Grants & Other Funding

Welcome! Please visit this page for opportunities for your school or district to apply for grants. We encourage you to read through all opportunities, as many occur annually. 

For more info, contact:

Abby Peklo

Director of Grants & Special Programs

860-567-0863 x1166


New Opportunities!


National School Lunch Program Equipment Grants

The Connecticut State Department of Education is now accepting applications for the National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant. This grant was developed to provide funding for school districts (school food authorities - SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to purchase food service equipment needed to meet nutritional standards for schools, ensure food safety, improve operation and efficiency, and/or expand participation in Child Nutrition Programs.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2022.

School Mental Health Workers Grant

Purpose: To assist Connecticut local and regional school districts in hiring and retaining additional school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses, and licensed marriage and family therapists. Bureau of Health, Nutrition and Family Services, RFP:836.

Application deadline: October 26, 2022 11:59 p.m.

HVAC Indoor Air Quality Grants for Public Schools

In 2022, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 22-118, establishing a new grant program that encourages public school districts to install, replace, or upgrade heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The act also funds other projects that improve indoor air quality. The program is overseen by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Office of School Construction Grants and Review (OSCGR). Review frequently asked questions to learn more about how school districts can access the supplemental funding they need. Further questions can be directed to


Sharon Center School Millennium Fund
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is seeking proposals for grants from students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, nonprofits and members of the Sharon Center School community for projects that will fulfill the purposes of the Fund. The Sharon Center School Millennium Fund is an endowed fund whose purpose is to enhance and enrich the educational experience of the students and teachers of Sharon Center School. The goal of the Fund is to ensure the highest level of achievement for the students and enhance their capacity to achieve excellence both in school and in the community. Grants awarded will generally range from $100 to $1,000 for the first several years as the endowment builds.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2022.

Department of Health and Human Services
Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) seeks to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and services. Grant recipients are expected to build collaborative partnerships with the state education agency, local education agency, tribal education agency, state mental health agency, community-based providers of behavioral healthcare services, school personnel, community organizations, families, and school-aged youth. Recipients will leverage these partnerships to implement mental health-related promotion, awareness, prevention, intervention, and resilience activities to ensure that students have access and are connected to appropriate and effective behavioral health services.

Application deadline: October 13, 2022

National Science Foundation Opportunities

Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science

National Science Foundation opportunity that supports summer research experiences for K-14 educators that foster long-term collaborations between universities, community colleges, school districts and industry partners. Document Number: nsf21606.

October 12 - Deadline date; Second Wednesday in October, Annually Thereafter. 


KidsGardening: Klorane Botanical Foundation

The Budding Botanist Grant, presented by KidsGardening and the Klorane Botanical Foundation, provides funding to K-12 schools across the United States for school garden programs. In 2022, 20 high-needs schools will receive $1,000 in funding to support the development of new and expansion of existing gardens that teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Public, charter, and private K-12 schools demonstrating that at least 40% of their student population qualify for free or reduced-price meals are eligible to apply. Visit the KidsGardening website for details on the Budding Botanist Grant program.

Applications deadline: Friday, October 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

NSF: Supports STEM undergraduates to become effective K-12 teachers and experienced K-12 educators to become teacher leaders in high-need schools. The program also supports research on effectiveness and retention of K-12 STEM teachers in high-need schools. Document Number: nsf21578.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): August 29, 2023 Last Tuesday in August, Annually Thereafter.

Ongoing Grant Funding Opportunities

Region One Athletic Fund for Projects, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Applications are invited from students, teachers, administrators, parents and members of the community for projects that increase or sustain the excellence of the athletic program of the Region One School District with the endorsement of the appropriate administrator. Please check website in early 2023 for deadline to submit.

The Arts Fund for Region One

Applications are invited year-round for projects benefiting groups of students in Region One. The project must enhance the students' artistic development and the majority of the students must be residents of Canaan (Falls Village), Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury, or Sharon, and must be in kindergarten through grade 12 at the time that the fund activity takes place.

Ion Bank Foundation

For schools in Middlebury, Southbury, Watertown, or Woodbury: Ion Bank Foundation offers two grant opportunities per year (April and September) and education is one of its funding priorities. Schools are eligible to apply along with area nonprofits, but applications must include a signed letter of support from the principal. Requests must fall in the $1,000-$10,000 range.

USDA Farm to School Program

EVERY YEAR, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awards grants to help connect students to the sources of their food through education, taste tests, school gardens, field trips, and local food sourcing for school meals. Open to eligible public school districts, the grant cycle generally opens in mid-to-late October and closes in January of the following year.

CT Outdoor & Environmental Education Association

COEEA offers annual mini grants each year to its members. Anyone is welcome to become a COEEA member, and we encourage Green LEAF School participants to explore this affordable opportunity.  Projects should, by their nature, benefit the environment and increase environmental literacy among Connecticut residents. Applications are typically due in October.

Donors Choose

DonorsChoose is a simple yet innovative platform created specifically for educators seeking funds for classroom projects.