for a grant really innovative?
Everyone has needs, difficulties, and challenges right now. How does your solution offer something that no one else is thinking of? How is your need greater or more unique?
Tip 5: How will you integrate Strawbees to your curriculum and what is your project timeline?
Many grants, foundations, and companies want to hear and see what you intend and what you actually create with students. Show visual projects/sketchbooks/essays
Tip 6: Go small.
Check if there are there local grants or foundations that are easier to win - go small to increase your chances! Regional or national grants tend to be more competitive and require more writing.
Tip 7: Write several grants!
Increase your chances by writing a few whilst you are at it. Sam Yancey notes that he and other teachers don’t have much time and are stretched thin. But he keeps encouraging them by saying ‘what if you simply won 1 of those grants that you wrote?’. He concludes by quoting ‘you miss all of the shots you never take.’
Happy writing educators!
Need help with your grant application?
If you require help writing a grant application please contact us and we can support you through the process.