Local Funding Sources and Opportunities
Following is a list of funding sources identified by ASHA's School Finance Committee as of November 2011. Information contained in this list is subject to change at any time.
America the Beautiful Fund
Maximum Award: In-kind donation of seeds (100 to 6,000 seed packets for flowers and/or herbs)
Specific Information: The America the Beautiful Fund is accepting applications for Operation Green Planet, an initiative to help communities become more beautiful through gardening. Grants may be used to teach children about nature and habitats and to beautify parks, roadways, or neighborhoods.
Barnes & Noble
Eligibility: K–12 teachers
Deadline: March 18 annually
Maximum Award: Winning teacher will receive $5,000, the title of My Favorite Teacher, and will be recognized at a special community celebration at a local Barnes & Noble store. Winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 and an event with a well-known author. Six regional winners will each receive a NOOK eBook Reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.
Specific Information: Barnes & Noble is accepting nominations for the Barnes & Noble Favorite Teacher Contest, providing students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers.
Brinker International (Owner of Chili's Restaurants)
To submit your request for a charitable donation, please send your written proposal on an official letterhead of the 501(c)(3) organization to:
Brinker International Charitable Committee
6820 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240
or fax 972-770-5977
Eligibility and Deadlines: Brinker International's Charitable Committee needs the following information from organizations requesting donations. This information must be submitted on the organization's official letterhead.
- The exact amount requested and the specific purpose for the donation briefly summarized on one to two typewritten pages. The request should detail how the donations will be used.
- Information about your organization, including proof of 501(c)(3) status and sources of funding.
Maximum Award: Varies by project and/or requests.
Specific Information: Giving back to the communities where we live and work is one of Brinker International's core values. Millions of dollars are contributed to charitable organizations each year, as well as thousands of hours of volunteer time from our Team Members. The main areas of giving are Health, Arts & Culture, and Social Services.
Cornell Douglas Foundation
Eligibility: Education Foundations and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.
Deadline: Rolling for letters of inquiry.
Maximum Award: Grants range from $3,000 to $5,000.
Specific Information: The Cornell Douglas Foundation supports environmental education programs.
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations, such as education foundations.
Deadline: March 1 annually. Applications become available September 1 each year.
Maximum Award: Grant average $5,000 to $25,000
Specific Information: The Dr. Scholl Foundation awards grants in the following areas: education, social service, health care, civic and cultural programming, and for environmental issues.
Eligibility: K–12 full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning.
Deadline: April 30
Maximum Award: Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to 100 educators. Three additional winners will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
Specific Information: ING is accepting applications for the 2011 ING Unsung Heroes Awards providing educators with funds to support innovative class projects.
Eligibility: Schools, 501(c)(3) organizations, and education foundations.
Deadline: December each year, for funding the following calendar year.
Maximum Award: Funding varies by project and scope.
Specific Information: JB Hunt provides funding for educational and youth initiatives.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations.
Maximum Award: Varies by project.
Specific Information: Mercedes-Benz USA seeks to empower and educate future generations through the support of national and local education initiatives, youth organizations, and schools.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Eligibility and Deadlines:
- Funding is available for both project costs and operating support, and is open to both disability-specific organizations and those that serve the general population.
- While requests from all parts of the U.S. will be considered, priority will be given to communities where Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies are located.
- Preference is given to organizations and projects that reflect collaboration among groups.
- Preference is also given to organizations and projects that actively involve people with disabilities in program planning and implementation.
- Grants are made only to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that have been granted federal income tax exemption under 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.
If your organization meets the above priorities and guidelines you may submit a short concept paper for preliminary review. Concept papers may be submitted by mail, fax, or online.
Specific Information: Through its National Grant program, MEAF provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are working toward the full inclusion of young people with disabilities in society. Proposed projects should be national in scope and impact or model projects that can be replicated at multiple sites.
Samsung and Microsoft "Hope For Education Essay Contest"
Hope For Education
105 Challenger Road
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Eligibility and Deadlines: Legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Yearly grants available.
Maximum Award: $200,000 of Samsung electronics and Microsoft educational software.
Specific Information: Samsung Hope for Children was developed with a strategic focus on programs dedicated to helping children share the wonder of life, learning, and our planet. This effort was designed to emphasize Samsung's long-standing commitment of raising national awareness and funds for deserving foundations, hospitals, and schools that make a noticeable difference in communities.
Eligibility: K–12 grade teachers
Deadline: March 15
Maximum Award: Students and teacher prizes will vary according to grade level and will include savings bonds, school grants, trips, and more.
Specific Information: The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association are teaming to accept applications for the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The Challenge educates, empowers, and engages students and teachers nationwide to become agents of change in identifying and solving environmental problems.
Target Store Grants for Arts, Reading, and Family Violence Prevention
Contact Information: Contact Local Stores
Eligibility and Deadlines: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, schools, or units of Government. Annually, applications will be received from March 1 through May 1.
Maximum Award: $3,000
Specific Information: The program awards reading grants to schools, and nonprofit organizations, supporting programs such as after-school reading programs, and events encouraging family reading time.
Toshiba America Foundation Description
Eligibility: Teachers of grades K–12
Deadline: Varies. See website for details.
Maximum Award: $5,000
Specific Information: Toshiba America Foundation supports math and science projects designed by classroom teachers to improve instruction for students in grades K–12.
Wells Fargo Foundation
Eligibility and Deadlines: Grant applications from educational institutions and non-profits serving those institutions are considered. Grants are also considered for:
- Staff development of teachers and administrators serving low- and moderate-income students
- Programs that encourage school partnerships with parents and guardians, the business community, or the community in which the school is located.
Specific Information: Wells Fargo supports educational programs promoting academic achievement by low- to moderate-income students in pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in the key areas of: math, science, literacy, and History of the American West.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations such as education foundations.
Deadline: Rolling for letters of intent
Maximum Award: Varies by project.
Specific Information: The XEROX Foundation seeks applications from projects that advance knowledge in science and technology, and enhance learning opportunities for minorities and disadvantaged.
Eligibility and Deadlines: 7-Eleven is unable to support unsolicited requests. And, support is allocated annually through community relations programs
Specific Information: 7-Eleven generally limits and directs its support to organizations that the company and its franchisees select and solicit based on giving guidelines.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, education foundations and schools.
Maximum Award: In-kind donations of printed materials for fundraising and promotional needs.
Specific Information: 48HOurPrint.com seeks applications for the Giving Across America program, helping nonprofits and schools offset costs by providing printed materials for fundraising and promotional needs.