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Free grants for teachers

Free grants for teachers
Free grants for teachers
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During the summer months of June, July and August, schoolteachers plan for the busy days of the upcoming school year. Whether you’re an elementary, middle school or high school teacher, you can find free money for your classroom. Check out these free grants for teachers that are accepting applications in the coming days.

Kids in Need Teacher Grants
What it is: Funded by a combination of companies including Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the goal of Kids in Need Teacher Grants is to make creative classroom projects possible.
Dollar amount: $100 to $500
Who’s eligible: Any K-12, certified teacher in the United States.
How to apply: Visit the Kids in Need Teacher Grant website to view applicant guidelines. Applications will be available on July 15, 2014.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant
What it is: Home improvement store Lowe’s wants schools to encourage community spirit and parental involvement. Program objectives include facility enhancement, landscaping and clean-up efforts. Projects have included gardens, nature trails, new playgrounds or playground improvements.
Dollar amount: $2,000 - $5,000
Who’s eligible: Public schools and public school parent groups are eligible.
How to apply: View the grant pre-application checklist and gather your materials. Applications will be accepted starting on August 1, 2014.

Target Field Trip Grants
What it is: Is learning limited to the walls of a school building? The Target Foundation doesn't think so. They're giving away money for schools to take students on the road to learn, in the form of field trip grants.
Dollar amount: Up to $700.
Who’s eligible: K-12 schools.
How to apply: Apply starting on August 1, 2014, but no later than September 30, 2014.

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
What it is: Mr. Holland, the music teacher played by Richard Dreyfus in the 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus, is the namesake of this non-profit. This grant’s purpose is to keep the music playing on, particularly in schools in low-income communities. The foundation also has a soft spot for schools with no budget or a low budget for their music programs.
Dollar amount: To be determined.
Who’s eligible: Public, private and charter schools can apply. Funds must be used for music education.
How to apply: Submit a pre-qualification form before August 1, 2014.

Pets in the Classroom Grant
What it is: Pets in the Classroom exists to encourage the presence of an animal or an aquarium in classrooms for educational purposes, not for research or experimentation. This program supports the purchase of an animal or the supplies to continue caring for one.
Dollar amount: Varies; award is given in the form of coupons to a pet store.
Who’s eligible: Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade classes in public and private schools.
How to apply: Visit Pets in the Classroom and read the information on whether or not your classroom is ready for the responsibility of a pet. If the answer is yes, complete the application when it is posted beginning August 1, 2014.

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