Dow Chemical Company

Each year Dow Chemical Company supports school districts in and around communities where the company is located. Grants focus on math and science, teacher training, and parent involvement projects, and Dow gives special consideration to programs that increase participation and achievement of girls and minorities in math and science. Proposals and related questions should be directed to: The Dow Chemical Company, Education Initiatives, 47 Building, Midland, MI 48667.

Deadline: Sept. 30

(517) 636-2815


Education Development and Demonstration (EDD)

These grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) support the development and trial implementation of innovative courses, curricula, and instructional approaches to the teaching of humanities. Special consideration will be given to proposals that develop effective uses of technology. EDD projects are funded for up to three years. The NEH strongly suggests you submit a preliminary draft of your proposal at least six weeks before the grant deadline.

Deadline: Oct. 15

(202) 606-8380

National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) Leadership Grants

NFIE, a division of the National Education Association, will award 25 grants of up to $1,000 each to fund professional development projects for teachers. These grants are a great opportunity for teachers to learn how to apply technology in their classrooms, but they don’t support major technology purchases or supplemental salaries that typically are a school’s responsibility.

Deadline: Oct. 15

(202) 822-7840


NEC Foundation Grants

NEC is a global computer and communications corporation. Its foundation promotes the application of technology to advance education and assist people with disabilities. The foundation awards technology grants twice per year. There is no formal application, but NEC encourages you to submit a one-page query pre-proposal.

Deadline: Nov. 1

(516) 753-7021


Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities Grants

The Department of Education is accepting applications under the Special Education: Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities program.

Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities supports projects for preschool, elementary, and secondary school students with disabilities. Projects should select and describe a technology-based approach to improving literacy, improving access to and participation in the general curriculum, and improving accountability and participation in educational reform.

The maximum award is $200,000 per year. The Department estimates making 15 awards under this priority. Requests for applications and general information should be addressed to the Grants and Contracts Services Team, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2641. The preferred method for requesting information is to FAX your request to: (202) 205-8717. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the TDD number: (202) 205-8953.

Deadline: Dec. 18

(202) 260-9182


The AOL Foundation Open to K-12 teachers, education leaders, parents, and other community leaders, the grants will be awarded to those who develop innovative and creative ways to enhance student learning through the online medium. Special emphasis will be placed on proposals that reach socio-economically disadvantaged children and communities. For more information, contact Jill Stephens, Corporate Outreach Director or eMail:

(703) 265-1342

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Ameritech donated $3.2 million to K-12 schools in 1997. Through its SuperSchool program, the company supports projects that help school leaders learn how to use technology in their schools. It also funds alliances among schools so they may benefit from telecommunications technologies they otherwise couldn’t afford. Ameritech awards are limited to schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

(312) 750-5037

Digital Corporate Contributions Program

Digital Equipment Corporation seeks to promote academic excellence through the accessibility of technology in the classroom. Digital provides cash or equipment grants to schools who can demonstrate a special need or an innovative use for the assistance. You are encouraged to call the Corporate Contributions office to discuss your project or contact the office by eMail:

(508) 493-6550

Eaton Corporation Foundation

The Eaton Corporation Foundation funds projects that prepare minority youth for employment, particularly those which focus on math, science, and technology careers. Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000, with over $1 million awarded last year. Schools and non-profits are eligible, but the foundation restricts its giving to the 30 states with company operations. Call for application guidelines.

(216) 523-5000

Great Asante Grant Program

This is a relatively new program that awards free computer networks to schools. Grants worth up to $14,000 provide all the hardware and software necessary to network 50 school computers. Application guidelines are available at the web site.

JDL Technologies (800) 535-3969

Asante (408) 435-8401

Hewlett-Packard Grants

Hewlett-Packard makes cash or equipment donations for model programs supporting national K-12 math and science initiatives. HP’s Contributions Board makes quarterly funding decisions. Preference is given to projects that are national in scope, can be replicated nationally, or are located in communities where HP has a corporate facility. Applicants must submit a proposal summary form (available on the web site) and 5-page narrative.

(415) 857-5197

Intel Foundation

Intel funds programs that advance math, science, or technology education, promote science careers among women and underrepresented minorities, or increase public understanding of technology and its impact. National grants apply to nationwide projects or pilots for national programs. Community grants apply to projects located in a community where Intel has a major facility: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, or Washington. An application is available at the web site.

Mars Foundation

The Mars Foundation offers a variety of grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for K-12 curriculum development, teacher professional development, computer and equipment acquisitions, and capital building projects. For additional information, write to Sue Martin, Mars Foundation, 6885 Elm Street, McLean, VA 22101.

Motorola Foundation

Grants from $1,000 to $10,000 that focus on enhancing math, science, and technology opportunities for minorities and the economically-disadvantaged are available from the Motorola Foundation. Contact: Program Manager, Motorola Foundation, 1303 East Algonquin Road,

Schaumburg, IL 60196.

(708) 576-6200

Pfizer Education Initiative

Although the Pfizer Foundation is primarily concerned with health care, you might be able to slip in through an education program called “Utilizing New Technology.” Grants of up to $10,000 are given for teacher training or the application of technology in K-12 math and science classrooms. Applications may be submitted any time.

Sprint Foundation

Don Forsythe, a Sprint Foundation program officer, said a limited number of grants would be available for projects in areas with a significant employee presence, primarily Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas, and Sacramento. The Sprint Foundation supports projects that foster school reform through the use of new technologies and communications media and through fresh approaches to the enhancement of teachers’ skills. Schools and other education-related non-profit agencies can apply for grants totaling about $500,000 per year. Call to talk to a program officer first. Or check out Sprint’s web site for application guidelines.

(913) 624-3343

$3.9 million from National

Endowment for the Humanities

For curriculum development, teacher enrichment, and technology projects, more than $3.9 million to 55 K-12 teachers and institutions. Twenty-nine teachers received summer professional development stipends totaling more than $3 million, and 20 schools received a total of $622,000 through a new NEH initiative called “Schools for a New Millennium.” Building on NEH’s “Teaching with Technology” initiative, “Schools for a New Millennium” enables selected schools to become models for using computer technology in day-to-day teaching.

Laguna Middle School, on the Laguna Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, was awarded $31,240 for a project involving use of electronic resources to explore the intersection of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with the history and literature of northern New Mexico Pueblo cultures.

For additional information on this round of funding, including summaries of each program, visit

(202) 606-8400

$33 million from Texas Education Agency

For the state’s Technology Integration in Education program, which is funded through the federal Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, $33 million to 38 Texas school districts and consortia.

(512) 463-9734

$15 million from National Science Foundation

For the Urban Systemic Initiative program to improve math, science, and technology education among low-income school systems, $15 million over five years to the Duval County (Fla.) public schools.

(703) 306-1234

$2.1 million from Idaho Council for Technology in Education

Through the federal Technology Literacy Challenge Fund program, $2.1 million to 23 Idaho school districts.

(208) 332-6972

$2 million from Apple Computer

For its Education Grants program, which supports innovative uses of technology in the classroom, over $1 million to 10 U.S. schools. In an unrelated grant, Apple also has pledged up to $1 million in network software and training to 2,200 Los Angeles County schools.

(800) 974-2974

$2 million from Southwestern Bell Foundation

To develop educational programs using interactive television and other telecommunications systems, $2 million to 79 public and private schools and districts throughout the state of Missouri.

(800) 591-9663

$500,000 from Cisco Systems, Inc.

Through its Virtual Schoolhouse Grants program, which helps wire schools to the internet, $500,000 in cash, networking equipment, and training to 50 U.S. schools.

(800) 553-6387

$500,000 from The Learning Company

To help promote literacy and reading education in early childhood programs, $500,000 worth of The Learning Co.’s “Reader Rabbit” software to the 50 largest K-12 public school districts that make up the Council of Great City Schools.

(800) 685-6322

$175,000 from Compaq Computer Corp.

Through its Teacher Development Grants program, which recognizes creative profes

sional development projects, more than $175,000 in cash and technology products to 34 K-12 schools.

(800) 888-3224

$60,000 from Toyota USA Foundation

To conduct distance-education teacher training in rural areas of Utah, $60,000 to the Utah Educational Network of Salt Lake City.

(310) 618-6766

$15,000 from W. K. Kellogg Foundation

To upgrade the computer and technology systems of this rural high school, $15,000 to the Arthur County School in Arthur, Neb.

(616) 968-1611