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Federal and private grants aid disadvantaged

Published September 4, 2019

Funding Opportunities

By Pat Forbes, Education Liaison

Presidents throughout our history have stressed the vital nature of proper educational balance. James Garfield stated, “Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education. . . .” He further stated that without that education, “neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” Later, John F. Kennedy observed that “A child miseducated is a child lost.”

These statements of past chief executives are an example of the very demands facing our nation today. We face an increasingly complicated world with the development of new science and technology. Robotics and coding are avenues that must be presented to all levels on the education landscape. Pitsco is a primary source of educational tools to attain that balance and avoid miseducation. There are a variety of potential sources to assist in achieving these objectives.

At the federal level, monies are prescribed by formula to the states to use for a variety of their needs. To ensure all are being given the proper opportunities, there are grants such as English Language Acquisition State Grants and Title I. In addition, the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to offer educational and related services to homeless children and to see that they have the services necessary for their success.

These are but a few of the attempts by the government to guarantee all students are given the most advanced and comprehensive resources and provided with the best technical assistance regardless of economic and language concerns.

That concern is also felt by corporate grant makers who open their largesse to those in significant need.

  • The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s mission is to “help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice” while addressing school segregation, welfare and voter rights, and current educational practices. (Mrbf.org)
  • Following that felt need is the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which encourages equitable communities with thriving children and working families, citing these as a way to provide lasting change. (Wkkf.org)
  • The Louis Calder Foundation supports analysis and advocacy for school reform by supporting “high-performing alternate education models” such as those used in charter and parochial schools. (Instrumentl.com/grants/louis-calder-foundation-grant)
  • Not all disadvantaged groups are eligible to receive assistance, but grant makers are eager to provide aide when necessary. The Annie Casey Foundation is yet another source of possible help for educational resources. Youth engagement and leadership are part of the criteria for receiving their grant-making services. (Aecf.org/about)

These are the beneficial examples of the vital interest in the equity that exists in the changing educational world. Pitsco is eager to assist in leading the vanguard of attempts to create that equity.

Grant Application Deadlines


Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

A variety of uses including libraries (application period opens in September)

Verizon Foundation

Supports programs that promote STEM


Toshiba Small Grants (Grades K-5)

Grants for project-based learning in science and mathematics

Digital Wish Foundation

Submit lesson plan for a subject and see if it is funded

“I haven’t felt this appreciated as a teacher for a long time! I was feeling blessed already, and then I won a $750 grant from Pitsco Education.”

– Nicolette Hall, Sapulpa Public Schools, Sapulpa, Oklahoma

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