Kindergarten classrooms are full of 5- and 6-year-old children ready to learn and full of inquisitiveness. Teachers can find funding for special projects and programs from a variety of sources. Teacher associations, educational organizations and even local community foundations offer grants for innovative classroom projects. The Grantsmanship Center (see Resources section) maintains a list of funding organizations in each state.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers various grant programs for kindergarten teachers and classrooms. The Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grant Program is awarded to teachers of grades pre-K through second grade. This program encourages teachers to use music to enhance the math learning process. Up to $3,000 is awarded in this grant program and the annual deadline is normally in November.
The Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades PreK–8 Teachers is an annual program that awards up to $4,000 for projects that improve or enhance the learning activities for classroom geometry projects. Other grant programs offered to kindergarten teachers by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics include classroom research grants, teacher professional development grants and emerging teacher–leaders in elementary school mathematics grants. Award deadlines and amounts vary by program.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 1906 Association Drive Reston, VA 20191-1502
National Council for the Social Studies
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) holds an annual competition for the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award. This award is presented to a teacher who has an innovative teaching idea or project that impacts the learning of social studies. Applicants must be a current social studies teacher for any grade K-12. The award amount is for $2,500 and the annual deadline is normally in May.
The NCSS also holds an annual competition for Geographic Literacy. This grant awards $2,500 to a social studies teacher of grades K-12, for a specific program that will enhance student learning in geography. The annual deadline is typically in March.
National Council for the Social Studies 8555 16th Street, Suite 500 Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-588-1800 socialstudies.org
The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts administers several grant programs annually for arts education. The Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth program awards $5,000 to $150,000 to schools or community organizations to enhance arts learning for youth in grades K-12. Programs can be for in-classroom or for after school activities.
The Access to Artistic Excellence program provides support to schools and nonprofit organizations to bring artists in the classroom. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $150,000. Other grant programs are announced periodically by the National Endowment for the Arts. Deadlines vary by program.
National Endowment for the Arts 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC 20506 202-682-5400 arts.gov
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