Grants and funding

Grant opportunities

Find funding for character education

Each year grant-makers award more than $350 billion. Here are a few places you can look to fund your CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative.

Hot Grants

  • American Honda Foundation makes grants of $10-$100K to schools and youth-service organizations to support education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training, and literacy. The foundation says grantees exhibit the basic tenets of the Honda companies: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic, and innovative.
    Application deadlines (quarterly): February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1
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  • The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofits serving diverse areas of need, including Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, and Ethics & Integrity. The Daniels Fund will award $33 million in grants in 2012.
    No deadlines to submit grant proposals.
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  • Pepsi Refresh Project offers monthly grants up to $250K to organizations and up to $25K for individuals seeking to fund an education initiative.
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Funding sources

Government grants come from cities, counties, states, and the federal level. Sometimes city, county, and state grants are "pass throughs" for federal funds and cannot remove any restrictions set by the federal government. Foundations support a variety of causes. Some, like Gates, Ford, and Rockefeller, fund diverse projects around the globe. Others target specific issues or are dedicated to a certain geographic region. There are also over 2,000 corporate foundations, many of which support educational and youth-oriented programs.

Government funding and grants

Most schools receive government funding that is designated for specific programs. Check with your administrator or district to see if some of these could fund your CHARACTER COUNTS! activities:

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) offers grants that can be used for character education. DOE grants are usually limited to Local and State Education Agencies (LEAs and SEAs), but some grants suggest or require involvement with partners in the community.

The following resources cover DOE grants that can be used for character education. These grants are particularly time-sensitive, and we suggest working with a grant-writer who has experience in writing U.S. DOE grants or at least state department grants.


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