Special education classrooms often lack adequate supplies for daily activities and special projects. Special education teachers with a specific need can apply for grants to help fund projects for their their students. Grant applications typically require lengthy proposals and budget information.
P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grants
P. Buckley Moss offers five grants each year to special education teachers who need funds to purchase art supplies for their special education classrooms. The foundation will award up to $1,000 to each of the grant recipients. Applications are due September 30, 2011, for the 2012 school year. Teachers must submit three hard copies of the grant application by mail. Both the teacher and his supervisor must complete sections of the grant application.
Rural School and Community Trust Program
Teachers with more than three years experience who teach in eligible school districts can apply a grant of up to $5,000 from the Rural School and Community Trust program. Applications much include a cover sheet, proposal and itemized budget. The next application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2011. The application can be submitted online and can be completed in more than one session.
State Farm Service Learning Grants
State Farm awards grants to teachers and schools who implement service-learning programs related to the following areas: drivers' safety, access to higher education, financial literacy, disaster preparedness and environmental responsibility. Grants awarded range from $25,000 to $100,000. The next application window for this grant will open on February 1, 2012.
Kids in Need Foundation Grants
The Kids in Need Foundation awards grants from $100 to $500 to classroom teachers with innovative teaching ideas. The grant should be used to purchase materials needed to complete a project, conduct an experiment or learn a new skill. The application consists of a project description, project objectives, evaluation instrument and budget. The Kids in Need Foundation accepts grant applications each year from July 15 through September 30.
Special education teachers should explore grant opportunities in their local areas. Often, local businesses and utility companies generously award grants to teachers in their areas. Check local business websites or call the businesses directly to inquire about grant availability.