Federal and State Grants

Federal grants come in two varieties: those distributed by a predetermined formula and those given out at discretion. Entities that meet the criteria set by the formula are automatically eligible to receive a formula grant.

Formula Grants

Innovative Programs: This state-administered Federal formula grant program is designed to support local school reform; funds can be used for instructional and education materials, technology, and school improvement.

Application due dates: Between April and August for several different grants.

Enhancing Education through Technology State Program: Designed to improve student achievement through the use of technology, the “Ed-Tech Program” also has the goal of improving tech literacy among students by eighth grade.

Application due date: Varies depending on your home state.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: Also known as 21st CCLC, this is the only Federal funding source dedicated to afterschool programs. Funds are distributed to each state based on its Title 1 funding award to low-income students, and funds can be used toward academic enrichment materials and activities, including those for STEM programs.

Application due dates: Varies depending on your home state.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers: This is one of several grants awarded by the National Science Foundation, a Federal agency, and it is designed to expose students to STEM careers and provide them with technology-rich experiences.

The application deadline for this opportunity on March 6, 2024.

Discretionary Grants

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs: GEAR UP, a competitive funding opportunity lasting six years, aims to equip students from low-income backgrounds with the necessary skills for higher education and professional success.

Application due dates: Applications are usually open through the summer months annually.

Supporting Knowledge Mobilization for PreK-12 and Informal STEM Learning and Teaching: The NSF supports partnerships in STEM education by offering financial assistance for projects that tackle urgent educational needs within various preK-12 settings, informal educational entities, and broader communities. It seeks to enhance the distribution and application of knowledge in STEM teaching and learning, thereby increasing the research's impact within the educational sector.

Application Timelines: Varies by program (refer to individual program guidelines for more information)

Scope: Nationwide

Educational Levels: PreK-12

Funding Amounts: Depend on the particular program (refer to individual program guidelines for more information)

Explore additional discretionary grant opportunities available here.

State Grants

The method of distributing general funds and granting additional financial support varies by state.

For block grants, school districts must submit an application justifying their need for financial assistance.

Funds are specifically designated for certain initiatives, including special education, technological advancements, programs for gifted students, and support for those considered at risk.

The Education Commission of the States has information on programs by state here.

Funding For Career And Technical Education(CTE)

Perkins V Funding: Distribution varies by state, necessitating individual state submissions of strategic plans to the Department of Education’s OCTAE detailing eligibility criteria, performance targets, and guidelines for local utilization. For insights into Perkins funding stipulations in your state, examine the detailed plan specific to your state, including submission timelines.

Qualifying Products

Other Grants 

ESEA (Title I, Part A): Provides resources for underprivileged students and their learning environments.

OESE (Title V, Part A): A state-managed formula-based grant initiative aimed at enhancing educational outcomes and overall school quality for every student.

ESSA (Title IV, Part B): Allocates resources for community learning centers focused on the 21st century.

IDEA: Funding for students with autism and language disabilities.

EIR Grants: Support for students in significant need.

National Science Foundation AISL: Supports projects related to informal education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.