James Patterson’s $1.5 Million Pledge to Libraries
James Patterson announced plans to give away $1.5 million to school libraries. In partnership with Scholastic, Patterson will make individual donations of $1,000 to $10,000. The money can be used for books, reading programs, or technology and repairs. The Scholastic Reading Club has pledged to match each grant with bonus points that can be used for books and classroom materials. Librarians, teachers, administrators, or other interested parties can nominate a school library anywhere in the U.S. that serves students from pre-K through 12th grade. Applications are due May 31, 2015.
Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher Challenge
Are you a teacher with a big dream that has the potential to impact the lives of the children and families in your school and community? Is funding the only thing standing between you and the realization of that dream? Then Thank America's Teachers invites you to step up to the Dream Big Teacher Challenge and submit your proposal for one of six grants. Maximum award: $100,000. Eligibility: current K through 12 teachers in the United States who submit a qualified proposal. Deadline: June 30, 2015
State Farm Foundation Grants
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of our communities by focusing giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education). Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities. Deadline: October 31, 2015.
Fund for Teachers Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. Deadline: varies by state.