Grants and Funding

There are millions of dollars in state, federal, and corporate grants available each year, yet finding these grants can be a difficult task. To help you, listed below are links to sites containing information on hundreds of grant opportunities for organizations, schools, districts, and education agencies.

  • The Tina B. Carver Fund honors the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. A TESOL member, or member of a TESOL affiliate, may submit an application on behalf of a community-based organization, charitable institution, or other nonprofit in the United States that carries 501(c)3 status and provides ESL programming for adults. Awarded grants will primarily serve the hardest-to-reach students with limited resources. Annual application deadlines are 31 January, 31 May, and 30 September.

  • The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is “supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.” Nonprofit organizations may apply for grants at any time, and decisions are made four times per year. Grants typically range from $200 to $10,000. 
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants award funding to nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. To qualify, organizations must provide help in one three areas: Adult Basic Education, GED or high school equivalency preparation, or English Language Acquisition. 
  • The Foundation Center was established in 1956 to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.  
  • Council on Foundations is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Its mission is to mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good. 
  • Grants Alert aims to help America's K-12 teachers and schools find funding. Grants Alert researches, identifies and shares information on available grants. Programs that directly or indirectly benefit schools can also find funding opportunities. Access to this information is free and up-to-date.
  • Philanthropy News Digest is published daily as part of the Foundation Center. It is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.
  • Grant Watch allows nonprofit organziations to locate foundation grant funding, federal government grants, and state and local grants, as well as obtain grant writing assistance. 
  • Barnes & Noble considers local and national support requests from nonprofit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts, or education. The company also considers sponsorship opportunities and partnerships with organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy, and the arts. 
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