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Fundraising and Grants


Candy Fundraisers
Prepackaged candy bars can be sold for a dollar or two with your group retaining 50% of the profits. Parents can take these to work, schools can put these at the front office and students can go door-to-door.

Catalog Sales
These fundraisers are particularly lucrative during the holidays.

Silent Auctions
You will find that business members of your community are more than willing to donate goods or services for fundraisers to use for silent auctions. Visit area restaurants and ask proprietors if they will be willing to donate coupons for a free dinner. It benefits both your group, as well as the business because few people dine alone.

Recycling Printer Cartridges
This can be an ongoing project. All you have to do is set up your locations for donations and you’re in business. Be sure to alert your local newspaper so they can spread the word.

Bake Sales
Enlisting parents to donate baked goods for sale is a good way to fund raise.  Set up in high-traffic areas like local fairs or in front of stores like Wal-Mart for the best bang for your buck.

Pizza Fundraisers
Get two-for-one pizza discount cards for $2 and sell them for $10. Pizza chains throughout the United States participate in this promotion.

Seasonal Fundraisers
Turkey Sales—Practically everyone buys a turkey during Thanksgiving. Why shouldn’t they buy it from you? Contact a wholesaler, develop brochures and put them on bulletin boards, in school offices and at board meetings a month in advance. Charge extra for deliveries.

Christmas Trees —People buy these anyway and would probably welcome the chance to help their community at the same time. You can order trees from a wholesaler and set up a local stand.

Spring Bulbs—Once again, locating a wholesaler and creating a brochure is key. You can display brochures in the school office, on the table at board meetings or PTO meetings and other events.

Local Chain Restaurants
Contact local chain restaurants. Lone Star Steakhouse, or Isaacs, for instance, will name a night for your organization and donate a portion of sales proceeds to everyone who visits their restaurant and orders as part of your organization.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Few people can resist the mouthwatering pictures of cookies on this website.

Candle Fundraiser
Candles are always popular. Get a free fundraising information packet here.

Movie Ticket Fundraiser

Go to a local movie theater and ask to speak to a manager about donating tickets for your group during a time when the theater isn’t very busy. Many managers are happy to contribute to a good cause and drive traffic to their concession stand during a slow period.


AFCEA Education Foundation
$1,000 Grants are provided to AFCEA Chapters for the purpose
of selecting K-12 STEM teachers (or international equivalents) to purchase items that would augment STEM activities in classrooms such as lab supplies, hardware, software, SMART boards, projectors or other equipment.

IEEE Foundation
The IEEE Foundation has founded robotics competitions and projects.
Grant application and submission deadlines (which occur throughout the year) can be found here:

Dominion Educational Grants
Dominion has contributed towards robotics programs in Virginia and Connecticut and accepts grant proposals from throughout the United States on a year-round basis.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The majority of education grants are awarded to programs in the Kansas City area that focus on providing high-quality educational opportunities to urban students and focus on STEM topics.

The Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation supports organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. Applications considered twice a year and they ask that their proposal narratives span no more than five pages.

The Humana Foundation
Grants limited to: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin.

Grants limited to Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Intel grants support K-12 or higher education programs that advance science, math or technology education.

The Joyce Foundation
Focuses on charter schools in the Chicago, Indianapolis or Milwaukee area
for its “Innovation Grant” awards.

Lowe’s is donating $5 million to schools as part of its “Toolbox for Education Initiative.”  Hurry—deadline is October 15, 2010.

The Milken Family Foundation
Initial inquiry limited to three pages is requested. Requests are considered throughout the year. Focuses on developing human potential through education.

Motorola Innovation Generation Grants
The Motorola Foundation awards millions of dollars in grant funding to science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM) that help spark an interest in science and science-related professions.
Grants range from $25,000 to $50,000 are awarded.

The National Science Foundation
National STEM Education Distributed Learning --Aims to establish a national network of learning environments and resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels.

Sarkey’s Foundation
Provides support to educational institutions in Oklahoma.
Deadlines are February 1 and August 1.

State Farm Foundation
One of State Farm’s focus is on educational excellence and it considers one application per organization, per year.

Toshiba America Foundation
Do you teach 6-12 science or math? Do you have a wish list of instructional equipment that will make learning more exciting for your students? Toshiba America Foundation would like to hear from you!

Toshiba America Foundation
Do you teach K-5?
Go here to apply—deadline October 1.

Toyota Tapestry Grants for Science Teachers
Administered by the National Science Teachers Association, Toyota TAPESTRY is the largest K-12 science grant program of its kind in the United States. Each year, the program awards 50 large grants of up to $10,000 each and at least 20 mini-grants of up to $2,500 each.

The Verizon Foundation
In 2010, The Verizon Foundation awarded a $10,000 “Thinkfinity Grant” to the Robotics Club at Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts. Helpful hints and suggestions and how to apply can be found here:

WK Kellogg Foundation
The Kellogg Foundation supports a wide array of educational initiatives and grant applications are accepted throughout the year.