Grant Policy Overview
Thank you for visiting the Grants Office Staff Resources Page! We hope the information you find here will be helpful. If you have any questions, please contact Grant Development Manager Laura Denton at Laura.Denton@knoxschools.org or 865-594-8080.Please be aware of the following policies when applying for grants.
The policies and procedures posted to the right should be followed when applying for grants.
- Once funding is awarded, all grants require acceptance by the Board of Education; the Grants Office will shepherd your grants through this process - click here to begin! (Please be aware that Donor's Choose are considered donations, not grants)
- State or Federal Funds of any amount require KCS Finance approval.
- Any grant that requires matching funds (cash or in-kind) requires KCS Finance approval.
- Any grant amount above $25,000 requires KCS Finance approval.
- Any grant that includes research data to be published requires KCS Research & Evaluation approval.
Staff/Department Grant Opportunities
Below is a list of grant, donation and competition opportunities available for schools and teachers. Please contact us for assistance in locating funding opportunities for specific needs as well as technical assistance in planning for, writing, editing or reviewing grant applications before they are submitted. If the deadline below has passed, watch for updated deadlines to be posted as available for next year. If you know of other opportunities, please contact Laura Denton at Laura.Denton@knoxschools.org.Action for Healthy Kids - http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/tools-for-schools/apply-for-grants
ACS - Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant - http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/grants/hachhighschool.html
- School Breakfast Grants (pilot or expand school breakfast including alternate or universal alternate); $500 - $5,000; July 2017
- Game on Grants (physical activity and nutrition initiatives); $500 - $2,500; July 29, 2016 and annually
Air Force Association - http://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/k12grants/educatorgrants
- Support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development and reveal the wonders of chemistry
- up to $1,500
- February 1 - April 14 annually
Amateur Radio - http://www.arrl.org/etp-grants
- Promotes aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten to 12th grade
- July 1 - November 18, 2016
Amber Brown Grant - http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/amber-brown-grant/
- Grants for radio station equipment and related software equipment for classrooms in the US
- November 1 yearly
American Association of School Librarians - must be personal member of AASL
- November 1 - April 15 yearly
- Provides an all-expense paid visit to the school by a well-known children's book author or illustrator, a $250 stipend to make the visit memorable, and $250 in books from the author or illustrator
American Honda Foundation - http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf
- Collaborative School Library Award - http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/collaborative $2,500; Deadline February 1, 2016
- Innovative Reading Grant - http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative $2,500; Deadline February 1, 2016
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Classroom Grant Programs - https://www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=4184
- Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy
- Only one grant per organization per year; $20,000 - $75,000 request
- Applications due February 1 and August 1 for new organizations and May 1 for past recipients
Ameriprise Financial - https://www.ameriprise.com/financial-planning/about/community-relations/grant-making/?state=TN#view-state
- Promotes aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades.
- Up to $250 Grants
- Open Grant Cycle October 1 - November 16, 2016
- Open Grant Cycle January 1 - February 12, 2017
Bank of America Charitable Foundation - http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/charitable-foundation-funding.html#fbid=NvlAfbl7oVN
- Supporting Community Vitality through Arts Education
- January 15 and May 15 yearly
Best Buy Community Grants - https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/
- Workforce Development and Education - January 19 - February 24, 2017
- Connecting youth to employment: high school and college matriculation and graduation; skill development and job training; first-time work experience; better money habits; mentoring; and service as a pathway to employment.
- Focus providing teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.
- Average grant amount is $5,000.
- Grant cycle June 2 - 29, 2016.
Blackberry Farm Foundation - http://www.blackberryfarm.com/foundation/receive
BMW Group North America - http://http://www.bmwgroupna.com/philanthropy.htm
- Applications due September 30
Bridgestone Americas - http://www.bridgestoneamericas.com/content/bscorpcomm-sites/americas/en/corporate-social-responsibility/community/trust-fund-application.html
- The BMW Group in North America provides funding for charitable programs that benefit society. Highest consideration is given to programs that focus on education, road safety, and the environment.
- Within the education focus area, the BMW Group is concerned with advancing education at all levels. Grant making focuses on: intercultural learning for students and their teachers in kindergarten through grade 12; automotive technology, mechanics, career, and repair programs in high schools, technical schools, and community colleges; and research in the areas of safety design, ergonomics, and new materials.
- Within the road traffic safety focus area, the group supports public education on safe driving practices. Grant making focuses on: drivers’ education programs geared toward teenagers and new drivers; basic maintenance programs for women; consumer education on general road safety issues; and programs to promote the safety of children and young people on the road.
- Within the environment focus area, grant making focuses on programs that seek to: conserve/preserve natural resources, particularly parklands and waterways; research/promote the use of alternative fuels; and provide environmental education for students in kindergarten through grade 12.
- Applications accepted year round
- Award amounts vary
Brinker International Charitable Giving - https://public.conxport.com/brinker/donations/Home.aspx
- Youth development, performing arts programs, cultural programs
- Rolling deadline
- No recommended limits in funding
Build a Bear Foundation - http://www.buildabear.com/shopping/workshop/Charitable%20Donations/3100023/10500018
- Chili's Restaurant Gift Certificates and monetary donations
- Applications accepted on on-going basis; allow 4-6 weeks for review of request
Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation - http://www.kazanjian.org/grants/apply
- January 1 - March 31 annually
- Funding to: help communities through volunteering; experience the power of teamwork; accept people's unique differences; respect people and animals; or take the lead to drive positive change
Captain Planet Foundation
- Elevating the nation's understanding of the need for economics education through new strategics for teaching economics (including on-line or web-based), projects, policy studies or programs encouraging measurement of economic understanding more often and/or more effectively, and programs that help disenfranchised youth and/or young adults with children to participate in the economic system.
- Average grants of $22,000; Range of $3,500 - $150,000
Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award - http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/fasse/fasse-mcauliffe
- Eco-Tech Grants - Sixteen (16) $2500 grants will be awarded to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Application opens January 1, 2016 with rolling deadline through March 15, 2016 (as funds allow). http://captainplanetfoundation.org/ecotech-grants/
- Small Grants - $500-$2,500 - Must be project based, performed by youth and have real environmental outcomes - http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/ - Deadlines September 30 and January 31.
- Grants are intended to make innovative social studies a reality by 1) developing and implementing imaginative, innovative, and illustrative social studies teaching strategies; and 2) supporting student implementation of innovative social studies, citizenship projects, field experiments, and community connections.
- NCSS membership required.
- Application deadline May 31, 2016.
Clif Bar Family Foundation - http://clifbarfamilyfoundation.org/Grants-Programs/Small-Grants
- Cooperative education funding
- Information available in early December 2016
Computers for Learning - http://computersforlearning.gov/htm/hp_schooleducation.htm
- Increase opportunities for outdoor activity
- February 1, June 1, October 1
- up to $7,000
Cracker Barrel Foundation - http://www.crackerbarrel.com/about/foundation
- Provides schools with excess computer equipment that becomes available as federal agencies upgrade their equipment
- Once registered, schools can search for and identify available equipment in which they are interested
- Equipment is free; shipping/handling and refurbishing costs do apply
Crayola Champion Creatively Alive Children - http://www.crayola.com/for-educators/ccac-landing/grant-program.aspx
- Typical Grants $5,000 - $15,000
C-SPAN's Student Cam - http://www.studentcam.org
- Innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools
- $2,500 and up to $1,000 in products
- June 20 annually (bonus if completed by June 5)
Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants - http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/grant_programs.aspx
- Annual National Video Documentary Competition - theme varies each year
- Awards for students and teachers - $250-$5,000
- Annual Deadline January
DonorsChoose - Teacher projects are posted, and donors nationwide choose which projects to support.Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation - http://inasmuchfoundation.org/journalism-foundation/
- Applications available January 2017; focuses on Adult Literacy, Family Literacy and Summer Reading Programs
- Applications due May 29, 2016; focus on Youth Literacy
- Maximum Grant Amount: $4,000
- Additional Beyond Words Dollar General School Library Relief Funding (within 36 months from a disaster and within 20 miles of a DG store to replace lost materials within 180 days of funding) - http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/beyond-words
EzrA Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants - http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/section/ezra-jack-keats-mini-grant-program-for-public-libraries-public-schools/
- Investigative Reporting, Professional Development, and Special Opportunities with a preference for programs focusing on ethics and new media
- Letter of Intent due May 15 and November 15 yearly
Fab School Labs (Northrop Grumman Foundation) - http://www.fabschoollabs.com/learn-more/key-dates.html
- Projects that provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education
- Grants up to $500
- Deadline March 31st
Farmer's Insurance Thank America's Teachers - https://www.farmers.com/thank-americas-teachers/submit-a-proposal/
- Middle school STEM lab classroom makeovers
- Grants up to $100,000
- May 1 - June 17 annually
Fender Music Foundation - http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/grants/grants-info/
- Applications available January 10 - Feb 27; May 1 - 30; and Aug 1- Sept 27.
Good Sports - http://www.goodsports.org/equipment/apply/
- Instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs (they are lightly used, blemished or otherwise imperfect) currently including acoustic, electric, acoustic-electric, and bass guitars and necessary equipment to play the instruments. Other instruments are sometimes available.
- Eligible programs must not deny participation based on ability, charge fees less than fair market value, be functioning smoothly for at least one year, provide music instruction at least once/week for eight months/year, and be confident that with or without funding, the program will exist for the foreseeable future.
- No deadline; applications are reviewed as received.
Grant for Geographic Literacy - http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/geography
- Sports equipment to operate an organized sport, recreational activity or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children (ages 3-18).
- Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but should be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the sport season or program.
- Required to pay shipping at 10% of requested value (must have finance approval prior to applying as this is considered matching funds)
Hearst Foundation - http://www.hearstfdn.org
- Programs that promote geography education in schools; enhance geographic literacy of students; and to encourage the integration of geography into the social studies curriculum/classroom
- $2,500, an award, opportunity to present on their work, and up to $800 in travel stipends to present
- Application deadline May 31, 2016
Humana Foundation - http://www.humanafoundation.org/howtoapply
- Innovative models of early childhood and k-12 education
- Meaningful programs in the arts and science, particularly those which enable engagement by young people
- No deadlines; applications accepted year round through the online portal.
Junior League of Knoxville Mini Grants - http://www.jlknoxville.org/?nd=minigrants
- Healthy behaviors, health education, access to health services
- Letter of Intent (2 pages or less) due December 15, 2016
KaBOOM! Grants - http://apply.kaboom.org
- $50 - $500 mini-grants to support classroom projects
- Application deadline October 24, 2015
Kids In Need Foundation - http://www.kinf.org/grants/
- Build It Yourself - Up to $15,000 in matching funds for playground equipment or soccer play space; must use community-build model
- Creative Play - Grants to support Imagination Playground or Rigamajig Materials
Kinder Morgan Foundation - http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/community/km_foundation_guidelines.aspx
- Kids In Need Teacher Grants - $100-$500 - Deadline September 30
- Elmer's Teacher Toolkit Grants - $100-$500 - Deadline September 30
- JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores Grant - $100-$500 - Deadline September 30
- Dollar General Reading Scholars Teacher Grant - $100-$500 - Deadline September 30
- Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant - $100-$500 - Deadline September 30
- ArtSkills Teacher Grant - $100-$500 - Deadline September 30
- WIMA Creative Writing Teacher Grant - $100-$500 - Deadline September 30
Knoxville TVA Employee'sCredit Union Foundation - http://www.tvacreditunion.com/simply-smart-foundation-for-education/how-to-apply.html
- Program support (libraries may apply for capital projects) for academic programs including tutoring and arts education programs
- $1,000 - $5,000
- Deadline is 10th of January, March, May, July, September, and November
Kroger Community Donations - https://www.communitygifts.com/Default.aspxLaura Bush Foundation - http://www.laurabushfoundation.com/how-to-apply/index.html
- Public high school programs for activities conducted on campus (no field trips/travel)
- Applications due end of October yearly
Les Paul Foundation - https://www.lespaulfoundation.org/programs/
- Funds needed in libraries (school must be 1+ years old and have 85% free/reduced lunch with an existing library and paid librarian and have not ever received LBF funds) (2016: Green Magnet and Austin East HS are ineligible due to receiving funds previously)
- Up to $7,000
- Deadline of December annually
Lovett Foundation - http://lovettfoundation.org/elementaryDramaFund.html
- Music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth
- Deadline January 15 and September 15 yearly
Lowes Home Improvement - http://responsibility.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/
- Elementary Drama Fund supports production based theatre arts program at the elementary school level
- $300 average grant
- Accepted on a rolling basis beginning in August
McCarthy-Dressman Education Foundation - http://mccartheydressman.org
- Toolbox for Education Grants - $2,000 - $100,000 (most awards $2,000 - $5,000); August 1 - September 26, 2016; December 18, 2015 - February 12, 2016
- Community Partner Grants - $5,000 - $100,000 (most awards $10,000 - $25,000); March 21 - May 23, 2016 and July 1 - August 26, 2016
- Small Grants - less than $2,000 (generally non-education focuses and distributed as Lowe's gift cards)
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation - https://www.msdf.org/apply/
- Academic Enrichment and Teacher Development Grants (awarded to individuals, not the organization)
- Requires letters of reference
- Maximum of $10,000/year for 3 years
The Mockingbird Foundation - http://mbird.org/funding/guidelines/
- Projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability, and childhood health
- No limit to request, typically do not fund 100% of a project
- Rolling deadline
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation - http://www.mhopus.org/Apply
- Music education for children
- January 1 - August 1 annually for initial letter of inquiry (available on their website); invited full proposals in October/November
- $100 - $10,000
National Art Education Association Grant Program - http://atwww.arteducators.org/grants/national-art-education-foundation
- Funds the acquisition of new musical instruments
- Applications available Summer 2016; Deadline November 2016
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/
- Deadline October 1, 2015
- 5 different grant programs ranging from $500 to $10,000
National Education Association Learning and Leadership Grants - http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/
- Connecting Mathematic to Other Subject Areas Grants (9-12) (supported by the Theoni Pappas Fund) - http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Connecting-Mathematics-to-Other-Subject-Areas-Grants-%289-12%29/ - $4,000 - plan and implement units and lessons that promote positive dispositions toward the study of mathematics including curiosity, self-confidence, flexibility, and perseverance - Must be current NCTM member - November 4, 2016.
- Using Music to Teach Mathematics (PreK-2) (supported by the Esther Mendlesohn Fund and NCTM) - http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Using-Music-to-Teach-Mathematics-Grants/ - $3,000 - incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics - Must be current NCTM member or teach at a school with a membership - November 4, 2016.
National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works - https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/arts-education
- Professional development that must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement
- $2,000 for individuals or $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study
- February 1, June 1, and October 15
National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants - http://www.nwas.org/grants/solhirsch.php
- Projects for PreK-12 students, the educators and artists who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. Includes three categories of funding: Direct Learning, Professional Development, and Collective Impact.
- February 18 and July 14, yearly
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants - http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants
- Awarded annually to teachers/educators of grades K-12 to help improve the education of their students, school and/or community in the science of meteorology.
- Up to $750 - Next grant cycle opens February 2016; Applications due June 3, 2016
- $2,000 & $5,000 Awards
- Deadlines: February 1, June 1, October 15
NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge - click here
- Literacy, children, arts and humanitarian
- Must register as an organization first
P. Buckley Moss Foundation - http://mossfoundation.org/2015-teacher-art-grants-announced
- $20,000 lab makeover
- due in January annually
Pets in the Classroom - http://www.petsintheclassroom.org
- Support a new or evolving program that integrates arts into educational programming
- up to $1,000
- Applications accepted May - September 30, 2016.
Peyton Manning's PeyBack Foundation - http://www.peytonmanning.com/peyback-foundation
- Funds to purchase or maintain classroom pet
- August 1 - June 15 yearly
- As of 2016, only solicited applications accepted
Pilot Flying J - http://www.pilotflyingj.com/communityphilanthropyPrestige Cleaner & Prestige Tuxedo Project Classroom Grants
- 2014 grants total $8,583
- Applications released in fall
Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant - https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant
Project Produce - http://www.thelunchbox.org/programs/grants/
- Environmental Service-Learning Projects
- Application Deadline September 30
- Up to $2,000
RGK Foundation - http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines
- Funds designated to assist in expanding student palates and encouraging increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce through engagement in lunchroom education activities encouraging students to taste new vegetables and fruits offered in a dish, cooked, or raw
- District Food Service Director must submit
- up to 10 schools at $2,500/school
- No deadline - applications are accepted on an ongoing basis
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/features/sportsaward.html
- Formal K-12 education (primarily science, math, and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education
- Average award of $25,000
- No deadline; Letters of Intent are accepted year round and applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal
Saucony Run for Good Foundation - http://www.saucony.com/en/runforgood/
- RWJF Sports Award recognizes those in sport with innovation and collaborative approaches to making their communities a healthier place
- April annually
Saxena Family Foundation - http://www.saxenafoundation.com/guidelines.html
- Programs to teach healthy habits
- June and December, annually
- Up to $10,000
Scholastic Reading Club/James Patterson - http://www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership/
- Focus on initiatives that promote US science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the empowerment of girls, female children, and young women so that they have equal rights later in life
- Applications accepted year round and reviewed as received
- $5,000 - $50,000
School Garden Grant Program - http://wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php
- School libraries only
- Applications due July 31, 2017.
Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Funds - http://www.swbg-conservationfund.org/grantInfo.htm
- Nonprofit kindergarten through grade 12 school or 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables
- September 1 - October 31, annually
- Within the area of conservation education, funding priorities include the following:
• Leadership development: identifying potential conservation leaders and developing their leadership skills and knowledge.
• Alternative income: retraining and developing viable employment opportunities for people and communities reliant upon jobs that directly impact wildlife and habitat, such as poaching, livestock farming, or logging.
Siemens STEM Day Sweepstakes - http://siemensstemday.com/sweepstakes
- April 30 and November 30 annually
- $5,000 - $25,000
Snapdragon Book Foundation - http://snapdragonbookfoundation.org
- daily entries allowed
- $10,000 for STEM at your school
- open end of December - April annually
Sony Corporation of America - http://www.sony.com/en_us//SCA/social-responsibility/giving-guidelines.html
- School libraries only
- Grants range from $2,500 - $10,000
- Competition opens January 1 annually
State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Corporate Grants - https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/community/education-programs/grants-scholarships/company-grants
- Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas.
- Requests accepted year round
- Award amounts vary
State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants - http://www.statefarmyab.com/apply/national-grants/
- Priorities are Safety and Education
- Citizenship application cycle open September 1, 2016 - October 30, 2016
- Grant minimum $5,000
Steelcase Active Learning Center Grants - http://www.steelcase.com/discover/information/education/active-learning-center-grant/#how-to-apply
- Application Deadline April 29, 2016
- Grant Award Amounts $25,000 - $100,000
TangerKids - https://grants.tangeroutlet.com
- $62,000 for one of four active learning center classroom options
- Opens December 1, 2016; Applications due February 12, 2016
Target Grants - https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants
- Grants up to $2,500
- Competition opens January 1, annually
- Field Trips; August 1 – September 30; $700
- Public Safety; speak with store Asset Protection staff for details
- programs to prevent crime, train and educate law enforcement and support youth programs
Tennessee Arts Commission - http://www.tn.gov/arts/ae_grants.htm
The Brown Foundation, Inc - http://www.brownfoundation.org/guidelines
- Substantial number of grants available ranging from student ticket subsidies to teacher incentive or training grants with varying timelines throughout the year
- Student Ticket Subsidies - $3,000 per school; Applications open August 2016 and first-come-first-serve until funds are expended
- Artist-in-Residence Grants - $500-$6,000; Deadline January 2017
- Mini-Grants - $500-$1,000
- Teacher Training Grants - $500-$10,000; Deadline January 2017
- Teacher Incentive Grants - $100-$1,000
- Funds for At-Risk Youth Grants - $500-$5,000; Deadline January 2017
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation - http://www.mvdreyfusfoundation.org/#!application-guidelines
- Previous grants were used to fund educational software for education foundations, antibullying projects for schools, middle school dropout prevention programs, career readiness, and after-school programs, adult learning and degree completion projects, community college facility improvements, literacy programs, and robotics camps for youth
- Applications accepted year round
- Total amounts vary
The Ray Charles Foundation - http://www.theraycharlesfoundation.org/RCF_GrantQualifications.html
- Projects that support performing arts programs and schools
- Letter of Requests accepted year round. Deadlines are November 10 and May 10.
- Typically $1,000 to $20,000
Toshiba America FoundationUnicef Kid Power Active Classrooms - http://schools.unicefkidpower.org/active-cities/lets-move-active-schools/
- Grants for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes; to encourage and educate people about the causes and cures for diseases and hearing impaired disabilities; and to assist organizations and institutions in the advancement of their social, educational, and academic programs for youth
- Specific programs categories include education, hearing disorders, and culture and the arts
- May 1 - September 30, annually
- Award amounts vary
US Bank Community Possible Grant Program - https://www.usbank.com/community/community-possible-grant-program.aspx
- Must be part of a Let's Move! Active School
- Third, fourth, or fifth grade classrooms
- Classroom kits including Kid Power Band for each student, LTE enabled tablet, online curricular media and materials and implementation materials
- August 15 - September 15, 2016
US Soccer Foundation - http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/our-grants/
- Arts and Culture, Places to Play
- Submit online beginning in 2017.
USA Today Electronic Edition Grants - http://usatodayeducation.com/k12/usa-today-education-grant-request
- Support soccer programs and field building initiatives that keep children in underserved communities active, healthy and safe.
- Safe Places to Play Grants - Amount vary
- 3 cycles per year: February, June & October
- 4 grant categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation and Sports Court
- Program Grants - Deadline October 7 - Up to $50,000
Walmart Community Grant Program - http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving
- Daily USA Today Electronic Edition access for up to 31 students at one time
Waste Management Foundation - http://www.wm.com/about/community/charitable-giving.jsp
- Awards $250 - $2,500
- Typical Grant Deadline December 31
Wish you Well Foundation - http://www.wishyouwellfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/
- Waste Management, Inc. supports environmental and science education programs, such as science fairs and Earth Day projects targeting middle and high school students.
- Application accepted year round
- Award amounts vary
- Awards $200 - $10,000
- Supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs
- Board meets quarterly to review requests
W.K. Kellogg Foundation - http://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/overview
- Increase the number of children who are reading and math proficient by third grade
- No deadline; grants are reviewed as received
Grant Documents and Resources
If your questions are not answered below, please feel free to contact the Grant Development Manager at (865) 594-8080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- What are these numbers (EIN, DUNS, District/School IDs)?
Please use the KCS EIN and DUNS numbers for applications – not the ones that your school may have. Dr. Laura Denton (email@example.com or 865 594-8080) can share those numbers with you.
Additionally, many applications ask for the NCES numbers for the district (4702220) and your school (available at https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/).
- Should I have anyone look over my budget?
A second set of eyes is always valuable! It is recommended to have someone double-check all budgets before a grant is submitted.
KCS Finance Department must review all grants that are direct Federal or State applications and all grants that include matching funds (cash or in-kind). Please allow two weeks for review.
- Does my grant need approval before I submit?
While it is important to keep your administrator and/or Department head informed about all grants being pursued, there is no Grants Department approval necessary before submission. As always, we are here to assist in any step of the process from locating opportunities to writing/submitting to post-award procedures.
- Where do I get the tax-exempt certification?
Knox County Schools is a tax-exempt organization. Please contact your Dr. Laura Denton for this certification. Your school bookkeeper and Finance contact may also have this information.
- I am applying for a Donor’s Choose; does that need Board approval?
No, per KCS guidelines, Donor’s Choose are donations. Our Board has determined that school administrators may accept donations up to $10,000 at the school level. If your Donor’s Choose is under $10,000, no Board approval is necessary
- I was awarded my grant; can I accept it?
We recommend notifying the Grant Development Manager before accepting any award. Each grant comes with different circumstances and requirements; let us help you navigate those.
- The grant notification came with a contract, who can sign it?
Contracts must be reviewed by the Law Department, signed by the Superintendent, and approved by the Board of Education.
- How do I add my approved grant to the Board of Education agenda?
Grants of any amount, whether or not a contract is required, must be approved by the Board of Education. To add a grant to the Board agenda, a routing sheet and fiscal note must be completed and signed by the appropriate parties. We recommend forwarding any email notification to firstname.lastname@example.org; we will shepherd your grant through the approval process.
- How long does it take to get Board approval?
The KCS Board of Education meets monthly. Items go from the KCS Board of Education to the County Commission and then the Mayor’s desk for signature. The exact length of time for approval depends on when during the month an item is received. Please be aware that it may take up to 10 weeks for a signed copy to return. We are happy to work with your grantor if necessary to work with them and our timeline.
- My application was denied; now what?
Grant applications are often not successful the first time. If your application is not funded, we are happy to work with you to determine why it may not have been successful and how it can be edited and submitted again to the same or to another, more appropriate, funder.
- Should I hang on to my application materials?
Yes, please do! KCS policy is to maintain all materials related to funded grants for at least 7 years after the grant program ends (or longer if the funder requires it). KCS also asks that you keep all non-funded grant applications with budgets and attachments for 5 years.