Funding Opportunities

Innovation Grants

With the support of our affiliate partner, the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), the NLD will send a representative from two organizations to the 2019 COABE Conference in New Orleans (March 31—April 3, 2019). This grant will include registration costs and a $1,000 travel stipend. The 2019 COABE Conference will explore innovative strategies, tools, and best practices in adult education.

Please complete this brief application by January 28, 2019 (5:00pm EST). Grant recipients will be notified February 8, 2019.

NLD members with up-to-date program listings are eligible for this funding opportunity. Applicants' programs must currently offer or plan to offer adult education classes to be eligible. You will need your unique NLD Program ID number to apply. If you do not know your Program ID, it can be found by logging into your Program Manager account. Once you have logged in, you can find your ID number next to the name of your program. If you need your login credentials, please contact NLD Support by clicking here.

You can view/download a PDF version of the application to see what is asked and required before applying. Please do not fill out this PDF and email it to us, as your application must be submitted via this online form.

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TESOL Teaching Materials Grant

Deadline Sep 30, 2020, Times: Annual application deadlines are January 31, May 31, and September 30.

The Tina B. Carver Fund was established by her family and colleagues to honor 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.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Deadline Sep 30, 2020

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications.

Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Service Project Grants

Deadline Oct 1, 2020, Times: 2020 Quarterly Application Deadlines January 1; April 1; July 1; October 1

Micro-grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to youth age 18 and under for service projects within their communities....

Kinder Morgan Foundation

Deadline Nov 1, 2020, Times: Grants are offered quarterly (February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1).

The Kinder Morgan Foundation supports K-12 programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for academic programs, including tutoring; and arts education programs. To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization, public school, or private school…

ALDI Smart Kids Program

Deadline Dec 15, 2020, Times: Applications are accepted February 1 – December 15 each year.

Grants ranging from $100 to $5,000 and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts….

American Honda Foundation’s Youth Education Grants

Deadline Feb 1, 2021, Times: February 1 and August 1: Submission deadline for new organizations. May 1: Submission deadline for returning organizations.

Honda aims to help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits. Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Maximum award: $75,000...

Singing for Change

Deadline Mar 15, 2021, Times: Letter of Interest (LOI) and organizational profile due March 15.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to progressive nonprofit organizations working to address the root causes of a social or environmental problems....