GRANTS

Grant funding for education is imperative to the success of every STEM lab

Finding grant opportunities and information about possible funders, however, can be extremely daunting. The good news is there are dozens of grant funding for education resources available and we here at AET Labs are actively searching to identify opportunities to support our customer’s educational needs. With a particular focus on STEM technologies, we have compiled a list of grant opportunities available to educators and institutions from K-12 to Higher Ed in New England. Please refer to grant websites for updates on application deadlines.

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National STEM Grants

Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant

Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials including, but not limited to, books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Grants are available for up to $500.

Association of American Educators Foundation Teacher Scholarship

Teacher scholarships can be used for a wide variety of professional development opportunities and materials.  These include conferences, inservices, and materials for PLCs.  The scholarship will cover all associated costs with attending these events or obtaining these materials. Scholarships are available for up to $500. 

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competitions

This grant is from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education with an aim to develop, implement, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and to rigorously evaluate such innovations. Grants are provided for early-phase, mid-phase, and expansion competitions with awards ranging from up to $4 million to up to $15 million.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators at high schools and non-profit educational organizations are eligible for this grant. Lemelsom-MIT InvenTeams® are groups of high school students, educators and mentors that invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Every year, up to 15 teams receive up to $10,000 each.

National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Grant

With a focus on two-year Institutions of Higher Education, the Advanced Technological Education program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. 

Project Lead the Way

The PLTW Grant Program provides PreK-12 districts and schools with competitive grants to support the implementation or expansion of PLTW programs through partnerships with leading organizations across the country.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

A nationwide contest designed to boost interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math, and challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities. Prize packages range from $15,000 to $130,000

Sony

Grants support the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce.

SPIE Education Outreach Grants Program

Provides support for optics and photonics related education outreach activities. Award maximum is $5,000.

Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program

These grants should build the capacity of community colleges to equitably increase employment through educational and economic opportunity, by focusing on specific industry sectors and career pathways that will lead to more rapid reskilling and (re)employment in quality jobs.

Toshiba American Foundation

Offers grants to teachers who are passionate about making STEM more engaging for their students in grades 6-12. Grant requests are accepted for projects over and under $5,000.

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative

The WORC Initiative is designed to facilitate the alignment of workforce development efforts with existing economic development strategies in rural communities hard hit by economic transition and recovering slowly.

W. R. Grace  Foundation

Contributes to programs and projects that improve the quality of life in the most impactful ways possible with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and basic needs, such as food, shelter, first aid, and healthcare.


Education Grants for Massachusetts

Amgen

Awards grants to nonprofit organizations that enhance civic engagement by supporting science and education based initiatives, environmental programs, social services, as well as culture and arts in an effort to strengthen and enrich communities. Focus on the Greater Boston Area, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties and Rhode Island. Grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments.

Applied Materials

Provides funding to organizations providing programs and services in the following focus areas: Education, Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement, Environment, and Girls Empowerment. This grant prioritizes needs in neighborhoods near their facilities, which includes Gloucester.

Biogen Foundation

Their grant-making programs focus on access to hands-on science education, teacher development opportunities in science, college readiness and support, and basic social needs. Helps communities in which Biogen facilities are located, which includes Cambridge, Waltham, and Weston.

Blackstone Valley Education Foundation: BVEF Innovative Academic Grants

For connections between academic preparation and career readiness. Award amounts up to $1,000.

Blackstone Valley Education Foundation: Lampin Grants

Focused on innovative programming, proposals with an emphasis on STEM will be given priority. Award amounts up to $2,000.

Boston Scientific Foundation

Supports programs focused on improving STEM educational opportunities and academic development for K-12 students who are economically disadvantaged. Must target the needs of economically disadvantaged populations within 60 miles of Cambridge, Marlborough, or Quincy.

Brookline Education Foundation

Designed to promote cooperative efforts across disciplines, across grade levels, and among schools.

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation

Fund specific, one-time needs or ideas which will improve education in underserved communities in Boston.

Cohasset Education Foundation

We encourage innovation and creativity in the classroom by providing our teachers and schools with the incremental resources needed to turn a great idea into a reality. 

Gloucester Education Foundation

Grant applications are encouraged for programs/projects that promote innovation, enrichment, community collaboration, and increased student achievement.

Groton-Dunstable Education Foundation

Provides private funding for innovative, inspiring programs and opportunities. 

Lexington Education Foundation

Grants fund the development and piloting of teaching approaches and materials that will enrich learning in any subject, initiatives designed to meet the learning needs and abilities of diverse students, professional development activities that relate directly to educators' classroom teaching, and programs that address educational and community-building priorities.

Mary Lyon Foundation

The goal of the educator assistance program is to support innovation and re-imagination in the classroom and to provide professional development opportunities for our educators.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center: STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grant Program

The STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grant Program helps to further advance and expand life sciences education at Massachusetts public high schools and middle schools through the implementation of project and inquiry-based curriculum. Districts can request funding for up to $200,000 (up to $100,000 per high school) for capital expenses and up to $40,000 (up to $20,000 per school) for professional development.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center: Workforce Development Capital Grant Program

The Workforce Development Capital Grant Program seeks to seed, enhance and/or expand training programs that address critical skills and talent supply gaps facing the state’s life science industry. Award funding of up to $750,000 per institution is given for the purchase and installation of life sciences equipment, lab furniture, materials, supplies, and/or technology that will enable them to effectively prepare students for high-demand career opportunities in the life sciences

Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program

Awards grants for the purchase and installation of equipment and related improvements and renovations necessary for installation and use of such equipment to support vocational and technical training that are aligned to regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries. Grants range from $50,000-$1,500,000 multi-year awards. 

Maynard Education Foundation

Funding for innovative ideas that provide new learning opportunities for students and staff.

Newburyport Education Foundation

The Partnership Grant program connects teachers and business partners who then work together to create meaningful educational experiences that allow students to see how their skills apply to the world of work. 

Newton Schools Foundation

Considers any creative project that falls within the mission of NSF and contributes substantially to the Newton Public Schools.

Northhampton Education Foundation

The Endowment Fund is seeking to fund multiple innovative projects aimed at having a lasting impact on our schools. The NEF Endowment Fund has up to $80,000 available for grants for the 2022-23 academic year.

Norwell Education Foundation

Support educational activities and programs that encourage academic excellence for all students in the Norwell public schools.

Sharon Education Foundation

Sharon Public School administrators, faculty, parents, students, and community members may apply for funding in support of enrichment projects and professional development that benefit the school community.

The Winchester Foundation

WFEE offers three grant programs for individuals and collaborative groups: education grants, professional development grants and student innovation grants.


Education Grants for Connecticut

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation

Fund specific, one-time needs or ideas which will improve education in underserved communities in Hartford.

Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation

Supports educational programs for all citizens of Durham and Middlefield. Grants should focus on innovation, excellence and creativity for citizens of any age. Grants usually range from $200 to $3,000.

Groton Education Foundation

The Foundation's goal is to support learning innovation and to promote learning excellence in the Groton community. By pooling donated money, the Foundation is able to provide teachers, librarians, and other educators with readily accessible resources to pilot learning projects and to help develop new learning processes.

Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation

Supports innovative educational projects, enrichment programs and other educational initiatives that inspire learning and achievement and would not typically be supported by regular governmental funding. 

Montville Education Foundation

funds projects and programs which augment and enrich the curriculum and programs already in place or that bring new educational opportunities to the town’s residents and do not supplant programs traditionally funded by the district, state or federal budgets. Grant awards range from $500 to $10,000.

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

Offers funding to K-12 students/teachers, including workshops for aeronautics and aerospace and STEM-related activities.

North Stonington Education Fund

Offers grants to educators and others that will facilitate and reward innovative approaches to learning and to the development of North Stonington School District students and the community.

Southington Education Foundation

The grants and programs allow educators to improve the quality of public education above and beyond the conventional curriculum, identifying and addressing needs, challenges, and concerns unique to their students. 

Stonington Education Fund

Provides funding for educational enrichment programs and helps improve the quality of public education above and beyond conventional curriculum funded by local, state and federal sources.

Weston Education Foundation

Awards grants designed to support programs, projects and activities that enhance creativity and/or harness the use of technology in order to expand educational opportunities for Weston students and residents.

Woodstock Education Foundation

Intended to benefit students and enable teachers to enhance and enrich educational programs, and encourage superlative instruction and creative, innovative curriculum development.


Education Grants for Rhode Island

Amgen

Awards grants to nonprofit organizations that enhance civic engagement by supporting science and education based initiatives, environmental programs, social services, as well as culture and arts in an effort to strengthen and enrich our communities. Focus on the Greater Boston Area, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties and Rhode Island. Grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments.

Barrington Education Foundation

Grant applications are welcome from any faculty or staff member within the Barrington School District. Collaboration across classrooms, grades, and schools is highly encouraged.

Bristol Warren Education Foundation

Provides grant funding to teachers and staff in the Bristol Warren Regional School District for innovative, high-quality programs that enhance and enrich students' educational experience, and that are outside the scope of existing school budgets.

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation

Fund specific, one-time needs or ideas which will improve education in underserved communities in Providence.


Education Grants for New Hampshire

The Clipper Foundation

Their goal is to strive for excellence in education by creating opportunities for educators to “push the envelope” by piloting cutting edge programs and innovative teaching practices that advance the curriculum goals of the district. The average grant award is between $1,000 and $4,000.

New Hampshire Department of Education

The NH Robotics Education Development Program funds eligible public schools or chartered public schools for the purpose of financing the establishment of a robotics team and its participation in competitive events.


Education Grants for Vermont

The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation

Grants to improve equitable access to the education and training pathways that lead to Vermont’s most promising jobs. Range from $1,500 to over $100,000 (for systems development or systemic change efforts).

The Windham Foundation

Grants are awarded to support educational programs, local food initiatives, land conservation for public use, environmental protection, social services, cultural resources, and historic preservation. Priority is given to small, community-based organizations. Most grant awards range from $5,000 to $10,000.


Education Grants for Maine

Brunswick Community Education Foundation

Grants for ideas that will enrich the learning experiences of students and foster creativity and innovation.

Davis Educational Foundation

Assist institutions in supporting more effective teaching and learning and/or controlling costs. 

Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel

Foundation grants are intended to further creativity, innovation and excellence in the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel public schools. The ultimate goal of EFKA grants is to stimulate student learning. Grant amounts have varied from $200 to $20,000.

Falmouth Education Foundation

Supports academics, athletics, and the arts throughout the Falmouth, Maine Community.

Gorham Educational Foundation

Support programs that encourage a thirst for knowledge, respect for the community, and responsible citizenship.

Libra Foundation

The Libra Foundation, based in Portland, Maine, was created by Elizabeth Noyce in 1989 and has made significant contributions to worthy causes throughout the State of Maine. In most cases, grants will not exceed $25,000.

Marshwood Education Foundation

Supports innovation and excellence in the RSU 35 school districts with programs and teaching practices that enhance students’ learning experiences.

Perloff Family Foundation

STEM4ME grants encourage students and teachers to "think outside the box" to create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, robotics, and sustainable food production. Strongly encourages programs that incorporate mentorship by experienced educators, close alignment with the needs of Maine businesses, and links to existing programs at Maine's colleges and universities. Awards up to $3,000.

Scarborough Education Foundation

Grants are awarded for the purpose of supporting innovative and creative initiatives that will enhance the curriculum for students in grades K-12 of the Scarborough public schools.

Yarmouth Education Foundation

Promotes and enhances educational excellence by generating independent funding for innovative educational projects, enrichment programs and other creative educational initiatives that fall outside the standard budget and support the curriculum.


Grant Directories

Department of Defense

A list of grants opportunities from the Department of Defense.

GetEdFunding

A grant-finding resource wizard, dedicated to helping educators, schools, and institutions identify the funding they need in budget-tight times.

Grants.gov

An invaluable resource with a comprehensive compilation of thousands of identified grant opportunities.

Grant Watch

A database featuring current grants, funding opportunities, awards, contracts, and archived grants from foundations, corporations, federal, state, and local government funding sources.

Instrumentl

Meet the smarter way to win grants. Instrumentl brings grant discovery, research, and tracking to one place. With Instrumentl, development staff are more effective and efficient at finding the right grants for their nonprofits.

National Council of Teachers in Mathematics Education Trust

Offers a variety of grants, scholarships, and awards. Funding ranges from $1,500 to $24,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.

National Science Foundation

A list of funding opportunities from the National Science Foundation, in categories including computer and information science and engineering, engineering, and environmental research and education,

U.S. Department of Agriculture

A list of funding opportunities related to agriculture.

U.S. Department of Education

A list of funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education.


Resources for Grant Planning

Stratasys Grant Guide

Tech Tuesdays at AET Labs

How to Write a Successful Grant Application

Learn the key elements of a successful education grant application, focused on addressing the grant as a mini-business case with the accent of return on investment. Watch the webinar recording, featuring guest Russell Eckel, a workforce development expert who has helped prepare numerous successful grant applications as part of his on-going work in the field of career and technical education.

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Stratasys’ Top Tactics to Secure Funding for your 3D Printer

School districts have learned how to tap the power of grant funding to cover the expenses of their new 3D printers. Stratasys has prepared an informative white paper for education full of useful tips designed to help you identify and secure grant funding for your school.

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Higher Ed Grant Funding Support from Quanser

Whether you are with a small or large institution, Quanser can help you seek both internal and external funding. Since 2013, they have helped academics around the world to secure over $13,000,000 in funding from agencies such as the US Department of Defense (DOD), National Science Foundation (NSF), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and World Bank, just to name a few.

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