CCS Grant Information

  • Getting Started

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

    FY21 Grant Endorsement Request

             Submission Schedule

    Grant Endorsement Committee Meeting   Dates

    Grant Endorsement form Due to Grants Office No Later than:

    August 12, 2020

    August 5, 2020

    August 26, 2020

    August 19, 2020

    September 9, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 23, 2020

    September 16, 2020

    October 14, 2020

    October 7, 2020

    October 28, 2020

    October 21, 2020

    November 11, 2020

    November 4, 2020

    December 9, 2020

    December 2, 2020

    January 13, 2021

    January 6, 2021

    January 27, 2021

    January 20, 2021

    February 10, 2021

    February 3, 2021

    February 24, 2021

    February 17, 2021

    March 10, 2021

    March 3, 2021

    March 24, 2021

    March 17, 2021

    April 14, 2021

    April 7, 2021

    April 28, 2021

    April 21, 2021

    May 12, 2021

    May 5, 2021

    May 26, 2021

    May 19, 2021

    June 9, 2021

    June 2, 2021

    June 23, 2021

    June 16, 2021


     Instructions for submission

    • All applicants must submit the FY21 Grant Endorsement form completed in its entirety no later than the due date to the Grants Office as indicated on the schedule above.
    • You must include a copy of the grant application from the funder or guidelines that you are applying for along with the Grant Endorsement form.
    • The Grant Endorsement form must, at a minimum, include the signatures of the applicant, principal/supervisor and Executive Director/Area Superintendent (or appropriate personnel as it pertains to your position).
    • Do not apply for any grant prior to submitting the Grant Endorsement form to the Grants Committee for approval. The committee reviews all applications/proposals for grammar, accuracy, clarity and spelling to ensure it aligns with the District goals.
    • Any incomplete submissions will be sent back to the applicant.
    • After the Grant Endorsement Committee has met, you will receive email notification if more information is required or the decision of approval/denial.
    • If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance, please contact the Grants Office at


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

    FY20 Grant Endorsement Form 

Current Competitive Grants


     Do you need assistance with funding a project?  Do you have a funder but don’t know how to follow through?  Complete the attached request form.

    Grant Request Form

    (click on hyperlink to open)


    Funding Source:  Erie Insurance

    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: July 24, 2020 and September 18, 2020 for requests of $10,000 or more

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

    Funding Source:  Subaru of America Foundation

    Deadline:  June 30, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

    Description: Funding is intended to support career readiness and employment skills training programs.  The Subaru of America Foundation aims to support the work of organizations that are empowering the growth and development of children and young adults through career exploration with relevance to job readiness and job skills training. There are two applications, one for youth career exploration and one for employment skills training.

    Funding Source:  Classics for Kids Foundation

    Deadline:  June 30, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.  

    Description:  The Foundation offers matching grants for all of the instruments in the string family (including guitars and ukuleles).

    Funding Source:  NEA Foundation

    Deadline:  July 15, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

    Description:  Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 to USA eligible educators to address student needs in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Description:  The Jacob and Teresa Hershey Foundation awards Environmental Education Grants to promote environmental literacy, with funding for elementary and secondary schools, museums, and nonprofit organizations. Requests may be for operating, project, or capital grants, with emphasis on innovative ideas that produce multiple benefits and measurable impact.

    Deadline(s):  Letters of Inquiry are accepted from June 5 through July 17, 2020

    Grade Levels: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult

    Content Area:  Science

    Funding Source: Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana - Delta Dental Foundation

    Deadline:  July 31, 2020

    Description: Grants of up to $5,000 for projects, programs and services that address the dental health needs of adults and children (at risk populations and promote oral health education). 

    Funding Source:  American Honda Foundation

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020

    Description: Grants of up to $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, public school districts, and private and public elementary and secondary schools for children's and youth education programs. Priority areas of funding include the environment, literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and job training. 

    Funding Source: Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020 

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, running clubs, and elementary and middle schools to implement structured youth running programs. Funding is intended for either a start-up program or a pre-existing program. Eligible programs are those that are more than just a one-time event and should be running programs that ideally utilize the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation youth running curriculum.

    Funding Source:  Buckeye Authors' Book Fair Committee

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020

    Description:  In-kind grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, libraries, schools, and reading programs to promote literacy. Grant programs provide free books and author visits. The purpose of this program is to encourage reading and to promote books written about, or by, state residents.

    Number of Awards:  The Buckeye Book Fair will award up to five (5) gift certificate grants. The Buckeye Book Fair will award up to two (2) author visit grants.  Gift certificate disbursements will be for either $350 or $500. 

    Funding Source:  The Columbus Foundation - Ingram-White Castle Foundation (IWCF)

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020

    Description:  Funding is intended to strengthen educational institutions, address vital human service needs, prepare students for their entry into the work world, and serve disadvantaged students while helping them achieve academic success. 

    Funding Source: The Mockingbird Foundations

    Deadline:  August 1, 2020

    Description: Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. 

    Funding Source:  Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)

    Deadline:  August 31, 2020

    Description:  Grants of $500 to USA educators for classroom projects and lessons related to aviation. The Society of Aviation & Flight Educators, Inc. (SAFE) is offering grants designed to encourage K-12 classroom teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their normal curriculum.  Aviation and aerospace topics are the perfect adjunct for teaching science, math, history, and even art.  Aviation and aerospace are topics that generate enthusiasm with all types of learners and all ages of students. 

    Funding Source:  Bayer Fund

    Deadline: August 31, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M. 

    Description:  Grants averaging $25,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to  schools, and libraries for K-12 general and STEM education programs.  Bayer Fund supports programs that inspire and nurture Kindergarten through 12th grade students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).  Higher priority is given to STEM education, but Bayer Fund also accepts applications to improve basic academic skills in reading, math, and science around the world.  Funding may support, but is not limited to, in-school programs, technical training programs, and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs.

    Funding Source: California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) and California Certified Organic Farms (CCOF) Foundation

    Deadline:  8/31/20

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to incorporate agricultural projects into the classroom curriculum. Projects must follow organic production and handling standards from the National Organic Program.  A significant percentage of grants funding will go to teachers in school districts with 50% or more students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. 

    Funding Source:  Target

    Deadline:  September 1, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

    Description:  Grants of $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, schools, and public agencies to support soccer programs for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18. This grant offers support for field and player equipment, registration fees, and professional development and training for volunteer coaches. Preference will be given to programs serving in-need communities. 

    Funding Source:  The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

    Deadline: 9/15/20

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 for foreign language education materials.  The eligible items for support are Japanese-language teaching materials (textbooks, audio-visual materials, dictionaries, digital learning software, teachers' reference book, etc) as well as cultural items (origami supplies, calligraphy sets, etc.)

    Funding Source: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education

    Deadline: 9/30/20

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to USA educators for projects that enhance education programs through art. Funding is intended to provide students in grades  Pre-K to 12 with increased learning opportunities, which can strengthen motor skills and concepts training.  Eligible uses of funds include the purchase of visual art supplies to be incorporated into non-art disciplines, including math, science, and geography.

    Funding Source: Toshiba America Foundation (TAF)

    Deadline: 10/1/20

    Description: Grants of up to $1,000 to K-5 teachers at public and nonprofit private schools for creative educational programming.  Funding s intended to increase student success rates in science, technology, engineering, and math by introducing original project-based learning ideas.

    Funding Source:  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant

    Deadline:  11/10/20

    Description:  Grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support schools and educational programs. The Foundation provides support for specific projects or activities of an organization, as well as for operating support. 

    • Big Yellow School Bus Program

    Organization: Ohio Arts Council

    Deadline: 12/31/2020

    Grant Amount: up to $500 for transportation

    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.



    Funding Source:  KaBOOM!

    Description:  In-kind donations of playtime products to USA nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities.  The purpose of the program is to support the purchase of unique, large-scale play space system parts and building its for children that encourage creativity, communication, collaboration, and innovation.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source: Ohio Arts Council (OAC)

    Description:  Grants of up to $500 to Ohio public, private, and charter preK-12 schools and homeschool associations to support transportation costs to arts and cultural activities and performances.  Funding is intended for educational visits to art galleries, museum, exhibitions, and festivals, as well as music, dance and theater performances.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:

    Description:  Opportunity for USA full-time public and public charter school educators, including counselors, librarians, nurses, and therapists, to obtain funding for classroom projects that benefit students.  Funding is intended to improve public education by engaging people in an online marketplace where teachers describe and individuals can fund specific student projects.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Georgia-Pacific (GP) Foundation

    Description:  Funding is intended to provide students and workers with the skills needed to succeed and move forward in today's workplace.  Education focus areas include college scholarships, ob training, literacy, K-12 public schools and teacher development.

    Deadline: Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Just Energy

    Description:  Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits and schools to build sustainable schoolyard gardens to emphasize the values of education, volunteerism, and care for the environment.

    Deadline:  Ongoing   

    Funding Source:  Kars4Kids

    Description: Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support programs in the areas of education and youth development.  Kars4Kids supports and promotes projects, programs, and services that positively impact any aspect of a child's development, whether academic, social, or cultural. 

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Chef Ann Foundation and Salad Bars to Schools (SB2S)

    Description:  In-kind grants to USA public and private schools to include a salad bar as part of their meal program.  The purpose of this program is to ensure that all elementary, middle, and high school students have regular access to fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, and whole grains.  School swill receive a 6-foot, five-well salad bar package.

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

    Description:  Grants to USA and Territories schools and afterschool care programs to provide needy children with snack services during afternoon programming. 

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Speed Stack

    Description:  In-kind grants of sports equipment to schools to provide students with a fun and unique sports experience that promotes the development of motor skills, fitness, sequencing, patterning, concentration, and focus, as well as ambidexterity and hand-eye coordination. The grant consists of a 30-set Speed Stacks Sport Pack.

    Deadline:  Ongoing - Applications must be submitted by the 15th of the month during the September through June school year. 

    Funding Source:  Costco Wholesale

    Description:  Costco Warehouse Donations: Donations to local organizations and groups, which focus on children, education or health and human services. Cash cards may be issued in lieu of monetary or in-kind requests.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source: PNC Foundation

    Description:  Grants to USA schools, in multiple States for programs in the areas quality early childhood education, affordable housing, community development and revitalization, community services, and arts and culture.  The PNC Foundation supports educational programs for children and youth, particularly early education initiatives that serve low-and moderate-income children (birth through age five), their teachers and families.
    Priority is given to programs that focus in the areas of math, science, the arts or financial education.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)

    Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to Ohio K-12 teachers to support innovative projects in the STEM fields, with a particular emphasis on aerospace-related activities. Funds may be used for the purchase of supplies and materials, as well as for field trips that are integral to the project.

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Extron Electronics

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

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Sony Corporation of America - Sony USA Foundation

    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 

    Funding Source:  Duke Energy Foundation

    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.

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

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    Funding Source:  Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)

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

    Award:  Grants of up to $5,000

    Deadline:  Ongoing

    Funding Source:  Mary Pope Osborne

    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 

    Funding Resource:  Justin J. Watt Foundation (JJWF)

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

    Deadline:  Ongoing - Applications must be received by the 15th of each month. 

    Funding Source:  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 

    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 micro finance) and childhood health."

    Deadline:  Ongoing 

    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
    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.
    Deadline:  Year-round              
    • 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
    Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round
    • 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
    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)