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Funding Resources for Teachers

Bay Area Community Foundation

Bridgestone Educational Grants

Cedar Tree Foundation – funding areas

Chippewa Nature Center

Competitive FIRST Robotics (VEX) Grants Program

Donors Choose

Dow Gives


High Mowing Organic Seeds Donation Program - send email to

Louis and Karen Constan Science Education Fund Grant

MAEP Environmental Education Grants

Meemic Insurance Agency

MI Space Grant Consortium K-12 Educator Incentive Program

Michigan Nature Association

Michigan Water Environmental Association

Midland Area Community Foundation

Michigan Science Teachers Association

Nexteer Steering the Future fund

Saginaw Community Foundation

State Farm Insurance Agency

Target Field Trip Grants

The Awesome Foundation Grant

Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants

Transportation for Saginaw Student Serving Organizations

VWR Foundation Grants

Other possible funding sources

Local Credit Unions and Banks

Local Rotary Club

School Parent Organizations

School Foundations



Tips on Writing Grants (from NSTA Reports April 2017)

Project Description:

-     Describe strategies and activities you will use to address the identified area of need

-     Write clearly and concisely

-     Avoid terms and jargon that a non-educator would not understand

-     Connect the passion you have for your project to student learning

-     Show how you will engage your students in science and engineering practices

  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Engaging in scientific argumentation using evidence

-     List all the events related to achieving your objectives or goals in sequential order to support student learning

-     Discuss how student learning will be affected, deepen conceptual understanding, and help solve a community problem.

Features of a Good Project (Description Section):

-     Link student learning to the funder’s mission

-     Activities need to be age appropriate

-     Incorporate Science and Engineering Practices

  • Differentiate between doing an activity and inquiry

-     Include Partnerships

  • Not always mandatory
  • Can add depth and dimension to a proposal so collaborate with universities, colleges, state agencies, and local businesses.
  • May include mentoring opportunities
  • May include organizations outside of your area with Twitter, Skype, etc.
  • Involve an authentic audience

Important Points to Remember:

-     Select age appropriate activities

-     Limit the scope of your activities

-     Incorporate student driven inquiries rather than activities

-     Connect your passion for the project to your work as a science educator.

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Adrianne Cole


Gilbertson Hall North Wing 142