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Grants and Foundations

The School District of Janesville encourages staff to research and write grants individually or in a team, for a variety of purposes including needed school/classroom items, field trips, or funding of programs or projects. If you would like to discuss ideas, forming teams or tech support, please contact Karen Schulte at kschulte@janesville.k12.wi.us or 743-5050.

As you begin to research funding opportunities, ask yourself the following four questions to see if the grant maker is a potential partner.

  1. Do I meet their stated criteria?
  2. What are their focus areas?
  3. Do our missions align?
  4. Have they given similar grants in the past? (geographically, amount, program)

Below you will find information on local foundations and grants, state and national grants, and other opportunities. These lists will be updated frequently, so please check back often.

National Grants

The NEA Foundation - The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.


Toys for Tots for Literacy Program - The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation’s Literacy Program offers books and other resources to organizations that provide educational and emotional support to economically disadvantaged children. Applicants must demonstrate that a significant portion of the children the organization supports live at or near the poverty level. Deadline is rolling.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grants - Target provides Early Childhood Reading Grants to programs, such as weekend book clubs and after school reading programs, that foster a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age 9 to read together with their families. Application deadlines will be posted March 1. Grant amounts are $1,000 - $3,000.


Verizon Foundation Grants - Verizon is using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Their comprehensive strategy leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

After School Programs

http://www.afterschool.gov  - Connecting afterschool providers to Federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours.

http://4-h.org/b/Assets/grants/JCPenneyAfterschoolMiniGrantRFP.pdf  - 4-H After School Mini grants - Proposals due in July annually.

http://www.gtech.com/about_gtech/proposal_guidelines.asp  - The GTECH After School Advantage program provides non-profit agencies with state-of-the art, Internet ready computer centers. For each After School Advantage program, GTECH donates an average of $15,000 in state-of-the-art computers, online technology, software, and volunteer hours. Proposals are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.


www.starbucks.com/aboutus/foundation.asp - The Starbucks Foundation makes grants to organizations that: Provide training to young people to develop necessary skills and knowledge to incubate ideas, identify and assess community needs, create a plan of action, execute a plan and evaluate outcomes against goals; Build ongoing leadership capacity and long term engagement of young people; Communicate young peoples' success stories through various media (print, video, web based)


http://www.plt.org - American Forest Foundation – Project Learning Tree - Project Learning Tree is a program designed for youth from preschool through grade 12 that engage students in environmental service-learning projects to improve their schools and surrounding communities. Grants are in amounts from $250 to $5,000.

www.columbia.com/giving-back/About_Us_Giving_Back,default,pg.html Columbia Sportswear Company grants are given in the areas of environmental conservation, outdoor education and community involvement. Deadline is ongoing.


www.lisalibraries.org  - The Lisa Libraries Foundation donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. To request books, write to the Foundation explaining how your organization would use the books to help children.
http://foundation.verizon.com/grant/guidelines.shtml - Verizon Foundation - Funding areas: Education, Literacy, Domestic Violence Prevention , Healthcare and Accessibility, Internet Safety. Proposals are reviewed ongoing from January 1 through October 31 annually.


http://loveyourveggies.com/school_grants.php - Hidden Valley and the School Nutrition Foundation - The Love Your Veggies™ Nationwide School Lunch Campaign provides $10,000 grants to elementary schools nationwide to support increased access to, and consumption of, fresh vegetables and fruits during school meals. While the deadline for application submissions for this year has passed, schools are encouraged to keep their eyes and ears open for future Love Your Veggies™ campaign programs.


http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=216 - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Classroom Grants - Up to $200 per individual request to supplement learning programs in science, mathematics, and technology. Each school is limited to up to $1,000 per calendar year. Grants are considered on a quarterly basis in January, March, June, and September and must be received one month prior to be considered for the upcoming cycle.

http://www.pentair.com/About-Us/The-Pentair-Foundation/Apply-for-a-Grant.aspx  - The Pentair Foundation - The Foundation focuses on programs and organizations that support and enhance science and math education, provide school-to-work initiatives, offer alternative education, or support arts education. Application deadlines of every year are: March 1, June 1, October 1.

http://www.symbol.com/category.php/?category=736 - Motorola Community Grants – Symbol Technologies - Through our grants program, Symbol funds innovative educational programs in academic institutions and community organizations with special consideration given to programs that promote Math, Science, Engineering and Technology. Funding decisions are announced quarterly.

Students with Disabilities

http://info.cvscaremark.com/community/our-impact/charitable-trust  - CVS Caremark Charitable Trust - Focuses primarily on supporting children with disabilities under the age of 21 that address the following: Accessibility to Physical Activity, Early Intervention, Health and Rehabilitative Services. Deadline is June 15th annually.

http://www2.toysrus.com/about/corpPhilanthropy.cfm  - Toys R Us - Provides grants to organizations that support children with special needs.

For Teachers

www.fundforteachers.org  - Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

For Students

http://www.earthwatch.org/aboutus/education/studentopp/scap/  - Student Challenge Awards Program - The Student Challenge Awards Program (SCAP) offers gifted students ages 16-18 an opportunity to spend two to three summer weeks at a scientific field research station. Student applicants must be nominated by an educator or guidance counselor within their academic community.

http://www.dosomething.org/grants  - Did you create a sustainable community action project, program or organization that you want to grow? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? We give out a $500 Do Something Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Amount: $500 every week. Deadline: None! Apply Now!

http://www.ronbrown.org/home.aspx - Ron Brown Scholar Program - Scholarships for African American high school seniors.

http://www.nytco.com/company/foundation/ - The New York Times College Scholarship Program - The Foundation each year selects Times Scholars, students who have overcome exceptional hardship to achieve excellence in New York City high schools. Each student receives a four-year college scholarship, mentoring and summer employment.


http://www.benjerry.com/company/foundation/who - Ben & Jerry’s Foundation - Although the Ben & Jerry's Foundation doesn't prioritize any particular issue area for funding, we do focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change in any number of areas. Applicants must submit a letter of interest any time during the year.

http://4-h.org/grants.html  - National 4-H Council offers grants to 4-H programs in local communities, in counties, and on the state level. These grants provide opportunities for young people and adults to take action on issues critical to their lives, their families, and their communities. Youth and adults work in partnership in the design of the project, the proposal writing process, the implementation, and the evaluation of funded projects. Grants are awarded to 4-H Extension groups and are not available to individuals.

www.ojp.usdoj.gov - Office of Justice Programs - Provides federal funding information for the Department of Justice on a variety of topics.

http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/ - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs - OJJDP is the federal government’s juvenile justice agency. Can get information on federal funding opportunities by selecting “Grants and Funding.” There is also information on resources, programs and publications.
http://www.statefarm.com/about/part_spos/grants/cogrants.asp - State Farm® is committed to meeting the needs of our communities by focusing our giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education). State Farm’s grant cycle is from January 2 through October 31.

http://www.iapfoundation.org/ - The mission of the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation is to fund innovative projects that foster connections between individuals, communities, the environment and the world at large. The foundation funds in a broad range of focus areas and is most interested in projects that require and/or inspire those directly benefiting from the project to give back to their communities both during the project and into the future. Grants Range from $500 to $30,000 annually.

http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/student-achievement-grants/ - The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. The grant amount is $5000. Deadlines: January 1, June 1, October 15 annually.

http://www.ed.gov/programs/slcp/index.html  - Education Department Smaller Learning Communities Program - The Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) program awards discretionary grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to support the implementation of SLCs and activities to improve student academic achievement in large public high schools with enrollments of 1,000 or more students. The Smaller Learning Communities Program plans to announce a new SLC grant competition sometime in 2010.

http://www.raysolemfund.org/grants.html  - The Ray Solem Foundation is offering one-time grants of up to $10,000 to non-profit organizations that have found creative ways to help immigrants in the United States further their verbal English language skills.

http://www.citigroupfoundation.org/citi/foundation/a_edu.htm  - Through our Building Bridges to College and Careers initiative, the Citi Foundation will support efforts that reduce the multiple barriers to postsecondary education faced by low-income and first generation students. We will support programs that build awareness of postsecondary education and career options, increase academic readiness for college level work, assist students through the college search, application and financial aid process, and provide financial education to families about saving for college and options for financing a college education.

http://www.carnegie.org/sub/program/grant.html  - Carnegie Corporation of New York - Creating Pathways to Educational and Economic Opportunity--generating systemic change across a K-16 continuum, with particular emphasis on secondary and higher education, to enable many more students, including historically underserved populations and immigrants, to achieve academic success and perform with the high levels of creative, scientific and technical knowledge and skill needed to compete in a global economy. Submit letter of inquiry. There are no application deadlines.

http://www.thelawrencefoundation.org/ - The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, education, human services and other causes. Grant applications are due either April 30 for our June grant cycle or October 31 for our December grant cycle.

http://www.reimanfoundation.org/  - The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving on three main areas: Healthcare, Education, Children. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

http://www.goodrich.com/portal/site/grcom?GUID=836e8273ea9ea110VgnVCM10000068f57eaaRCRD  – Goodrich Foundation - The Goodrich Foundation staff reviews grant requests quarterly. Deadlines for proposals are March 1 and August 1. The Foundation provides support to charitable organizations serving the needs of the public in Goodrich Corporation's United States headquarters and plant communities, to selected educational institutions and selected national groups.

www.crackerbarrel.com/about.cfm?doc_id=1239#Cracker_Barrel_Foundation – The Cracker Barrel Foundation seeks to strengthen and preserve community by supporting programs in the areas of education, human services, cultural affairs, and the environment. The foundation is especially interested in programs that address children, youth and family issues, and emphasize traditional values such as hard work, education and self-reliance. In regards to education, the foundation seeks to fund programs that: strengthen higher education and increase its availability, increase adult literacy, and improve the quality of education. Previous grants ranged from $500 to $100,000.

www.giftsinkind.org  - Gifts In Kind is the largest charity in the world that focuses on new product donations from corporations. They, in turn, provide these new products to community charities in America and throughout the world. Gifts In Kind partners with thousands of companies, including nearly half of the Fortune 100 consumer and retail product corporations. IBM, Mattel, Gap, Avon, Office Depot, HP, Adobe, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dell, Nike, RadioShack, Hanes brands, and Talbots. Many more leading corporations make their in-kind donations through Gifts In Kind International.

www.carsondellosa.com/cd2/contest/sweepsvideo.html - Carson-Dellosa and the 3M Company request entries for the Create, Decorate, Motivate! Classroom Sweepstakes, which gives schools a chance to win classroom supplies. Deadline: September 30, 2010. Prize package valued at $500.