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Funding Resources

Funding Sources for Teachers:

Bay Area Community Foundation 

Bridgestone Educational Grants

Cedar Tree Foundation – funding areas

Competitive FIRST Robotics (VEX) Grants Program

Donors Choose

Dow Gives

Dow STEM Teacher Challenge


High Mowing Organic Seeds Donation Program

Louis and Karen Constan Science Education Fund Grant

The Louis and Karen Constan Science Education Fund grant provides funding to Saginaw county Public Schools for creative, science-based solutions for teaching a concept or solving a problem. The project/program should be one not currently supported by school budgets. This grant will provide up to $500 for materials, expenses, or equipment to be used for hands-on experiments in or out of the classroom. All Saginaw Conty Public School Pre K-12 science teachers with a major in a scientific subject are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is November 1, 2019.

MAEP Environmental Education Grants

Environmental Education Grants are available from the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals to programs that provide environmental education and hands-on scientific field-application through school curricula or through community groups or environmental organizations. Application deadline is September 29, 2018. Click here for more information.

MAEP Environmental Education Grant – Environmental Education Grants Multiple grants awarded each year for total of $10,000 - $15,000. Application typically available in January and due in September.

Meemic Insurance Agency

MI Space Grant Consortium K-12 Educator Incentive Program

Michigan Nature Association - $500 mini-grants to assist with transportation costs, etc. for field trips to natural areas or Julie Stoneman 866-223-2231

Michigan Water Environmental Association (water related activities in the classroom)

Midland Area Community Foundation


Michigan Science Teachers Association

The Michigan Science Teachers Association will award up to $1,000 in mini-grants to selected members. You must be a current member to apply. Grant applications should be submitted electronically through Google forms using the link provided below. The grant application deadline is June 30, 2019. Award winners will be notified by September, 2019. Project MUST be completed by June 7, 2020. As part of the Grant process, award winners are required to write a narrative of their project to be published in the MSTA Newsletter or Journal. If you have questions about our mini-grants, please email:

Nexteer Steering the Future fund

Saginaw Community Foundation

State Farm Insurance Agency

Target Field Trip Grants

The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations

The Awesome Foundation Grant

Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants

VWR Foundation Grants

Other possible funding sources

Local Credit Unions and Banks

Local Rotary Club

School Parent Organizations

School Foundations



Tips on Writing Grants (from NSTA Reports April 2017)


Project Description:

-     Describe strategies and activities you will use to address the identified area of need

-     Write clearly and concisely

-     Avoid terms and jargon that a non-educator would not understand

-     Connect the passion you have for your project to student learning

-     Show how you will engage your students in science and engineering practices

  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Engaging in scientific argumentation using evidence

-     List all the events related to achieving your objectives or goals in sequential order to support student learning

-     Discuss how student learning will be affected, deepen conceptual understanding, and help solve a community problem.


Features of a Good Project (Description Section):

-     Link student learning to the funder’s mission

-     Activities need to be age appropriate

-     Incorporate Science and Engineering Practices

  • Differentiate between doing an activity and inquiry

-     Include Partnerships

  • Not always mandatory
  • Can add depth and dimension to a proposal so collaborate with universities, colleges, state agencies, and local businesses.
  • May include mentoring opportunities
  • May include organizations outside of your area with Twitter, Skype, etc.
  • Involve an authentic audience


Important Points to Remember:

-     Select age appropriate activities

-     Limit the scope of your activities

-     Incorporate student driven inquiries rather than activities

-     Connect your passion for the project to your work as a science educator.

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Adrianne Cole


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