Outside Grant Opportunities

The Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation is proud to provide links to other funding sources that may be able to assist our HSE staff and students. While the Foundation will make every effort to keep this page current, please note that funding programs, requirements and deadlines often change.  Please review each criteria and application carefully.

HSEF does not have partnerships with these funders, but would be happy to provide support or suggestions in seeking external or community based funding. If you know of a funding source that might be beneficial to HSE students, staff, or administration, please share it via email to Kristen Wolf at kristenwolf@hse.k12.in.us.


City of Fishers
The City of Fishers 2024 Budget allocates $500,000 to a grant program for educators within the HSE School District to bring innovative learning to the classroom to empower educators with the resources to bring innovation to the classroom and inspire students to rethink learning. 

FORUM Credit Union
FORUM Credit Union awards $25,000 in Educator Grants annually (max per project $2500). Application submission typically open June – September.

NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. NEA believes that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets: educators. They offer an assortment of grants for educators, student achievement, leadership and learning, and special projects.  Typically three deadlines per year: February, June, and October.

Lilly Endowment
The Teacher Creativity Fellowship is open to full time K-12 professionals, including teachers, librarians, counselors, and principals, and is designed to recognize and renew Indiana educators. Up to 100 grants of $12,000 each will be awarded in 2021! Deadline: November 20, 2020.

Walmart Foundation
The Walmart Foundation local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Award Amounts vary from $250-$5,000.

The Association of American Educators
The AAE offers grants up to $500 for teachers to use toward classroom learning materials including but not limited to books, software, art, etc. All full time teachers are eligible provide they have not received AAE funding for 18 months. AAE members received weighted consideration. Deadlines are typically October and March.

KeyBank Foundation
Key supports communities through the important work of KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation’s mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through the two funding priorities of thriving students and a thriving workforce. Amount varies.

Target Public Safety Grants
Target stores award Public Safety Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Proposals should be focused on crime prevention programs, community safety or youth engagement initiatives. There are two annual grant cycles in April and September.


Wish You Well Foundation
Supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants typically range from $200 – $10000 and are reviewed four times per year.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers mini-grants up to $500 to public schools and libraries. The mini grants support and extend basic curriculum by providing an experience, activity or project now otherwise offered. Typical Annual Deadline:  March.


Toshiba America Foundation
The Toshiba America Foundation offers two funding opportunities. Grants for grades teacher designed projects for 6 – 12 students under $5,000 are evaluated on a rolling basis (over $5k are typically due August 1). Grants are also available for grades K-5 for up to $1,000 in funding to improve math and science education. Typical Deadline: October 1.

National Science Teachers Association
In partnership with Shell, the NSTA offers a Science Lab Challenge to school science labs (grades 6 – 12) that are succeeding despite minimal equipment..


Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Planet Foundation tries to spur environment based education in schools by awarding grants in the area of hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth. Typical deadline is September. Amount: $500 – $2,500.  

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
The MGArdia Environmental Foundation is interested in funding environmental curriculum. Typical deadline is September. Amount: $1500.  


National Gardening Association
NGA provides funding for school and youth gardens. To be eligible, you must plan to garden in 2014 with at least 15 students. 20 programs will receive $500. Applications due December.

Let’s Play
Let’s Play offers grants from $500 – $20,000 for physical education, recess equipment, youth sports, and after school programs.  Some grants require meeting eligibility requirements.


Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities offers a competitive grants program which awards funding to Indiana not-for-profit organizations, schools, and other institutions. We divide grants into two categories: Humanities Initiative Grants and Historic Preservation Education Grants.


American Association of University Women
Community Action Grants available for programs that address issues related to the needs of women and girls or that provide information to educate and benefit the public on those issues.  Special consideration give to projects focused on K-12 STEM.  Grants range from $2,000 – $10,000.  Deadline is typically January.


IYI School Capacity Grant
Indiana schools are invited to apply for a grant opportunity to improve their capacity to achieve equitable college and career readiness outcomes for all students.  This grant provides approximately 100 hours of coaching and technical assistance focused on strategic planning, program development, and/or school-community impact. 


Stephen J Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
$5,000 scholarships available for students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger.  Awardees will also be allowed to designate a hunger-related charity of their choice for a matching gift.  Application process Oct 5 – Dec 5.