Donors Choose that works with teachers to get them the materials they want, that they don't have the personal nor professional funds to purchase themselves. Since that time I have received a couple thousand...repeat...a couple thousand dollars in grant monies for my classroom.
If you are a teacher, you need to check out this website. If you are an average Joe, you need to check out this website. Along with being a recipient of the grants, I am also a donor. Of course I am happy to donate towards my own student's materials but I also donate to total strangers when the urge strikes me! It is very easy to apply for this grant. It's not like writing a grant for your state monies, it's very simple. Teachers can only deduct $200 a year from the taxes for "classroom expenses". We spend that before students set foot in the door the first day of school. As a donor, your donations are tax deductible, 100% tax deductible, and that makes a difference...as does every supply that makes it's way to a classroom.
Throughout the year different companies work with Donors Choose to help fund grants. Townsend Press, Sonic, and Bing jump to my mind because they have helped me tremendously in previous grants. Moving from Pre-K to 3rd grade has me in need of some new materials, and Donors Choose was the first place I turned. I have 1 grant "live" right now, and another one "in review" with my fingers crossed that Donors Choose accepts to host this grant. Keep your fingers crossed and follow this link to see what grants I have open right now.