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Private/Foundation Sources

Published August 30, 2017

AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program

This foundation seeks to inspire and advance the future of aerospace by funding grants for unmet and unfunded educational needs of students.

American Honda Foundation

The focus of these grants is on math, science, and technology.


Supports youth STEM education and career readiness projects and programs that build knowledge and skills in K-12 STEAM fields.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

They provide funding to individuals as well as nonprofit organizations.

Braitmayer Foundation

Supports curricular reform and professional development.

Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund

This fund “focuses on organizations with missions supporting . . . 1) education, 2) environment and conservation, and 3) youth development.”


Promotes the improvement of academic skills and improves the opportunities for the disadvantaged.

Carver Charitable Trust

Supports elementary, secondary, and higher education.

Casey’s Cash for Classrooms Grant

Grants support physical improvements, material needs, teacher support, and community engagement projects at local schools across the heart of America.

Charles Lafitte Foundation

This foundation subscribes to innovation and creativity. There is a strong investment in experiential elements for students.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Goals are to improve the welfare of low-income students and to sustain the ecosystem.

Chisholm Foundation

The foundation is eager to consider seed or demonstration projects.

Council on Foundations

Contains lists of community foundations organized by state.

Daniels Fund

The foundation seeks to fund early childhood education programs. (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming)

Digital Wish

Offers a general, searchable list of grant sources.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Grants promote advancement of literacy and basic education.

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

Support is directed toward innovative educational curricula.


Strives to help educators find funding for projects and programs outside of school funding.

DuPage Foundation

Supports programs that further the arts, culture, education, and human services.

Eastman Foundation

Their focus in education is on “using partnerships to help prepare and inspire students to excel, especially in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).”

Frey Foundation

Seeks special teaching methods to create productive learning environments.

Fund for Teachers

This program invests in teacher-created PD opportunities that seek to “support student success, enrich [an educator’s] practice, and strengthen . . . schools and communities.”

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

This foundation is primarily concerned with innovative instruction models and also has a strong attraction for meeting the needs of underserved students.


Large database of educational grants.

Halliburton Foundation

Endorses education K-college, supporting education in all major areas.

Hewlett Foundation

Their education program provides grants to help students build deeper learning competencies. 

Inasmuch Foundation

Funds education, health, the arts, and the environment. (Oklahoma and Colorado)

Kauffman Foundation

Focuses on preparing students for education and life after high school and ensuring students have high-quality educators and schools.

Kresge Foundation

Supports science equipment and collaborative grants with partners.

Lockheed Martin

The focus is on STEM activities and in areas where the company has business interest.

M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

Meyer Memorial Trust

The Meyer Memorial Trust is applicable to Oregon and parts of Washington. The principal areas of interest center on early childhood and disadvantaged students.

Moss Foundation

The purpose of this offering is to further program goals. These grant resources could make possible the extension or refurbishment of existing Pitsco labs.

Motorola Solutions Foundation

Funding will focus on initiatives that creatively generate a love of science early in life and show the new generation of inventors that careers involving science and math are important, challenging, and possible. This foundation is particularly interested in getting girls involved in the study of science.

NEC Foundation

The foundation’s website details a variety of possible uses for funding.

Peak Proposals

Listing of community foundations.

Philanthropy News Digest

A collection of philanthropy-related announcements including upcoming grants, requests for proposals, and other funding opportunities.

PPL Foundation

Grants designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience and spark students' interest in STEM.

Staples Foundation

The mission is to provide funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.

State Farm

This group is concerned with efforts to attain educational excellence.

Subaru of America Foundation

They aim “to support the work of organizations that are empowering the growth and development of children and young adults through career exploration with relevance to job readiness and job skills training.”

The Ray Charles Foundation

“The vision of The Ray Charles Foundation is to instill in the youth of America that ‘there is no challenge too great one cannot overcome.’”

Texas Instruments

Supports programs that improve the quality of life by enhancing skills in math and science.

Toshiba America Foundation

These grants support math and science programs for Grades K-12.

Toyota USA Foundation

The Toyota USA Foundation supports K-12 education with a focus on math, science, and environmental science.

Verizon Foundation

Technology and literacy are areas of primary interest.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Supports innovation and capacity to change, which leads to improvement of formal and informal education.

Walton Family Foundation

Invests heavily in education at all levels including teacher education. Wide range of options.

Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program

Places emphasis on STEM programs.

Whole Kids Foundation

Through the Garden Grant program, schools and nonprofits turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens to connect food with classroom curriculum.

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