Grant Alerts

Welcome to the CIE Grants Alert Page!
-Rolling deadline grants are listed first; all rolling grant notices AND notices by deadline are active and up-to-date as of September 2019
-Contact grant director Todd Warren with any questions or concerns:
-CIE members receive free technical assistance with these or any other education-based grants

Webpage last updated: August 5, 2020

Support for Educators Encouraging a Diverse Democracy:
Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

The mission of Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. Projects will be funded on three levels: school, classroom, and district. Educators nationwide in public or private K-12 spaces, as well as in alternative schools, therapeutic schools, and juvenile justice facilities are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Teaching Tolerance website to access the funding criteria, guidelines, and FAQs, and the online application.

Promoting Golf Programs for People with Disabilities

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

Accessible Golf Program Grants, administered by the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and funded by the United States Golf Association, support nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions in their efforts to make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities. Priority is given to inclusive programming – opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side. Grants of up to $20,000 are provided to assist with core golf program costs such as adaptive golf clubs and bags, golf course access, and transportation of participants to and from programming. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Alliance’s website to download the grant guidelines.

Link: National Alliance for Accessible Golf


BoatUS Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Safe and Clean Boating Projects

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is accepting applications for its Grassroots Grants Program, which  awards funds on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations, boating clubs, and student groups in the United States for projects that utilize innovative approaches to education about safe and clean boating.

The foundation is looking for creative projects that promote safe and clean boating on local waterways. Past topics have ranged from PSAs on the effects of boating under the influence to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris.

Projects the foundation is most interested in funding will be unique (topic, methods, or delivery mechanism); include extensive outreach to boaters; use technology to educate boaters, including social media and the Web; have a widespread reach (not just a handful of boaters); include hands-on work with the boating community; and have a way to measure the success of the program.

Applicants can include boating groups, clubs and associations, student groups, and local nonprofit organizations, including local chapters of national organizations. Grants will not be awarded to government agencies, international organizations, for-profit businesses, or individuals.

Applicants may request up to $10,000. Funded projects must be completed within a year.

After review by foundation staff, the top-ranked applications will be posted for public voting on the BoatUS Foundation website. Grant applicants will have several weeks to promote their project and encourage others to vote.

Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application.

See the BoatUS Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an eligibility questionnaire, and online application.

Link to Complete RFP


Chef Ann Foundation Accepting Applications for School Fresh Produce Program

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

The Chef Ann Foundation provides tools that help schools serve children healthy and delicious scratch-cooked meals made with fresh, whole food. To that end, the foundation, in partnership with Skoop, is accepting applications for Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools, a program that aims to expand students’ palates and encourage increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce.

Grants of up $2,500 will be awarded to school districts for programs that engage students in lunchroom education activities that encourage students to taste new vegetables and fruits offered either in a dish, cooked, or raw. Grant funds must be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to support each school's planned Project Produce programming. In addition, the majority of the produce must be locally accessible and at a price point affordable to all households.

Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by the school district's food-service director. Districts may apply for up to ten schools.

The foundation accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Chef Ann Foundation website.

Link to Complete RFP


Wish You Well Foundation

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

The Wish You Well Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed four times per year. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online Donation Request Form.



Good Sports Accepting Apps. for Athletic Equipment Grants

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

Good Sports in Quincy, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit whose mission is to increase youth participation in sports, recreation, and fitness activities.

To that end, the organization provides sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth organizations offering sports, fitness, and recreational programs to youth in need.

To be eligible, organizations must directly serve youth between the ages of 3 and 18 in an economically disadvantaged area; be located in North America (U.S. and Canada); and operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children. Winning organizations may make up to six equipment requests within a two-year period. Winners will be responsible for operational costs, including equipment shipping, up to $1,500.

For more complete program guidelines including an FAQ, visit the Good Sports website.

Link to Complete RFP


Kentucky Humanities Council Mini-Grants


KHC awards minigrants monthly up to $1,500. Please call the grants officer at 859-257-5932 to discuss submission dates if you do not understand the deadlines as outlined.

Grant Deadlines

Type of Grants Awarded Preliminary Application Due Final Proposal Due Notification
Minigrants Maximum amount $1,500.00 Any Time First day of monthand at least eight weeks before your project begins. Last day of month

There is no preliminary application deadline. However, it is a required step in the application process. You are not eligible to submit a final proposal if you do not submit a preliminary application. There is a deadline for the final proposal as outlined above. *All grants are dependent upon availability of federal funds. Eight-Week Rule: Final proposals (NOT preliminary applications) for minigrants must be postmarked by the first of the month AND at least 8 weeks prior to the public program supported by the minigrant. (i.e., for a December 15 event, the final proposal would be due by October 1st.)


Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. 206 E. Maxwell Street Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 257-5932 Email:


Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Invites LOI's

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age.

The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

1) Early Childhood Welfare: Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development, intellectual, emotional and physical are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment for infants and preschoolers is essential, as is imparting to them the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. To that end, the foundation supports programs that research best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments to ensure all children thrive.

2) Early Childhood Education and Play: Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work, and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age 5, and everywhere a child learns -- at home, in childcare settings, and in preschool. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.

3) Parenting Education: To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well programs that provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications.

Visit the Caplan Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP


Salad Bars to Schools

Proposal Deadline:




Source: Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
Program: Salad Bars to Schools
Eligibility: Who Can Apply Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. There is just one application form for both multiple salad bar and single salad bar package requests. The food services director for your district is the required contact person for the application. Please see our FAQs if your school does not have a food services director. Eligibility Is your district ready to implement salad bars as part of your reimbursable meal program? To qualify for a Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools grant you must offer the salad bar as part of the reimbursable meal served in your district. The 6-foot, five-well salad bar package is for locations that serve at least 100 reimbursable meals daily.
Purpose: Providing healthy eating opportunities for kids in schools is imperative. Today, the U.S. has more than 38,000,000 primary school children, and according to data from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980. Approximately 17% (12.5 million) of children and adolescents ages 2 – 19 years are obese. Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. One out of every three Caucasian children and one out of every two Hispanic and African American children born in the year 2000 will contract diabetes in their lifetime. Our goal is for every school in the United States to have a salad bar as part of their school food service program so that every child—from elementary school, to middle school, to high school—has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins.
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Additional Information: Questions?
Website: Website


Grants Promote Math Enhancement Programs

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

Link: The Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Achievement

Advancing Student Achievement (ASA), an initiative of the Actuarial Foundation, supports math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics for grades 4-12 students in U.S. public and private schools. Programs eligible for support may include, but are not limited to, clubs, competitions, before and after school programs, classroom extension periods, etc.

Funded programs must impact 20 to 25 students and meet a minimum of one time per month. ASA grants are for a two-year period and range up to $5,000 annually. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Actuarial Foundation’s website to learn more about the ASA grant program.


Computers For Learning Program

Proposal Deadline:




Source: U.S. General Services Administration
Program: Computers For Learning Program
Eligibility: 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.              Serve some portion of the pre-kindergarten through grade 12 population, AND

Purpose: To assist federal agencies to meet the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 12999, "Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century".В

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.

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Additional Information: For additional information, please e-mail the CFL program
Website: Website


KaBOOM! Invites Apps. for Community Playground Grants

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving play for America's children by creating great playspaces through community participation and leadership.

To that end, the organization is accepting applications for playground grants through Build It with KaBOOM!, a program that provides eligible communities with most of the funds, tools, and resources they need to build a custom-made playground in one day. Through the program, selected community groups work closely with a KaBOOM! project manager who will lead activities as well as coordinate equipment and material purchases for the project. Community members take the lead in recruiting volunteers, securing food and tool donations, and completing any necessary site preparation.

Municipalities and nonprofits serving children of playground age are eligible to apply. Applicants must contribute $8,500 toward the cost of playground equipment; recruit seventy-five to one hundred community volunteers to participate in playground build day; and own the land on which they wish to build, or possess a long-term lease and obtain permission from the landowner to construct a playground. In addition, they must complete any needed site preparation on at least 2,500 square feet of flat, dirt surface; secure soil tests, utility checks, and appropriate build permits in a timely manner; and accept ownership, insurance, and maintenance responsibilities for the playspace upon completion of the project.

Applications are accepted based on available funding in the area. However, KaBOOM! accepts and encourages applications on a rolling basis, as new funding opportunities change on a regular basis.

For complete program guidelines and application information, visit the KaBOOM! website.

Link to Complete RFP


Kids Tennis Club Matching Equipment Grant

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

Link: • Kids Tennis Club Matching Equipment Grant

USTA Southern is offering matching equipment grants to elementary schools that organize a Kids Tennis Club. Kids Tennis Clubs are designed to give kids the opportunity to sample tennis through supervised play and interactive activities while meeting new friends and enhancing their social and physical development. Because no courts are required, Kids Tennis Clubs can be located in a variety of open play settings including schools, parks, youth centers, and tennis facilities.
Local organizers will receive a free Kids Tennis Club Playbook highlighting fun and easy tennis activities, a clipboard, and access to customizable marketing materials once they register online at
Schools are required to be an organizational member of the USTA ($35 per year) to be eligible for the matching equipment grant. Memberships entitle schools to receive significant equipment discounts from major tennis equipment manufacturers. Please note: This grant is available for schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Walmart/Sam's Club Giving Program

Proposal Deadline: Rolling Link: • Walmart Store and Sam's Club Giving Program The Wal-Mart Foundation will give $1,000-5,000 to programs and initiatives that address the educational needs of under-served young people ages 12-25. Examples include programs focused on high school success, access and retention of first-generation college students, and adolescent literacy. The Foundation has a particular interest in supporting veterans and military families, traditionally under-served groups, individuals with disabilities, and people impacted by natural disasters. Eligible applicants include K-12 schools and colleges with current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Pets in the Classroom Grant

Proposal Deadline: Rolling Link:   Pets in the Classroom is an educational grants program to support school teachers with aquarium fish or small pets in the classroom. The Pet Care Trust understands that many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals. That's why the Trust sponsors this program to help teachers support pets in the classroom through direct, no-hassle grants. You can obtain a grant or coupon for the purchase of new pets, pet environments, or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets.

Program Areas:Miscellaneous, Science/Environment

Recipients:Public Schools, Private/Charter Schools

Average Amount:$50.00 - $150.00


Availability:All States


Reading Resource Project


Proposal Deadline: Rolling

Sponsored by the LEF, the Reading Resource Project is an ongoing program that runs throughout the year. The program distributes books free of charge to literacy programs. Recipients only pay shipping, handling, and administrative costs, which is only $0.68 per book ($68 per set of 100 books). Reading Resource Project books come in sets of 100 and are available for grades preK-2. There will not be more than five copies of the same book in any set.




The Workers Lab Innovation Fund

Proposal Deadline: August 17, 2020

The Workers Lab envisions a society where workers are powerful drivers of economic, political, and social transformation. The Workers Lab's Innovation Fund provides innovators with money and support to try out their ideas. For the Summer 2020 Innovation Fund cycle, The Workers Lab seeks applications focused on worker health and safety in the United States. Funding will be provided for early stage and pilot-ready ideas for supports that guarantee essential, low-wage workers' health, safety, and economic security. Ideas can take the shape of policy experiments, programs that build worker agency, multi-stakeholder partnerships, tools for relaying real-time information on safety rules and regulations, or technology enabled health and safety solutions. Award winners receive $150,000 for ideas ready to pilot, or $75,000 for early stage ideas not yet ready to pilot. Nonprofit organizations, public sector entities, for-profit entities, and social enterprises are eligible to apply. Online application information is available on The Workers Lab website.

Link: The Workers Lab Innovation Fund


Student Re-Engagement Mini-Grant

Proposal Deadline: August 28, 2020

The Kentucky Department of Education is pleased to make available funding to assist schools and district in re-engagement efforts through a mini-grant opportunity. These funds are intended to provide specific, targeted supports and interventions for students who have a prior drop-out status, are at risk of dropping out, or have been unreachable since the COVID-19 shelter at home orders. The primary aim of the grant is increasing the numbers of students becoming re-engaged in the educational process towards graduation.

This is a competitive grant for a single award amount (i.e. not multiple years). The KDE has approximately $400,000 available for this grant competition. The total award amount for each mini grant will be a one-time $50,000 award, allowing for an estimated 8 awards.

The project activities can begin as soon as funds are received.  Grant funds must be expended or encumbered by September 30, 2021.

Link: FY21 Re Engagement  


Sorenson Impact Foundation

Proposal Deadline: August 30, 2020

The Sorenson Impact Foundation is inviting proposals for solutions that can contribute to a more equitable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The Foundation is specifically targeting solutions that enable recovery through developing and growing businesses as well as the communities they're in to equitably rebuild coming out of the current social, health, and economic crisis. The focus areas include: 1) Equitable Access to Wealth Creation Through Entrepreneurship, 2) Democratized Access to Capital and Community Investment, and 3) Workforce Development. Solutions must be primarily focused on underserved and underrepresented communities in the United States.

Link: Sorenson Impact Foundation


Society of Aviation and Flight Educators Invite Applications for K-12 Teacher Grants

Proposal Deadline: August 31, 2020

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) is a member-oriented organization of aviation educators focused on fostering professionalism and excellence in aviation through continuing education, professional standards, and accreditation.

To that end, SAFE is inviting applications for its K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant program. Through the program, four grants of $500 each will be awarded to K-12 teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into the regular curriculum. An individual teacher or a group of teachers from the same school may apply to design an aviation-themed classroom unit or complete an aviation-themed project. For example, a SAFE grant could be used to pay for a bus and admission fees for students visiting an aviation museum, take a field trip to the local airport, buy materials to build a balsa wood glider or model rocket, or fund another type of project with an aviation or aerospace theme.

Any credentialed teacher in a public, private, or charter school or group of teachers from the same school are eligible to apply for a grant. Local STEM coordinators and homeschooling cooperatives may also apply.

See the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to complete RFP


Funding Available to Promote Natural Resources Education and Employment

Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2020

The Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment program supports youth and veteran serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop introductory educational experiences in natural resource careers for young people and veterans, including culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse students and underserved communities that traditionally have low participation in outdoor recreation activities. Support is available for hands-on experience and mentoring at a variety of USFWS programs, such as national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, and ecological services offices. The application deadline is September 15, 2020.

Link: Fish and Wildlife Service


The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Proposal Deadline: October 2, 2020

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. The Program seeks to enhance the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, develop faculty and library leaders, and recruit, educate, and retain the next generation of library and archives professionals. Project categories include lifelong learning, community catalysts, and national digital infrastructures and initiatives. Phase I applications are due October 2, 2020. The deadline for invited Phase II applications is March 26, 2021.

Link: Institute of Museum and Library Services   


The Rural Tech Project

Proposal Deadline: October 8, 2020

The Rural Tech Project is a $600,000 challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. Five one-time awards of $100,000 will be made nationally, with one of the awardees receiving an additional $100,000 after two years.

The need
No matter where they want to work or what they want to do, today’s high school students will need advanced technology skills. Yet traditional teaching models may not effectively deliver transferable technology skills, especially in rural communities. One-third of American schools are located in rural areas, and every community is different. Rural schools need opportunities and support to design programs based on what they know will work best for their students.

The opportunity
The Rural Tech Project will empower educators with resources to create technology education programs that are customized for their students and local needs. This open innovation challenge will use flexible delivery methods, including distance and blended learning, as well as competency-based education — a learning approach enabling students to master skills at their own pace — to provide high school students with advanced technology skills. By advancing technology skills development, rural communities can help their students prepare for rewarding career opportunities.

The challenge
The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.

Phase 1: Open submissions
Phase 1 of the Rural Tech Project is open to any publicly funded school or local educational agency that delivers education to a rural community and to students in grades 9-12. Eligible entrants are invited to submit proposals for a competency-based distance learning program that describes the delivery model, curriculum topics, and intended connections with local employers and other partners. For more information on building submissions, entrants are invited to watch the informational webinar. When developing program proposals, entrants are encouraged to collaborate with the communities they serve.

The judging panel will recommend up to five finalists to each receive an equal share of the $500,000 prize pool and progress to Phase 2.

Phase 2: Community implementation
From January to June 2021, finalists will develop detailed program plans and build partnerships before programs launch. They will have access to virtual resources and on-the-ground assistance as they plan, run, and refine their programs for two academic years.

During summer 2023, finalists will document their outcomes and learnings in their final submissions; the judging panel will then recommend one grand-prize winner to receive an additional $100,000.

The Rural Tech Project will compile insights from all finalists and share lessons learned as a resource for other communities; other schools can adapt these models to create technology education programs that increase access to careers across industries.