Grants, Funding & Awards


Ed Dept. Names Finalists for Virtual and Augmented Reality Competition

The ED has selected five finalists in the EdSim Challenge, a national competition that aims to advance students’ career and technical skills with immersive, computer-based simulations. Finalists will each receive $50,000 and continue to develop their prototypes for a chance to win the $430,000 grand prize.

NewSchools 'Invent' to Support Launches of 29 Schools

Their school names freely use words like "academy" and "public" and "charter, " "new, " "design" and "college preparatory." They all intend to set up new models of education that, if successful, can serve as exemplars. And all are teams of educators making up the 29 recipients of the NewSchools Venture Fund Invent 2017 cohort.

Administration of $4 Billion School Funding Program May Be 'Out for Contract' Following USAC CEO Resignation

With the announcement that USAC CEO Chris Henderson has left the building, education observers are wondering what the change in leadership will bring to the organization that runs the E-rate program.

6 South Carolina High Schools Will Launch Aerospace Curriculum This Fall

A group of South Carolina companies called SC Aerospace, supported by the SC Council on Competitiveness and the SC Department of Commerce, are introducing an aerospace curriculum in six high schools. This fall, the schools will receive $50,000 from the South Carolina Department of Education to cover course costs.

Blended, Online Learning Innovation Grants Up for Grabs

An education non-profit that promotes the use of blended and online instruction as a route to personalized learning is now taking applications from teachers and school leaders who need funding to help them create programs for doing the same.

Grant Spotlight: $5,000–$25,000 Social & Emotional Learning Grants for Teachers and Schools

The NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors are awarding grants to individual teachers and school systems for "teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12." Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to individual teachers, and grants of $25,000 will be made available to districts and charters. The deadline is only 10 days away.

Grant Spotlight: inspirED School Climate Assessment Grant

inspirED, an organization created through a joint effort between Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook, is offering multiple grants of up to $15,000 per district or up to $2,500 per school to promote social and emotional learning and to improve school climate.

Report: Funding More Equitable in CA K–12 But Gaps Persist

School district funding in California is more equitable but access gaps persist, according to a new research study published by The Education Trust–West.

Nitro Introduces Student Loan Affordability Calculator

While FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool — used by millions of students each year to apply for federal financial aid — is temporarily out of commission, another online tool could be of use for students and parents planning their finances for college. A no-cost calculator from Nitro taps into actual college cost data to inform students of their ability to repay student loans.

Students Challenged to Test Computer Security Skills

Middle and high schoolers have a chance to get some hands-on experience in hacking, decrypting and reverse engineering a network in a competition running through April 14 hosted by Carnegie Mellon.

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