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Deadline Apr 15, 2020

Department of Labor Pathway Home

The purpose of this pilot program is to provide eligible, incarcerated individuals in state correctional facilities or local jails with workforce services prior to release and to continue services after release by transitioning the participants into reentry programs in the communities to which they will return….  Read more »

Deadline Apr 15, 2020

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes 2020 Awards

Twenty-five young leaders will receive a package that includes a cash award of $10,000, recognition gifts, Young Heroes materials, networking opportunities, and media coverage....  Read more »

Deadline Apr 27, 2020

Department of Justice Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment, and Recidivism Reduction Strategies (CAREERRS) Program

The CAREERRS Program, a Second Chance Act program, is designed to help communities establish education, vocation, and job training programs in their correctional systems that address employment challenges facing incarcerated youth and adults re-entering those communities and the workforce….  Read more »

Deadline Apr 30, 2020

U.S. Bank Work Grants Program

Grants will be awarded to organizations and programs that allow people to succeed in the workforce, provide pathways to higher education, and help people gain greater financial literacy....  Read more »

Deadline May 1, 2020

EBSCO Solar Library Solar Projects

Three grants of $100,000 will be awarded in support of libraries seeking to fund a library solar project to offset electricity costs....  Read more »

ALDI Smart Kids Program

Grants ranging from $100 to $5,000 and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts…. Read more »

American Association of School Librarians: Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund

The Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to pre-K-12 public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire, or an act of terrorism. Schools that have absorbed a significant number of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible to apply. Grants are intended to help replace or supplement books, media, or library equipment. Eligible applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office…  Read more »

American Honda Foundation’s Youth Education Grants

Honda aims to help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits. Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Maximum award: $75,000... Read more »

Astellas USA Foundation Health and STEM Programs

The Astellas USA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of North America-based pharmaceutical company Astellas USA, is a tax-exempt nonprofit corporate foundation that awards grants for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes.To that end, the foundation is inviting applications from nonprofit organizations working in the areas of health and well-being, STEM education, and disaster relief... Read more »

Believe in Reading

Believe in Reading awards grants to existing and provably successful literacy programs. The maximum is $10,000….  Read more »

Brown Rudnick Center Foundation: Community Grants

Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Foundation's Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within the coming year in the cities where Brown Rudnick has its offices. Although the amount of these grants may seem modest, we have found that the connections that they foster, the activities they encourage and the energy they create, have the potential to unleash countless contributions to improving inner-city education in the communities where we live and work. Read more »

Campbell's: Labels for Education

The Campbell's, Inc. Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products. Maximum award varies. Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools. Read more »

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age.The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications. Read more »

Change Happens Foundation

The Change Happens Foundation seeks to fund innovative applicants and ideas with proven, high-level impact in education…. Read more »

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. The Foundation provides grants through four programs including the Education program which works to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities and to support systemic change to increase and improve the pathways to education and work… Read more »

Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants

In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that improve student performance and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Economic Empowerment category focuses on programs that encourage employment success, entrepreneurship, and long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to skills, knowledge, and financial products and services via technology-based solutions…  Read more »

Cornell Douglas Foundation

The Foundation provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address areas of interest including K-12 financial literacy. Introductory letters are reviewed throughout the year….  Read more »

DiscoverE Collaboration Grants

DiscoverE Collaboration Grants provide funding to support programs that engage youth in the engineering community with hands-on learning. Eligible programs will be led by a group of at least three partnering organizations. Five $1000 grants are available… Read more »

Express Scripts Foundation

Express Scripts FoundationDeadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1, annually.The Express Scripts Foundation funds state and local initiatives that support school readiness and improve literacy to help prepare underserved youth for higher education and success in life. Grant amounts range from $500 – $200,000.  Read more »

First Book’s Children’s Book Donations and Grants

First Book offers free and inexpensive children's books and educational resources to schools and programs that serve children in need from birth to age 18….  Read more »

Google Ad Grants

Google Ad Grants is a unique in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of the company's flagship advertising product, Google AdWords. Through the program, selected organizations receive $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on…  Read more »

Halliburton Foundation

The Halliburton Foundation accepts grant proposals from U.S. based nonprofit organizations that serve the following areas: education, health, and health-related social services. Strong preference is given to organizations in areas where there is a significant presence of Halliburton employees and operations...  Read more »

Institute for Rural America Seize the Moment Grants

The Institute offers grants of up to $250 for nonprofit organizations working in rural areas who need to take quick action to address a cost that cannot be predicted or budgeted…. Read more »

Johnson Scholarship Foundation Grants

The foundation funds scholarship and other education programs that serve people in need of financial support. Employment through education should be the ultimate goal…. Read more »

Karma for Cara: Youth Service Learning Grants

Do you know a youngster who's working on a service project in their community? They might be working on a community garden, or checking on senior citizens during summer heat waves. If they're leading the charge in their communities, the Karma for Cara Foundation wants to help by offering small grants to students 18 years old or younger. Many grants between $250 and $1000 are available. Read more »

Kars4Kids Small Grant Program

The program provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to make a difference in the areas of education and youth development. Grants generally range from $500 to $2,000…. Read more »

Kinder Morgan Foundation

The Kinder Morgan Foundation supports K-12 programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for academic programs, including tutoring; and arts education programs. To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization, public school, or private school… Read more »

Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems

The Local Systems focus area funds projects that test the integration of arts and culture within municipal systems and other non-arts disciplines. Support is provided for cross-sector/cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts and culture into local systems such as municipal departments, community financial networks, comprehensive planning efforts, human services networks, regional food hubs, etc. Applicants may also be nonprofit community partners, nonprofit artist collaboratives, and government entities… Read more »

Leona Gruber Trust Grants

The Leona Gruber Trust awards 15 grants per year to organizations with a focus on youth, health care, community, and education. Average grant size is $2,000...  Read more »

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education

Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award varies. Eligibility applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16.  Read more »

Lyft Community Grants

Lyft’s Community Grants program awards up to $20,000 in ride credits to organizations across the country making a difference in their communities. Each quarter, up to three non-profits in all participating metropolitan areas will each receive on average $1,000, but up to $20,000, in Lyft ride credits....  Read more »

Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation was established for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs… Read more »

Microsoft: DigiGirlz High Tech Camp

Deadline varies by location.Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. During the camp session, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in Stonybrook, NY; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis, MO. Maximum award is free attendance to camp. Girls grades 9-11 in the 2015-2016 school year, and at least age 13 at time of application are eligible. Read more »

NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants

Our Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action researchGrants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information.  Read more »

Oriental Trading Company Education Grants

The Oriental Trading Company Giving program aims to enrich the lives of children through education, youth programming, and healthcare and human services….  Read more »

Pathway to Financial Success: Financial Literacy Grants

The Pathway to Financial Success grant program from Discover is designed to help high schools bring financial literacy programs in the classroom. You should consider applying if you have a plan for a financial learning program, strategies to measure learning outcomes, and are willing to share your results. Funding is available for schools that plan to incorporate their own or third-party financial literacy curricula. Grants vary by project; funding is available to implement a new program or enhance an existing one, provide training for educators, or gain access to learning materials. Read more »

Pop Culture Collaborative: Pop Up Rapid Response Grants

Grants from $5,000 to $30,000 are designed to help organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture…. Read more »

PPG Industries Foundation Education and Community Grants

The PPG Industries Foundation favors projects that promote academic excellence and prepare the next generation of leaders in business, science, and technology. Support for students of high academic achievement and programs that attract young people to the study of science remain priorities for the foundation. PPG's strategy for support of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives is defined by the emerging macrotrends that predict core markets, product offerings, and technology needs…  Read more »

Public Welfare Foundation

The Public Welfare Foundation supports organizations that address human needs in disadvantaged communities, with strong emphasis on organizations that include service, advocacy, and empowerment in their approach: service that remedies specific problems; advocacy that addresses those problems in a systemic way through changes in public policy; and strategies to empower people in need to play leading roles in achieving those policy changes and in remedying specific problems. The foundation provides both general support and project-specific grants. The foundation is currently focusing on criminal and juvenile justice, and workers' rights. Maximum award is $50,000. Read more »

Ronald W. Burkle Foundation Education Grants

The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation makes grants to programs that engage children in learning. Previous grants were used to fund youth outreach programs, health education projects for children and youth, teaching and mentoring programs for underserved children, and youth arts and athletic programs…. Read more »

Safeway Foundation

The Safeway Foundation seeks to fund nonprofit organizations that have programs that align with its four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities.The maximum grant award varies for organizations that are national in scope, but a first-time funded organization will typically receive a grant of $10,000 to $25,000. Organizations are eligible in an area where there are Safeway stores. See the Foundation website for further information.  Read more »

Sarah Scaife Foundation

The Sarah Scaife Foundation primarily seeks to fund public policy programs that deal with major issues. Past funding has gone to education-focused research programs, research housed at colleges and universities, foundations associated with institutions of high learning, and school districts…. Read more »

Saxena Family Foundation

The Saxena Family Foundation has a particular focus on initiatives that promote US science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the empowerment of girls, female children, and young women so that they have equal rights later in life. The foundation focuses on empowerment programs to include economic, educational, and political empowerment of women through literacy programs, jobs, and life-skills training...  Read more »

SC Johnson’s Education Grants

Support for programs that emphasize student academic achievement, with a focus on academic enrichment and advancement, early childhood, and kindergarten through grade 12 education; postsecondary institutions; and technical and vocational schools…  Read more »

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada in twenty-eight categories of art and writing. Deadlines vary by region. Find your local program guidelines and deadlines here... Read more »

Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry Grants

Share Our Strength awards grants to eligible organizations involved in increasing access to summer meals programs supported through the Summer Food Service Program or the National School Lunch "Seamless Summer" Program; educating and enrolling more eligible families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; increasing the availability of school breakfast through alternative models such as "in-classroom" breakfast and "grab-n-go" breakfasts; increasing access to afterschool snack and meal programs, as well as child care programs, supported through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); and advocacy around any of the above anti-hunger issues. Maximum award is $10,000. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible. Read more »

Singing for Change

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to progressive nonprofit organizations working to address the root causes of a social or environmental problem.... Read more »

Start a Snowball: Youth Philanthropy Projects

Start a Snowball, Inc. encourages kids of all ages to engage in philanthropic and community service activities. The organization believes that even one child with the right intentions and support can start a project that seems small in the beginning and eventually grows ("snowballs") into something that inspires and benefits an entire community... Read more »

TESOL Teaching Materials Grant

The Tina B. Carver Fund was established by her family and colleagues to honor the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. Read more »

The Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation funds projects that challenge and expand our understanding of our individual and communal potentials, bringing communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment. The maximum award is $1,000. Read more »

The Civil War Trust

The Trust provides grants to help educators plan field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, and Revolutionary War battlefields, as well as related historic sites. Grants are available up to $1,500… Read more »

The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company and its global philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, partner with nonprofit organizations worldwide that address community needs and priorities in a meaningful way. Support is provided for programs that focus on one of the following priority areas: Women, with a focus on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship; Water, with a focus on access to clean water, water conservation, and recycling; and Well-Being, with a focus on active healthy living, education, and youth development. Online applications for grants may be submitted throughout the year.  Read more »

The Harry Chapin Foundation Education Grant

The foundation focuses its grant making on community education programs, arts-in-education programs, and agricultural and environmental programs….  Read more »

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grants

The Home Depot Foundation offers grants for repairs, refurbishments, weatherization, and modifications to low-income housing or community facilities, such as schools, community centers, or senior centers; and increasing energy-efficiency in these facilities….  Read more »

The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program

The Kresge Foundation works to improve the life circumstances of poor and low-income children and adults and those living in underserved communities. Through the Human Services Program, the Foundation seeks to expand access and opportunity for individuals and families who are vulnerable and low-income by strengthening human services organizations and promoting new responses to challenges in the sector. One of the program's focus areas, "Advancing the effectiveness of human-serving organizations," provides grants to enhance the ability of high-performing organizations to innovate and effectively support individuals and families on the path to self-sufficient, self-determined lives...  Read more »

The Lisa Libraries

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas… Read more »

Toyota USA Foundation

The Toyota USA Foundation works to enhance quality of education in kindergarten through grade 12 by building partnerships with nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and environmental science. Priority is given to programs that are creative, innovative, and develop the potential of students and teachers; are broad in scope and incorporate a systemic approach; and are cost effective and possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort… Read more »

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation wants all children to live a full life with high-quality, early childhood experiences, to grow up in homes with families that have stable, high-quality jobs, and to live in a community where they are nurtured… Read more »’s Community Service Grants invites high school students no older than 19 years old to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas…. Read more »

Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program

Grants are awarded to programs in the organization's priority funding areas including STEM education. Grants support education programs that improve knowledge and literacy, with a focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math…. Read more »

Whole Foods' Whole Kids Foundation grants

Whole Kids Foundation supports schools with a variety of programs and educational materials, including:NEW Healthy Kids Innovation GrantNEW Extended Learning Garden Grant School Garden Grant Program and the School Garden Resource CenterLet's Move Salad Bars to SchoolsHealthy Teachers ProgramThe Lunch BoxParent Advocacy ToolkitHands-On Projects for kidsGiven the right opportunities, kids will get excited about fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other nutritious whole foods! Read more »

Wish You Well Foundation donations

Supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Read more »

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Toyota Family Learning Program

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

PNC Grow Up Great

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.

Visit the Foundation website

Better World Books

Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.

Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.

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Goodling Institute

NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.

The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.

Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University