Grants, Funding & Awards


Fact Sheet: Trump Budget Proposal Boosts School Choice, Cuts Student Aid

President Trump Thursday released a "skinny" budget proposal that cuts the United States Department of Education’s $68 billion budget by $9.2 billion down to $59 billion and fulfills his campaign promises of increasing federal investment in school choice programs with a $1.4 billion boost.

Deadline Looms for $30,000 Academic Enrichment Grants

Applications for the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation's Academic Enrichment Grants are now being accepted, and the deadline is just a month away. The foundation provides grants of $10,000 per year for up to three years ($30,000 total) for educators who have workable ideas for improving student learning, either by supplementing classroom curriculum or by engaging students in after-school activities.

Short-Term Impact of $3 Billion School Improvement Grants: Zilch; Long-Term Impact: TBD

A hefty study commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and written by researchers at Mathematica has examined the impact of School Improvement Grants (SIGs) and found that implementing a SIG-funded model "had no impact on math or reading test scores, high school graduation or college enrollment."

Federal Online Tool to Help Financial Aid Applicants Shuts Down

The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) confirmed late Thursday that the federal government intentionally shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid.

Indiana Schools Superintendent Awards Technology Grants

The Indiana Department of Education has awarded grants to 32 school districts to help boost students’ use of technology in the classroom, according to the Associated Press.

Nonprofit FIRST Allocates $50 Million for High School, College Scholarships in 2017

FIRST, an international nonprofit organization founded to inspire youth to participate in science and technology, has hit a milestone achievement of $50 million for its scholarship program for high school and college students interested in STEM.

MIT-Lemelson Program Awards Grants to Young Inventors

A program that celebrates inventions from middle and high school students is awarding grants to 42 teams at 39 schools in California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas.

Pomona Students Line Up for Sprint-Issued Hotspots and Home Internet

As part of its 1Million Project, intended to outfit a million low-income students with reliable connectivity in their homes, Sprint has begun issuing free mobile hotspot devices and wireless connectivity.

ED Secretary DeVos Tells States to Maintain ESSA Timelines

Betsy DeVos, the new secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), wants to maintain the timeline set by the Obama administration for reviewing state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), even though accountability regulations appear as though they will be eliminated by Congress.

Grant Spotlight: Free Gear for Your Makerspace from SparkFun

New for 2017, SparkFun has launched a formal grant program that is awarding prize packages and sponsorships on the monthly basis to educational and non-profit organizations to support makerspaces, coding, robotics labs and STEM- and STEAM-related activities.

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