Competitive Grants

  • A competitive grant awards funds on the basis of a competitive process. The applications go through a formal review process in light of the grant requirements and selection criteria established for a program. The review process allows for discretion to determine which applications best address the program requirements and are, therefore, most worthy of funding.

    If there is an external or competitive grant you are interested in applying for, you must first seek permission from the district to apply for the grant on behalf of Columbus City Schools.  


    Urban Gardening Grant

    Recognizing the many benefits of community gardens, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, and The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation have partnered to 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, particularly for gardens that benefit people in low to moderate income neighborhoods
    • Connecting individuals to the life-enhancing benefits of community gardens and greenspaces, including health and wellness, therapeutic, environmental, community engagement, community building with people of various cultures and backgrounds, and beautification
    • Bolstering community pride

    Requests to not exceed $3,000

    Deadline:  October 29, 2021

    Urban Gardening Grant


    Vernier Software & Technology

    $40,000 STEM Grant Program Opens

    Award:  $1,000 

    Deadline:  November 5, 2021

    Vernier Software & Technology will award $1,000 grants to 40 STEM educators in K–12 and higher education. The grant program is part of Vernier's 40th anniversary event. 

    The program will award $1,000 worth of Vernier hardware (of the winner's choosing), plus virtual professional development support and an annual license for Vernier Graphical Analysis Pro software. Vernier offers a wide range of scientific equipment, including sensors for data collection, interfaces, and lab equipment.

    To be considered, applicants must describe "how they will implement the $1,000 worth of Vernier technology in their classroom or laboratory, their educational institution’s needs, and how the funding will enhance their instruction and engage students."

    The program grant is open to all educators working at a K–12 school, college or university in the United States.

    Applications for the grant program are due November 5. Awards will be announced December 8. Complete details on the grant, as well as a link to download the ebook, can be found at

    Grants to Educators Program - Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

    The mission of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation is to foster the development of individual young people to the maximum possible extent in Ohio’s secular primary and secondary schools; and to provide a means for greater accomplishment on the part of Ohio’s teachers by encouraging creativity in teaching and bringing greater recognition to the teaching profession. The Grants to Educators program supports the foundation’s basic objective of recognizing and encouraging outstanding classroom teachers in Ohio’s public schools. Funding is considered for technology, equipment, and material requests only when there is a direct connection to the project.

    Grants to Educators must address the foundation’s Deep Learning theme, including the following:
    • Develop students' skills in critical reading, writing, research, and/or mathematics.
    • Develop students' problem-solving skills.
    • Develop students' self-directed learning skills.
    • Engage students to think as scientists, social scientists and/or artists.
    • Engage students in interdisciplinary learning.
    • Engage students in meaningful problem- or project-based learning.

    Grants are available to prekindergarten through grade 12 teachers and administrators for classroom, school-wide, or district-wide projects. Applications must be submitted online.

    Award(s):  Grants up to $3,000

    Deadline(s): Applications are due February 15, April 15, June 15, August 15, October 15, and December 15, annually

    P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grant

    Awarded yearly for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into educational programming – to use arts in teaching children who learn differently.

    Deadline: September 30, 2021

    Apply here

    Ed Elements Grant for Personalized Learning Schools

    • Sponsor: Ed Elements
    • Award: $3,000, free PL Toolkit access and 6 hours of virtual support
    • Number of Awards: 1
    • Application Deadline: September 30

    MicroGrant Program for Educators & Teachers

    • Sponsor: Educators of America
    • Award: Equipment (varies by request)
    • Number of Awards: Not specified
    • Application Deadline: Ongoing (twice per year, April and September)

    Association of American Educators Foundation: Classroom Grant

    Grants are available for up to $500 and can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, book making supplies, and art supplies. Funds must be used within 1 year of the application deadline.

    Deadline: Spring: March 1, 2021 and Autumn: October 1, 2021

    Apply here

    Mary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship Trust Grant

    US-Bank Mary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship Trust awards grants for educational projects and charitable purposes, including to provide students with college and university scholarships at US institutions. All grant funding decisions are made by an advisory committee chosen by US Bank.

    Awards range from $500 to $3,000.

    Applications are accepted September 1 through November 15, 2021.

    Erie Insurance Giving Network

    Erie Insurance supports organizations in the communities where Erie Insurance has presences in these community areas of focus: community building, arts and culture, education, health and human services, safety, disaster relief, and environmental responsibility.

    Priority is given to organizations that ensure their governing bodies include representatives from the communities they serve. Applications must be submitted online.

    Applications for requests up to $10,000 are accepted year-round. Applications for requests of $10,001 and greater are due January 29, April 30, July 23, and September 17, 2021.

    Focus:  Arts, Science

    Youth Career Exploration and Employment Skills Training Grants

    The Subaru Foundation of America awards grants to support two types of programs, Youth Career Exploration and Employment Skills Training. Career exploration programs should target students in middle school and high school from underserved communities with opportunities for relevant, experiential activities that address hard and soft skills for job and career success. Employment skills training programs should target individuals aged 16 to 26 in underserved communities with training in hard and soft work skills, support for internships that can lead to employment, and assistance in obtaining  industry-required certifications for employment. There are two grant cycles yearly and organizations are limited to one request per 12-month period.

    Awards vary.

    Applications are due March 30 and October 12, annually

    Focus:  Career and College Readiness, Career and Technical Ed (CTE), Interning/Mentoring/Apprenticeship, Technology   Equipment/Devices, Underserved Populations/At Risk

    ALDI Smart Kids Program

    Applications are accepted February 1 – December 15 each year.

    Grants ranging from $100 to $5,000 and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts, athletics or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy, we say kudos to you and encourage you to apply for support from the ALDI Smart Kids program.  

    Requests should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the date the requested donation is needed to allow time for application review and payment processing. Applications are reviewed as they are received and we'll make every effort to review and respond to all requests in a timely manner.

    Deadline: Dec 15, 2021



    Naiku Innovative Teacher Grant

    Deadline: Ongoing (approx. 10 awards per month)

    Sony Grants for Education

    Deadline: Ongoing (grants awarded on a rolling basis)

    Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants

    The Cornell Douglas Foundation offers small grants to non-profit organizations that work to advocate for environmental health and justice, promote stewardship, and encourage respect for sustainability. With grant amounts averaging $10,000, the Foundation supports programs in environmental health, sustainability, and education for elementary and high school students. Deadline: Rolling

    Fund for Teachers: Grants

    The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. Deadline: Varies by State.

    Adobe: ConnectED software grants

    As part of the White House's ConnectEd initiative, Adobe is offering creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States. Maximum award: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Echosign, and a range of teacher training resources. Eligibility: public, state-operated, county-operated school, or BIA schools at the elementary or secondary school level that receive Title I funds. Deadline: Rolling.

    Wish You Well Foundation: Grants for Literacy

    The Wish You Well Foundation's mission is to foster and promote the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: Rolling.

    US Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program

    The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to local educational agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards. Projects must be designed to help students meet its state’s physical education standards by undertaking instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and at least one of the authorized physical fitness activities. Deadline: Rolling.

    Tina B. Carver Fund

    Established in memory of a longtime English as a Second Language (ESL) educator, Tina B. Carver Fund provides grants to teachers for funding student classroom learning materials and teacher materials. Grants are available to members of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or its affiliates. The grants must be submitted on behalf of community-based organizations, charitable institutions, or non-profits with 501©(3) status. Awards are based on itemized expenses for materials to be purchased with the grant. Applications must be submitted online. Deadline: Rolling.

    Educational Assistance and Training Programs

    The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) encourages the creation and expansion of learning experiencing and opportunities at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels, particularly for minority and disadvantaged students. Areas of special interest to CICF include educational and training programs designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, promote good citizenship and public services, and increase reading, mathematics, and science proficiencies. Deadline: Rolling.

    PPG Industries Foundation Education and Community Grants

    The PPG Industries Foundation favors projects that promote academic excellence and prepare the next generation of leaders in business, science, and technology. Support for students of high academic achievement and programs that attract young people to the study of science remain priorities for the foundation. PPG’s strategy for support of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives is defined by the emerging macro trends that predict core markets, product offerings, and technology needs. Deadline: Rolling.

    CVS/Caremark Community Grants

    CVS/Caremark Community Grants fund programs for children with disabilities under age 21; academic and enrichment programs at public schools; and programs that provide access to quality health care services and health education for at-risk and underserved populations of all ages. The maximum award is $5,000.” Deadline: Rolling.

    Webb Family Foundation Education and Youth Grants

    The Webb Family Foundation supports programs and projects that target underserved children and youth and provides grants related to education, youth development, career and workforce readiness, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, STEM, digital and blended learning, and youth mentorship. Recent grants have funded a college success program and support of charter schools working to close the achievement gap for low-income students. Deadline: Rolling.

    Emeril Lagasse Foundation Youth Education Grants

    The Emeril Lagasse Foundation provides grants related to nutrition and culinary education, life skills development, childhood hunger, and arts education. The grant-making focus is on mentorship and opening employment opportunities for underserved, undereducated, and at-risk youth; healthy living through nutrition; access to nutritious food for at-risk children; and creative teaching in and out of school. Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and kindergarten through grade 12 schools. Deadline: Rolling.  

    American Honda Foundation's Youth Education Grants

    Honda aims to Help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits. Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Maximum award: $75,000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) public charity or a public school district, private/public elementary or secondary school as listed by the NCES. Deadline: Rolling.

    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.

    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 natural world.

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

    Deadline: Contact for deadline.!/grant-guidelines-and-applications

    Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants 

    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 

    Toshiba America Foundation Project-Based Learning

    Grants for Grades 6–12

    Sponsor:  Toshiba America Foundation

    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.
    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

    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              

    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) 

  • In order to apply for any external, competitive grants on behalf of Columbus City Schools or as a CCS employee you must first go through the grant approval process.