The National Dropout Prevention Center Can Be a Partner or Lead Agency for School, District, State, and Federal Grants and Contracts

NDPC Grant Project Components

The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a variety of cost-effective project components and supports that can be written into grants to strengthen your proposal, increase the likelihood of project success, and achieve long-term sustainability beyond grant funding. Review our list of grant project components or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center (email:; phone: 864-642-6372) for assistance.

NDPC Grant Expertise

The NDPC partners with school districts, community-based organizations, and national organizations that serve youth from across the country. In that capacity, NDPC performs research and evaluation, and helps with implementing a variety of administrative and instructional practices to reduce the incidence of school dropout and increase students’ success in school. We also work closely with colleges and universities and collaborate with many businesses and corporations to develop and implement projects for youth.

Based on our research experience, a thorough understanding of the literature, and almost three decades of monitoring hundreds of successful school improvement and dropout prevention initiatives and programs, the NDPC has identified 15 effective strategies that have proven successful in keeping young people in school, engaging them in their education, and giving them enhanced opportunities for securing places in the workforce or progressing into postsecondary education. Many states base their dropout prevention initiatives on the 15 effective strategies identified by NDPC.  Since its beginning in 1986, NDPC has become the nation’s premier source of information on programs and strategies related to dropout prevention, intervention, reentry, and recovery. Our expertise; our network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners; along with our name and reputation all make us a strong partner and a leading organization for securing grants and contracts to address the nation’s school dropout crisis.

If you have identified a grant prospect and need a strong partner or if you are interested in contracting the Center to advise, provide professional learning, or engage in research or evaluation, please contact us at

Current Selected Funding Opportunities

Each month, in our e-newsletter, Dropout Prevention Update, NDPC publishes links to selected current funding opportunities. You may subscribe to Dropout Prevention Update and receive this information right in your mailbox, or check the most recent archived issues of Dropout Prevention Update for current selected funding opportunities.

Other Funding Information and Sources

An excellent source for funding information is the Foundation Center. Listings of foundations and guidelines for writing grants are available. Sample proposals and common grant applications are also provided. The Foundation Center provides a variety of other resources and materials, such as their downloadable prospect worksheets found under the “improve your skills>grantspace>tools” dropdown.

An excellent source for funding information is the Foundation Center. Listings of foundations and guidelines for writing grants are available. Sample proposals and common grant applications are also provided.

Many businesses donate money to the communities in which they are located. You will usually find giving guidelines on corporate Web sites under headings such as “community” or “corporate citizenship.”

As a starting point for your search, we have provided an alphabetical listing of some corporations and foundations that provide funding to youth- and education-related programs. Many of these have specific time periods in which proposals are accepted, but some accept proposals year round.

Annie E. Casey Foundation – Funding for foster care, mental health for urban children, juvenile detention alternatives, etc.

American Express Corporate Responsibility – supporting visionary nonprofit organizations.

Charlotte Hornets Foundation – Provides education grants and funding opportunities to public schools and nonprofit education programs in Mecklenburg County

Coca-Cola Foundation – Funds programs that raise standards in classroom teaching and learning.

Coming Up Taller Awards – Annually recognizes and rewards excellence in community arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth.

Corning, Inc. Foundation – Develops and administers projects in support of educational, cultural, and community organizations.

Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Dollar General Stores – Grants up to $20,000. Funding for literacy and youth development, and includes adult literacy grants, family literacy grants, and summer reading grants.

eSchool News School Funding Center – has up-to-the minute grant programs, funding sources, and technology funding.

Exxon Mobil Corporation – supports the efforts of local educators in 42 states in math and science

Gannett Foundation – There must be a Gannett newspaper or television station in your community.

Hasbro Children’s Fund – Funds for local community grants in locations where Hasbro has operating facilities: Los Angeles, Renton, WA, and Rhode Island.

Hewlett Packard – Grant Information from Hewlett Packard

International Paper Foundation – Variety of grant areas, including children’s education. Grants primarily, but not exclusively, granted to communities of operations.

Major League Baseball (MLB)

National Football League (NFL)

Open Meadows – Funds programs for, and led by, women and girls.

Oracle Education Grants – Funds for nonprofit organizations specifically in computer science and science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). Also provides other additional education grant opportunities.

Publix Supermarket Community Requests – Supports nonprofits focused on supporting youth and eduction.

Target Stores Foundation – Grants to local K-12 schools to support educational field trips. Foundation grants also focus on arts and social services in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Verizon Foundation – Primarily supports projects that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Grant Writing Tips and Additional Grant Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
Developing and Writing Grant Proposals
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Foundation Center
Proposal Writing Short Course

Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF)
Grantseeking in Minnesota. Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Extramural Research
Grant Writing Tips Sheets

Non-Profit Guides
Grant Writing Tools for Non-Profit Organizations

The University of Vermont
Agency and Organization Specific Proposal Writing Tips and Guides

Word & Raby Publishing
Getting Funded Grantwriting Resources

Government grants  pdf can be found at UCLA Center’s Mental Health in Schools site.

Grants Alert – A website dedicated to making life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants.

Grant Station can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions

Grant Watch – A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for school funding.

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