Find a Grant
Where do grants come from?
An entity that awards grants may be referred to as a “grantmaker,” “grantor,” or “grant source.” These terms all mean the same thing: “We award grants to the winning proposals!” Grantmakers range from large public entities, such as the U.S. Department of Education, to smaller local entities, such as — for instance — perhaps a School Business partner or local Walmart store. There are two major categories of grantmakers: public and private.
Please note: Most federal and many state grant competitions are designed for systemic, districtwide or program-wide projects. In general, these competitions are not designed for individual classrooms or schools. (Sometimes there are exceptions.) If you find a federal or state grant that interests you, call the Grants Development Department before proceeding. Many private foundation grants are smaller and more focused. They are a better fit for schools and classrooms. See Where grants come from and who applies (PDF)
Examples of public grant sources
Examples of private grant sources
- Many private and corporate foundations all over the nation, such as the Captain Planet Foundation
- A few Alaska-based foundations, such as the Alaska Community Foundation
- Professional Associations, such as the International Literacy Association or NEA
- Corporations, individuals, and businesses, such as Wal-Mart or Target, which has field trip grants
Interested in pursuing a grant?
- Check out the Grants 101 for teachers (PDF) presentation