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Funding Sources for Educational Organizations

Funding Sources for Educational Organizations
Monday, March 1, 2021
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Searching out funding sources for education projects can be a burden on already stretched resources. In today’s post, we’re outlining some organizations and foundations that fund education programs that might save you some of the work. Keep reading to learn where you can find education grants for non-profits!

  1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – The Gates Foundation offers grants for K-12 teachers and education programs and higher education initiatives. This funding source has several focus areas within both education levels and has many opportunities in terms of grants for education.

  2. – is the website for finding and applying for U.S. federal grant funding opportunities. Educational funding is available to independent school districts, public and state higher education institutions, private higher education institutions, and other nonprofit organizations.

  3. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – Grant funding from the Kauffman Foundation supports entrepreneurial pursuits and educational improvements in the Kansas City area, although it is unclear if funding is available to those outside that locale. Focus areas include K-12, postsecondary, teachers and leaders, early childhood education, and community engagement.

  4. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation – The Broad Foundation supports initiatives in the realms of education, science, and the arts. Grants for education support K-12 public school systems. 

  5. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – The Mellon Foundation provides grants to fund higher learning, arts and culture, and public knowledge projects. Funding opportunities include fellowships, grants to liberal arts colleges, and grants to research universities and initiatives.

  6. Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation – The focus areas for 20MM include access and success, learning technologies, workforce development, student basic needs, smart justice, and digital equity. Past initiatives have focused on openly licensed textbooks, enhancing the quality of postsecondary education available to currently and formerly incarcerated people, and the development of new technologies to support K-5 educators in teaching students how to read, among others.

  7. William & Flora Hewlett Foundation – The Hewlett Foundation is a globally-focused organization that supports programs in education, performing arts, the environment, and more. Its Education Program provides grant funding to schools, educators, and communities to support lifelong learning and access to open educational resources (OER).

  8. Emerson Collective – Emerson Collective supports a variety of initiatives in education, climate, immigration, and cancer research and treatment. Education projects focus on curriculum development, technological tools, and creating systemic change. Its XQ: The Super School Project works in communities across the U.S. to rethink the high school experience for students, creating a more equitable and academically challenging experience for students so they are better equipped for success later in life. 

  9. The Standard – The Standard Charitable Foundation funds projects within their focus areas of healthy communities, disability and empowerment, cultural development, and education and advancement. Find the detailed grant funding guidelines and application here.

  10. W. K. Kellogg Foundation – The Kellogg Foundation’s priority areas include thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. Funded projects include early childhood education programs, nutrition initiatives for children, college and career readiness projects for high school students, and more.

Grants for Education

While this is not an exhaustive list of every educational funding source, we believe the organizations listed above are strong options to begin your funding investigation. Each foundation has unique focus areas and guidelines that determine where funding will be awarded, so if you don’t find a good match immediately, keep searching until you find stronger possibilities. Grant funding is competitive and requires a time-consuming commitment to apply for, but once the right connections are made between grantors and grantees, amazing transformations can happen in the educational sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals. Whether you’re looking for grants for higher education initiatives or funding for a program in a K-12 school, start your search above but we encourage you not to stop there. Funding can be one of the most important tools for educators, so keep looking to find the right match for your organization!

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