10 Upcoming EdTech Grants

Check out these 10 edtech grants with timely application deadlines and eligibility for Illinois schools and districts!


1. Pitsco Education Grant

APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS

  • Applications are accepted from the first day of each month to the last day of the month (for example, the February grant application period is January 1-31).
  • One $350 grant will be awarded each month at the discretion of Pitsco Education in the form of a Pitsco voucher, not redeemable for cash.
  • The selected recipient will be contacted via email and/or phone to confirm acceptance of the grant.
  • The $350 value can be applied across multiple transactions until the total is depleted to $0.
  • A recipient may be awarded only one $350 grant during a 12-month period.
  • At a later date, we will ask each winner to share his or her experience using the products purchased with the grant.

2. Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers  (ITEST)

ABOUT ITEST GRANT

The STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center builds capacity and magnifies the results of ITEST projects to deepen the impact of the ITEST program. To learn more about STELAR, the ITEST program, and current and past ITEST projects, please visit http://stelar.edc.org/.

ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.

ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments, in close collaboration with strategic partnerships. ITEST proposals should broaden participation of all students, particularly those in underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. ITEST supports three types of projects: (1) Exploring Theory and Design Principles (ETD); (2) Developing and Testing Innovations (DTI); and (3) Scaling, Expanding, and Iterating Innovations (SEI). ITEST also supports Synthesis and Conference proposals. All ITEST proposals must address how they are (A) designing innovations that meet ITEST program goals which include innovative use of technologies, innovative learning experiences, STEM workforce development, strategies for broadening participation, and strategic partnerships; and (B) measuring outcomes through high-quality research which includes high-quality research design, project evaluation, and dissemination of findings.

3. DiscoverE Collaboration Grants

OVERVIEW & REQUIREMENTS

Are you launching a new engineering outreach program or have exciting ideas to improve an existing program or event? Fund your project with a DiscoverE Collaboration Grant! The goals of this grant program are to facilitate collaboration within the engineering community and to engage youth (particularly underserved K-12 students) with hands-on learning experiences and events that inspire an interest and understanding of engineering. 

Five $1000 grants are available to help fund programs that are led by a diverse team of at least three partnering organizations who are inspiring others to discover engineering. College students, working engineers, educators and volunteers are welcome to apply.

  • Limited to local organizations in the U.S.
  • A project/program requires collaboration among at least three different organizations for funding consideration:
    • One must be a DiscoverE Steering Committee member and one other from a DiscoverE Diversity Council member. Lists are available here: Steering Committee & Diversity Council.
    • Both student and professional chapters/sections are eligible.
  • Projects/programs are not limited to those in the DiscoverE portfolio, but those connected to DiscoverE will be given additional weight. See below for project examples.  To explore all DiscoverE programs, click here.
  • Programs do not need to be new, but must meet requirements above.
  • Applications must be submitted online. Click here to review the online form.  Please note: The online form cannot save partially completed applications. Be sure to assemble all the content and return to the online form when you are ready.
  • A short report is due upon project completion. Report will be submitted online.
  • Digital photos and quotes/anecdotes from the project/program must be submitted for the report to be considered complete.
  • Photo releases will be required for all report photos. Click here to download the release form for adults and the release form for minors. For large events where releases are not possible, be sure to post a sign notifying attendees that photos may be taken and used by DiscoverE for educational purposes. Preview the language here.
  • DiscoverE Collaboration Grants are intended to help fund programs and events led by not-for-profit organizations. If you are applying as a for-profit organization or corporation, your application may not be considered.

4. The Kauffman Foundation

OVERVIEW & GUIDELINES

The Kauffman Foundation works in partnership with organizations that share our vision and passion for education, entrepreneurship and the Kansas City community. We look for ways to advance programs and to leverage additional funding and resources in these areas. We consider our grants to be investments, and we look for a return on the investments we make.

The Foundation only funds programs within the United States. The majority of our grants are proactive and made to tax-exempt organizations. Active grantees are required to provide regular progress reports on project activities and outcomes. We fund entrepreneurship programs and activities located across the country, including Kansas City. The majority of our education grants and all of our civic-engagement grants go to organizations and efforts focused within Kansas City’s five-county metropolitan area.

5. Computers for Learning (CFL)

DESCRIPTION & ELIGIBILITY

In order to advocate and promote the reuse of computers, GSA is proud to sponsor the new re-engineered Computers for Learning (CFL) website. The CFL program assists federal agencies to meet the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 12999, “Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century”. The EO directs agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to give highest preference to schools and nonprofit organizations, including community-based educational organizations, (schools and educational nonprofit organizations) with the transfer, through gift or donation, of computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs. The CFL program represents an important contribution to EO 12999, which includes making modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom, connecting classrooms to the national infrastructure, providing teachers with the professional development they need to use new technologies effectively, and encourage the use of innovative educational software.

The CFL program allows schools and educational nonprofit organizations to view and select the computer equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess. Direct transfers are authorized by law through 15 USC 3710(i) commonly known as the Stevenson-Wydler Act (amended by Public Law 102-245 on February 14, 1992). It states, “The Director of a laboratory, or the head of any federal agency or department, may give research equipment that is excess to the needs of the laboratory, agency or department to and educational institution or nonprofit organization for the conduct of technical and scientific education and research activities. Title of ownership shall transfer with a gift under this section.” Legislative history proving the intent of Title 15 includes computers as research equipment.

  • All Computers for Learning (CFL) participants must be located in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Public, Private Schools and Day Care Centers
  • A school is eligible to receive donations through the Computers for Learning program if it is public, private, or parochial, serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Day care centers must provide a state-approved preschool curriculum.
  • Educational Nonprofits
  • An educational nonprofit is eligible if it is classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the United States tax code and serves pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. In addition, education nonprofit organization must meet ALL of the following criteria to participate in the CFL program:
  1. Be tax exempt under section 501(C) of the U.S. tax code, AND
  2. Serve some portion of the pre-kindergarten through grade 12 population, AND
  3. Operate primarily for the purpose of education.

By completing the registration form, you are attesting that your educational nonprofit organization meets ALL of the eligibility requirements. Any federal agency that selects your educational nonprofit organization for donation will also ask you to provide proof of your eligibility. (Agencies determine what this should be, so it may vary.)

6. Dr. Scholl Foundation

PROCEDURES & LIMITATIONS

Grants are considered on an annual basis. The Dr. Scholl Foundation application form can be submitted between October 1 and March 1 of the following year. All applications are acknowledged by email. Prospective grantees are notified of the Board’s decision in November and, if approved, grant payments are made in December of the grant year.

The application form and instructions are available October 1 each year online. Application forms must be requested each year online. Phone, fax, written or email requests are not accepted.

To see if you qualify to request a grant application refer to our Preferences/Limitations page.
Do I qualify?

Click here to request an application online.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify Dr. Scholl Foundation of any changes to name, address, phone number, email or contact information.

7. Reiman Foundation

INFORMATION & GUIDELINES

The Reiman Foundation will accept, review and make decisions on grant applications on an ongoing, rolling basis throughout the year. Our aim is to review and process the numerous applications we receive, as quickly and efficiently as possible. There are no set deadlines for submitting grant applications.

The Reiman Foundation will acknowledge receipt of your grant application by telephone, email or postal letter; therefore you don’t need to contact us to check on the status. If your submitted proposal does not fall within our established application guidelines, and/or is one that we’re unable to support at this time, we’ll advise you of this decision in a timely manner.

In order for us to review your proposal in a timely manner, please include the following information on your agency’s letterhead:

  • The date of your application
  • Brief description of project requesting funds
  • Why a grant from the Reiman Foundation is needed
  • Documentation of tax-exempt status
  • Brief overview of your agency (include the population you serve and your focus)
  • Contact person’s name and information
  • Amount of funds being requested (if possible attach a “Wish List” with specific needs and the dollar amount associated with those needs)

8. AAWU Community Action Grant

PURPOSE & ELIGIBILITY

AAUW’s Community Action Grants provide funds that address issues related to the needs of women and girls or that provide information to educate and benefit the public on those issues.
AAUW encourages proposals for projects that

  • Use innovative approaches to address local community needs or build links among community partners
  • Build partnerships between schools and community organizations

Special consideration is given to

  • Projects directed by or collaborating with AAUW branches and states
  • Projects focused on K–14 (including two-year colleges) women and girls’ achievement in math, science, and/or technology
  • Projects that include community partners (Community partners might include local schools or school districts, businesses, and other community-based organizations.)

Applications for AAUW Community Action Grants are open August 1–December 1.

  • Applicants must be individuals, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, or local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities).
  • Project directors must be the applicant and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • The proposed activity must take place within the United States or its territories.
  • Nonprofit organizations and universities must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Organizations (including universities) must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. AAUW branch and state applicants must have 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
  • The proposed activity must have direct community or public impact.
    Proposals from AAUW branches or states must be approved and signed by the branch or state president.
  • Proposals from local community-based nonprofit organizations must be approved and signed by the organization’s executive director.
  • Community Action Grants are not available for the development of written work for academic credit or for research that will be used for a degree thesis or dissertation.
  • Previous Community Action Grant awardees must wait three application cycles before applying for another grant.
  • Members and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.

9. The NEA Foundation Grants

OVERVIEW & ELIGIBILITY

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through our Learning & Leadership grants, we support the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research
  • Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

We give preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.

Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.

Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals* to apply.

We’re currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects.

* Education support professionals can be classified as: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

Unfortunately, the following groups may not apply as either the lead or partner:

  • Educators who are not members of the National Education Association
  • Administrators
  • Employees, members of the board of directors, and immediate family members of the staff and board of the NEA Foundation
  • Employees of the National Education Association

10. SparkFun Community Partnership Awards

PARTNERSHIP & APPLICATION PROCESS

SparkFun welcomes applicants of all ages and skill levels to apply to become a SparkFun Community Partner. We will award selected applicants on a quarterly basis with a sponsorship package that meets the needs of their club or organization.

The SparkFun Community Partnership Program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of creators and inventors in the field. In exchange for support through the donation of SparkFun hardware, community partners provide content for SparkFun’s channels to share their stories with the maker community at large. We believe that amplifying the successes of individuals in the field helps the community around the world continue learning and continue innovating.

SparkFun looks for individuals and organizations who embrace DIY values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place. Our community partners will demonstrate a noble cause, a vital need, and an inspiring story. For example, we are more likely to sponsor an educator who is having students build robots for a school robot dance party that will benefit a local charity than to simply help a school stock its makerspace.

The more detail you can provide on this form, the better equipped our Community Partnership team is to support your work. We look forward to hearing from you!

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application below and share your story with us. Completed applications are sent to SparkFun’s Community Partnership team.
  2. Within the first two weeks after each quarter, the Community Partnership team reviews each application and will contact applicants with any questions if necessary.
  3. Awards will be announced within 30 days of the last day of the quarter via direct email to beneficiaries as well as posts on SparkFun’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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