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This is how the Kids In Need Foundation operates: through a national network of Resource Centers, teachers can get free supplies for their students who are in need. We do not donate supplies directly to other organizations or families. The supplies must be acquired through teachers who have shopping privileges at the Resource Centers. All supplies donated to us by manufacturers and retailers go immediately to the Resource Centers. We do not have a warehouse from which we can draw supplies, so we do not donate supplies directly to other organizations, schools, families, or individuals.

Kids In Need Teacher Grants Help Teachers Realize Their Dreams

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide preK-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation's teachers. Grant applications are available online each year fromĀ July 15 until September 30.

The lists of 2013 Teacher Grant recipients is now available! See the winners of grants sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Fred Meyer, and Via Credit Union, as well as the Ready, Steady, GO! grants sponsored by Office Depot Foundation and the Office Depot Star Teacher Program. 2014 Kids In Need Teacher Grant Applications will be available July 15!
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How are the Teacher Grants funded?

The Teacher Grants are funded by retail and education credit union sponsors. The 2013 sponsors were Office Depot Foundation, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Fred Meyer Fund, and Via Credit Union.

Joann              Fred Meyer              VIA

Office Depot Foundation       Office Depot Star Teacher

How do teachers get an application?

ArtskillsRetail sponsors and designated education credit unions make the grant applications available at their outlets during the back-to-school season. Applications from the sponsors are also available on this website. This year all teachers that apply will receive a special gift of poster making and bulletin board supplies from our fantastic partner ArtSkills!

How many Teacher Grants are awarded?

Teacher Grant awards range from $100 to $500 each and are used to finance creative classroom projects. The number of grants awarded varies from year to year, depending on the amount of the funds being requested. Typically, 300-600 grants are awarded each year.

What is the selection criteria?

The applications are judged according to a rubric which emphasizes innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. See guidelines and suggestions here.

Who is eligible?

All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible.

What type of projects are funded?

At the end of the academic year, teachers report on the outcome of the funded projects. Some examples of winning projects include:

Winning projects are put in the form of project ideas and are published as The Guide to Award Winning Projects.

The Kids In Need Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity founded in 1995. Contributions to Kids In Need are tax-deductible to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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