TEACHING RESOURCES & FREEBIES!

CLASSROOOM PET PROGRAMS!

Pets in the Classroom Program            
The Pet Care Trust
3465 Box Hill Corporation Center D   Suite #H
Abingdon, MD  21009
Phone: 443-921-2825  ext. 114   (new phone number!)
Email: info@petsintheclassroom.org
Website:  www.petsintheclassroom.org
The Pets in the Classroom Program, an educational grants program, was established
by the Pet Care Trust in 2009 to assist teachers in obtaining or maintaining classroom
pets. The program is to reach 30,000 classrooms and impact one-million children.The
Pets in the Classroom program benefits students by teaching them responsible, long-
term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies have shown that caring for pets has
a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self esteem. The Pet Care
Trust recognizes that teachers often have limited resources to enhance their class-rooms and curriculum. Through a simple online application process, teachers can become eligible
to receive grants of $50 to support existing classroom pets, or $100-$150 to purchase
or adopt a new pet and required equipment.


CAN BE USED FOR MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS

Community Grant Program - Walmart
Website: http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/national-giving
Deadline: 12/31/17 Award Ceiling: $2,500
Eligibility: nonprofit, school, government entity, church or faith based organization
Summary: Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are proud to
support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.\


Community Focus Federal Credit Union Cash for Class Grant Program
Phone:  800-526-7328
Website:  www.communityfocusfcu.org/community
This program is open to all teachers who live, work or worship in one of the 18 Downriver communities served by CFFCU.  Teachers must be certified K-12 educators serving in
public, private, parochial or charter schools.  The Grant Program will award a total of
$750.00 in the month of November. Teachers can each win up to $250.00 to fund the purchase of supplies, equipment or implementation of special projects for their class-
rooms.  Applications are available on the website. 


HELP WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

For the 4th straight year, the Mike Morse Law Firm is thrilled to be providing 25,000
backpacks full of brand new school supplies to all Detroit Public Schools Community
District students in grades Pre-K-5!  https://www.facebook.com/mikemorselawfirm
AND
New this year, we will also supply 3,000 "Teacher Totes" filled with basic supplies
needed in the classroom and 6,000 Pre-K "starter kits" with pencils, glue sticks,
crayons, markers, and more. To date, we've donated more than 80,000 backpacks
and supplies to Detroit students. We are proud to help even the playing field and
give parents, students, teachers and our schools a #winning start.
[Backpacks, teacher totes and Pre-K starter kits will be handed out during the first
week of school in September, stay tuned!]
Website: www.855MikeWins.com


Kids in Need Foundation
3055 Kettering Blvd., Suite 119      Application period is now closed for 2017 / 2018    
Dayton, OH 45439      school year
Phone:  937-296-1230
&
2719 Patton Rd
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: 612-465-0135
Website:  https://www.kinf.org/programs/supplyboxes
The Kids In Need Foundation operates four key programs to help facilitate
our efforts so that all students have access to quality school supplies to
learn and succeed. In 2016 we supported 5.4 million kids and more than
150,000 teachers across the country through these initiatives.
Teacher Supply Boxes:
Studies show that teachers spend an average of $500 per year of their own
money to help kids whose families just can’t afford the required materials.
Our Teacher Supply Boxes will provide successful applicants with two boxes
containing roughly $500 in the most essential school supplies — from notebooks
and markers to pens and glue.
School Ready Supplies:
Through community sponsorships, our School Ready Supplies program can
provide pre-assembled backpacks filled with essential school supplies or
deliver bulk supplies to host backpack building events.


America’s Teachers and Farmers Insurance – Farmers Insurance
Website: https://www.farmers.com/thank-americas-teachers/about
Summary: When they have the supplies they need to succeed, it’s amazing
what teachers and students can accomplish together.Through Thank America’s
Teachers & Farmers Insurance, 180 teachers across the country will be awarded
$2,500 grants for classroom materials this year.
Deadline: 9/27/17 Award Ceiling: $2,500  Eligibility: K-12 teachers


BUS TRANSPORATION FOR FIELD TRIPS!

Wheels to Woods
Website:  www.WheelsToWoods.org
Wheels to Woods provides funding to Pre-K to 12 schools and other youth groups
to pay for transportation costs for an educational field trip to a nearby forest or
forest products company.  Any Pre-K to 12 school in Michigan is eligible to apply
for funds to go on a field trip to a school forest, private forest, public forest or
forest products company.  Wheels to Woods reimburses actual transportation
costs up to $350 per bus and $1,000 per school. Applications can be submitted
anytime to admin@WheelsToWoods.org


TARGET  Field Trip Grants
Phone:  866-243-4644
Email:  targetfieldtripgrants@scholarshipamerica.org
Website: https://targetfieldtripgrants.target.com/faq.php
We created the Field Trip Grants program so that more students can have opportunities
to learn outside of the classroom. You pick the trip and your group could get up to $700
from Target to help make inspiration happen.
What is a Field Trip Grant?
The Target Field Trip Grants program is an innovative, no-strings-attached initiative
that funds field trips for students nationwide. Over 1,800 grants of up to $700 each
will be awarded in January 2018. Grants are provided to applicants throughout the
United States.
How can we use a Field Trip Grant?
Target Field Trip Grant funds are best used for visits to art, science and cultural
museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities
and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used
to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource
materials and supplies.
When do I apply?
Online applications will be accepted between August 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. CT and
October 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CT. We recommend you complete and submit your
application as early as possible to avoid high traffic on the site as the deadline
approaches. Only one submission per individual educator will be accepted.
Need More Information?
To ensure a timely response, please submit your questions before 12 noon
Central Time on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
We'll distribute over 1,800 Field Trip Grants for the 2017-18 school year.


EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT WILL VIST YOUR CLASSROOM
FOR FREE OR VERY INEXPENSIVELY!

Huron Clinton Metroparks
Administrative Office:
13000 High Ridge Drive
Brighton, MI  48114-9058
Phone: 810-227-2757
Website: www.metroparks.com
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks consist of 13 beautiful parks, covering
over 25,000 acres throughout Southeast Michigan, encompassing
Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.
School Programs
The Metroparks are committed to improving the environmental and
natural science literacy of students. All programs support the Michigan
Science Standards curriculumin content, methodology, and technology
use. A wide variety of environmental and cultural history programs are
offered that support Common Core curriculum, STEM, and Michigan
Science Standards. Each of these programs are taught by a professional
Interpreter who is knowledgeable in the content and school requirements.
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Also has a wide variety of programming at the Individual parks & nature centers
that you can come to with bus transportation. See Transportation Resources
above!
AND
TWO CURRENT GRANTS FOR FREE PROGRAMS!
&
PNC Bank Foundation’s Early Childhood Education grant
Bring the Metroparks Mobile Learning Center to your group of preschoolers
with a scholarship provided by the PNC Bank Foundation’s Early Childhood
Education grant. Mobile Learning Center preschool programs are age-appropriate
and geared toward the developmental level of early learners.  Each program includes
a story, interactions with puppets, songs, and other unique activities. Children
are encouraged to use their senses during up-close investigations of furs, feathers,
skulls and other animal artifacts.
To apply for a PNC Bank Foundation Scholarship:
•Consult the website for the downloadable flyer to select a program for your students
•Choose a program and date
•Call the Mobile Learning Center interpreter at (810) 227-2757 6422 or email lisa.parsons@metroparks.com
NOTE: Please reference the PNC Bank Foundation when calling or emailing
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3M EcoGrant
Huron-Clinton Metroparks is proud to be the recipient of an EcoGrant through the 3M Corporation.This grant provides funding for FREE science-based, schoolyard nature-connection outreach programming from the Metroparks’ Outdoor Exploration Vehicle.
The Outdoor Exploration Vehicle is one of the newest additions to the Metropark’s
outreach program.  With it, students use science and the tools of a scientist to explore
the nature just outside their school’s doors.Through games and activities, your class
will discover what an ecosystem is.Then, with handheld data loggers, probes, sensors,
field microscopes, portable weather stations and a host of other observation and data-collection equipment, students will measure the ecological parameters of their schoolyard, and then use this information to form hypotheses and answer questions about the environment around them.
The process to register for an outreach program is simple:
  • •Consult the website to select a program for your students
  • Verify if your school has a 50% participation in the Federal Lunch Program
  • •Choose a program and date
•Call the Southern District Community Outreach interpreter at (810) 227-2757
ext. 6639 or email julie.carpenter@metroparks.com
•Join us for a fun, STEM-based, FREE outreach program at your school!
NOTE: Please reference the 3M EcoGrant when calling or emailing. If your school
does NOT have a 50% participation rate for the Federal School Lunch Program,
please mention that when calling about available programs, as we may be able to
help you with lower pricing of our already low-priced programs!


Michigan Educators –Register for K–12th-grade wildlife programs for your classroom!
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free educational opportunities
to help educators looking for a fun way to integrate the state's unique flora and fauna
into their curriculum, while still meeting required educational standards.To date, over
5,000 ninth- through 12th-grade students have been exposed to natural resources in
the classroom with Elk University – Educating Tomorrow’s Wildlife Managers. Elk
University is designed to fit into teachers’ busy semester while meeting educational standards and touching on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife
disease and social considerations for wildlife management. Through YouTube lessons
and activities, students will learn how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy elk
herd for current and future generations.
PROGRAMS:
A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear, beginning its fourth year, is available to
sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade educators. Throughout the school year students
will learn about the life cycle of the Michigan black bear, general black bear biology
and behavior, and how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear pop-
ulation. Additionally, over the school year, classrooms will get to “follow” a bear
through its seasonal movements by using actual data points from a radio-collared
Michigan black bear.
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New last year, the Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife program is open to kindergarten
through fifth-grade educators.Through this program, teachers can share the wonders
of Michigan’s wild inhabitants with young learners to build appreciation for these unique species and the places they call home. Materials include lesson plans, wildlife posters
for the classroom and sets of “Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife” critter cards for students. Sets of the critter cards for students are limited and will be distributed on a first-come,
first-served basis. An electronic copy of the critter cards will be provided to all registered educators.
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Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at www.mi.gov/dnreducation.
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Educators are asked to register for these classroom programs by Sept. 30th.
To register, visit www.mi.gov/dnrteachers and click on “Wildlife Education and Outreach,”
then select the program(s) you are interested in.


ECOLOGY, ENVIROMENTAL & GARDENING GRANTS

2018 YOUTH GARDEN GRANT
Website: 3&mc_cid=1dd68ba043&mc_eid=5ed7f44e38
Summary: The 2018 Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by KidsGardening’s generous
donor base with contributions from leading companies in the horticulture industry:
Dramm Corporation, Eartheasy, Fiskars Brands Inc., Gardener’s Supply Company,
Growers Supply Company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, JavaCycle, and Smart Pots.
Deadline: 12/8/17 Award: $1600 in cash and prizes Eligibility: nonprofits, schools


Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants
Website: http://ysa.org/briefing/captainplanetfoundationgrants
Summary: ecoSolution Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support
solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.
Deadline: 1/5/17  Award Ceiling: $2500 Eligibility: educators working with youth in
the U.S.


The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Website: https://www.mvdreyfusfoundation.org/application-guidelines
Summary: The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural,
and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training
programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and
wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their
programs.
Deadline: Grants are awarded by the Foundation in the Spring and Autumn of each
year.
For the Spring round of grants, the postmark deadline is November 10th
For the Autumn round of grants, the postmark deadline is May 10th
(In those instances when the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the
deadline shall move to the next business day. Requests received following a
deadline date will be held for consideration in the following grants round.)
Award Ceiling: $20,000 Eligibility: nonprofits


Public Space Bin Grants – The Coca Cola Company
Website: https://www.kab.org/coca-cola-recycling-grant
Summary: The grant program awards actual recycling bins to schools,
government agencies, colleges and other community organizations on
a competitive basis. Interested parties complete an online application,
designating the style and number of bins they would like and explaining
how and where they would use the bins. Keep America Beautiful selects
recipients based on the merits of their proposal according to several
criteria including need and the potential to recover the greatest amount
of recyclables
Deadline: 10/7/17   Award: recycling bins   Eligibility: government/public
agencies, nonprofits, religious organizations, k-12 school, college


EXERCISE GRANTS

Roller Skating Foundation Grants
Website:  http://www.rollerskating.com/pages/grants/70
Summary: Roller Skating Foundation announces funds for projects directed
towards roller skating, including field trips to roller skate roller skating centers,
as well as innovative projects designed to improve physical fitness or education.
Deadline: 1/10/18 Award Ceiling: $500 Eligibility: schools, nonprofits, faith-based


COMPUTER RESOURCES

World Educational Relief  (this nonprofit is currently undergoing some major changes!)
P.O. Box 2841
Southfield, MI  48037-2841
AND
Computer Giveaway Center
2153 E. Vernor Hwy. (off Gratiot Ave., near Eastern Market)         
Detroit, MI  48207
Phone:  248-945-1720
Hours:  10 a.m. to 12 noon
Email: info@worldeducationalrelief.org
Website:  www.worldeducationalrelief.org
The first step to receiving a computer is to write a letter to our organization
fully explaining why you cannot afford a computer and how a computer will
benefit you  (the student, family or non-profit organization). Your letter can
be hand-written or typed and must be at least half a page long. Please write
clearly and legibly.
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The next step is to bring your letter and pick up your computer at the Giveaway
Center above.  We accept tax-deductible minimum donations of $125.00 for desk-
tops/towers and $150.00 for Laptops (while they last). Everyone has to contribute
something to receive a computer. We are a non-profit organization run entirely by
volunteers. Your tax-deductible donation is our main source of taking care of our
expenses and administrative fees. Your donation also helps us help other families
the same way other families before helped you. Each computer comes with a Monitor,
Mouse, Keyboard, Sound Card, high-speed Internet ready, Optical CD-R Drive, Word Processor, Anti-Virus protection, Anti-SpyWare, USB port.


University of Michigan Property Disposition
North Campus Storage Building
3241 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI  48109
Phone: 734-764-2470
Email: property.disposition@umich.edu
Website:
http://procurement.umich.edu/property-space-management/property-disposition-public-shopping
Offers used office furniture, office equipment, computers and laptops, copiers,
hospital equipment, kitchen supplies, dorm furniture, lab equipment, etc.


MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS RESOURCES

Charity Music of Michigan  Inc.                   
40736 Hayes Road
Clinton Twp.,  MI  48038
Phone: 586-247-7444
Email:  ceo@charitymusic.org
Website:  www.charitymusic.org
Helps cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists by providing musical
instruments, at no charge, to at-risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore
their hidden musical talents.  Also provides musical instruments and live enter-
tainment to VA facilities nationwide in support of music therapy programs.
Serves all ages throughout the State of Michigan. 


Classics for Kids Foundation
Website: https://classicsforkids.org/apply-for-a-grant
Summary: If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine
instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment
to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids
matching grant program.
Deadline: We accept grant applications quarterly.Grant deadlines are: June 30,
September 30, December 31 and March 31. Award Ceiling: unspecified Eligibility:
All applicants must have nonprofit status. Grants are limited to programs serving
children kindergarten through grade 12.


READING & LIBRARY GRANTS

Reading for All - Agency for International Development
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297679
Summary: “Reading for All” activity is to improve reading outcomes for children
with disabilities (CwDs) in grades 1 – 3 in USAID-supported Early Grade Reading
Program (EGRP) districts. The three main objectives of the Reading for All activity
are to improve data quality on CwDs; enhance institutional and technical capacity
at various levels to deliver quality reading instruction & support to CwDs; and test
inclusive instructional models that can be scaled for specific groups of CwDs.
Deadline: 10/15/17   Award Ceiling: $3,500,000   Eligibility: unrestricted


SLEEP EDUCATION RESOURCES

Sweet Dreamzzz
Mailing Address:     
P.O. Box 608
Farmington, MI  48332-0608  
Office Location:
19171 Merriman Rd. 
Livonia, MI 48152                          
Phone:  248-478-3242
Email: info@sweetdreamzzz.org
Website:  http://sweetdreamzzz.org
Mission Statement
Sweet Dreamzzz is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the health,
well-being, and academic performance of at-risk school-age children by providing
sleep education and bedtime essentials.
Early Childhood Sleep Education ProgramTM
An in-school sleep education program for parents, preschoolers and preschool
teachers that includes a sleep kit and a two week healthy sleep curriculum.
Available in English and Spanish!
R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep ProgramTM
An in-school sleep education program for grades Kindergarten through 5th.
Sweet Dreamzzz Sleep Educators present healthy bedtime habits to students
and each child receives a Sweet Dreamzzz Sleep Kit.
Parent Sleep Education WorkshopTM
A Sleep Education Workshop to empower parents of school age children with
the information and take-home tools (bedtime charts with stickers and a bedtime
routine magnet) necessary to get their children a good night’s sleep


SPORT EQUIPMENT RESOURCES

ACCESS FOR ATHLETES GRANT PROGRAM:
Website: http://www.challengedathletes.org/programs/grants
Summary: Expensive equipment or training shouldn’t be the biggest hurdle
athletes face in their endeavors. Access for Athletes is committed to helping
athletes overcome financial impediments by providing funding grants for
equipment, training, coaching and competition costs.
Deadline: 12/1/17   Average Grant: $1,500   Eligibility: individuals


STRUCTURAL  GRANTS

The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) Shade Structure Program
Website:
https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/programs/shade-structure-program/
eligibility-application
Summary: The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) Shade Structure Program
awards funds to schools, day-cares, parks, and other non-profit organizations for
installing permanent shade structures where children learn and play. Each shade
structure award is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for shade structure
materials and installation.
Deadline: 11/17/17 Award Ceiling: $8,000 Eligibility: nonprofits that provide services, programs, and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger


TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

The Beacon Technology Teacher Grant
Website: https://fios.verizon.com/beacon/technology-teacher-grant
Summary: Prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded for lesson plans in any subject
that teach K-8 students why technology is important (and how to use it). Plans
must encourage participation and engagement with in-class demonstrations and
hands-on learning opportunities. Six lesson plans will be chosen to receive gift
cards for classroom supplies, educational subscriptions, and apps for students.
First- and second-place winners will receive gift cards valued at $1,000. Third-,
fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-place winners will receive gift cards valued at $500 each.
Deadline: 12/9/17 Award Ceiling: $1,000  Eligibility: K-12 teacher at an elementary
school, middle school, or high school in the U.S.


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® Grants
Website: https://newsroom.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant
Summary: K- 12 public & charter education and community improvement. Community improvement is defined as building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements. K-12 Projects should fall into
one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs,
facility renovations and safety improvements. Projects should address a critical
need & align with Lowe’s company purpose; to help people love where they live.
Deadline: The Toolbox for Education 2018 cycle dates are:
Spring Cycle: December 18, 2017 – February 9, 2018
Fall Cycle: August 6, 2018 – September 28, 2018
Award Ceiling: $100,000 Eligibility: Non-Profit, PreK-12 Educational
Agency,Town, City or County Government, priority is given to K-12 public schools.






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