CCS Grant Information

  • Getting Started

    All competitive grants must go through the Columbus City Schools Grants Endorsement 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 meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are:


    August 13, 2019

    February 12, 2020

    August 27, 2019 

    February 26, 2020

    September 10, 2019 

    March 11, 2020 

    September 24, 2019

    March 25, 2020 

    October 9, 2019

    April 8, 2020 

    October 23, 2019

    April 22, 2020

    November 13, 2019 

    May 13, 2020

    November 27, 2019 

    May 27, 2020

    December 11, 2019

    June 10, 2020

    January 8, 2020

    June 24, 2020

    January 22, 2020



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


    FY20 Grant Endorsement Form 

Current Competitive Grants



    Due to the closing of school in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you are still eligible to apply for the Teachers' Dream Grant.  The deadline to apply has been extended to May 29, 2020.  

    Thank you for your patience and be safe.


    Will provide individual grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Columbus City Schools teachers to assist in improving 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, improve social climate and/or promote social justice.

    All applications must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on April 24, 2020 May 29, 2020.

    This is a district-sponsored grant; applicants will not need to submit a Grant Endorsement Form to apply but will need their principal’s or supervisor’s approval.

    NOTE:  A CCS email account is required to submit online.  To submit your application, go to and enter your ILead login name and password.


     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)


     Teacher Development Grants

    Description: Grants of up to $10,000 per year to K-12 public and private school teachers and team of teachers for projects that provide opportunities for teachers to improve classroom instruction.

    Deadline: April 15, 2020

    Deadline Extended:  April 30, 2020 or 350 applications received


     Giving Network Funding

    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:     May 8, 2020;  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.


    Educators for Outstanding Family Engagement Projects

    Description:  Grants of $5,000 and $20,000.  Funding is intended to support the implementation of the recipients' innovative ideas to engage families in the educational process.

    Deadline:  June 26, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M


    Subaru of America (SOA) Foundation Grants

    Description: Funding is intended to support career readiness and employment skills training programs.  The Subaru of America Foundation aims to support the work of organizations that are empowering the growth and development of children and young adults through career exploration with relevance to job readiness and job skills training. There are two applications, one for youth career exploration and one for employment skills training.

    Deadline:  June 30, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.


    Instrument Matching Grant 

    Funding Source:  Classics for Kids Foundation  

    Description:  The Foundation offers matching grants for all of the instruments in the string family (including guitars and ukuleles).

    Deadline:  June 30, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.


     COVID-19 Response Student Success Grant

    Descriptoin:  Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 toUSA eligible educators to address student needs in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Deadline:  July 15, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.


     Community Mini-Grants Program - Improve Dental Health

    Description: Grants of up to $5,000 forprojects, programs and services that address the dental health needs of adults and children (at risk populations and promote oral health education).

    Deadline:  July 31, 2020


    American Honda Foundation Grant

    Description: Grants of up to $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, public school districts, and private and public elementary and secondary schools for children's and youth education programs. Priority areas of funding include the environment, literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and job training.

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020


    Kids Run the Nation Grant

    Funding Source: Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, running clubs, and elementary and middle schools to implement structured youth running programs. Funding is intended for either a start-up program or a pre-existing program. Eligible programs are those that are more than just a one-time event and should be running programs that ideally utilize the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation youth running curriculum.

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020


    Buckeye Book Fair Literacy Awards

    Funding Source:  Buckeye Authors' Book Fair Committee

    Description:  In-kind grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, libraries, schools, and reading programs to promote literacy. Grant programs provide free books and author visits. The purpose of this program is to encourage reading and to promote books written about, or by, state residents.

    Number of Awards:  The Buckeye Book Fair will award up to five (5) gift certificate grants. The Buckeye Book Fair will award up to two (2) author visit grants.  Gift certificate disbursements will be for either $350 or $500.

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020


    Ingram-White Castle Foundation Grant

    Funding Source:  The Columbus Foundation - Ingram-White Castle Foundation (IWCF)

    Description:  Funding is intended to strengthen educational institutions, address vital human service needs, prepare students for their entry into the work world, and serve disadvantaged students while helping them achieve academic success.

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020


    The Mockingbird Foundation Grant

    Description: Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth.

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020


    K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant

    Funding Source:  Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)

    Description:  Grants of $500 to USA educators for classroom projects and lessons related to aviation. The Society of Aviation & Flight Educators, Inc.(SAFE) is offering grants designed to encourage K-12 classroom teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their normal curriculum.  Aviation and aerospace topics are the perfect adjunct for teaching science, math, history, and even art.  Aviation and aerospace are topics that generate enthusiasm with all types of learners and all ages of students.

    Deadline:  August 31, 2020


    STEM Education Grant

    Funding Source:  Bayer Fund

    Description:  Grants averaging $25,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to  schools, and libraries for K-12 general and STEM education programs.  Bayer Fund supports programs that inspire and nurture Kindergarten through 12th grade students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).  Higher priority is given to STEM education, but Bayer Fund also accepts applications to improve basic academic skills in reading, math, and science around the world.  Funding may support, but is not limited to, in-school programs, technical training programs, and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs.

    Deadline: August 31, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.


    Target Youth Soccer Grants

    Funding Source:  Target

    Description:  Grants of $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, schools, and public agencies to support soccer programs for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18. This grant offers support for field and player equipment, registration fees, and professional development and training for volunteer coaches. Preference will be given to programs serving in-need communities.

    Deadline:  September 1, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.


    PE4Life and Speed Stacks Sport Pack Grant Program

    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.


    Costco Wholesale Donation Grant

    Funding Source:  Costco Wholesale

    Description:  Costco Warehouse Donations: Donations to local organizations and groups, which focus on children, education or health and human services. Cash cards may be issued in lieu of monetary or in-kind requests.

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    PNC Foundation Grant

    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


    Mini Grant Program

    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


    Classroom Technology Grant Program

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

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    Sony USA Foundation Grant

    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


    Powerful Communities: Local Impact

    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.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

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


    OSGC Student-Innovative-Creative-Hands-on Project (SICHOP)

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

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Award:  Grants of up to $5,000


    Mary Pope Osborne's Gift of Books

    Description:  In-kind book donations to USA Title I schools and Title I teachers, as well as other schools and after-school programs.

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    Justin J. Watt Foundation

    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.


    SparkFun Community Partner Program

    Sponsor:  SparkFun
    Award:  STEM/STEAM-related prize packages, event, and team sponsorships and other types of support
    # of Awards:  Varies
    Application Deadline:  Ongoing: third Thursday of each month; awards announced on the last business day of each month


    Corning Foundation Grants

    Description:  Corning Incorporated grants money to K-12 school districts, four-year institutions,

    and community colleges for instructional technology projects, student scholarships, and facility improvement.

    The foundation also funds community service programs for students.

    Available Funds/Award:  Varies

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants 

    Deadline:  Ongoing
    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 microfinance) and childhood health." 


    Toshiba America Foundation Project-Based Learning

    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
    Deadline:  Year-round
    States:   National 
    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.
    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
    Focus:  At Risk, Family/Social Services, General Education, Homeless, Migrant, Native/Tribal American, Professional Development, Special Needs, Technology, Technology Ed, Underserved Populations
    Awards:  Awards vary
    Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round
    Grade Levels:  6-8, 9-12, Higher Ed, 3-5, K-2, PreK
    States:  National
    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
    # of Awards:  Not specified
    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)


    Big Yellow School Bus Program

    Organization: Ohio Arts Council

    Grant Amount: up to $500 for transportation

    Deadline: 12/31/2020

    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.