Mini-Grants

Small grants are great opportunities to fund classroom projects and other school needs, and their applications are usually quite brief. Browse the list below to see if there’s a good fit for you. Note: Some grantors will ask that the Ed Fund sponsor a school’s application. If so, please let us know within 14 days of the deadline so we can can take care of fiscal sponsorship details. We would also love to know which mini-grants you have won. Email benj@oaklandedfund.org to fill us in. Good luck!

No Deadline

These mini-grants have no deadline, but we recommend applying ASAP if funding is still available.

  • FREE BART rides for field trips. Click here to learn more and apply. Application window opens in August 2014.
  • Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco offers fee-waived field trips at all grade levels.
  • Lantern Projects will post school needs (books, computers, etc.) on its website, where donors can choose which cause to support. You can submit a project using this form.
  • Awesome Foundation $1,000 grants for any school project or program. Note: Until the website adds an Oakland chapter, Oakland schools should apply through the San Francisco chapter. Learn more and apply.
  • DonorsChoose.org allows teachers to post funding proposals online, where donors can choose which program or resources to support financially. Several OSF schools have had great success posting proposals on this site!

September Deadlines

These grants have deadlines in September 2014.

  • Target Field trip grants of up to $700 for K-12 classrooms. Learn more and apply here! Deadline: September 30, with the application window opening August 1.
  • Captain Planet Foundation Grants of up to $2,500 for “hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth.” Open to all teachers, K-12. Apply and learn more here. Deadline: September 30, 2014 (January 31, 2015 for projects in 2015-16)
  • The Oakland Zoo offers “free science education programs through our Zoo-to-Community initiative for underserved students attending Title 1 K-5 schools in Alameda County.” In some cases, they will include free bus transportation. Find the application here.
    Deadline: The zoo accepts applications beginning in September. 

November Deadlines

These grants have deadlines in November 2014.

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics The NCTM awards Pre-K through 2nd-grade teachers grants of up to $3,000 for “incorporating music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics.” To apply and to learn more about eligibility details and requirements, click here. Deadline: November 7
  • National Science Teachers Association Vernier Technology Awards The NSTA partners with Vernier “to recognize the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or handheld in the science classroom. Maximum award: $1,000 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference, $1,000 in cash for the teacher, and $1,000 in Vernier products.” All science teachers K through college are eligible. Learn more and apply here. Deadline: November 30