Grants Available for Charter Schools


The Black Violin Foundation: 

The Black Violin Foundations inaugural program will provide scholarships of up to $2,500  to youth who would like to continue their musical education through a program of their liking that fosters musical creativity and innovation. Programs can range from private lessons, to summer music camps, to college courses. Proof of program legitimacy must be provided during the application process. Eligible applicants are public, private, and charter schools and music programs in low-income or underserved communities.


Deadline: Ongoing.

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Breakfast After the Bell: 

Breakfast After the Bell Grants of $7,500 are available to enhance school breakfast programs. Funding may be used for materials, equipment purchase, and promotional initiatives that facilitate eligible nutrition delivery models in an effort to increase participation in school breakfast programs.


Deadline: Rolling.

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Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) ecoTechTM Grants: 

These grants were created to combat the notion that students need to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges. CPF believes that technology can present innovative ways to address environmental challenges, and that when dealing with digital natives, we do ourselves a disservice by asking them to unplug.


Deadline: July 15.

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DNA Day Essay Contest: 

Sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), the DNA Day Essay Contest, celebrates DNA Day on April 25 each year. The essay contest challenges high school students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays totaling 750 words in English should be well-reasoned arguments and are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring. The 2020 essay question is posted on the contest website and relates to the science of ancestry testing.


Deadline: March 4.

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Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes: 

Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Individual awards of $150,000 are available to eligible youth.


Deadline: April 15.

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Health and Science Innovation Challenge Grants: 

AstraZeneca awards Health and Science Innovation Challenge Grants to support programs that build science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge in kindergarten through grade 12 or undergraduate college students, as well as programs that present a new approach, tool, or technology to solve a health challenge. Funded programs should address an unmet need, describe the intended impact on the target population, and have measurable outcomes and a defined form of assessment. Grant cycle opens April 1.


Deadline: April 30.

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The Les Paul Foundation: 

The Les Paul Foundation provides grants for music education, engineering and innovations. The Foundation funds programs and projects that promote the legacy of Les Paul.


Deadline: September 15.

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The National Girls Collaborative Project: 

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) supports girl-serving programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to address gaps and overlaps in service and share exemplary practices. Minigrants are awarded as seed funding for projects that encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers and are intended to promote cooperation between existing girl-serving programs. Preference is given to applications for innovative activities that involve first-time collaboration between the applicant organizations.


Deadline: Ongoing.

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New Earth Foundation (NEF):

New Earth Foundation seeks to fund innovative projects that enhance life on our planet and brighten the future. The grants given by NEF support a wide variety of projects in many fields of environmental initiatives.


Letter of Intent Deadline: July 1.

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The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Competition: 

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Competition invites high school students to compete in a series of competitions leading to a National Championship. There are regional in-person qualifying debates and one online debate. The two finalists from each of the qualifying debates, the top two extemporaneous speaker and orator from the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament, and the top two debaters from the National Urban Debate League compete at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for the national title. The regional debate theme for 2020 is “Resolved: States are more effective at legislating to improve the environment than the federal government.” Eligible debaters are high school students, who must be under the immediate supervision of an adult (e.g., teacher, coach, or parents) approved by the high school administration.

Deadline: May 16 (see regional deadlines).

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Summer Reading Grants: 

Provide funding to local nonprofit organizations and libraries to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. Programs must target Pre-K through 12th grade students who are below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities.


Deadline: TBD.

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