Getting Funding for STEAM

By |2018-12-26T14:18:13-07:00October 22nd, 2015|

Of the hundreds of emails we receive every day, the ones that hit home the most come from educators desperate to use arts integration and STEAM, but feel lost or at their wits end.  The reasons for this vary, but in most cases, I want to help in any way I can to eliminate barriers, so our students have the opportunities they deserve through the arts.  Today’s email from a classroom teacher in Kansas is no different:

“I definitely know that I want to use STEAM in my classroom, and my administrators are supportive, but I have no money to get started.  The project I want to do requires materials we don’t have and as a Title I school, I can’t ask the parents who are already working so hard.  Any suggestions?”

Funding for STEAM and Arts Integration doesn’t have to mean big grants or asking parents to contribute more money to the classroom.  There are other options available to you!  In today’s Periscope PD, I offer 4 ways you can get the funding needed without feeling like the cliched used car salesman.  Money doesn’t need to hold you back from delivering arts integration and STEAM lessons. There are lots of different resources out there that would love to help!


Want some resources to help open some of those doors for you?  If you’re looking for grants, you can start here with our free grantwriting quick start guide. This one-pager has a list of sites that you’ll want to approach.

Want something a little more comprehensive?  You can download the 20-page Show Me the Moola Grant Guide for Arts Integration and STEAM efforts for free as well.

And if you’re in need of email scripts and ideas for how to approach businesses and organization, check out our Creative Mindset Blueprint Online Class – those downloadable scripts are included as a part of the class.

You CAN do this – don’t let money be the thing that holds you back!


  1. Gwen October 22, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Check with your local businesses for donations of the actual materials needed. Lowes on two separate occasions has donated supplies for our projects. PVC pipes (which they also cut to length for free), and 1″x2″ boards cut for a different project. Walmart gave me a $50 gift card for supplies. Our local party shop gave 30 helium balloons (have you ever tried to transport 30 inflated balloons?!). The local heritage museum came in and helped teach a clay project (they supplied clay and fired the pots). The local branch of the Rotary Club has twice awarded me grants for $1000 towards classroom books, which I used to purchase books like Beaty Roberts ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ to read to students as a launch board for various STEAM projects, and tons of books all relating to Art.
    So check around your neighborhood and get talking with people. Meet with business managers, and have a clear idea of what you need and the costs involved (and the benefits to the students). Good luck!

    • Susan Riley October 24, 2015 at 6:03 am - Reply

      Great tips, Gwen! You’re right – Lowes and Home Depot are GREAT about donating materials and customizing them as a complimentary service. I’ve seen so many teachers walk away with a car-full of buckets, pipes, boards, etc. LOVE that you are staying local – thanks for sharing some more ways to “build out” our classrooms.

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