K-12 Science, Environment, and Technology Funding Guide

These grant programs fund science, environment, and technology-related educational programming, activities, and curriculum development for K-12 educators, schools, and school-related programs. This guide was compiled by Appalachian State University Grants Resources & Services graduate assistants Jessica Donley and Mary Feamster. 

Clannad Foundation
Telephone: (248) 594-5770
Giving primarily in MI and NC. No grants to individuals. This fund focuses on youth, the environment, and human services, and supports a broad range of activities. Submit a detailed description of the project and amount of funding requested.
Deadline: Rolling

The Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation, Inc.
Telephone: (336) 838-7181

Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. Interest in the environment, children and youth services, and natural resources. Initial approach: Letter.
Deadline: Rolling

Hillsdale Fund, Inc.
Telephone: (336) 574-8696

Giving in the U.S., with emphasis on NC.
No grants to individuals, or for operating budgets. Funding is given primarily for education, child and youth services, conservation, arts, and culture. Application form required. 
Deadline(s): Spring and fall (contact foundation for exact dates)

Keep North Carolina Clean and Beautiful, Inc.

This organization works to improve North Carolina's environmental resources through education and environmental stewardship. Awards grants to NC K-12 teachers to develop environmental education programs that aim to create future environmental leaders. Application form required. Initial approach: Complete online application

Deadline Early November

North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Center, Inc.

Giving for the improvement of science, mathematics, and technology in pre K-12 education in NC. Application form required. Applicants should submit a detailed description of their project and amount of funding requested.
Deadline: Rolling

NC Science Teacher Association Innovative Curriculum Support Grant
Giving limited to NC. Funding to promote excellence in science education. 
Association members may apply for funds for supplies, materials, equipment, printing, travel, and other expenses related to a curriculum project involving students in a unique way. Two grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded each year.
Deadline: Early May

Annie's Grants for School Gardens
Annie’s offers $500 or $1,500 grants to K-12 school gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.
Deadlines: Early June, Early December

Wellcome Fund Student Science Enrichment Program

This fund’s goal is to enable primary and secondary students to participate in creative, hands-on scientific activities and pursue inquiry-based exploration in North Carolina.  Activities should occur outside of the usual school environment, such as after school, on weekends, or during vacation periods.
Deadline: Early April

Smart Family Foundation Educational Grants
Giving on a national basis for education projects, particularly projects that impact primary and secondary school children. In the areas of General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, and Social Studies.
Deadline: Rolling

The Lawrence Foundation Grants
The foundation is focused on making grants to support environmental, education, human services, and other  diverse causes. Supports both program and operating grants, no geographic restrictions. Program areas include: After-School, Arts, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, and Social Studies.
Deadlines: Late April, Early November

2014 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant
The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant is designed to teach lessons of peace and hunger awareness through garden activities. Peace gardens focus on using edible plants from different cultures providing youth with the opportunity to learn about the world.To be eligible, participants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Preference will be given to schools within the United States with student body eligible for 50% or more reduced or free lunches. 
Deadline: Mid-January

Walmart Local Giving Program
Walmart provides grants for educational and community activities in its areas of operation. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. Grants range from $250-$2,500.
Deadline: Late December

NC Beautiful Windows of Opportunity Grants
NC Beautiful provides K-12 teachers across North Carolina with resources to develop educational programs that enhance and support the Common Core & Essential Standards. Grants of up to $1000 per teacher or classroom are awarded to certified K-12 teachers in the state of North Carolina; Project leaders must be full time teachers at the applicant school.
Deadline: Late November

Fruit Tree 101 Grants
This program provides trees and resources to schoolyards to improve the environment and provide a source of healthy snacks to students. Average donations include 12-20 trees, environmental curriculum, and orchard installment design work. Applications must be filled out by school principal.
Deadline: Rolling

Lawrence Foundation          
This private foundation focuses on making grants to support environmental, education, human services and other causes. It awards both program and operating grants. No geographical restrictions. 
Deadlines: Late April, Early November

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Small Grants Program
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation administers a small grants program in North Carolina and Virginia. Grants in amounts up to $500 will be awarded upon successful application to organizations whose programs and projects support the mission of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Application steps: 1.) call a foundation staff member to discuss the project. 2.) Submit a 1-2 page written proposal. 3.) Mail in a completed proposal. 
Deadline: Rolling

Toshiba America Foundation Grants
Offers grants up to $5,000 for science and math projects in K-12 education. Grants fund the projects, ideas and materials teachers of need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. TAF is interested in funding projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools. 
            Grades K-5: Early October
            Grades 6-12: Rolling
            $5,000 Grants: Early August

Captain Planet Foundation Grant  
Provides grants of up to $2,500 to school and community groups to support hands-on environmental projects. Focus includes Conservation, Consumer Education, Ecology, Environmental Health, Habitats/Ecosystems, Pollution, Recycling/Waste Management, Team-building/Problem-solving, Trees/Forests, and Water. Online application form. 
Deadlines: Late September, Late January.

Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation Grants
Provides funds focusing on K-12 education and community improvement. The Foundation provides funding only to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000.
Deadline: Mid-October

The Deal Foundation
Telephone: (336) 887-7300
Giving primarily in NC, interest in education, the environment, and human services. Deadline: Rolling

Jenkins-Tapp Foundation
Telephone: (252) 527-2448
Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. Interest in animals, wildlife, and education. 
Deadline: Rolling

North Carolina Community Foundation
The foundation's mission is to inspire North Carolinians to make lasting and meaningful contributions to their communities. Focus, grant amounts, and deadlines vary by subsidiary.
Deadline: Varies by location.

North Carolina Farm Bureau Legal Foundation Ag in the Classroom Grants
Supports teachers in developing programs centered around the agricultural industry that align with Common Core standards. Grants awarded up to $500. 
Deadline: Mid-November

North Carolina John Muir Foundation
Telephone: (336) 747-6611
The foundation supports environmental and educational organizations in NC. 
Deadlines: Rolling

The Mary Norris Preyer Fund
Telephone: (336) 274-5471
Giving around the nation, to a wide variety of applicants. Interest in youth, education, community, and environment. No grants to individuals.
Deadline: Rolling

Air Force Association Educator Grants
Awards grants of up to $250 to projects that stimulate student learning. The Educator Grant program promotes aerospace education activities in K-12 classrooms. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the curriculum.
Deadline: Mid-November

SPIE Education Outreach Grants Program
SPIE provides support for optics and photonics related education outreach projects. Applications are judged on their potential to impact students and increase optics awareness. STEM activities should have an optics or photonics component.
Deadlines: Late January, Late May

Toyota USA Foundation Grants http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/guidelines/foundation.html
The Toyota USA Foundation supports innovative K-12 programs and builds partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and environmental science. One-time grants are provided to support the development and implementation of programs and range from $50,000 ‐ $500,000.
Deadline: Rolling