National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics through its extensive grantmaking program. NCTM also runs conferences and professional development programs for teachers and publishes books, journals and curricula authored by many of its grantees.

IP TAKE: NCTM is an important source of funding for research on the teaching and learning of mathematics with broad opportunities for teacher researchers to publish and share findings with their peers.

PROFILE: Located in Weston, Virginia, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) was founded in 1920. It is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with more than 60,000 members. The organization actively supports and advocates for “high quality mathematics teaching and learning for all students. In addition to teaching and learning, the NCTM’s aims include access, equity and empowerment in mathematics education; building member value; and advocacy and influence for sound practices education.

An education foundation par excellance, the foundation prefers to make grants for specific priorities rather than creating broad programs through which to conduct support. Despite this, the foundation offers a wide-variety of grants. Overall, grants support teachers and researchers conducting coursework, professional development, conference attendance, and research. Research grants are categorized by student grade level, area of mathematics, or by specific initiatives such as equality in education or connection to other subject areas.

Grants range from $1,500 to about $5,000; however, the NCTM occasionally offers larger grants of up to $25,000. Many of them are renewable for up to three years upon review of progress. Past grantees include individuals and grassroots organizations. For a full list of grants, explore the NCTM’s complete list of funding opportunities. NCTM also awards a lifetime achievement award to one outstanding mathematics educator each year.

Extensive information about application, eligibility and requirements for NCTM grants is available on the NCTM website. There are two granting cycles each year, with due dates available at the grants page. NCTM prioritizes projects in the United States, but the organization has some affiliates in Canada and several international corresponding societies. 

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