Teachers! Here’s How to Score a Grant for a Classroom Pet (Even If You’re Teaching Virtually)
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Teachers! Want to add a new friend to your classroom?
Pets in the Classroom is once again taking applications for the 2022 – 2023 school year! This amazing grant program provides teachers financial support to purchase and maintain small animals in their classrooms! Even better, you can still qualify for the grant even if you will be teaching virtually this school year!
Note that this is not a first come first-served program – ALL teachers who qualify for the Pets in the Classroom program will receive a grant!
The program does ask that you carefully consider what type of pet you want for your classroom as well as district guidelines and even suggests that you have your students vote on what type of animal they would prefer.
The Pets in the Classroom grant can be applied for every school year; however, if you have previously received the grant, you will only be eligible for a sustaining grant to help provide for the classroom pet you have already purchased. If you no longer have the original pet, you can also use the sustaining grant to purchase a new pet and supplies.
Teachers, Pre-K through 9th grade, in both public and private schools are eligible to apply for the grants even if you’re teaching virtually! Head here to learn more about the program.
Note that homeschools and daycares currently do not qualify for this program.
See what other teachers had to say about this awesome program…
I did this last year after seeing it here and it worked out great! I did the aquarium with fish from a private pet store. Everything was reimbursed that way. I got neon rocks, fake plants, and extra food and filters since I had extra to spend.
It was nice to support a local shop, too. I would recommend just normal little inexpensive tetras to start. I bought Goldfish at first but they weren’t as hardy. My students loved it and I would definitely recommend it since it was easy to buy at a local shop, submit the receipt by the due date, and get a check in the mail.
This program is amazing. They also have a sustaining grant so that you are able to receive up to a certain amount of supplies each year for your pet received with the grant. I bought supplies, submitted receipts, and received a check back.
I did this last year and my students loved it. Take a look at the different stores and their coupons before deciding what to do. Petco gave a coupon for a free enclosure and 50% off the pet whereas Petsmart gave 50% off the enclosure and a free pet.
I walked out of Petco with a $200 cage, supplies and pet for just $32 out of pocket!