Sunday, September 27, 2009

Teacher Grants for Professional Development

Grants for Teacher Professional Development

Many teachers have great ideas for innovative classroom projects but lack the funding needed to make those ideas reality. Grants may be available to implement those innovations. But, funds are needed by teachers for purposes other than the implementation of projects. Teachers often are denied the professional development support they need because they don’t have the money to pay for such efforts.

Don’t forget teacher grants exist to fund the professional development goals of educators. For example, the NEA Foundation offers Learning and Leadership grants offer financial assistance to public school teachers or support professionals, as well as faculty/staff in public institutions of higher education regarding their participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research. See

Local foundations, governmental entities, or non-profits may also be able to assist teachers who are looking for needed funding for their professional development. An example of such grant giving would be the Gaddy Educator Scholarship for teachers of a particular high school in Forsyth County, NC, and administered by the Winston-Salem Foundation. See

Do you have a professional development event or course of instruction that you would like to participate in but don’t have the funds? Try seeking a grant to cover all or part of your costs!

Remember Granted! A Teacher’s Guide to Writing and Winning Classroom Grants is available to assist you in the grant writing process. Go to and order your copy today!

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