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Grants for Self-service technology in schools all over the country

Self service student kiosks are surging as a means to improve check-in, wayfinding, print clusters, registration, check-out, POS, information distribution, advertisement, and much more.

Unfortunately, funding for schools varies state to state and depends widely on the average income of the town in which the school resides.

This results in a surplus of budget in some areas, while other schools struggle to provide basic supplies for their students. Those schools that already have funding problems may not even look to consider self-service technology using grants to solve problems within the school.

Luckily, there are grants, scholarships, and networks of donors available for schools to receive funding for these programs.

Once implemented, a kiosk returns the initial investment by decreasing costs on paper and resources while providing teachers with more time to focus on the classroom instead of routine tasks. Kiosks are used to:

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  • Give students a place to print and scan quickly with less wait time
  • Check students into the classroom
  • Give students directions and information about the school
  • Let students buy themselves lunch with a self-checkout POS
  • Advertise fundraisers, clubs, school events, and other opportunities for students


Aside from federal funding, there are plenty of ways to fund a kiosk implementation in schools. Government grants, private company grants, crowdfunding, and donation communication are all ways for teachers to create a funding campaign or apply for a grant. Oakland University used a local Michigan grant from the Flinn Foundation to fund the screening for mental health kiosk they implemented in their school’s library.

This is a list of different resources available to most states in the U.S. for STEM based technology grants.

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Government Grants

  • Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
  • Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Title III Grant Projects
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to Charter Management Organization for the Replication and expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): High School Equivalency Program
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): College Assistance Migrant Program
  • Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
  • Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children With Disabilities Who Have High-Intensity Needs
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Program
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Education Innovation and Research Program–Expansion Grants
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Education Innovation and Research Program–Mid-phase Grants
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Education Innovation and Research Program–Early-phase Grants
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Magnet Schools Assistance Program
  • Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities: Community Parent Resource Centers
  • Office of Elementary & Secondary Education; Overview Information: Race to the Top Fund

Donors Programs

List of Resources from ‘Positive Learning’


And eSchool News: Daily Tech News & Innovation


Technology Donors Program

  • Make account
  • Compile ‘wish list’ of technology
  • Create profile with stories and experiences as an educator
  • Get connected with donors to fund project
  • No deadline

Donors Choose

  • K-12 and public charter schools
  • Donors help fund project
  • When project is fully funded, the teacher gets the items delivered to them

Digital Wish

  • Teachers submit a lesson plan
  • Entered to win up to 50 grants
  • Share stories with donors
  • Rolling deadline

Corning Incorporated Foundation

  • Apply for over 130 grants
  • Totals about $3 million 

Funding Factory

  • Free funding program for schools, nonprofits, charities
  • Donation of devices or funds
  • If a teacher donates old technology it can gain points and be exchanged for new technology or cash
  • Ongoing deadline

Lockheed Martin STEM Grant

  • General grant for STEM
  • Handful of states not eligible
  • Funding is flexible
  • Deadline is rolling

More Websites to Apply








If you would like to learn more about how you can get a kiosk in your school, contact a project consultant at 603-865-1000

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