Five Resources to Find Funding for Your Classroom
As our technology and innovation develops, there are more options than ever to provide our students with a sensational classroom experience. The downside however, is new technology and resources costs money- and with widespread education budget cuts, teachers have been stretched to their limits as they try to provide for their students. Many teachers will resort to reaching into their own pockets to help their students.
We understand the ongoing struggle educators face as they search for funding to incorporate innovative educational resources, games and technologies into their classrooms. Here are some resources teachers can turn to for possible solutions:
www.grants.gov This resource lists and tracks grants in all 50 states as well as federally funded programs. In response to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or Recovery Act, many Grant-making agencies are posting Recovery Act specific grant opportunities on Grants.gov
www.donorschoose.org This site connects teachers with potential donors across the country who are interested in sponsoring educational projects. The concept is simple: teachers submit their classroom project ideas and donors contribute to their fund. According to this post on TeachersDiary.com, – 80% are funded within the first month or two that they are up.
Foundationcenter.org The Foundation Centers’ site features an interactive map that displays state by state different funding options from an estimated 550 foundations. It also helps teachers searching for funding options associated with ARRA.
www.adoptaclassroom.org Like Donors Choose, this is a funding system that is based on donations. It connects classrooms in need with donors so their school projects can plans for innovation can be fulfilled. 100% of all donations go to the classrooms.
5) My Class Essentials
www.boxtops4education.com This is a helpful resource that is based on the same idea as a bridal or baby registry. This site allows K-8 teachers to create a list of all the supplies their classroom needs (can choose from over 6,000 student and classroom materials) and encourages parents, PTAs, and other community-support organizations to make donations to help fulfill the classroom needs.