Ongoing Grant Opportunities

Access the specifics for each grant opportunity by clicking on the website Links provided.

NOTE: All SDUSD grant applications must be approved by district leadership via completion and submission of the RDP form.

  • K-12 Science and Math Education Programs Supported

    Toshiba America Foundation
    The Toshiba America Foundation is dedicated to promoting quality science and mathematics education in our nation's K-12 schools. The Foundation provides grants through the following two initiatives: The Grants Program for K-5 Science and Math Education provides grants of up to $1,000 to teachers in public or private schools to help them bring innovative hands-on projects into their classrooms. The application deadline is October 1, annually. The Grants Program for 6-12 Science and Math Education provides small grants of up to $5,000 and large grants of over $5,000 to teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Applications for small grants may be submitted throughout the year. The annual application deadlines for large grants are February 1 and August 1, annually. Visit the Foundation's website for details about each of the grant programs.

  • Saucony Run for Good Program


    Saucony Run for Good Foundation
    191 Spring St.
    Mail Drop 318S
    Lexington, MA 02420-9191



    The Saucony Run for Good Foundation encourages active and healthy lifestyles for children and is dedicated to preventing and eliminating childhood obesity. In addition, the foundation acts to inform the public about the causes and prevention of childhood obesity and provide funding to optimize the impact and success of community organizations, including public schools, that promote running and fitness programs for children.

    All proposals must demonstrate that the grantee will conduct programs that increase participation in running in order to positively impact the lives or participants. Participants of these programs must be 18 years of age or younger.

    Selection of grant recipients will be based on: (1) utilization of running participants for health and well-being in children; (2) service provided to youth populations not traditionally exposed to running programs; and (3) demonstration of support and inspiration in creating a program that exemplifies the foundation's mission of improving the lives of children through running. Since an important focus of the foundation is to fight childhood obesity, programs that specifically target that epidemic will get the most attention. Applications should be submitted by mail and postmarked on or before the deadline.

    Eligibility: Public, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
    Award(s): Grants up to $10,000 are awarded.
    Deadline(s): Applications are due February 1 and August 1, annually.
  • Team America Rocketry ChallengeSponsored by Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc. and National Association of Rocketry, in partnership with American Association of Physics Teachers

    Team America Rocketry Challenge
    Miles Lifson, Manger

    Phone: 703.358.1033


    The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) strives to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians to join the aerospace industry. The challenge is an extracurricular, hands-on, project-based learning program incorporating aerospace-specific science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Teams of three to 10 students design, build, and fly a rocket. Each year a unique task is included in the challenge.

    Eligible applicants are public, private, and independent schools; homeschools; and nonprofit youth or educational organizations. There is no limit to the number of teams from a single institution that can register. Team members must be students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12. Teams must be supervised by an adult and have the approval of the principal of the sponsoring school. There is a $125 entry fee per team.

    Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
    Award(s): Prizes up to $100,000 are awarded.
    Deadline(s): Entries are accepted September 1 through December 4, 2015.
  • The Federally Impacted Schools Educational Foundation (FISEF)
  • The foundation of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools - is pleased to announce that our second annual Good Idea Grant Application is now open for submissions!

    FISEF was founded to promote public awareness about, and to enhance the effectiveness of, the US Department of Education program that provides aid to public elementary and secondary schools impacted by Federal activities. FISEF "Good Idea" grants are designed to support federally impacted Pre-K - 12 teachers and schools in their efforts to create best-practices programs that address needs in the areas of academics, innovative curriculum and social wellness, including:
    - providing students with opportunities to grow and become creative, innovative and critical thinkers.
    - sustainable projects that can be replicated in other classrooms, schools and school districts.
    - projects that allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life applications.

    FISEF is very excited to review the new applications to come in this year. To make it easier for you to get started on your submission, we've included the electronically fillable grant application with this email.

    Before you begin, please note these important dates:

    October 15 - December 15, 2015:
    Open Period to Submit Grant Application

    December 15, 2015 (MIDNIGHT, Eastern Time):
    Grant Application Submission Period Closes

    March 13, 2015:
    Grantees Announced at NAFIS National Conference in Washington, DC (Grantees DO NOT have to be present)

    March 12-14, 2017:
    Grantees' Evaluation Video Presented at NAFIS National Conference in Washington, DC (Grantees or someone from the school district MUST BE present)

    FISEF encourages all federally impacted school districts to apply before December 15, 2015. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email FISEF Activities Director Bryan Jernigan at If you have trouble accessing the attachment, you can also find it online here.

  • Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant Program Due May 11

  • Description: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has been supporting schools through the Champions Grant program since 2009. Champions Grants are distributed to K-12 public schools in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson's hometowns in California, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. San Diego Unified School District applicants - Please review the District's Administrative Procedure 1320 and complete the Request to Develop A Proposal (RDP) form, found at this Link. Proposals will not be considered without pre-approvals. Contact Ron Rode, Director of Research and Development ( with questions.

    The 2017 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant application process is now open. Details about the Champions Grant program, application guidelines and application materials can be found by using the following Link: The deadline for submitting applications is 6:00pm ET on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Projects selected to receive funding will be announced no later than December 31, 2017.

    The JJF has made a few updates to the application process, so it strongly recommendz that all schools interested in applying for a Champions Grant attend an Information Call. The purpose of the Information Calls is to share JJF's expectations for applicants and to answer general questions about applying. Information Calls will be held once a week through May 2 (although JJF suggests that schools attend the earliest possible call in order to provide plenty of time to develop a solid application). Dates and instructions to RSVP for an Information Call can be found here:

    Please note the following changes to the Champions Grant program for 2017:

    • This year's written application is a fillable PDF. Responses should not exceed the space provided. The budget is an Excel spreadsheet again this year.
    • Schools can request between $20,000 and $75,000.
    • Measures of Success must include numerical outputs and outcomes. Please review FAQs for a detailed explanation and examples.
    • Any project that includes construction and/or infrastructure changes requires that the school match a minimum of 5% of the total project budget. In addition, no more than 10% of any grant award can be used toward outside resources such as consultation, delivery, installation, project management, and training. Please review the FAQs for a detailed explanation. These items must be itemized on the budget worksheet.
    • School improvement, infrastructure and technology projects require written approval from all necessary district departments. Please review FAQs for a detailed explanation.
    • The project must be completed - meaning all funds spent, it is fully implemented and able to be measured - within 1 calendar year. While this is not a new requirement, this year we are asking applicants to share their plan for accountability and ensuring feasibility.

    Maximum Award: $75,000
    Eligibility: Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grants are awarded to deserving K-12 public schools in the Johnsons' hometowns of El Cajon/San Diego, CA and Muskogee, OK, and where they currently reside in Charlotte, NC.
    Deadline: May 11, 2017

    • Amateur Sports Grants - Daniels Fund

      The goals of this funding are to "expand opportunities in quality youth sports programs that foster sportsmanship, confidence, discipline, and teamwork [and to] expand opportunities for national and international amateur sports competition." Award amounts vary. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline: Rolling.

    • American Honda Foundation

      Description: Supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Funding Priority:
      Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
      Maximum Award: $20,000 - $60,000 per organization
      Eligibility: Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
      Deadline: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1

    • CA Dept of Education Funding Opportunity: 21st Century High School ASSETs

      Notice: To all interested community members. San Diego Unified will be applying for the funding on behalf of several district high schools.

      Funding Opportunity: CA Dept of Education Funding

      Funding Name: 21st Century High School ASSETs

      Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies

      Required Eligibility Criteria: Federal legislation mandates that school eligibility be based on requirements for Title I Schoolwide Programs. Competitive priority is to be given to applications serving schools identified as in need of improvement (Section 1116). To meet the competitive priority, an application must be jointly submitted by local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving funds under Title I, Part A, and community-based organizations or other public or private entities. State legislation gives priority to high schools whose most recent score on the Academic Performance Index (API) ranks the school in the lowest three deciles.

      Funding Description: The 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program provides incentives for establishing before- and after-school enrichment programs that partner schools and communities to provide academic support; safe, constructive alternatives for high school students; and assistance in passing the California High School Exit Exam. Programs may operate after school only, or after school and any combination of before school, weekends, summer, intersession, and vacation. Each program must consist of three elements: academic assistance, educational enrichment, and family literacy services.

    • Captain Planet Foundation

      Description: Grants for activities that promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.
      Maximum Award: $500 to $2,500
      Eligibility: U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.
      Deadline: May 31 - September 30 - January 15

    • CCBD Foundation Practitioner Support Program

      Description: Grants specifically for educators who are actively working within schools to improve the academic, social, emotional, and community outcomes for children and youth with behavioral disorders.
      Maximum Award: $500
      Eligibility: Teachers, instructional assistants, or administrators who work with children or youth with behavioral disorders.
      Deadline: Applications reviewed twice annually, July and January.

    • Chargers Champions Grant Program

      The Chargers Champions School Grant program was created to assist San Diego County schools with meeting some of the basic physical fitness, nutrition and athletic needs of their students. The program annually provides selected schools with grants of up to $75,000 for high schools, up to $40,000 for middle schools, and up to $30,000 for elementary schools.

      The Chargers Champions School Grant program is open to any public or private school in San Diego County. Applications must include all requested information and must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.

      Information describing the application process and how to obtain additional applications is also mailed to all county public schools and available as well through the County Office of Education. This same information is also mailed to all private schools in the county using a list updated and provided by the State of California.

      The submission process is through a written application form only.

      Application deadline for 2014 was May 2. New information will be provided when available.

    • Community Service Grants awards grants to US high school students (no more than 19 years old) to fund their community service ideas focused on issues in the following four categories: environment, democracy and equality, health, and community issues. Deadline: Grant requests are reviewed and responded to on a monthly basis.

    • Computers for Learning (CFL) Program

      The Computers for Learning (CFL) Program matches the computer needs of schools and educational nonprofit organizations with excess equipment in federal agencies. The goal is to make modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom so that every child has the opportunity to be educated to his or her full potential. Eligible schools are public, private, or parochial schools serving prekindergarten through grade 12 students. Schools and nonprofits register online and are able to search and select available equipment using an online module. Deadline: year-round.

    • Cox Cares Foundation Scholarship

      The Cox Care's Foundation is Cox's philanthropic arm funded entirely by Cox employee payroll donations that are matched by the company. To date, the foundation has contributed more than $4.5 million back into the San Diego community. Scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school students who live in a Cox service area and will attend a higher educational institution in California. Recipients are chosen based on scholastic achievement, community involvement, and staying committed to their educational goals despite dealing with life's challenges.

      Deadline: Applications are accepted during the first quarter of each year. Specific deadlines vary each year. For questions, please email

    • Deanna Maran Foundation for Non-Violence

      Description: The Deanna Maran Foundation provides support for classroom teachers for the implementation of projects promoting non-violence in their schools and communities.
      Maximum Award: Up to $500
      Eligibility: K-12 Schools
      Deadline: Rolling

    • Family Literacy Donations

      The mission of the Wish You Well Foundation is to support family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. A variety of funding needs is supported. Previous donations have supported book clubs at elementary schools, tutoring programs, basic literacy, ESL, and more. Deadline: year-round.

    • Global Sports Development

      Description: Global Sports Development awards grants to organizations that combine sports and education in the teaching of youth. Applicants are invited to send initial Letter of Inquiry. Details provided on web site.
      Maximum Award: Varies
      Eligibility: Organizations that provide on-going, structured youth sports programs combining the essential elements of teaching, learning, competition and improved academic performance.
      Deadline: Rolling

    • InvenTeams - a Lemelson-MIT Program

      InvenTeams is a national grants initiative of the Lemelson-MIT program that is designed to excite high school students about invention, empower students to problem solve, and encourage an inventive culture in schools and communities. InvenTeams are composed of high school students, teachers, and industry mentors. Working collaboratively, InvenTeams identify a problem to be solved, conduct research on the problem, and develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project with the purpose of inventing something of value for their school or local community. InvenTeam projects span many fields, such as assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods, and experimental vehicles. Past InvenTeams and their invention projects are available on the website.

      The optimal size of an InvenTeam is 10 to 15 high school youth. Eligible applicants are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations who have not received an InvenTeam grant within the past three years. Applications must be submitted online.

      Grants up to $10,000 are awarded annually, with approximately 15 grants available.

      Initial applications are due February 27, 2015. If selected to continue to the next step, final applications are due September 4, 2015.

    • Learning and Leadership Grants

      The NEA Foundation's Learning and Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education. Grants are awarded for one of two purposes: (1) to fund high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or (2) to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences. Deadlines: February 1, June 1, and October 15, annually.

    • Lego Children's Fund Seeks Grant Proposals for Youth Creativity Programs

      The Lego Children's Fund is accepting grant proposals for programs dedicated to inspiring and encouraging youth creativity. The fund supports programs serving in children from birth to age 14, with priority consideration for disadvantaged or at-risk youth. In addition, $100,000 per year is awarded to a single organization identified and selected by the fund's board of directors. To ensure that a request is considered for a particular trustee meeting, proposals must be received by the following dates: April 15, July 15, Oct. 15, and Jan. 15. Deadline: Quarterly

    • Lemelson-MIT Program InvenTeams

      Description: The InvenTeam initiative is designed to excite high school students about invention through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); empower students to problem solve; and encourage an inventive culture in schools and communities.
      Maximum Award: $10,000
      Eligibility: Teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors
      Deadline: Annually in April

    • McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Academic Enrichment Grants

      The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Maximum award: $10,000 per year for three years. Eligibility: educators employed by schools or non-profit organizations with the background and experience to complete the project successfully who have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to 12 from low-income households.
      Deadline: April 15, 2012.

    • National Education Foundation CyberLearning STEM Grants

      Since many public schools lack funds for STEM, at the request of several state education departments and the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in STEM education is offering STEM grants, with no out-of-pocket cost to any public school district or charter school with 35% or more students eligible for Free/Reduced meals. Deadline: Rolling.

    • Native American Programs Funded Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development

      The Fund's primary grant making program areas include the following: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Sustainable Communities, Intergenerational Leadership, and Women's Leadership. Grants from $500 to $5,000 are provided three times per year to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund's program areas. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) Deadline: February 1, June 1, and October 1, annually.

    • NGA: Youth Garden Grants

      National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grants support schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Eligibility: schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States. Deadline: December 5, 2014.

    • Pets in the Classroom Grant

      Do you know of a teacher who might be interested in having a classroom pet? The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides financial support to pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade school teachers to have aquarium fish or small pets in the classroom. Through a simple online application, teachers can apply to receive a grant or coupon for the purchase of new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets.

      Do you know a teacher who can benefit from the Pets in the Classroom grant? Please, spread the word! It is easy to do. Simply fill out the form on our website ,, and we will contact the teacher with all of the details about the grant!

      Sponsor a Teacher:
      Do you believe in the value of pets and the positive impact they can have on children? Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improves school attendance and teaches children responsibility. It encourages nurturing and builds self- esteem. Pets in the Classroom grant recipients have confirmed that having a classroom pet has a big impact on their students. Are you willing to help make a difference in the lives of students?

      If you know of a specific teacher or school that you would like to provide with a classroom pet, the Pet Care Trust would like to assist you in making that possible. Simply visit our website,, and click on the "Sponsor a Teacher" tab. Your donation may be tax deductible. Pets in the Classroom will contact your chosen school or teacher to provide them with the grant information.

    • Sony Electronics

      Description: Sony responds to grant seekers and institutions that bring commitment and innovation to strengthening education at the primary and secondary school levels, with consideration also given to selected higher education initiatives. The company seeks to apply its resources toward the development of technical and scientific skills for tomorrow's workforce. There is no grant application form. Requests must be submitted in writing and should include the following information:

      A brief, written description of the organization on its official letterhead, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose, and proof of 501 C (3) status as an organization that is not a private foundation
      History of previous support from Sony Corporation of America, Sony Electronics Inc. or any other Sony business unit
      The amount being requested
      A description of the purpose for which the grant is requested

    • Target Company Early Childhood Reading Grant

      Description: Target grants focus on helping more U.S. students read proficiently by the end of third grade. Through programs like Take Charge of Education® and Target School Library Makeovers, and events like Read Across America, we're helping kids reach their full potential.
      Maximum Award: $2,000
      Eligibility: K-3 Classrooms
      Deadline: Varies with each grant program

    • Target Company Field Trip Grants

      Description: EachTarget store will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide-enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. Each grant is valued up to $700.
      Maximum Award: $700
      Eligibility: K-12 Schools
      Deadline: Check website on August 1 for current information.

    • Teach for the Planet is excited to partner with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to identify the most innovative environmental science, climate change, and sustainability projects. Read on to learn about how you can get resources into your classroom. Award Min: $500.00. Award Max: $10,000.00. Period: One year. Deadline: Rolling.

    • The Dart Foundation Education Grants

      The Dart Foundation awards grants for youth education programs, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This private family foundation also provides grants to support projects and programs in health, community services, and journalism, with a specific focus on accurate coverage of science and the environment. Deadlines: Requests over $5,000 are due March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15, annually. Requests under $5,000 are accepted year-round.

    • The Dedalus Foundation Art Education and Appreciation Grants

      Description: The Dedalus Foundation funds selected programs in art education and art appreciation for children in public schools. New prospective institutional applicants should email a brief letter introducing themselves and their project. Eligible institutions will then be invited to submit proposals via the foundation's online application system. All proposals must now be submitted electronically. Inquiries should be sent to the Grants Manager at
      Maximum Award: $25,000
      Eligibility: Museums, universities, art schools, and other educational institutions.
      Deadline: Awards are made twice annually, in the spring and the fall. The deadline for spring applications is March 15, and the deadline for fall applications is October 15.

    • Walmart Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grant Program

      Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations in support of initiatives in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.... Deadline: December 31, 2014.

    • Whole Kids Foundation Student Garden Grants Program

      A school garden is a vital educational tool-- teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness. Whole Kids Foundation is awarding a $2,000 grant for nonprofit K-12 school organizations that are developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will offer children fresh fruits and vegetables. To be eligible, garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders, as well as demonstrating ability to financially sustain the garden. For more information and an application, visit the Whole Kids Foundation website.

      Deadline: Varies each year. Check the website for more information.

    • Young Reporters for the Environment USA Competition

      In the United States, youth between the ages of 13 and 21 are invited to participate in the national Young Reporters for the Environment competition. They may enter as individuals or as part of a class or group. Participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it in writing, photography, or video. Entries must be relevant to participants' local community, connect to a global perspective, include possible solutions, and be disseminated to an appropriate target audience.

      Participants enter in one of three age categories: 13-15, 16-18, or 19-21. They may choose between three different media types:

      Writing (article of up to 1000 words)
      Photography (a single photo or photo essay of up to 12 photos)
      Video (up to 3 minutes in length, in documentary or reporter/interview style)

      Submissions are due to the U.S. national competition by Friday, March 13, 2015, 12 P.M. EST.

      Complete submission requirements are detailed here. Click here to read the official contest rules (PDF).