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Grants and Funding

Many teachers have had success requesting grants that have allowed them to purchase Rubik’s® Cube education kits for their classrooms or after school programs.

Here is a list of grants that MAY be applicable to your situation. You will also want to check for grants and funding opportunities that may be specific to your state, region, or district.  Don’t forget your local education association, PTA/PTO for your school, and special groups you may belong to such as your local or state gifted association, math/ science teachers groups, etc.

The information in this list is current at the time of writing. Teachers are responsible for verifying accuracy, checking eligibility requirements and following grant instructions.

Grants

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
If your program is already approved as a 21st CCLC, download our page to learn how the You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube program fits the grant requirements.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
These are large grants, usually apply by October/November for the following school year. See specific grants for "Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry" and/or "Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics."
http://www.nctm.org/Grants/#prospective
Who is Eligible? Members of NCTM

Office Depot Foundation
Apply under "Giving Children Tools for Success" category. Applications accepted monthly during grant cycle.
http://officedepotfoundation.org/?page_id=214
Who is Eligible? Nonprofit organizations, schools or libraries

Wells Fargo
Grant applications are state specific. Available for all but 5 US states.
https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/charitable/
Who is eligible? See details for your state


Crowdfunding for Teachers

Donors Choose
Teachers can request educational sets of Rubik’s Cubes through the NASCO catalog. (Link)
http://www.donorschoose.com
Who is Eligible? Public school teachers

 

Websites that have lists of grants

Edutopia: The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources
List of grants & teacher funding- updated weekly
http://www.edutopia.org/grants-and-resources

GrantsForTeachers.net
Search for K-12 grants by category, location, or grade
http://www.grantsforteachers.net/state/Nationwide-Grants-For-Teachers/prefix_NW.aspx

STEMfinity: STEM Funding Opportunities and Free Grant Writing Services
Listing of state, federal, and national private grants
http://www.stemfinity.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=7

 

Tips for Grant Writing

  • Fill out application forms meticulously and completely. Do not skip sections and follow all of the directions.
  • Proofread your writing. Write in complete sentences using proper grammar and spelling. For competitive grants, a small mistake can mean the difference between receiving funding and being rejected.
  • Type your application, or if it must be handwritten, print neatly and legibly. 
  • Be passionate. Let the funder know that the project is important to you and that you are excited to get started.
  • Make your narrative clear, concise, and interesting to read. Write professionally, but avoid too much educational jargon. 

 

Examples of Successful DonorsChoose projects for Rubik’s Cube clubs, math classes, etc:

 

References

Starr, Linda. "Show Me the Money: Tips and Resources for Successful Grant Writing." Education World:. Education World, 29 Jan. 2013. Web. 06 July 2016.