Like many teachers the ideas I have do not match the budget of our school. And when the story becomes interesting - I tend to chase the projects -- one of the places I use is Donors Choose.
I have just used it again to help fund four Chrome Books for my room. This is not the first time I have used the site - it is the third. It helps close the gap between what the school can supply and things I want to do.
And now the Gates Foundation is matching funds - so all projects are "half-off." And like so many things in this world it just takes promotion to cause motion - I think the project has real possibilities in making my class different.
My plan is to use the Chrome Books as a workstation with Khan Academy versus traditional homework. The station is to get students to practice concepts and ideas correctly that are targeted to that student's current level -- allowing brave students to get ahead and helping others be secure in their concepts. And I remember being one of those students who really did not care if I got the right answer - just that I had one -- Khan does not allow that (and what hypocrite I am too!).
So if you have parents/community/businesses who will support your school and you have a good idea & story try Donors Choose.