Grants Opportunities, Awards and Deadlines


Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

This program of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) assists, through matching grants, in the planning and construction of public telecommunications facilities. The program has a Distance Learning category open to public school systems. Last year, NTIA awarded nearly $4 million to 12 distance learning projects. Awards ranged from $55,452 to $594,936.

Deadline: Jan. 14

(202) 482-5802

Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT)

GIFT is a grant program for public and private school math and science teachers, grades 7-12, in 35 eligible states and the District of Columbia. Each year, the GTE Foundation awards $12,000 GIFT grants to 60 teams consisting of one math and one science teacher from the same school who plan to integrate the two subjects in their school’s curriculum through the use of technology. Winning teams receive $7,000 for a school enrichment project and $5,000 toward professional development activities.

Deadline: Jan. 15

(800) 315-5010

Connections to the Internet grants

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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 to see if it falls within the current scope of the program.

Deadline: Jan. 31

(703) 306-1949


Interactive Education Grants

The AOL Foundation’s Interactive Education Grants program is open to K-12 teachers, education leaders, parents, and other community leaders. Grants of up to $7,500 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. Last year’s program awarded $376,000 to 54 recipients in 23 states (out of 600 applicants). For more information, contact Jill Stephens, Corporate Outreach Director or eMail

Deadline: Feb. 1

(703) 265-1342


Program for Gender Equity in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (SMET)

This NSF grant promotes the development of instructional materials, teaching methods, and student enrichment resources to raise interest, retention, and achievement of girls and women in SMET education. About $4 million in funds are available for new projects in 1999. K-12 districts are eligible to apply in two categories: Large Collaborative Projects, which awards up to $300,000 per year for up to 3 years; and Planning Grants, which offers up to $30,000 to prepare a proposal for next year’s Large Collaborative Projects.

Deadline: Feb. 1

(703) 306-1637


Teaching with Computer


This grant program from Compaq Computer Corp. awards a Compaq computer to two teachers from each state and the District of Columbia. Applicants must submit a plan for using the computer to support an innovative and exemplary ongoing classroom project.

Deadline: Feb. 15

(800) 88-TEACH



21st Century Community Learning Centers

This $100 million U.S. Department of Education program is open to rural and inner-city public schools and consortia to help them plan, implement, or expand after-hours, in-school projects that benefit the educational, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. Funds can be used to purchase technology, since technology-based learning is among the list of supported activities. About 300 grants of between $35,000 and $2 million will be awarded, with the average grant estimated at $400,000. The application package and examples of successful 1998 applications are available online. For further information, contact Amanda Clyburn at (202) 219-2180 or Steve Balkcom at (202) 219-2089.

Deadline: March 1





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.


AT&T Learning Network Grants

The AT&T Foundation supports school programs that use technology to enhance teaching and learning. Grants are available to all accredited public and private elementary and secondary schools. The grants must fund the use and application of technology, not the equipment and infrastructure necessary to support its use. AT&T is interested in projects that involve family involvement, professional development, lifelong learning, and community collaboration. The AT&T Foundation currently does not accept unsolicited proposals, but you are invited to submit a brief, one-page letter of interest stating your request. For more information, contact Marilyn Reznick at

(212) 387-6555


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 that 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 anytime.

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


Computers 4 Kids

Computers 4 Kids Inc., a national nonprofit organization, accepts and refurbishes donated computer equipment, then places it in schools with limited resources. Grant requests are reviewed quarterly. They must include your plans for using the equipment and a demonstration of your need. You can find more information and an application form on the Computers 4 Kids web site.

Computers for Learning

This is a federal program designed to donate surplus government computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, giving special consideration to those most in need. You can register your school at the Computers for Learning web site.

Detwiler Foundation

Since its inception in 1991, the Detwiler Foundation has helped place more than 37,000 computers into California schools. The foundation has recently expanded its operation to include partnerships with thirteen other states. For more information, contact Jerry Grayson at (800) 939-6000, ext. 18.

Gifts in Kind International

Through its “Recycle Technology” program, Gifts in Kind International expects to distribute over 20,000 computers to schools and charities in the next five years.

(703) 836-2121

National Cristina Foundation

The goal of the Cristina Foundation is to ensure access to computer technology for people with disabilities and at-risk or economically disadvantaged students. The foundation supports its goal by awarding donated equipment to deserving schools and organizations.

(800) 274-7846


This technology nonprofit serves children and their families through schools. PC Kids will donate $300,000 worth of Microsoft software and $100,000 of its own instructional software to schools which host the organization’s Technology Showcase Nights program.

(978) 486-8400

$60 million from U.S. Department of Education

For the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which enables schools to create or expand safe, productive after-school programs for children, $60 million to 183 communities in 45 states. The grants range in size from $36,000 to $2.5 million per year for up to three years. Schools can use the money to establish, among other things, after-school technology education programs in their communities. See the “Grant Opportunities” section for information on the next round of applications.



$3.5 million from CharitaBulls

To fund an after-school program called Bulls Scholars, $3.5 million over three years to the Children First Fund, the foundation of the Chicago Public Schools. The grant will pay for teacher’s salaries, materials, and five computers per middle school. CharitaBulls is the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

(312) 455-4000


$1.5 million from AT&T/Annenberg Foundation

For the South Florida Annenberg Challenge’s Educational Technology initiative, $1.5 million to South Florida public schools. AT&T contributed $500,000 to the initiative, and the Annenberg Foundation matched the donation 2 to 1. The Annenberg Foundation has put up $33 million for the program, but participating school systems in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties and the city of Miami must raise the remainder through public and private contributions by Jan. 2000 or risk losing the funds.

(954) 468-7927


$500,000 in equipment from Imation Corp.

To reinforce the importance of educational technology and assist schools with their technology needs, Imation has donated 5,000 SuperDisk Parallel Port drives to schools and nonprofits across the U.S. Ventura County Schools in California, for example, received 500 drives at a total value of $50,000. The drives enable users to save up to 120 MB of information on a SuperDisk diskette–about 80 times the storage capacity of a standard floppy–while also allowing use of traditional disks.

(888) 466-3456

$220,000 from Missouri Department of Education

For the purchase of internet filtering software, $220,000 to 218 school districts. The grants range in size from $500 to $3,000. Originally, $180,000 was set aside by the state legislature, but because of overwhelming demand from the state’s schools, an additional $40,000 in funding was added from other sources so 50 districts that would have been shut out of the program could participate.

(573) 751-9094


$150,000 from National Science


To assess the professional development needs of teachers, review learning resources, and develop plans for improving high school math and technology programs, a $150,000 planning grant to the D.C. Public Schools.

(703) 306-1234

$100,000 from Schools of the 21st


To establish a model for school reform, $100,000 to a “constellation” of schools around Detroit’s Southeastern High School. The grant will help the schools identify common needs, analyze data, and form a plan for working together. Schools of the 21st Century, a public-private education reform group, was formed in 1996 with a $60 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation to improve Detroit schools.

(313) 871-3515

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