CCS Grant Information

  • Getting Started

    All competitive grants must go through the Columbus City Schools Grants Endorsement Process prior to applying.

    The Grants Office has developed the Grants Review Committee to review grant applications for accuracy, clarity, grammar, and spelling to ensure that it aligns with the district goals.

    The Grants Review Committee's meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are:


    August 13, 2019

    February 12, 2020

    August 27, 2019 

    February 26, 2020

    September 10, 2019 

    March 11, 2020 

    September 24, 2019

    March 25, 2020 

    October 9, 2019

    April 8, 2020 

    October 23, 2019

    April 22, 2020

    November 13, 2019 

    May 13, 2020

    November 27, 2019 

    May 27, 2020

    December 11, 2019

    June 10, 2020

    January 8, 2020

    June 24, 2020

    January 22, 2020



    If you have any questions, contact the Grants Office at 614-365-5733.


    FY20 Grant Endorsement Form 

Current Competitive Grants



    Due to the closing of school in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you are still eligible to apply for the Teachers' Dream Grant.  The deadline to apply at this time is still April 24, 2020.  If there are any changes to the deadline, the Grants office will inform you.

    Thank you for your patience and be safe.


    Will provide individual grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Columbus City Schools teachers to assist in improving teaching and learning in CCS.  This is an excellent opportunity for interested teachers to acquire resources to support an innovative project to increase student achievement, improve social climate and/or promote social justice.

    All applications must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on April 24, 2020.

    This is a district-sponsored grant; applicants will not need to submit a Grant Endorsement Form to apply but will need their principal’s or supervisor’s approval.

    NOTE:  A CCS email account is required to submit online.  To submit your application, go to and enter your ILead login name and password.


    2020 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program

    Description:  Enhance security in schools and on school premises.  Funding intended for a range of school safety measures, such as officer training, local law enforcement coordination, technology acquisition and installation.

    Deadline: April 8, 2020


    Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses

    Description:  Grants of up to $30,000 to begin, expand, and maintain foreign language education programs.

    Deadline: April 10, 2020


    Teacher Development Grants

    Description: Grants of up to $10,000 per year to K-12 public and private school teachers and team of teachers for projects that provide opportunities for teachers to improve classroom instruction.

    Deadline: April 15, 2020


    2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes

    Description:  Prize of $10,000 to K-12 Title 1 school to enhance the quality of science education.  Money will be used for improving a science lab, and/or for the purchase of supplies, technology and equipment for STEM education.

    Deadline:  April 28, 2020


    Health and Science Innovation Challenge

    Description: Grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations for STEM and health-related initiatives that benefit local communities.  Funding is intended for programs that advance the field of math, technology, engineering, and science in undergraduate or K-12 students, or that solve a health challenge by presenting a new approach, tool or technology.

    Deadline: April 30, 2020


    Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

    Description: Awards of $5,000 to school libraries to recognize outstanding programming.  Eligible recipients are libraries in K-8 private and public schools.

    Deadline: May 4, 2020


    Giving Network Funding

    Description:  Grants of up to $10,000 and grants starting at $10,000 to nonprofit organizations and accredited educational institutions in eligible areas for programs in areas of safety, community building and environmental responsibility.  

    Deadline:  May 8, 2020 for requests of $10,000 or more

                     Requests of up to $10,000 will be considered at any time.


    Classroom Technology Grant Program

    Description:  In-kind grants for the installation of advanced AV technology solutions in classrooms.

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    Sony USA Foundation Grant

    Description:  Grants in the areas of culture, arts, environment and technology.  Within each of these areas, the Foundation places a special emphasis on education.

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    Powerful Communities: Local Impact

    Description:  Funding is intended to support summer reading programs, environmental education, habitat and species conservation, energy-sector workforce development and extracurricular enrichment for disadvantaged students.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Awards:  Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000


    OSGC Student-Innovative-Creative-Hands-on Project (SICHOP)

    Description:  Ohio undergraduate students, groups, and faculty mentors to support hands-on projects related to STEM, aeronautics, space science and engineering and earth science.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Award:  Grants of up to $5,000


    Mary Pope Osborne's Gift of Books

    Description:  In-kind book donations to USA Title I schools and Title I teachers, as well as other schools and after-school programs.

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    Justin J. Watt Foundation

    Description:  Grants to USA middle schools to purchase sport equipment and uniforms for after-school athletic programs.

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    SparkFun Community Partner Program

    Sponsor:  SparkFun
    Award:  STEM/STEAM-related prize packages, event, and team sponsorships and other types of support
    # of Awards:  Varies
    Application Deadline:  Ongoing: third Thursday of each month; awards announced on the last business day of each month


    Corning Foundation Grants

    Description:  Corning Incorporated grants money to K-12 school districts, four-year institutions,

    and community colleges for instructional technology projects, student scholarships, and facility improvement.

    The foundation also funds community service programs for students.

    Available Funds/Award:  Varies

    Deadline:  Ongoing


    Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants 

    Deadline:  Ongoing
    Award:  No more than 10% of an organization's annual operating expenses or 25% of the total budget for the project being funded; awards have ranged from the hundreds to the millions of dollars.
    # of Awards:  Varies 
    Qualification:  Project should "directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability (including microfinance) and childhood health." 


    Toshiba America Foundation Project-Based Learning

    Grants for Grades 6–12

    Sponsor:  Toshiba America Foundation
    Award:  Two categories: Up to $5,000 and more than $5,000
    Number of Awards:  Not specified
    Deadline:  Up to $5,000 awarded on a rolling basis; Feb. 1 deadline for applications for more than $5,000 

    Description:  Teachers who are passionate about making science and math more engaging for their students.  Any science or math teacher in a public or private (nonprofit) school is eligible to apply, but the endorsement of a school official is required.

    STEM - Grants for Grades K-5    

    Sponsor:  Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation
    Deadline:  Year-round
    States:   National 
    Description:  The Toshiba America Foundation offers grants to elementary-level teachers for projects that focus on improving science and mathematics education.  The goal is to provide teachers with additional funding to support innovative ideas for hands-on classroom projects.
    The Charles Lafitte Foundation
    Description: The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives. The foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts. CLF helps individuals gain access to schools, from preschool through college, by issuing grants and taking an active role in exploring new approaches to education.
    Eligibility:  Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter
    Focus:  At Risk, Family/Social Services, General Education, Homeless, Migrant, Native/Tribal American, Professional Development, Special Needs, Technology, Technology Ed, Underserved Populations
    Awards:  Awards vary
    Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round
    Grade Levels:  6-8, 9-12, Higher Ed, 3-5, K-2, PreK
    States:  National
    American Honda Foundation STEM Grants
    Sponsor:  American Honda Foundation
    Award:  $20,000 to $75,000
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline:  Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 for new organizations; May 1 for returning organizations
    Mobile Beacon Connect for Success
    Sponsor:  National Education Association Foundation
    Award:     Up to 25 laptops and 4G LTE hotspots with free 4G LTE
                     high-speed internet service for 12 months
    # of Awards:  Not specified
    Application Deadline:  Ongoing (quarterly)
    NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
    Sponsor:  National Education Association Foundation
    Award:  $2,000 or $5,000
    Number of Awards:  Not specified
    Application Deadline:  Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 15 of each year
    MicroGrant Program for Educators & Teachers
    Sponsor:  Educators of America
    Award:  Equipment (varies by request)
    Number of Awards:  Not specified
    Application Deadline:  Ongoing (quarterly:  January, April, July, October)


    Big Yellow School Bus Program

    Organization: Ohio Arts Council

    Grant Amount: up to $500 for transportation

    Deadline: 12/31/2020

    Guidelines link: Click here to view guidelines

    Description: The Big Yellow School Bus program provides support for the travel costs associated with arts-related school field trips. Private and public schools (pre-kindergarten through secondary) and associations for home-schooled students may apply for up to $500 for transportation costs associated with educational field trips to galleries, museums, festivals, exhibitions and performances. Applications are being accepted and are due no later than eights weeks prior to the date of the proposed event. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis for as long as funds are available.