Foundation Highlight: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.

Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This week we want to talk about a group you probably have never heard about: the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. They fly under the radar, but give out a broad array of grants to help math teachers and improve classroom instruction. The Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants are open to classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades Pre-K-5 level who are members of NCTM or teachers at a school with a current NCTM membership; Funding: Multiple awards up to $6,000 each.

Deadline: Nov. 7.

The competition supports collaborative projects for the professional development of an elementary school mathematics teacher. Grantees will be expected to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their mathematical understanding and instructional practices. This must include sustained in-service programs focused on improving the content knowledge of the elementary teachers and working with teachers in their classrooms through demonstration teaching or co-teaching.

More Math Grants

The NCTM competition, Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9-12 Teachers program, awards multiple grants of $4,000 each for the purchase of classroom materials for high school math instruction. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields. That competition also has a Nov. 7 deadline.

Begle Fund

And, NCTM along with the Edward G. Begle Fund is offering Pre-K-6 Classroom Research Grants, which makes awards up to $6,000 each for collaborative projects conducted by teams of researchers consisting of university and elementary school teachers. Projects must improve the way math is taught at the Pre-K-6 level; Nov. 7 deadline.

Contact: 703/620-9840, Fax: 703/476-2970 or email at:

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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