Grant Opportunities

Explore our curated list of teacher fund-raising sites, grant lists, government grants, STEAM competitions, foundation grants, and corporate grants. Find the perfect one for you!

Grant guide

Interested in Strawbees but worried about the budget? We've got you covered! Discover a curated list of fantastic grant opportunities to help bring your creative projects to life. Start exploring and get building with Strawbees today! 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

Donors Choose

Use to receive donations from philanthropically-minded users

Go Fund Me

Raise money online by sharing your personalized fundraising page via email and social media

Grant Lists

STEMfinity Grants

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

THE Journal

Weekly updated list for K-12 grant opportunities

Government AND Regional Grants

Allegheny Intermediate Unit STEAM Grants

STEAM Grants for public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program

Computer science grant for teachers in Colorado

North Carolina Bright Ideas Education Grants

North Carolina
Funding for innovative, classroom-based projects for qualifying K-12 schools in North Carolina

STEAM Competitions

monthly #StrawbeesChallenge

Product prizes worth $30-$110

Do your :bit challenge

Winners will receive the new micro:bit and a selection of micro:bit accessories.

Foundation Grants

Allegheny Intermediate Unit STEAM Grants

STEAM Grants for public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Alternative Fuel Foundation

$250 to $1,000 rolling grants for programs that promote renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship

American Savings Foundation

Project based learning grants for after school programs in Connecticut

Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant

For up to $500 for classroom materials

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

Limited Cities
$2,000 rolling grants to improve education in underserved communities

The Chisholm Foundation

Grants to support education. The foundation also has an interest in supporting religion.

Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program

Computer science grant for teachers in Colorado


Five $1,000 grants for new engineering outreach programs in underserved communities

Dominion Energy

Connecticut and Virginia
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 for initiatives that better their community

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grant

Grants specific to elementary math educators to become the teacher-leader in their school or district

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

Inasmuch Foundation

Grants to enhance PreK-12 educational experiences in Oklahoma

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


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

Kinder Morgan

Limited Cities
$5,000 to $20,000 rolling grants focused on STEM for underserved youth

LANL Foundation

New Mexico
Grants for K-12 public school children in New Mexico

Lemelson-MIT Program

Up to $10,000 available to high school students, teachers, and mentors to create a solution to real-world problems using technology

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

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

North Carolina Bright Ideas Education Grants

North Carolina
Funding for innovative, classroom-based projects for qualifying K-12 schools in North Carolina

Penguin Random House

$1,000 to $10,000 grants for both classroom teachers and librarians focused on innovative community programs and literacy

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust

Grants for school-based STEM programming in Iowa


The grants range from $500 to $2500 and aim to introduce students to technology and increase accessibility for students with disabilities.


Limited Cities
STEM grants open to schools near Westinghouse locations

WK Kellogg Foundation

Grants contributed towards educated & healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and community & civic engagement

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Grants to enhance education in Arkansas

Woods Charitable Fund

$1,000 to $100,000 grants for education in Lincoln, Nebraska



$500 STEM technology grant awarded each month to any educator in the United States


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

Lockheed Martin

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.

State Farm

$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?

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 $29 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!