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Grants are a good way to obtain curriculum and tools for your classroom.
A number of grants are available for teachers and their schools. The grants are there to support a variety of initiatives such as workforce development, curriculum and equipment purchases, and vocational rehabilitation.
If you know of any grants you think other teachers may benefit from, let us know. Please send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion on this page.
Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) is a one stop spot for finding and applying for grants offered by the federal government. The site includes a search feature that allows you to search for grant opportunities by agency. Agencies with current grants on the site include the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Education, in addition to the National Science Foundation. Registration is not required to search for grants; however you must register before applying for any grant you find. The registration process can take from 3 to 5 business days. As a result, grant consultants suggest you register in advance so you don’t risk missing a submission deadline.
U.S. Department of Defense (www.defense.gov) offers grants through three different agencies the Office of the Director of Research, National Security Education Program (NESP), and the DoD Education Gateway. All current opportunities are listed on the Grants.gov Web site.
U.S. Department of Labor (www.dol.gov) offers a number of grants to schools for the implementation of job training programs. The grants vary from year to year depending on the amount of money allocated by Congress. Individual grant opportunities are identified in the Department's Procurement Forecast, on the Employment and Training Administration's Web site, and in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Also see Grants.gov.
U.S. Department of Education (www.ed.gov) provides formula grants for a variety of initiatives including programs to improve teacher quality, increase career and technical education, and support children living in poverty. The grants are awarded twice yearly in July and October. The department’s most recent grant distribution totaled $20.8 billion. In addition, the department administers funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for students between the ages of 3 and 21 and also has $100 billion in stimulus funds appropriated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that offers training grants that may be appropriate for public institutes of higher learning.
National Science Foundation (www.nsf.gov) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science and advance national health, prosperity, and welfare; among other things. With an annual budget of more than $6 billion, the agency funds about 20 percent of federally supported research conducted by American colleges and universities.
Grant resources are often more abundant at the State level thanks to a number of state specific workforce development grants. The following resources are available to help you find the right agencies in your state.
State Department of Education listings are available through the U.S. Department of Education Web site at www.ed.gov/about/contacts/state
State Department of Labor resources including Workforce Opportunity Councils are accessible at www.dol.gov. Once on the home page, browse by LOCATION to see links for your state.
American Welding Society Foundation (www.aws.org/foundation) supports programs that ensure the growth and development of the welding industry. This includes support of educational opportunities in welding and related industries. In addition to individual scholarships, the AWS occasionally offers grants to support welding workforce development.