The need for edtech funding to support technology initiatives continues to rise. But funding in education can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re not sure where to look. Luckily, there are a variety of edtech grants and other funding opportunities available.
If you’re looking to make use of a particular technology, you can apply for grants directly with a supplier. Companies like Smart Technology, Vernier and Epson all have their grant programs. They offer special pricing for schools and will partner with you on finding other relevant grants to use their products.
There are other companies across the country that provide funding for K-12 schools not specific to their products. Take a look at Toshiba, Verizon, Target, Microsoft and Best Buy. Each of these companies has different programs that can help you purchase both software and hardware for specific classroom needs or an entire school.
District, State & Federal Grants
While federal grants can sometimes feel difficult to obtain, they are worth applying for, especially if you have an innovative idea for technology use in your school or district. District and state grants might feel a bit more within reach. At the district and state level, there are sometimes Priority Grants available for schools that lack technology resources for their students.
DonorsChoose.org is for classroom projects. While this wouldn’t be a source for school-wide funding, it’s an excellent resource to use when you have teachers looking to fund one-off projects to build technology use into their curriculum.
Finding funding can seem like a daunting task that takes a good deal of work and dedication. If you’re not sure where to start, consider partnering with a grant writer. You can also look for tips and suggestions right on the grant source’s website. They frequently will offer applicants further direction.
The web is full of grant opportunities built specifically for education. All you need is a little time and diligence to start narrowing down your options and then you’ll be well on your way.