Grants: Deadlines, Opportunities and Awards


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


Connections to the Internet grants

The National Science Foundation awards these two-year grants of approximately $15,000 to K-12 schools, libraries, and museums that support innovative technologies for internet access. Only highly innovative approaches that can accelerate network development at similar institutions will be considered for funding. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact an NSF program officer to discuss their proposal.

Deadline: Jan. 31

(703) 306-1949


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


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 projects or pilots for nationwide 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

$55 million from New York Department of Education

For the federal Technology Literacy Challenge Fund program, nearly $55 million to 43 consortia of New York public and private schools, community organizations, and regional education centers. The state education department chose to award the money from the 1997 and 1998 fiscal years together at the end of the 1997-98 school year. New York received about $17 million in fiscal year 1997 and roughly $38 million in 1998.

(518) 486-2306

$12 million in new equipment from Smart Valley Inc.

For the SmartSchools PC Day project, 6,000 new Pentium II-based computers to more than 800 California teachers. The project’s goal is to reward innovative teachers with state-of-the-art technology, seeding schools with examples for other teachers and community members to follow. Winning teachers received a computer for themselves and one for each of five students in their class, plus free software and training. Intel Corp. supplied the processors and motherboards for the machines.

(650) 577-8907

$7.2 million from U.S. Department of Education

For the Magnet Schools Assistance program, $7.2 million to St. Louis Public Schools. The program’s goal is to improve racial balance and achieve systemic reform through the creation of magnet schools. St. Louis Public Schools will use the award to create four new technology magnet schools offering a unique program of study based on computer animation technology. The St. Louis grant was a fraction of the $98 million awarded by the program in 1998.

(202) 260-2476

$5 million from Rhode Island Foundation

For the Teachers and Technology Initiative, $5 million to the University of Rhode Island and the state’s Education Department. Nine hundred public school teachers received a laptop computer, software, and two weeks of technology training in August. The program’s goal is to train about 2,500, or up to one-third, of the state’s public school teachers by the year 2000.

(401) 274-4564

$1.2 million from Hitachi Foundation

For the “Role of Information Technology in Education” initiative, $1.2 million to 13 education organizations. Launched in 1997, the program is intended to expand and evaluate the role of technology in teaching and learning. Awards include $79,080 to Northwest Arctic Borough School District in Alaska to train student technology leaders, and $96,640 over two years to Tucson Unified School District in Arizona to implement a community learning project in the district’s elementary schools.

(202) 457-0588

$100,000 in equipment from U.S. Department of Energy

For the Computers for Learning program, 50 computers and 10 printers to Bay Springs High School in Mississippi. The program distributes used machines from federal government departments to schools. Bay Springs received IBM-compatible 486 computers equipped with Windows 95 and internet access software.

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