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Classroom Earth – Grants and Funding Opportunities
Collection of grant opportunities. Website by the National Environmental Education Foundation, and made possible with a generous contribution from The Weather Channel.


Connecticut Tourism Scholarships
Read the criteria for the most recently available opportunity to participate in Connecticut's tourism industry, and stay tuned for the updates. 
DonorsChoose is a nonprofit organization that connects public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning. Since 2000, over 85,000 projects have been funded. Full-time, "front-line" educators at public schools (i.e. classroom teachers, librarians, guidance counselors) are eligible to participate by submitting projects on Administrators, part-time educators, assistants or student teachers, staff developers, and volunteers are not eligible. Donors select what projects to support. Once a project is funded, the materials are delivered directly to the school. In return, teachers submit photos of the project and thank-you notes to donors from the students.

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center’s robust website includes several grant databases and other online resources for schools and teachers seeking funding for education and learning-related programs.

FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) 
The FREE website contains information about hundreds of free learning resources from dozens of federal organizations available (and searchable) in one place.



This Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant program provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools, and is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. 


LEGO Children's Fund

The LEGO Children's Fund supports local and national organizations that provide innovative projects and programming to cultivate and celebrate a child's exploration of personal creativity and creative problem-solving in all forms. Qualifying entities include local and national communities, organizations (including schools) and groups who cater to children ages birth to 14, with special consideration for the following: groups that support disadvantaged children; groups that are supported by LEGO employee volunteers; special projects or programs designed to elevate a child's opportunities for exploring creativity; and organizations serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Grants are awarded four times a year.


National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is a U.S. government-funded agency that provides research and education in the non-medical fields of science, technology, and engineering.  The NSF issues grants to fund specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system. Most of these awards go to individuals or small groups of investigators. Others provide funding for research centers, instruments, and facilities that allow scientists, engineers, and students to work at the outermost frontiers of knowledge.  Check out the website to see what projects are currently being funded and to apply for a grant.


Newsweek Education
This website provides information on how to find grants, how to choose a college and pay for it. Be sure to click on the link for “Paying For It” for the most popular articles related to financing continuing education, and “Career Education” to find interesting articles about various careers.

New grants opportunities posted each month.
This U.S. Department of Education site provides a wealth of free information about planning your education, career development, looking for financial aid and paying for college. – "Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS)"
Lists current grants for teachers to help improve student educational experiences in many subject matters.


The Center for Education Reform – ABCs of Teaching

This site contains extensive information on a variety of grants available for teachers, school programs, and education reform initiatives.


U.S. Department of Education         
The website of the Office of Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) of the U.S. Department of Education contains links to information about grant opportunities within the department.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Early Career Research Program
Scientific areas of interest to the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program include applied mathematics, computer science, computational science and high-performance networks. The DOE Early Career Research Program/ASCR stimulates the development of individual research programs of outstanding faculty scientists in the early stages of their professional academic careers. Subject to the availability of funds, the minimum award size is $500,000 per year over five years, and the size of a typical award recipients receive, is expected to be $2,500,000 over five years.

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