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For PIs searching for funding opportunities to support educational initiatives, we recommend using the following resources to identify appropriate grant programs:

General Funding Sources

  • Henry Luce Foundation – Higher Education Grants – “The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.”

  • The Spencer Foundation – This foundation’s mission is to “investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.” It funds grants focusing on several different aspects of higher education.

  • Ford Foundation – Educational initiatives that align with Ford Foundation goals “to reduce poverty and injustice and to promote democratic values, international cooperation and human achievement” might apply for grants or fellowships.

  • Lumina Foundation – This foundation provides funding for initiatives designed to “to increase awareness of the benefits of higher education, improve student access to and preparedness for college, improve student success in college and increase productivity across the higher education system.” You can follow the Lumina Foundation via monthly or daily emails or RSS feeds.

  • The Teagle Foundation – This foundation is “committed to promoting and strengthening liberal education.” Their programs “generally encourage collaboration among institutions, seeking to generate new knowledge on issues of importance to higher education.”

  • Education Philanthropy Division of Ascedium Education Group - The funding division of Ascedium Education Group, a foundation with the “mission to make education and training beyond high school a reality for learners from low-income backgrounds.” Their funding division is “working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that low-income learners have the same opportunities for academic and career success. To that end, we award exploration, validation and scaling grants in four focus areas that foster upward social mobility.”

Funding for Humanities Education

  • National Endowment for the Humanities – Division of Education Programs – “Through its programs devoted to teachers and their students, the division strives to cultivate intellectual curiosity, so that students can deepen their reflections on human experience; increase their understanding of different cultures and societies, past and present; and achieve the knowledge and wisdom necessary for democratic citizenship.”

Funding for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education

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