There are thousands of dollars in grant money just waiting for teachers. Find out how to apply.

Whether you’ve been teaching for a year or 20 years, you know the importance of adequate classroom funding. But you may not know how to go about getting more funding. Whether you need supplies for your classroom or you would like to take a class in the evenings, some organizations will help fund your needs.

Whether you’ve been teaching for a year or 20 years, you know the importance of adequate classroom funding. But you may not know how to go about getting more funding. Whether you need supplies for your classroom or you would like to take a class in the evenings, some organizations will help fund your needs.

On the national level, there are organizations like the United States Department of Education, Grants.gov, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and American Library Association. These great organizations offer grants, awards, and funding to teachers and school districts.  Many have one deadline annually, while others may have quarterly deadlines.

At the state level, there are various resources as well.  Your state department of education offers grants for various needs.  There are also state teacher associations, arts organizations, and library associations that provide education grants.  Your state department of education will often provide links to their websites. If not, use a search engine to look for new associations.

On the local level, you can find community foundations, local arts groups, or your school may even have a foundation for the school.  The hardest thing is knowing where to look.

Try sites like The Grantsmanship Center, Foundation Center, and TeachersNetwork.org. These sites have lists and links to help you find grants you can apply for.

It’s not easy, but the money is out there. Take your time and start applying!

More Resouces For Teachers

The TEACH Grant offers financial aid to students who are pursuing a career in teaching. Certain conditions apply. Read more at studentaid.gov.

This educational grant provides up to $500 for teachers to purchase classroom resources such as curriculum, books, or audio-visual equipment.

With Donors Choose teachers can create a fundraiser that allows others to donate toward goals like new school resources or classroom projects.