Grants for Educators in Alabama

Grants for Educators in Alabama

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  1. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a teacher in the United States is $47,100 to $51,180 and in Alabama the average is around $45,000, a little less than the national average. Many teachers in Alabama must rely on outside funding sources for extra programs and projects for their students. There are many organizations and associations that do provide grants and funding opportunities for special classroom projects.

    The Alabama Science Teachers Association provides funding to teachers through their annual awards program. The Outstanding Science Teacher Award is given to one teacher in grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The award is for $1,000 and there is one deadline annually for this program.  The Fannie Mae Nelson Teacher of Promise is awarded to a science teacher in Alabama who has less than three years experience. The amount for this award is $500.

    The Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers offers an annual scholarship, the Joanna B. Crane Scholarship, to K-12 foreign language educators. Scholarships in the amount of $500 are awarded for professional development classes. There is one deadline annually for this program. 

    The Alabama Humanities Foundation has two grant programs for Alabama educators. The mini-grant program awards up to $2,000 for special projects and programs in the humanities.  Deadlines are the first of February, May, August, and November. Teacher grants award up to $17,500 to educators for workshops and summer institutes. These grants are intended to enhance learning in the humanities in the Alabama public school system.  Final proposals are due March 1st and September 1st of each year. 

    The Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics awards grants to mathematics teachers in Alabama once per year. Grant amounts range from $250-$500. Funds are intended to be used for projects and programs to enhance math learning and understanding for Alabama students. 

    Other teacher associations and local foundations offer funding for Alabama educators. The Grantsmanship Center provides a great list of funding sources such as community and corporate foundations in Alabama.

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