The Mini-Grant program has been implemented to provide funding for creative teaching projects. Proposals will be judged anonymously, and grants will be awarded in any amount up to $300.00. Each winner should be willing to either write an article for Reflections, the GCTM publication, or participate on a panel with other Mini-Grant winners at the following Georgia Math Conference. The criteria upon which applications will be evaluated are:
- Creativity, innovation
- Potential impact upon student achievement
- Potential for replication by and dissemination to other teachers
- Advancement of NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
- Unavailability of funding from local sources
Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity!
Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to fund everything from books and technology to pursuing a degree! Go to the grants page of the NCTM website at https://www.nctm.org/grants/ to gain assistance in improving classroom practices or increasing your mathematical knowledge. The following grant opportunities all have a May 3rd deadline. If that deadline is too soon for you, there are many other grants on the site with a later deadline.
- Program of Mathematics Study & Active Professionalism Grants
Grade Levels: PreK-5, 6-8
In a Nutshell: Provides Financial Support Toward an Advanced Degree
Amount: Maximum of $24,000
- Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants
Grade Levels: PreK-12
In a Nutshell: Encourages Innovative Use of Technology
Amount: Maximum of $3000
- School In-Service Training Grants
Grade Levels: PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12
In a Nutshell: Provides Financial Support for In-Service Training
Amount: Up to $4000
- Preservice Teacher Action Research Grants
Grade Levels: PreK-8
In a Nutshell: Provides Financial Support for Action Research for Teachers Seeking to Improve Understanding of Mathematics
Amount: Maximum of $3000
- Professional Development Scholarship Emphasizing History, Number Theory, and Discrete Mathematics
Grade Levels: 6-12
In a Nutshell: Provides Financial Support for Credited Course Work or Designing and Implementing a Personal Study Plan
Amount: Maximum of $3000
- Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships
Grade Levels: Prospective 7-12 Teachers
In a Nutshell: Provides Financial Support for College Students Preparing for Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
Amount: Maximum of $10,000
Other Grant Opportunities
- Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK–5 Teachers
The purpose of this grant is to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district. For the 2019-20 school year, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.
- Teacher Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK–5 Teachers
The purpose of this grant is to support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers. The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom. For 2019-20, grants of a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to person(s) currently teaching at the grades Pre-K-5 level. The proposal must delineate the professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)' competence and affect students' learning. While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Recipients must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-5. Proposals must address the following: the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)' mathematical knowledge, and its anticipated impact on students' learning.
- Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades PreK–8 Teachers
The purpose of this grant is to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with adopted standards. For 2019-20, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades Pre-K-8 level. The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. The activities may use published materials. Any published sources must be documented. Any acquisition of equipment or payment of personal stipends must be critical to the grant proposal. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project's activities, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.
- Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9-12 Teachers
The purpose of this grant is to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. For 2019-20 grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 9-12. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Any acquisition of equipment or payment of personal stipends must be critical to the grant proposal and may not be a major portion of the proposed budget. Any published sources must be documented. Proposals must address the following: the plan for developing and evaluating materials, the connectivity to other fields or disciplines, and anticipated impact on students' learning.
- Grants and other Funding Opportunities compiled by Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments has collected a freely-available, and very long list of federal and private funding opportunities in math, science, and technology for grades K-12 and higher ed; teacher professional development; and university-level research and fellowship programs. They also offer guidelines and tips that will help you become a grant writing expert. The grant information is updated quarterly, so interested individuals may want to check their site frequently.
- Voya Unsung Heroes Grants
Voya Unsung Heroes handed out its first awards in 1996 as a way for Voya Financial to demonstrate its commitment to the education community. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence the students. Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Winners are selected by Scholarship America, a national non-profit educational support and student aid service organization. Of the 100 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. The top winners are selected by the Educators Advisory Board, consisting of six distinguished educators from across the U.S.
- Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
With an emphasis on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions (grades 7-12, IHEs) and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is expected that projects will be faculty driven and that courses and programs credit bearing, although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.
The Toshiba American Foundation (TAF)
Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) grants fund the projects ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. TAF is interested in funding projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools. Toshiba America Foundation believes science and mathematics are exciting fields in which all students can succeed with the proper tools and instruction. They offer grants up to $1,000 to K-5 teachers with Application due on October 1st each year, and grants up to and beyond $5,000 for teachers of grades 6-12. Grade 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grants requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants of more than $5,000 are due August 1st and February 1st each year.
- October 1 for K-5
- March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1 for 6-12 (if less than $5,000)
- May 1 and November 1 for 6-12 (if more than $5,000)