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EducateSRQ | Classroom Grants 

For almost 35 years, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County has helped teachers transform their lessons and classrooms and meet their students’ unique needs. Today, more than ever, we understand the urgency to support teachers and provide them with more ways to access the tools they need to help close achievement gaps and to make learning more hands-on and innovative.

That is why we are excited to partner with DonorsChoose to pilot a new way to expand our signature program. Through this new partnership, we can support more teachers, more often, while providing them with greater flexibility.

This partnership creates a new way for teachers to get funding from the Education Foundation. To determine which funding source is the best fit for your classroom needs, please check out our FAQ and follow the steps below.

Classroom grants, teacher grants

Don’t wait! The Education Foundation will match up to $100,000 on DonorsChoose beginning August 1, 2022. The earlier you apply, the greater chance you have of receiving the match! 

If you’re applying through the Education Foundation grant portal, remember that our application window is August 1 – September 15. 

Grant Opportunities

Option 1:

Your project will be used for one or more of the 14 categories (listed below) and is up to $1,000. This option has no deadline and ends when $100,000 match has been awarded.

Submit your grant through DonorsChoose:

  1. Go to: DonorsChoose.org
  2. Click “TEACHERS: Get Funded” from the menu at the top of the page.
  3. Click the “Get Started” button.
  4. Sign up and follow instructions to create your request.
  5. Request funding for your project (DonorsChoose has an engaged donor base, and you can reach out to friends and family through social media); after you receive half the funding, the Education Foundation will bring the project to fruition through our match.

Option 2:

Your project is up to $1,000 but involves an in-person field trip or activity or item not covered through DonorsChoose. The deadline for this application is September 15.

Submit your grant through the Education Foundation website:

  1. Click the button below to apply for the 2022 – 2023 grant portal and follow the prompts.

Option 3:

Your project is for an amount over $1,000 and involves a collaboration of four teachers or more or even collaboration across the school. The deadline for this application is September 15.

Submit your grant through the Education Foundation website:

  1. Click the button below to apply for the 2022 – 2023 grant portal and follow the prompts.

What kinds of projects are supported by DonorsChoose?

  • Computers and tablets
  • Instructional technology
  • Books
  • Classroom basics
  • Lab equipment
  • Flexible seating
  • Reading nooks, desks, storage
  • Sports and exercise equipment
  • Educational kits and games
  • Art supplies
  • Musical instruments
  • Food, clothing, hygiene
  • Virtual class trips
  • Virtual class visitors
Jennifer Jaso

Jennifer Jaso | 2022 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year; Top 5 2023 Florida Teacher of the Year Finalist

Frequently Asked Questions

What are EducateSRQ Classroom Grants?

Each year and thanks to donor generosity, the Education Foundation provides as much as $200,000 in EducateSRQ Classroom Grants. With these grants, teachers and schools receive vital financial support.  

  • Awards up to $1,000 are used for classroom supplies, equipment, activities, field trips, and related items.

  • Awards from $1,001 to $10,000  involve collaboration between teachers across grade levels or content area—or even across entire schools. 

This year, Sarasota County teachers can request up to $1,000 on DonorsChoose, and the Education Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for every project posted up to $100,000! For a grant that costs $400, after the first $200 is raised, the Education Foundation will fund the remaining $200 with its match.   

Grants over $1,000 will still go through the Education Foundation grant application portal. This year’s grant application window is August 1 – September 15. 

What is DonorsChoose?

DonorsChoose is an organization founded by a public school teacher that works to connect donors to teachers so that they can access resources, materials, and supplies—easily and quickly. Teachers from across the country request donations for their projects and receive funding from donors anywhere in the world. DonorsChoose then provides the requested items for the teachers. 

What kinds of projects are supported by DonorsChoose?

DonorsChoose funds items from these 14 categories:  

  • Computers and tablets 
  • Instructional technology 
  • Books 
  • Classroom basics 
  • Lab equipment 
  • Flexible seating 
  • Reading nooks, desks, storage 
  • Sports and exercise equipment 
  • Educational kits and games 
  • Art supplies 
  • Musical instruments 
  • Food, clothing, hygiene 
  • Virtual class trips 
  • Virtual class visitors 

Learn more about these categories.

Why is the Education Foundation using DonorsChoose in addition to its regular application process?

We care about our teachers and want to provide you with the tools you need to be successful! We also know you’re busy, so we want to make this process as easy and flexible as possible. Finally, we know teachers may have needs that go outside our normal grant application period. Through DonorsChoose, we match up to two times a year—and you can continue to post as many projects as you wish.

The Education Foundation provides a generous overall match of $100,000 through DonorsChoose. Don’t miss out – submit your project today!

Can I apply for one grant through DonorsChoose and another through the Education Foundation website?

Yes, if each project represents the type of grant that will be funded through each platform. See the process for applying directly.

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