CCS Grant Information

  • Getting Started

    All competitive grants must go through the Columbus City Schools Grants Endorsement Process prior to applying.  

    FY21 Grant Endorsement Request

               Submission Schedule

    Grant Endorsement Committee Meeting Dates


    Grant Endorsement Form Due in Grant Office No Later than:


    Grant Endorsement Committee Meeting Dates


    Grant Endorsement Form Due in Grant Office No Later than:

    August 12, 2020


    August 5, 2020


    February 10, 2021

      February 3, 2021

    August 26, 2020


    August 19, 2020


    February 24, 2021

      February 17, 2021

    September 9, 2020


    September 2, 2020


    March 10, 2021

      March 3, 2021

    September 23, 2020


    September 16, 2020


    March 24, 2021

      March 17t, 2021

    October 14, 2020


    October 7, 2020


    April 14, 2021

      April 7, 2021

    October 28, 2020


    October 21, 2020


    April 28, 2021

      April 21, 2021

    November 11, 2020


    November 4, 2020


    May 12, 2021

      May 5, 2021

    December 9, 2020


    December 2, 2020


    May 26, 2021

      May 19, 2021

    January 13, 2021


    January 6, 2021


    June 9,2021

      June 2, 2021

    January 27, 2021


    January 20, 2021


    June 23, 2021

      June 16, 2021

     Instructions for submission

    • All applicants must submit the FY21 Grant Endorsement form completed in its entirety no later than the due date to the Grants Office as indicated on the schedule above.
    • You must include a copy of the grant application from the funder or guidelines that you are applying for along with the Grant Endorsement form.
    • The Grant Endorsement form must, at a minimum, include the signatures of the applicant, principal/supervisor and Executive Director/Area Superintendent (or appropriate personnel as it pertains to your position).
    • Do not apply for any grant prior to submitting the Grant Endorsement form to the Grants Committee for approval. The committee reviews all applications/proposals for grammar, accuracy, clarity and spelling to ensure it aligns with the District goals.
    • Any incomplete submissions will be sent back to the applicant.
    • After the Grant Endorsement Committee has met, you will receive email notification if more information is required or the decision of approval/denial.
    • If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance, please contact the Grants Office at

     FY21 Grant Endorsement Form


    If you have any questions, contact the Grants Office at 614-365-5733. 


Current Competitive Grants


     Do you need assistance with funding a project?  Do you have a funder but don’t know how to follow through?  Complete the attached request form.

    Grant Request Form

    (click on hyperlink to open)

    Funding Source:  Erie Insurance

    Description:  Grants of up to $10,000 and grants starting at $10,000 to nonprofit organizations and accredited educational institutions in eligible areas for programs in areas of safety, community building and environmental responsibility.  

    Deadline: July 24, 2020 and September 18, 2020 for requests of $10,000 or more.  

    Requests of up to $10,000 will be considered at any time. 

    Funding Source: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education

    Deadline: September 30, 2020

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to USA educators for projects that enhance education programs through art. Funding is intended to provide students in grades  Pre-K to 12 with increased learning opportunities, which can strengthen motor skills and concepts training.  Eligible uses of funds include the purchase of visual art supplies to be incorporated into non-art disciplines, including math, science, and geography.

    Funding Source: Toshiba America Foundation (TAF)

    Deadline: October 1, 2020

    Description: Grants of up to $1,000 to K-5 teachers at public and nonprofit private schools for creative educational programming.  Funding is intended to increase student success rates in science, technology, engineering, and math by introducing original project-based learning ideas.

    Funding Source:  D'Addario Foundation

    Deadline:  October 30, 2020

    Description:  Grants averaging $2,500 and in-kind donations to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for programs that provide music programs in schools and local communities. New applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to applying. Funding is intended to improve access to music instruction and to give children greater opportunities to play music early and often. Applicants may apply for a product donation in addition to a cash reward.

    Funding Source:  The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, The City of Columbus, and Franklin County 

    Grant Amount: up to $3,000

    Deadline:  October 31, 2020

    Description:  Provide financial and material resources to organizations who aim to re-purpose underused land to create, continue, or expand community gardens and greenspaces for the purpose of:

    - Increasing healthy, affordable and local food access and education,

    - Connecting individuals to the life-enhancing benefits of community gardens and greenspaces, and beautification;

    - Bolstering community pride

    Gardeners may apply for funding and in-kind product donations on a yearly basis. Gardeners may request up to $3,000 in monetary funding for supplies and/or contractual services.

    Funding Source: Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation and NCTM

    Grant Amount: $5,000 each will be awarded, with potential for a one‐year extension up to two
    times (for a maximum of $15,000 for the lifetime of any grant)

    Deadline:  November 1, 2020

    Description: The purpose of this grant is to encourage teams of mathematics educators to engage in the
    process of writing and editing materials for mathematics teachers.

    Funding Source:  Veryl Schult-Ellen Hocking Fund

    Grant Amount: Maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded.

    Deadline: November 1, 2020

    Description:  The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge.

    Funding Source:  Theoni Pappas Fund

    Grant Amount: Maximum of $4,000 each

    Deadline:  November 1, 2020

    Description:  The purpose of this grant is to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields.

    Funding Source:  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant

    Deadline:  November 10, 2020

    Description:  Grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support schools and educational programs. The Foundation provides support for specific projects or activities of an organization, as well as for operating support. 

    Funding Source:  Naiku

    Description:  The Teacher Team School Grant combines professional development and next-gen classroom assessment software to give teacher teams the necessary information and tools required to successfully implement learner-centric assessment methodologies within a team environment.

    Funding Amount:  30 Teacher Team School Grant awards will be granted.

    Awards include professional development and campus subscription to Naiku next generation assessment software valid from time of award through June 30, 2021.

    Deadline: Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis through November 30, 2020

    • Big Yellow School Bus Program

    Organization: Ohio Arts Council

    Deadline: December 31, 2020

    Grant Amount: up to $500 for transportation

    Guidelines link: Click here to view guidelines

    Description: The Big Yellow School Bus program provides support for the travel costs associated with arts-related school field trips. Private and public schools (pre-kindergarten through secondary) and associations for home-schooled students may apply for up to $500 for transportation costs associated with educational field trips to galleries, museums, festivals, exhibitions and performances. Applications are being accepted and are due no later than eights weeks prior to the date of the proposed event. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis for as long as funds are available.

    Funding Source: Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA)

    Deadline:  December 31, 2020

    Description: Grant of $5,000 to Ohio K-6 public school teachers for book purchases to promote reading in the classroom. Funding is intended for book selections that will improve understanding and coping with current issues, such as COVID-19, mental health, and racism. Eligible applicants are those that strongly promote the use of quality literature in their classrooms.

    Funding Source: The Mockingbird Foundation

    Deadline:  4/15/21 

    Description:  Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to applying. Particular interest is given to programs serving disenfranchised groups, including those with disabilities or terminal illnesses; low-skilled, low-skilled, low-income, and low-education populations; and those in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.


    •  Corning Foundation

    Description: Selected elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions of higher learning are the consistent beneficiaries of Corning Foundation support. Corning's areas of involvement have included community service programs for students, curriculum enrichment, student scholarships, facility improvement, and instructional technology projects for the classroom.

    Application Form Required? Yes   No          Detailed proposal required

    Funding Amount: Varies.

    Deadline: Contact for deadline.

    Contact Information:

     Mrs. Kristin A. Swain, President

    Corning Incorporated Foundation


    Corning, New York 1483

    • The Coca-Cola Foundation

    Description: The Coca-Cola Foundation offers support to public and private colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, teacher-training programs, educational programs for minority students, and global educational programs. The Coca-Cola Foundation Classroom Teaching and Learning grant supports: Innovative K-12 public school programs, teacher development programs, and smaller projects dealing with specific activities in the elementary and secondary classroom.

    Application Form Required? Yes No       Application can be downloaded from web site.

    Funding Amount: Not specified.

    Deadline: Proposals are reviewed quarterly. March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1.

    Contact Information:  

    The Coca-Cola Foundation

    Grants Administration

    P.O. Box 1734

    Atlanta, GA 30301  

    • Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

    Description of Grant: Toyota sponsors the Toyota TAPESTRY program that offers grants to k-12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. Projects are funded in the environmental science education category that emphasize the efficient use of natural resources and protection of the environment. Students participating in these projects should gain an increased awareness of the terrestrial, aquatic, and/or atmospheric environment and an understanding of their own interdependence with the natual world.

    Funding Amount: Up to $2,500 for mini-grants, $10,000 for larger grants.

    Deadline: Contact for deadline.

    Contact Information:    

    Toyota TAPESTRY c/o NSTA                                                                                                                                                                1840 Wilson Boulevard                                                                                                                                                                        Arlington, VA 22201-3000                                                                                                                                                                  Phone: n/a  ~  Fax: 1-888-400-6782

    Funding Source: Kars4Kids

    Description:  Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support programs in the areas
    of education and youth development. The Funding Source supports and promotes projects, programs, and services
    that positively impact any aspect of a child’s development, whether academic, social, or cultural.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    • Logotech-4-Good Program

    Funding Source:  Logotech

    Description: In-kind grants of technology items valued at $500 to USA nonprofits, schools, and education-related organizations. Every month, an eligible organization will receive branded technology products, such as powerbanks, USB flash drives, popsockets, and charging cables. The products will be fully customized to the organization's brand and imprinted with their logo. Organizations may self-submit a nomination or be nominated by individuals.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source: Ohio Arts Council (OAC)

    Description:  Grants of up to $500 to Ohio public, private, and charter preK-12 schools and homeschool associations to support transportation costs to arts and cultural activities and performances.  Funding is intended for educational visits to art galleries, museum, exhibitions, and festivals, as well as music, dance and theater performances.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Georgia-Pacific (GP) Foundation

    Description:  Funding is intended to provide students and workers with the skills needed to succeed and move forward in today's workplace.  Education focus areas include college scholarships, ob training, literacy, K-12 public schools and teacher development.

    Deadline: Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Just Energy

    Description:  Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits and schools to build sustainable schoolyard gardens to emphasize the values of education, volunteerism, and care for the environment.

    Deadline:  Ongoing   

    Funding Source:  Kars4Kids

    Description: Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support programs in the areas of education and youth development.  Kars4Kids supports and promotes projects, programs, and services that positively impact any aspect of a child's development, whether academic, social, or cultural. 

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Chef Ann Foundation and Salad Bars to Schools (SB2S)

    Description:  In-kind grants to USA public and private schools to include a salad bar as part of their meal program.  The purpose of this program is to ensure that all elementary, middle, and high school students have regular access to fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, and whole grains.  School swill receive a 6-foot, five-well salad bar package.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

    Description:  Grants to USA and Territories schools and afterschool care programs to provide needy children with snack services during afternoon programming. 

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Speed Stack

    Description:  In-kind grants of sports equipment to schools to provide students with a fun and unique sports experience that promotes the development of motor skills, fitness, sequencing, patterning, concentration, and focus, as well as ambidexterity and hand-eye coordination. The grant consists of a 30-set Speed Stacks Sport Pack.

    Deadline:  Ongoing - Applications must be submitted by the 15th of the month during the September through June school year. 

    Funding Source: PNC Foundation

    Description:  Grants to USA schools, in multiple States for programs in the areas quality early childhood education, affordable housing, community development and revitalization, community services, and arts and culture.  The PNC Foundation supports educational programs for children and youth, particularly early education initiatives that serve low-and moderate-income children (birth through age five), their teachers and families.
    Priority is given to programs that focus in the areas of math, science, the arts or financial education.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to Ohio K-12 teachers to support innovative projects in the STEM fields, with a particular emphasis on aerospace-related activities. Funds may be used for the purchase of supplies and materials, as well as for field trips that are integral to the project.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Extron Electronics

    Description:  In-kind grants for the installation of advanced AV technology solutions in classrooms.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Sony Corporation of America - Sony USA Foundation

    Description:  Grants in the areas of culture, arts, environment and technology.  Within each of these areas, the Foundation places a special emphasis on education.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Duke Energy Foundation

    Description:  Funding is intended to support summer reading programs, environmental education, habitat and species conservation, energy-sector workforce development and extracurricular enrichment for disadvantaged students.

    Awards:  Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)

    Description:  Ohio undergraduate students, groups, and faculty mentors to support hands-on projects related to STEM, aeronautics, space science and engineering and earth science.

    Award:  Grants of up to $5,000

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Resource:  Justin J. Watt Foundation (JJWF)

    Description:  Grants to USA middle schools to purchase sport equipment and uniforms for after-school athletic programs.

    Deadline:  Ongoing - Applications must be received by the 15th of each month. 

    Award:  No more than 10% of an organization's annual operating expenses or 25% of the total budget for the project being funded; awards have ranged from the hundreds to the millions of dollars.
    # of Awards:  Varies 
    Qualification:  Project should "directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability (including micro finance) and childhood health."

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Grants for Grades 6–12

    Sponsor:  Toshiba America Foundation
    Award:  Two categories: Up to $5,000 and more than $5,000
    Number of Awards:  Not specified
    Deadline:  Up to $5,000 awarded on a rolling basis; Feb. 1 deadline for applications for more than $5,000 

    Description:  Teachers who are passionate about making science and math more engaging for their students.  Any science or math teacher in a public or private (nonprofit) school is eligible to apply, but the endorsement of a school official is required.

    STEM - Grants for Grades K-5    

    Sponsor:  Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation
    Description:  The Toshiba America Foundation offers grants to elementary-level teachers for projects that focus on improving science and mathematics education.  The goal is to provide teachers with additional funding to support innovative ideas for hands-on classroom projects.
    Deadline:  Year-round              
    • The Charles Lafitte Foundation
    Description: The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives. The foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts. CLF helps individuals gain access to schools, from preschool through college, by issuing grants and taking an active role in exploring new approaches to education. 
    Eligibility:  Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter
    Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round
    • American Honda Foundation STEM Grants
    Sponsor:  American Honda Foundation
    Award:  $20,000 to $75,000
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline:  Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 for new organizations; May 1 for returning organizations 
    • Mobile Beacon Connect for Success 
    Sponsor:  National Education Association Foundation
    Award: Up to 25 laptops and 4G LTE hotspots with free 4G LTE high-speed internet service for 12 months
    Application Deadline:  Ongoing (quarterly) 
    • NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
    Sponsor:  National Education Association Foundation
    Award:  $2,000 or $5,000
    Number of Awards:  Not specified
    Application Deadline:  Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 15 of each year 
    • MicroGrant Program for Educators & Teachers
    Sponsor:  Educators of America
    Award:  Equipment (varies by request)
    Number of Awards:  Not specified
    Application Deadline:  Ongoing (quarterly:  January, April, July, October)