Grant Tips

Below are possible options for financial assistance and potential grant funding opportunities. These are by no means exhaustive, but they might help you start your own search for funding. It is imperative that you begin looking for funding opportunities as early as possible. The grant process can take weeks or months and it’s important to find the right grant for you.

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Grant Opportunities

The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools, colleges, and universities.

The NEA Foundation Learning and Leadersip Grants

Learning & Leadership Grants are available for individual teachers to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials that enable applicants to learn subject matter, instructional approaches, and skills. For more information please visit the Web site.

Teacher As A Researcher Grant

The International Reading Association's Teacher as Researcher Grant is one of three grant programs for teachers who conduct research inquiries in their classrooms. The Teacher as Researcher Grant supports teachers in their inquiries about literacy and instruction. Teacher as Researcher Grant studies may be carried out using any research method or approach so long as the focus is on reading/writing or literacy. For more information please visit the Web site.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.  The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.  Applications deadlines are March 15 and October 15 annually.

Student Loan Deferment

Many lenders, including private lenders and federal student loan programs, have provisions that allow a borrower to temporarily stop making payments if you are enrolled in school 5 or more hours (the threshold for a graduate student to be considered half-time) in a semester. These deferments are usually for a period of 6 months; but may be shorter or longer depending on the loan and the lender. Interest on your loan may not be charged during your deferment period.

To check your eligibility for loan deferment, visit the Department of Education Web site and create a PIN if you don't already have one.

Then, visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) For Students and check your current status.

Or, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). If you are hearing-impaired and have questions, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

Additional Grant Opportunities

Ohio Learning Network (OLN)

OLN funds programs to help Ohioans increase work-related knowledge and skills through college credits, assist faculty in teaching using emerging technologies, and better understand the roe of technology in learning.

The National Staff Development Council (NSDC)

The NSDC is the largest non-profit professional association committed to ensuring success for all students through staff development and school improvement. The Council views high quality staff development programs as essential to creating schools in which all students and staff members are learners who continually improve their performance.

Toyota Tapestry Grants for Teachers

The Toyota Tapestry Program, a joint effort between the National Science Teachers Association and Toyota, awards grants to teachers who propose projects that are innovative and demonstrate creative new ways to motivate students in science learning.

Citigroup Foundation

Links To Searches

These are generally good links to various teacher resources and could serve as a starting point for grant/scholarship searches. You may also find information on grant funding through various education-oriented Web sites and newsletters.

Ohio Education Association

The Foundation Center

UNC Mathematics and Science Education Network


Education Week