Where to Find Grants for Christian Schools

churchIf you are searching for grants for Christian schools, you may be surprised to know that most grants open to elementary schools are also open to private schools. Christian school grants specific to private schools do exist, but be sure to open your search to grants for all types of educational institutions.

Grants for Christian schools and all elementary schools in general include:

American Honda Foundation

Honda offers grants for schools in a variety of educational areas, including technology grants for Christian schools. Between $20,000 and $60,000 is awarded annually to schools who apply online with specific plans for what they will do with the award money.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble has limited funding available for educational contributions that serve students K-12. Applicants must agree to work with Barnes & Noble to promote and execute the program.

Campbell’s eLabels for Education

You are probably very familiar with the Labels for Education program. eLabels is an offshoot of the program that keeps track of labels when you link your participating shopper card. Each label equals one point and points can be used for public and private school merchandise. Schools can register at eLabelsForEducation.com.

Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas

These grants are supported by the Theoni Pappas Fund and are open to teachers in grades 9-12. Teachers can receive up to $4000 to purchase classroom materials. Applicants must be members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and can only receive the award one time. There are comprehensive guidelines available at the grant website.

EdTech Magazine

This grant provides funds for technology, general education, and staff development in public and private schools.

International Paper

Offers literacy grants to schools in communities where International Paper has a presence. Awards include National Geographic Kids Magazine subscriptions and outdoor programs. Restrictions and guidelines can be found at the website.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Innovation Grants

This program offers technology grants for private Christian schools as well as public schools with grades K-12. Each grant includes $5000 for resources or curriculum needs. While the grant is not specifically for equipment, some equipment needs are accepted on a case by case basis. Applicants need to adequately express how they will be used in the classroom. Each school is eligible to receive two grants. Applicants must be in or near communities where Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold has a presence. The annual deadline is March 1.

ThinkQuest International

The Oracle Education Foundation sponsors this technology competition. Applicants create an educational website in order to be considered. Winners receive a laptop computer for the school and a possible cash award. Deadline is in April of each year.

Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

There are seven awards each worth $5500 in this program. The money includes $1000 cash, $3000 in products and $1500 toward expenses involved in attending the NSTA Competition. The awards are provided to promote the use of data-collection technology in science classrooms.

Office Depot Foundation

If the Christian school in your area makes significant changes in your community than it can be awarded one of the Office Depot Foundation Grants. The grants can be anywhere from $50 to $10,000 depending on the project.
International Reading Association (IRA)

There are many reading grants for Christian schools through the International Reading Association (IRA). Check the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading site for the guidelines for this grant that focuses on the combination of reading and technology. It’s open to teachers in grades K-12 and the deadline in November of each year.

The Verizon Foundation

ReadWriteThink.org is one of the many programs awarded grants by The Verizon Foundation. Many of the grants have a strong literacy/technology focus. The Verizon Foundation is involved in elementary school education across the United States.

Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF)

One option for individuals searching for grants for Christian schools is the Teachers Helping Teachers Award.  Teachers are recognized for mentoring other teachers and teaching in unique ways. The weekly award provides $100 in books to each winner.

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation awards literacy grants to school libraries that serve children in need.  Books must be purchase with the awards that range from $500 to $3000. The program was started by children’s advocate and Newbery award author Lois Lenski. She won the award in 1946 for the book Strawberry Girl.

Even Start Grants Program

The Even Start Grants Program offers many grants through state education agencies to be used for literacy programs. The award is for programs that serve children up to age 7 from low income households. Each state has its own guidelines. For more information about a particular state call (202) 360-3793.

Christian schools have funding needs that can be met with grants for Christian schools as well as grants for schools in general. It’s important to exhaust all of the options by researching all available grants.



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