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Folk Music Programs Available to Philly Public Schools

Philadelphia Folksong Society offers its Odyssey of Folk Music program to schools to give young people the opportunity to meet professional folk artists in the classroom. The program offers participating schools a professional folk performer or act for a day, three to five times a year. Schools pay a flat fee of $25 a day to the artist, regardless of the number of performers and performances and provide students with advance preparation. For more details, download a flyer, or email Joshua Lennon or call 215-247-1300.

Coalition Against Hunger Services for Needy Families
Do you know someone at your school who needs help paying for food? Every year, the Coalition Against Hunger helps thousands of Philadelphia residents apply for food stamps (now called SNAP) and other public benefits though our Food Stamp Hotline. Callers can also get referrals to food resources in their community, including food pantries, farmers’ markets and other money-saving programs. Call the Food Stamp Hotline at (215) 430-0556 or visit us at

Captain Planet Foundation
Eligibility: Environmental science. Amount: $250 to $2500. The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to fund and support hands-on environmental projects for children and youths. Their objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Through environmental education, they believe that children can achieve a better understanding and appreciation for the world in which they live. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. More information.

Disney's Planet Challenge
Disney announced a new granting initiative to supplement its free environmental learning competition for grades 3-5 and a middle school challenge for grades 6-8, Disney’s Planet Challenge. Disney’s Planet Challenge (DPC) is a project-based learning environmental competition for classrooms across the United States. DPC teaches kids about science and conservation while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities and planet.

DuPont Co.
Eligibility: K-16
The DuPont Office of Education (OOE) works with educators, university faculty, the business community, and local DuPont sites to prepare today's children for tomorrow's world. DuPont supports programs and initiatives with the potential to demonstrate improved and sustainable outcomes, primarily in mathematics, science, and technology education. Requests must be submitted in writing and include a one to two page description of the organization and program to be funded, and explain how it relates to the mission, operating philosophy, and areas of support of the DuPont Community Involvement Program.

Lexus Environmental Challenge

Eligibility: Students, grades 6-12
Amount: up to $30,000
The Lexus Environmental Challenge is a nationwide education program and contest about the environment that empowers teens to create a better world. Through this program, MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) and HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12) students can participate in two initial environmental challenges about land/water and air/climate. Teams made up of 5 to 10 students and one teacher-advisor will define an issue, make a plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results within an online Action Plan. To accompany their efforts, teams will be encouraged to provide visual documentation in a variety of media including digital photos, digital videos, Web pages, and PowerPoint presentations. Check the website for deadline information.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Amount: up to $5,000
Lowe’s will donate $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups - at more than 1,000 different public schools per school year. There is a fall cycle and spring cycle to apply. Check the web site for information.

Medtronic, Inc. - Community Link -Education
Amount: Varies
We support educational programs from preschool to higher education with a focus on those that stimulate and sustain the interest of young people in science, engineering and healthcare. We consider requests from private and parochial nonprofit schools, school districts and other nonprofit organizations. Priority is given to programs that serve socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Applications are available online as of September 1.

Microsoft Corporation
Amount: Varies
We work with educators, educational organizations, and industry partners to expand the world of learning through technology. These programs help educators connect with each other, prepare students for tomorrow's careers, and increase access to technology and training for learners.

NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award
Eligibility: secondary
Expiration: 03/15/2012
Amount: $1500
Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award...
Sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, the Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Vernier's sponsorship of this award includes $1000 toward travel to the national convention and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a plaque to be presented at the NABT National Convention, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. The nomination deadline is March 15th of each year.

Siemens We Can Change the World
Eligibility: grades K-12
Amount: up to $10,000
The Siemens "We Can Change the World Challenge" is a premier national sustainability challenge that empowers students in grades K–12 to develop and share environmental solutions that can help change the world. The Challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the College Board and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to educate, empower and engage elementary, middle and high school students and teachers to become “Agents of Change” in improving their schools, communities and world. To date, more than 17,500 students have participated, creatively engaging their communities to find solutions to a local environmental issue or global energy challenge. All participants research their issue using scientific investigation and create a replicable green solution using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.

Target Store Grants
Amount: Varies. Target stores provide grants to K-12 schools and other nonprofit organizations to bring art and cultural experiences to schools, support educational field trips, and provide early childhood reading programs.

Texas Instruments (TI) Funding Resources
Amount: Varies
TI has collected a list of major funding opportunities for education as well as guidelines and tips that will help you become a grant writing expert. The grant information is updated quarterly.

Toshiba America Foundation - Grants For Grades 6 - 12
Amount: Varies
Wanted: Classroom Innovators! Toshiba America Foundation is currently accepting applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Do you teach 6-12 science or math? Do you have a wish list of instructional equipment that will make learning more exciting for your students? If the answer is yes to these questions, Toshiba America Foundation would like to hear from you. Grade 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grants requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants of more than $5,00 are due August 1st and February 1st each year.

Campell's: Labels for Education

The Campell's, Inc. Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Service Learning
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has a new service-learning program, whose name was derived from the same principle that Alex Scott, a Wynnewood girl who died of cancer, followed: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”  Named “Lemonade from Lemons,” this program aims to teach Alex’s inspiring message of making a difference, helping others and overcoming obstacles to school-aged children (K-5) through a children’s book and service-learning lesson plans. The materials and the book are available at Contact Shirley Moy, resource coordinator, with questions at or 610-649-3034.      

PBS Teachers
PBS Teachers website has resources, chats and interfaces with the local PBS stations to help teachers inside and outside of the classroom. Resources from Pre-K through 12th grade, plus peer-to-peer materials, workshops and partnerships.
There are chatboards, lesson plans, articles, classroom projects and articles are available. Nearly 5,000 free lesson plans in every subject.

Edutopia engages teachers, offers new strategies and lessons
The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3, AFL-CIO. All rights reserved. Photographs and illustrations, as well as text, cannot be used without permission from the PFT.