Teacher and Faculty Development Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Teacher and faculty development grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project! 

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1) Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
  • The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators. Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, the program allows educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena.
  • Fellows will spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office. They will use their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to improve education programs or education policy efforts.
  • At the end of the Fellowship, educators will return home and be equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs. 
  • Additionally, fellows will have a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, a renewed passion for teaching, and be ready to make significant contributions to their schools and school districts. 
  • All eligible applicants must complete an online application.
  • To be eligible, an educator must:
    • be a U.S. citizen. 
    • have a minimum of five complete years of full-time classroom teaching experience prior to submitting an application. (Student teaching does not count.) 
    • have been teaching full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline. Current employment may be as an educator or district official. 
    • be currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district in the U.S. 
    • be able to provide a letter of recommendation from a school district official as one of the three required letters of recommendation.
    • be able to obtain a leave of absence from teaching for the entire 11 months required by the program. 
  • Recipients will receive a monthly stipend of $7,500, a housing and moving allowance of up to $5,000, and professional development opportunities.
  • Deadline: November 14th, 2019
2) Association of American Educators Foundation: National Scholarships and Grants Program
  • The Association of American Educators (AAE) has made it their organization's mission to foster greater professionalism in the classroom. 
  • The Foundation's National Scholarships and Grants Program offers scholarships and classroom grants to educators nationwide.
  • There are two available programs: 
    • Teacher Scholarships can be used for a wide variety of professional development opportunities and materials, including books, travel expenses, conferences, workshops, registration fees, etc.
    • Classroom Grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including books, software, calculators, art supplies, lab materials, etc. 
  •  All full-time educators are eligible to apply to either program. However, please note that preference will be given to AAE members. 
  • All applicants must complete an online application.
  • Teacher Scholarships and Classroom Grants of up to $500 are awarded. 
  • Deadline: March 1st and October 1st (annually)
3) The Louis Calder Foundation
  • The Louis Calder Foundation's mission is to promote the academic development of children and youth. 
  • The Foundation reaches its goal by supporting charter and parochial schools to improve elementary and secondary education.
  • Currently, the Foundation gives funding to educational programs in four main areas:
    • charter and parochial schools, including expansion efforts of high-performing charter management organizations and faith-based schools, as well as support for the creation of new schools
    • teacher and leadership development
    • public policy, including support of organizations that advocate for education reform through policy research and analysis of current educational issues
    • school capital projects
  • Interested applicants should submit a letter of inquiry to the Foundation to determine the eligibility and suitability of proposed projects. Letters of inquiry may be submitted online and should include a summary of the applicant's plans, programs, and projects 
  • Additionally, letters should focus on the vision of the applicant's goals, their academic model for educating students, and their start-up or expansion plans.
  • Awarded grants range from $20,000 - $500,000. 
  • Deadline: None
4) The NEA Foundation
  • As a creation of the National Education Association, the NEA Foundation advances student achievement by investing in public education. 
  • The Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning at all academic levels and public institutions.
  • The Foundation's grant programs include the following:
    • Learning and Leadership Grants. These grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff. Such opportunities will allow these individuals to engage in professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. 
    • Student Achievement Grants. These grants provide support to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area. Proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving in a way that will deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. 
  • Please note: grant applicants must be NEA members. All eligible educator applicants must complete an online application.
  • Awarded amounts range from $2,000 to $5,000.
  • Deadline: February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th (annually)
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