Elementary teachers often face financial difficulties when it comes to paying for classroom supplies or continuing education. While there are many different grants available for elementary teachers to apply for, some grants come with a lengthy application process. With so much time and energy devoted to the classroom, many elementary teachers seek grants that are easy to apply for. The most convenient grants are those with the option to apply online.
Fund for Teachers Grants
Elementary teachers are eligible to apply for the Fund for Teachers Grant. Applying is easy. Simply visit the website, click on the "Apply" link and select your state. A list of eligible schools and school districts will appear. Fund for Teachers has multiple programs within each state. Teachers must teach in one of the eligible schools to apply for funding. Applications are available online around October of each year.
DonorsChoose.Org is a unique site for teacher funding. Elementary teachers are eligible to apply and the process is easy. Teachers sign up for an account and post their request for grantmakers. When grantmakers browse the site, they can select any request and provide grant money to that specific teacher. Typical funding has been provided for classroom supplies or professional development.
Kids in Need Teacher Grants
All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible to apply for the Kids in Need Teacher Grant. The foundation has awarded $1 million in grants to teachers. The grants provide teachers with funding so they can offer innovative opportunities to their students. Easy applications can be completed and submitted online around July of each year. Applications are judged according to a rubric that emphasizes clarity of objectives and cost effectiveness, among other things.
National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Grants
The NEA foundation has awarded more than $7 million to teachers to support classroom ideas and professional development. The Learning & Leadership grant in particular supports public and private elementary teachers. The grant amount is typically $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. Teachers can easily apply for this grant by visiting the NEA website. Applications are reviewed three times a year. Applicants are notified in writing and should not contact the foundation for application status.