K-12 Funding Opportunities

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is proud to provide links to other funding sources that may be able to assist our teachers and schools.   While the foundation will make every effort to keep this page current, please note that funding programs, requirements and deadlines often change.  As such, please review each criteria and application carefully.   HSSF does not have partnerships with these funders, but would be happy to provide support or suggestions in seeking external or community based funding.  If you know of a funding source that might be beneficial to HSE students, staff, or administration, please share it via email to Kristen Wolf at kristenwolf@hse.k12.in.us or through the “Contact Us” section of this website.


Central Indiana Community Foundation
CICF Service Learning Action Fund supports teachers and schools that wish to engage in service learning projects. Grants up to $1,000 are available in the fall and spring. Application deadline is October 1, 2018.

FORUM Credit Union
FORUM Credit Union awards $25,000 in Educator Grants annually (max per project $2500).  Application submission typically open June – September.

NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning.   NEA believes that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets: educators.  They offer an assortment of grants for educators, student achievement, leadership and learning, and special projects.  Typically three deadlines per year: February, June, and October.

Lilly Endowment
The Teacher Creativity Fellowship is open to full time K-12 professionals, including teachers, librarians, counselors, and principals, and is designed to recognize and renew Indiana educators.  Up to 100 grants of $12,000 each will be awarded in 2019!  Deadline: September 4, 2018.

Walmart Foundation
The Walmart Foundation has two areas of giving: one in the focus areas of hunger relief and eating healthy or career development and, a second broad area of community engagement.  Depending on which area you apply for, the deadline is typically April and September.  Amount: $25,000 – $250,000.

The Association of American Educators
The AAE offers grants up to $500 for teachers to use toward classroom learning materials including but not limited to books, software, art, etc. All full time teachers are eligible provide they have not received AAE funding for 18 months.  AAE members received weighted consideration. Deadlines are typically October and March.

Farmers Insurance Thank A Million Teachers
Farmers Insurance knows that teachers are sometimes under appreciated and that often means underfunded.  Thank A Million Teachers offers two funding streams.  One offers individual teachers up to $2500 and the second is a larger district award.  Deadline typically May/June.

Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation
Rolling applications are accepted for individuals or organizations that support Indiana youth and families.  Awards range from $500 – $1000.

Marsh Supermarkets
Marsh believes that giving back to the community is essential for their growth. Their participation carries forward a long tradition and a steadfast commitment to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.  Under $1,000: Six weeks in advance of the event or date needed.$1,000 or more: Six months in advance- preferably by November of the year prior to your event for consideration during annual budget planning.

KeyBank Foundation
Key supports communities through the important work of KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation’s mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through the two funding priorities of thriving students and a thriving workforce. Amount varies.

BrightHouse Classroom Innovators
The program is available to educators who teach K-12 curriculum at public and private schools or at an afterschool nonprofit program that are within Bright House Networks service areas. Recipients are eligible to receive up to one grant per year of no less than $250 and no greater than $500, to assist in their efforts to move students toward a brighter future through innovative learning.

Build A Bear
Recipient organization must serve an area within 50 miles of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store. Funds must directly support programs that promote the values of H.E.A.R.T. H – Help communities through volunteering. E – Experience the power of teamwork. A – Accept people’s unique differences. R – Respect people and animals. T – Take the lead to drive positive change. Applications typically accepted January-March.

Field Trip Grants from Target
Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. We accept grant applications between noon CST Aug. 1 and noon CST Sept. 30.

Gannet Foundation
Gannet Foundation provides grants between $1000 – $5000 in a large variety of issue areas including education.  Applications typically accepted twice per year, generally August and February.


Wish You Well Foundation
Supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.  Grants typically range from $200 – $10000 and are reviewed four times per year.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers mini-grants up to $500 to public schools and libraries.  The mini grants support and extend basic curriculum by providing an experience, activity or project now otherwise offered.  Typical Annual Deadline:  March.


DJ Angus – Scientech
Dedicated to promoting student interest in science at an early age, D.J. Angus Foundation, an affiliate of the Scientech Club, offers grants to science teachers and principals.  $500 grants available for science clubs, science fairs, or science equipment/chemicals for classroom teaching. (CURRENTLY CLOSED TO HSE SCHOOLS FACULTY)

Google Rise
Google Rise supports programs that promote accessibility to Computer Science education for students ages 7 – 18.  The award seeks to encourage youth to become the creators, not just consumers, of tomorrow’s technology.  Maximum award:  $25,000.

Toshiba America Foundation
The Toshiba America Foundation offers two funding opportunities.  Grants for grades teacher designed projects for 6 – 12 students under 5k are evaluated on a rolling basis (over 5k are typically due August 1).  Grants are also available for grades k -5 for up to $1,000 in funding to improve math and science education.  Typical Deadline: October 1.

National Science Teachers Association
In partnership with Shell, the NSTA offers a Science Lab Challenge to school science labs (grades 6 – 12) that are succeeding despite minimal equipment..


Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Planet Foundation tries to spur environment based education in schools by awarding grants in the area of hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth.  Typical deadline is September.  Amount: $500 – $2,500.  

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
The MGArdia Environmental Foundation is interested in funding environmental curriculum.  Typical deadline is September.  Amount: $1500.  


National Gardening Association
NGA provides funding for school and youth gardens.  To be eligible, you must plan to garden in 2014 with at least 15 students.  20 programs will receive $500.  Applications due December.

Let’s Play
Let’s Play offers grants from $500 – $20,000 for physical education, recess equipment, youth sports, and afterschool programs.  Some grants require meeting eligibility requirements.  For more information, visit the website and then contact letsplay@goodsports.org or grants@kaboom.org .


Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities offers a competitive grants program which awards funding to Indiana not-for-profit organizations, schools, and other institutions. We divide grants into two categories: Humanities Initiative Grants and Historic Preservation Education Grants.


American Association of University Women
Community Action Grants available for programs that address issues related to the needs of women and girls or that provide information to educate and benefit the public on those issues.  Special consideration give to projects focused on k12 STEM.  Grants range from $2,000 – $10,000.  Deadline is typically January.

MAC Grants
McDonald’s of Central Indiana will award grants designed to help middle school teachers in Central Indiana.  Grants up to $500. Deadline: September 30.


IYI Professional Development
IYI provides funding for youth serving professionals to attend conferences, training, or workshops that focus on healthy youth development.  Grants must be submitted by the 10th of each month and are limited to two $750 awards per organization per year.


Stephen J Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
$5,000 scholarships available for students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger.  Awardees will also be allowed to designate a hunger-related charity of their choice for a matching gift.  Application process Oct 5 – Dec 5.