Sponsors to Consider

American Educational Research Association

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues; include interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources; or include the integration and analysis of more than one data set.  Next deadline is fall 2014

American Psychological Foundation

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy. Their aim is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. In addition, programs should be:

  • Innovative and creative that propose untried methods which ultimately may result in providing solutions to the complex educational concerns currently facing the American society.
  • Broad in scope, intent, impact and outreach.
  • Possess a high potential for success with a relatively low incidence of duplication of effort (i.e. other organizations administering the same programs).
  • Dedicated to improving the human condition of all mankind.
  • Operate from a position of financial and administrative soundness.
  • In urgent need of funding from a priority basis (not necessarily financial need); i.e., the relative importance of the program or project to the public.

Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality of care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Amgen Foundation carefully considers each grant application it receives, seeking out diverse organizations whose philosophies, objectives and approaches align with the Foundation goals and mission. The Foundation awards grants to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that are replicable, scalable and designed to have a lasting and meaningful effect in our communities. Grants should reflect Amgen's dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. Amgen Foundation grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments.

Belk Foundation

The Belk Foundation believes that education is a basis for successful society and that a quality education is the right of all children and youth. Our mission is to invest in schools and organizations that work aggressively to ensure all students graduate from high school and continue on an intentional path toward college, career and life. There are many factors that are necessary to ensure every student has access to a high-quality public school education. That said, research has demonstrated the critical role of strong teachers and leaders as well as the importance of ensuring young children are performing on grade level by the third grade. It is under these two critical areas that the Foundation has decided to dedicate its resources:

  • Teaching and Leading: Increasing quality teaching and leading in K-12 public schools
  • K-3 Achievement: Increasing the number of children in grades K-3 who achieve on or above grade level in core subjects

Brady Education Foundation

The Foundation funds two types of projects: (1) evaluations of existing model programs; and (2) innovative research/new program development, including both efficacy and effectiveness studies. No set deadline for Stage 1 proposals.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Pathway to Education Opportunity

The Urban and Higher Education Program’s goals are centered on creating pathways to educational and economic opportunity by generating systemic change across a K-16 continuum, with particular emphasis on secondary and higher education. We work to enable many more students, including historically underserved populations, to achieve academic success. Our grantees help all students perform with the high levels of creative, scientific, and technical knowledge and skill needed to compete in a global economy and exercise leadership. Key levers of change:

  • Standards and Assessments
  • Innovation in Teaching and Human Capital Management
  • New Designs: Innovation in Classroom, School, College and System Design
  • Improving Policy, Creating Better Conditions and Platforms for Accountability, Innovation, and Systemic Reform

The Dekker Foundation

The Dekker Foundation's mission is to create a more cooperative society through education. With the understanding that learning comes in many forms, we provide grants to promote educational programs, raise awareness of social issues, and foster a larger sense of community among people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Applications are considered throughout the year. Before you send us a full proposal, please first submit a letter of inquiry to determine if your organization's goals meet the Foundation's criteria for grant recipients.

Ford Foundation

The foundation works in three program areas, each led by a vice president. Together, these programs build on the foundation's mission and values and respond to a new generation of challenges in a changing world. They encompass eight issue areas and the corresponding initiatives through which grants are made. The three program areas are Economic Opportunity and Assets; Democracy, Rights and Justice; Education, Creativity and Free Expression.  Projects are first screened through an inquiry process. If your proposed work aligns with the foundation’s priorities and budget limitations, a program officer will contact you to begin the process of developing a formal proposal.

The Gelfand Family Charitable Trust

Guiding Principles: Transform STEM education, deepen STEM effectiveness, advance hands-on STEM, and support STEM competitions.

Because each organization is unique, we tailor each program to meet the specific needs of the community. If your organization is interested in receiving grant monies, please email or mail a one-page grant proposal, and we will contact you if your organization is eligible.

Jacobs Foundation

We are convinced that social innovations to improve the living conditions of young people are one of the key prerequisites for the social change that is needed in our societies. Our projects are thus aimed at the development and alignment of new and sustainable approaches in the field of child and youth development. We support innovative basic research, application-oriented intervention research and also practical projects in all fields of importance for child and youth development. In our project funding, we support partners from research and practice who have a proven track record and work together closely with them in a spirit of trust so as to best ensure a high scientific quality as well as practical relevance and effectiveness

John Templeton Foundation

A number of topics—including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose—can be found under more than one Core Funding Area. The Foundation welcomes proposals that bring together these overlapping elements, especially by combining the tools and approaches of different disciplines. Core Funding Areas:  Science and the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, and Genetics.

The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation

Projects supported by the Foundation should:

  • Disseminate economic thinking and knowledge by all available means, to the end that greater happiness and prosperity may come to all through better economic understanding.
  • Produce materials, conduct seminars and workshops that promote discussions and assist in the development of greater economic literacy.
  • Promote the interchange of ideas and experiences among students of economic theory, those teaching it, and those engaged in solving practical economic problems in business and government.
  • Further these purposes through cooperation with schools, colleges and universities, foundations or other organizations by financial support or other means

Kessler Foundation

Signature Employment Grants are awarded nationally to fund new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities. Preference is given for interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance, advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner, or launch a social enterprise or individual entrepreneurship project, but are not limited to these ideas. Signature grants are not intended to fund project expansions or bring proven projects to new communities, unless there is a significant scale, scope or replicable component. Innovation lies at the core of all signature employment grants.

Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation believes that education provides the basis for individual opportunity, economic vitality and social stability. With its partners, Lumina strives to meet workforce demands and close gaps in attainment for groups not historically well‐served by higher education. Lumina’s outcomes‐based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. Our current funding is directed to advance the following strategies:

  • Build a Goal 2025 Social Movement
  • Mobilize Employers, Metro Areas, and Regions to Increase Attainment
  • Mobilize Higher Education to Increase Student Success
  • Advance State Policy for Increased Attainment
  • Advance Federal Policy for Increased Attainment
  • Create New Models of Student Financial Support
  • Design New Higher Education Business and Finance Models
  • Create New Systems of Quality Credentials

Longview Foundation

The Longview Foundation builds purposeful partnerships between state government, NGOs, colleges of education, and communities to integrate global competence into teacher and student experiences to prepare them for tomorrow.

  • Internationalizing Teacher Preparation: As economic, social, and technological transformations link us in unprecedented ways, the critical role of teachers in preparing young people for a new global reality has never been clearer; yet, few teachers begin their careers with the deep knowledge and robust skills necessary to bring the world into their classrooms.
  • Innovations in Internationalization: Our innovations work specifically supports strategic, field–building activities that help address gaps in knowledge or capacity. Advancement of global education in new and creative mechanisms is particularly of interest. Previous grants in this field have ranged from connecting schools with communities around international children’s literature to building professional development resources for teachers that internationalize the U.S. History perspectives taught in middle and high school.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

At present, the Foundation aims to encourage projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people, and among peoples of other nations, as well.  The free society so central to the convictions and success of the Bradley brothers rests upon and is intended to nurture a solid foundation of competent, self-governing citizens, who are understood to be fully capable of and personally responsible for making the major political, economic, and moral decisions that shape their own lives, and the lives of their children.  Such decisions are made on the basis of common sense, received wisdom, traditional values, and everyday moral understandings, which are in turn nurtured and passed on to future generations by healthy families, churches, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, schools, and other value-generating "mediating structures."

Much of the creative and energetic leadership essential for a renewal of citizenship will be supplied by gifted individuals, who must receive challenging and stimulating programs and instruction at all levels of their education.  The Foundation supports programs that research the needs of gifted children and techniques of providing education for students with superior skills and/or intelligence.  Research programs investigating how learning occurs in gifted children and demonstration programs of instruction are to be considered.


To learn about past awards, view the 2013 Annual Report found at http://www.bradleyfdn.org/What-We-Do/Annual-Reports (starting from page 18)

Mazda Foundation

The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting: education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross‐cultural understanding, social welfare, and scientific research. Only accepts applications from May 1 through July 1 each fiscal year.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Science Learning Assessment

The Science Learning Assessment portfolio aims to demonstrate new techniques and tools for measuring the most important science learning outcomes. Supporting projects that drive innovations in what and how we assess science learning can contribute to improved practices in science education. While we primarily focus our efforts outside of schools and classrooms, we also seek to identify collaborations that can help bridge our work to other learning settings, including schools. New types of assessment that are developed through this portfolio will help build a better understanding of the critical factors that influence science learning, thereby informing the design of learning experiences across settings.

Mott Foundation

Pathways Out of Poverty

The Mott Foundation offers four major areas of interest, one of which is Pathways Out of Poverty. The mission is to identify, test and help sustain pathways out of poverty for low‐income people and communities. This is done through improving community education, expanding economic opportunity, building organized communities, and special initiatives.

National Institutes of Health

Science education partnership award (SEPA)

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program funds innovative K-12 STEM and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects. SEPA projects create partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers and K-12 teachers and schools, museums and science centers, media experts, and other educational organizations. SEPA K-12 resources target state and national K-12 standards for STEM teaching and learning and are rigorously evaluated for effectiveness

To view current awards see https://www.ncrrsepa.org/grants/active

National Science Foundation

EHR Core Research (ECR) 

Synopsis of Program: The EHR Core Research (ECR) program establishes a mechanism in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources to provide funding in foundational research areas that are broad, essential and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. We invite researchers to identify and conduct research on questions or issues in order to advance the improvement of STEM learning in general, or to address specific challenges of great importance.  Standard deadline:  first Tuesday in February

Naval Air Warfare Center

Training Systems Division

NAWCTSD has comprehensive simulation and training systems responsibilities ranging from research and technology base development through system acquisition and life cycle support. The Research and Engineering Competency is NAWCTSD’s arm of the laboratory system. Its mission is to plan and perform a full range of directed R&D in support of Naval training systems. The work covers the broad spectrum of training simulation technology as applied across mission areas and all stages of training. It is intended that programs under the BAA include Fundamental research related to this mission. “Fundamental Research” means basic and applied research in science and engineering, the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community, as distinguished from proprietary research and from industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary or national security reasons.

The requirement for R&D conducted under this BAA is to explore unique training techniques incorporating innovative behavioral and engineering technologies, which are needed for more effective and/or less expensive training systems. Technology products may include empirical research, software and computer models, test beds and proof of concept demonstrations. Projects should provide insight to NAWCTSD personnel to optimize the use of training systems.

                Major areas of interest include:

  • Training Technology and Methodology Research
  • Simulation Systems Research
  • Computer Applications Research
  • STEM Education

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

The Ribbon of Hope Grants

Many nonprofits are providing outstanding services, but are struggling with limited resources to meet the needs of their local communities as their own budgets are squeezed. These grants are intended to offer organizations a one-time opportunity to expand and/or enhance an existing program or provide seed funds for a new initiative. In order to be considered, proposals should relate to the establishment and implementation of projects tightly aligned with the goals and objectives of local community agencies and demonstrate their sustainability after grant funds are expended. Most importantly, proposals should address critical community needs that have been identified through comprehensive needs assessment activities. No grants are made for general operating, construction or restoration projects, or for the provision of medical services. The Foundation supports programs that emphasize the understanding and application of health, science, and education to meet the needs of North Carolina's citizens and communities.

Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation has several programs of interest: child abuse, environment, housing and homelessness, international human rights, issues affecting women, learning differences, and special interest.  Under learning differences, Oak foundation supports research and activities that contribute to both knowledge about and strategies available to students (from primary school to university) who struggle in school as a result of learning differences. These differences represent a profile of learning strengths and weaknesses which, when understood by the student, parent and teacher, can be addressed and leveraged to promote success at school.

Portal to find NSF funding opportunities

Note special programs and program areas listed, such as for K-12 educators and the Education and Human Resources Directorate

Make note of the Common Guidelines for Education and Research Development issued by the US Dept of Education and NSF. See http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13126/nsf13126.pdf

Resources for STEM education: http://www.nsfresources.org/home.cfm

Russell Sage Foundation

RSF sponsors rigorous social scientific research as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. In sponsoring this research, the Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences. The Foundation’s awards are restricted to support for social science research within the following five program areas:

  • Behavioral Economics – The program in Behavioral Economics focuses on research that incorporates insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior.
  • Cultural Contact – The program in Cultural Contact is focused on research that examines the effects of cultural difference on the ways in which different groups in the population understand and interact with one another, and with particular attention to the response of economic, social, and political institutions in the US to increasing diversity.
  • Future of Work – The program in the Future of Work is concerned primarily with examining the causes and consequences of the declining quality of jobs for less- and moderately-educated workers in the U.S. economy and the role of changes in employer practices. The program is also concerned with the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and job quality of American workers.
  • Immigration – The program in Immigration focuses on research that examines social, economic, political, and community changes in the context of contemporary immigration and the role of race, nativity and legal status on the prospects for integration of immigrants and their children.
  • Social Inequality – The program in Social Inequality is focused on how rising economic inequality is related to social, political, and economic institutions in the U.S., and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage.


Spencer Foundation

The Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.

Toyota USA Foundation

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation supports K-12 education programs with a focus on math, science and environmental science. The Foundation partners with leading organizations and institutes serving diverse populations across all 50 states. The Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

U.S. Department of Education

Follow link to view all current and future funding opportunities

Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund supports the following focus areas: affordable housing and shelter; education and youth development; environmental stewardship; and human services, civic and cultural growth. In considering requests for support, preference is given to projects and programs that meet the following: Serve a broad range of community residents; meet an important community need within our key areas of focus; show strong support from community leaders and other funders; are sustainable and managed competently with a history of accountability, results, cost-effectiveness, strong leadership and innovation; provide a significant and measurable impact on quality of life. Contact anne.leyva@weyerhaeuser.com to determine if the committee has an interest in considering your proposal.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Educated Kids Grants

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) places the optimal development of children at the center of all we do and calls for healing the profound racial gaps and inequities that exist in our communities. We believe in supporting and building upon the mindsets, methods and modes of change that hold promise to advance children’s best interests generally, and those of vulnerable children in particular. Concentrating our resources on early childhood (prenatal to age 8), within the context of families and communities, offers the best opportunity to dramatically reduce the vulnerability caused by poverty and racial inequity over time.  There is strong evidence that optimal child development means providing children with the stimulus, tools and support necessary for their emotional, intellectual, physical and cultural growth. To achieve this, we organize our work and investments toward attaining three strategic goal:s

  • Educated Kids: Increase the number of children who are reading-and-math proficient by third grade.
  • Healthy Kids: Increase the number of children born at a healthy birth weight and who receive the care and healthy food they need for optimal development.
  • Secure Families: Increase the number of children and families living at least 200 percent above the poverty level.

W.T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential. Areas of interest include understanding the use of research evidence; connecting research, policy, and practice; improving youth services in New York City; and reducing inequality.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation currently focuses on the areas of Community Economic Development, Environment, Public Education, Social Justice and Equity and Strengthening Democracy.