Federal & State Grants

There are two types of Federal grants: formula grants and discretionary grants. Formula grants are awarded based on a formula; any entity that qualifies under that formula is eligible to receive the grant.

FORMULA GRANTS INCLUDE:

  • 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.
    Application due date: Second Wednesday in August, annually.

DISCRETIONARY GRANT:

Search for more open discretionary grant opportunities here.

STATE GRANTS

Each state determines its own way to allocate general funds and award extra funds as grants.

Block grants require districts to apply for funding, and districts must make a case for why they should receive the funds.

Special funding is allocated for targeted programs such as special education, technology, gifted and at-risk populations.

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

OTHER GRANTS INCLUDE: