2017-2018 Grant Calendar

August 2017 Deadlines

Cathay Bank Foundation

Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2017

The Cathay Bank Foundation considers grants in health prevention and education targeted to conditions such as diabetes, obesity, asthma; insurance enrollment of uninsured children and adults; mental health services; and fitness and nutrition. Grant awards generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. All nonprofit organizations wishing to apply for a grant through the Cathay Bank Foundation must first submit a Letter of Intent. If invited to complete a full grant application, the deadline is Aug. 31, 2017.


September 2017 Deadlines

IAHPERD Program Enhancement Grant

Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) is awarding grants to provide funding for advocacy projects, educational program enhancements, media events, public relations projects, emergency needs and short-term loans. Typical grants range from $2,000 to $4,000. Only IAHPERD members in good standing may receive funding.


Donley Foundation Grants for Western Cook County

Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

The Donley Foundation makes grants to organizations that are tax exempt under the IRS Code 501 (c)(3) as well as public charities under IRS Code 509(a) in areas of Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire and Illinois. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that give underserved people the educational skills and resources they need to achieve their potential. Examples include early childhood education, non-traditional post-secondary education, and teacher training and support. Grants range from $2,000 to $25,000 but do not usually exceed $10,000. Deadlines for grant requests are Mar. 15 and Sept. 15.


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017 (Application opens Aug. 7)

The grant will provide funding between $2,000-$5,000 per school year for requests that have permanent impacts such as facility enhancement (indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping and cleanup projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.


U.S. Soccer Foundation Safe Places to Play Grants

Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017 (Letter of intent due); Oct. 6, 2017 (Application due)

The Safe Places to Play program provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance a field space in their communities. Applicant must own or have a minimum 10-year land lease/land use agreement for the land where the field is or will be built.


Bonnie Plants’ Third Grade Cabbage Program

Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017

Each year, more than one million free cabbage plants are distributed to third grade classrooms across the country. As part of the program, Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state. Teachers submit a class winner and a child is chosen by each state’s director of agriculture.


Captain Planet Grants

Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017

Awarded semi-annually. Grants fund environment-based education in schools and programs that encourage youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Grants are intended to serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools. Captain Planet Foundation will accept grant requests for amounts between $500-$2,500.


Elmer’s & Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Toolkit Grants

Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017 (Applications available starting July 14)

Provides pre-K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. Grants range between $100-$500 each and are used to finance creative classroom projects. All pre-K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible to apply for this grant.


October 2017 Deadlines

Target Field Trip Grants

Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017 (Applications available starting Aug. 1)

Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded for grades K-12 nationwide. Types of eligible field trips include art, science and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; and career enrichment opportunities. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, resource materials and supplies.


The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017

Public and/or private third through sixth grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students, may apply for an indoor or an outdoor herb garden grant. Each year, the Herb Society of America will award indoor windowsill herb gardens to four schools. Each of these schools will receive three windowsill herb garden kits including pots, soil, seeds and educational materials to use in the classroom. In addition, five schools/classrooms will receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish an outdoor herb garden.


MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017

Tax-exempt organizations (school districts, municipalities) and 501(c)(3) organizations involved in youth baseball or softball may apply. Awarded on a quarterly basis. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.


The James M. Cox Foundation

Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017

The James M. Cox Foundation concentrates its community support in several priority areas including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; and health. If you are located outside metropolitan Atlanta, Ga., in an area where Cox Enterprises or one of its subsidiaries is located, you will be required to submit an application that includes a letter of support from the company’s local business manager.


NEA Foundation Grants

Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017

The NEA Foundation awards grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning for grades pre-K-12, as well as for graduate school faculty and education support professionals. Any NEA affiliate of 500 members is eligible to apply. Annually, 25 Urban Grants of $5,000 each are awarded to NEA local affiliates, three times per year.


Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program

Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers and other not-for-profit places for learning in the U.S. with a site available for a stewardship project. Project goals should focus on enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Cash awards range from $100 to $500.


National Education Association Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants

Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools in all subjects. The $2,000 grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology or scholars-in-residence. Any practicing U.S. teacher, counselor or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions, is eligible to apply.


State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants

Application Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017 (Application opens Sept. 1)

State Farm supports efforts to provide all children with an education that will allow them to reach their greatest potential and prepare them to participate in a nation and economy that continues as a global leader. State Farm funds three types of grants for K-12 public schools: teacher development, service-learning and education reform/systematic improvement. State Farm supports communities on a national level through social investments and countrywide relationships and at a local level, the company grants focus on two areas: safety and education.


Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants

Application Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017 (Application opens Sept. 1)

A collaboration between Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Foods Market and FoodCorps to help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables in their school garden.


Environmental Association of Illinois Mini-Grants

Application Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017

EEIA mini-grants are awarded each year for up to $350 per proposal. Illinois formal and non-formal educators are eligible to apply. Requests should focus on projects/activities that help educate students, visitors, or community members about natural resources and/or the environment. Examples of items eligible for funding include: equipment, books, program materials, displays, guest speakers and field trip expenses.


November 2017 Deadlines

Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant

Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017

Illinois teachers, nature center personnel and youth group leaders may apply. Projects must emphasize student/youth involvement with planning, development and maintenance, and increase the educational and wildlife habitat values of the site. The project must be implemented on school grounds or another public site. Vegetable gardens are not eligible for this grant.


December 2017 Deadlines

Saucony Run for Good Foundation

Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to reversing the obesity trend by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and a healthy lifestyle. Grants up to $10,000 are awarded to support these efforts.


Allen Foundation

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017

To encourage the dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits. Must be a nonprofit organization and be able to provide a copy of your Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certification of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.


Walmart Foundation, Community Grants

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017

Walmart will donate between $250-$2,500 to support work around hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment and opportunity. Potential grantees should be nonprofit organizations with programs that benefit communities within the service area of the Walmart store, Sam’s Club or Logistics facility from which they are requesting funds.


January 2018 Deadlines

MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2018

Tax-exempt organizations (school districts, municipalities) and 501(c)(3) organizations involved in youth baseball or softball may apply. Awarded on a quarterly basis. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.


Biodiversity Field Trip Grant

Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

Grants are only available to Illinois teachers and homeschooling teachers and are awarded for the purpose of studying some aspect of Illinois’ biodiversity. Grants are awarded by classroom, so each teacher must apply if they would like to utilize this grant for their students. These grants are awarded annually and are intended to be used exclusively during school hours. The field trip should support topics currently being taught in your curriculum, related to Illinois’ natural heritage.


Captain Planet Grants

Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

Awarded semi-annually. Grants fund environment-based education in schools and programs that encourage youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities, which must be project-based, performed by youth and have real environmental outcomes. Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500-$2,500.


February 2018 Deadlines

National Education Association Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in all subject areas. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Award is $2,000 and grants will fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Any practicing U.S. teacher, counselor or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions, is eligible to apply.


IAHPERD Program Enhancement Grant

Application Deadline:  Feb. 15, 2018

The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) is awarding grants to provide funding for advocacy projects, educational program enhancements, media events, public relations projects, emergency needs and short term loans. Typical grants range from $2,000 to $4,000. Only IAHPERD members in good standing may receive funding.


The James M. Cox Foundation

Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018

The James M. Cox Foundation concentrates its community support in several priority areas including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; and health. If you are located outside metropolitan Atlanta, Ga., in an area where Cox Enterprises or one of its subsidiaries is located, you will be required to submit an application that includes a letter of support from the company’s local business manager.


March 2018 Deadlines

Dr. Scholl Foundation Annual Grant

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 (Application opens Oct. 1, 2017)

Applications for grants are considered in the following areas: education, social service, healthcare, civic and cultural, and the environment. This application form and instructions are available after Sept. 1 each year by written request on organization letterhead only.


April 2018 Deadlines

MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

Tax-exempt organizations (school districts, municipalities) and 501(c)(3) organizations involved in youth baseball or softball may apply. Awarded on a quarterly basis. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.


June 2018 Deadlines

National Education Association Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in all subject areas. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Award is $2,000. Any practicing U.S. teacher, counselor or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions, is eligible to apply.


The James M. Cox Foundation

Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

The James M. Cox Foundation concentrates its community support in several priority areas including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; and health. If you are located outside metropolitan Atlanta, Ga., in an area where Cox Enterprises or one of its subsidiaries is located, you will be required to submit an application that includes a letter of support from the company’s local business manager.


Saucony Run for Good Foundation

Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to reversing the obesity trend by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and a healthy lifestyle. Grants up to $10,000 are awarded to support these efforts.


July 2018 Deadlines

MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Application Deadline: July 1, 2018

Tax-exempt organizations (school districts, municipalities) and 501(c)(3) organizations involved in youth baseball or softball may apply. Awarded on a quarterly basis. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.


Rolling Submission Deadlines

Build It with KaBoom! Playground Grant (Deadlines are at the end of each month)

The Build It with KaBOOM! Playground Grant provides eligible communities with the majority of funds, tools and resources needed to build a custom-made playground—all in one day! Municipalities and nonprofits serving children of playground age may apply. You may not have existing playground equipment onsite. However, if equipment is present but unsafe for children to play on, communities are eligible as long as equipment will be removed. Opportunities become available as KaBOOM! secures funding partners.


Finish Line Youth Foundations Special Grants (Deadlines every quarter)

Grant to provide opportunities for youth participation in athletic programs and established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyles.


Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Orchard Grant

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation will donate an orchard valued between $5,000-$10,0000 to your school. On average, this provides 12-20 fruit trees, as well as materials, installation, design, and onsite environmental curriculum.


Good Sports Equipment Grants

Good Sports provides sports equipment, apparel and footwear to youth organizations offering sports, fitness and recreational programs to youth in need. To be eligible for the grant, you must directly serve youth between the ages of 3-18, serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area, and operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children. Recommended that organizations apply at least eight weeks prior to the start of their season/program to ensure equipment is available in time.


The Harry Chapin Foundation

The Harry Chapin Foundation will fund only 501(c)(3) not for profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of: community education programs, arts-in-education programs or agricultural and environmental programs. Grant sizes range from a few hundred dollars to our maximum of $10,000. The Foundation Board meets three times a year on an as needed basis.


Herman’s Garden Seed Donation Program

Seed Savers Exchange donates seeds to organizations and community gardens around the world. Shipping for Herman’s Garden requests will begin in December.


Jewel-Osco Community Grants

Jewel-Osco grants fund organizations promoting nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet. Jewel-Osco is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable operations and will support local efforts towards sustainability.


The Meemic Foundation

Our funding programs are open to the entire educational community. Any employee of a public, private, parochial or charter school, or college or university in a qualifying state may apply. There are four application periods throughout the year: January-March for up to $1,000; April-June for up to $1,000; July-September for up to $500; and October-December for up to $500.


Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals and seeks to fund projects that directly service or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, childhood health and family economic stability.


The Reiman Foundation

The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: healthcare, education, the arts and children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. We review and make decisions on applications received on an ongoing basis throughout the year.


Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust

Education and youth grants include funding for curriculum, playground equipment, physical education equipment and athletic facilities. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. If invited, full proposals will be due on the 15th of November, February, May and August.


Salad Bars to Schools Grant

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools launched in 2010 with the mission of donating salad bars to U.S. schools so that every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply.


The Stewart J. Rahr Foundation

Stewart J. Rahr Foundation accepts grant applications from organizations that operate within the foundation’s purpose, mission and vision: Supporting our youth, education, and medical research. As a private foundation, our IRS categorization dictates that we award grants to organizations that are in compliance with the section 501(c)(3) and are in good standing.


Healthier US School Challenge (United States Department of Agriculture)

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. Monetary incentive awards are available for each HUSSC award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction. Schools can submit an application at any time during the year.


W.K. Kellogg Foundation

WKKF supports efforts to improve the health of mothers and families; to increase breastfeeding rates; to provide innovative, community-based oral health care and to transform food systems so children and families have healthier foods in child care settings, in schools and in their communities.