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Columbus City Schools Grant Information
Getting Started
All competitive grants must go through the Columbus City Schools Grants Approval Process prior to applying. 
The Grants Office has developed the Grants Review Committee to review grant applications for accuracy, clarity, grammar, and spelling to ensure that it aligns with the District Goals.
The Grants Review Committee's remaining monthly meeting dates for this school year are:
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
June 12, 2018 
If you have any questions, contact the Grants Office at 365-5733.
Grant Application
Featured Grant Opportunities
Teachers' Dream Grant
The district is pleased to announce the twelfth year of funding for the Teachers' Dream Grant.  The Teachers' Dream Grant will provide individual grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Columbus City Schools' teachers to assist in imprving teaching and learning in CCS.  This is an excellent opportunity for interested teachers to acquire resources to support an innovative project to increase student achievement.  Since this is a district sponsored grant, applicants will not need to submit a Grant Approval Form to apply, but will need their principal's or supervisor's approval.  Each principal/supervisor will receive an email after the application is submitted.  All grant applications are due online before 4:00 p.m. on April 20, 2018.  The principal/supervisor must approve the application no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 20, 2018.  To apply for the Teachers' Dream Grant, click on the following link:  http://www.columbus.k12.oh.us/dreamgrant and enter your ILead login and password.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Grants office at 365-5733.
Pets in the Classroom
Scope: Pets in the Classroom solicits applications for its Classroom Grants Program.  The program provides financial support for teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom.
Deadline:  June 1, 2018
Funds:  Applicants may apply for one of following grants:
  • Store grants (choose one of six participating retailers).
  • Rebate grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish, reptile, or amphibian).
  • Sustaining ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet).
Eligibility:  PreK-9 grade classrooms.
Email: lisa@kingmgmt.org
Web:  www.petsintheclassroom.org/grant-app 
Penguin Random House Foundation
Scope: Awards of up to $10,000 and in-kind donations of books to USA public libraries and schools to recognize outstanding work in implemnting creative community-based programs.  The Foundation is seek to reward programs that encourage locals to engage in and support reading initiatives that will bring together libraries with their communities.
Applications must excel at some of the following:
  • Successful partnerships with public schools, local businesses, museums, recreation departments, and other community learning resources that support learning and reading programs.
  • Strong focus on working with their community on early childhood and pre-kindergarten learning from low-income families.
  • Engagement of young adults in learning through use of digital media, mentors, or local communicty and civic organizations, including schools.
  • Evidence of successful outcomes.
  • Strong focus advancing literacy through adult programming. 
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Maximum Youth Development Grants
The goal of the MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation is to award grants to organizations and charities that help disadvantaged individuals and underserved communities.  The foundation's funding priorities are youth and child development, community development, and health care.  Under the youth and child development category, priority is given to programs that serve disadvantaged or low-income youth.  Program areas may include but are not limited to: child abuse prevention and supportive services, child hunger and nutrition services, and enrichment and education programs.  Previous grants were used to fund groups helping high school dropouts complete their General Education Development (GED) tests and helping to support students affected by homelessness and students in foster homes.  Other grants have included in-school and after-school education in compassionate citizenship, literacy labs, and evironmental awareness.
Eligibility: Public, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter
Award(s): $2,500 to $5,000
Deadline(s): January 31 and August 31, annually
American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities:  imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scienctific, humanistic and innovative.  Funding priorities include youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
Program Areas: General Education, Math, Reading, Science/environmental, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Technology
Proposal Deadline: February 1, August 1
Average Award Amount: $20,000 - $75,000
Contact address: 1919 Torrance Blvd., Mailstop: 100-1W-5A, Torrance, CA 90501
Telephone: 310-781-4091
Email: ahf@ahm.honda.com
AASL Innovative Reading Grant
The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.  The reading program must be specifically deisgned for children in kindergarten through grade 9 in a school library setting.  The grant committee awards the grant to an innovative program that demonstrates the potential for reading improvement; promotes the importance of reading; and facilitates learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy.  The program's potential for replication should also be apparent.
The applicant must be a personal member of AASL.  The application is accessible online at the contact website.  An award rating sheet and grant rubric is available to download for help in crafting a winning application.
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s): Grants of $2,500 are awarded.
Deadline(s): Applications are due February 1, annually
Focus: At Risk, Literacy, PreK-12, Professional Development
Grade Level(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Content Area(s): Reading/English/Language Arts
Website: http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards.innovative
Contact: Shannon Carter, Program Coordinator; American Association of School Librarians; American Library Association; 50 E. Huron Street; Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-545-2433 ext. 4381
Email: scarter@ala.org 
Additional Grant Opportunities
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Columbus Education Center (CEC)
270 E. State Street
Ph: 614-365-5733
Fax: 614-365-6725
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NOTE: All communications and Information regarding business/school partnerships, the partnership registration process, donations and foundations should be directed to Krista Bower at Linmoor Education Center, 365-8869.
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