Teaching with Computer Technology

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 (ED) 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




Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP)

About $17 million will be awarded through this program from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. TIIAP is a highly-competitive program that awards matching grants for innovative projects using advanced telecommunications and information technology. TIIAP is especially interested in projects developed by smaller, locally-based organizations that represent technologically underserved communities across the nation. The average award is $350,000 and lasts 2-3 years. For more information, contact Stephen J. Downs, Director, or eMail tiiap@ntia.doc.gov.

Deadline: March 11

(202) 482-2048



Technology Innovation Challenge Grants

This $22 million program from ED awards grants to consortia that are working to improve and expand new applications of technology to strengthen school reform efforts, improve student achievement, and provide for sustained professional development of teachers, administrators, and school library media personnel. Only consortia are eligible and must include at least one school district with a high number of children living in poverty. About 20 grants ranging from $500,000 to $2 million per year will be awarded.

Deadline: March 12




National Leadership Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides these grants to enhance the quality of library services nationwide and to strengthen ties between libraries and museums. School libraries are eligible, and encouraged, to apply. Awards range from $15,000-$500,000 and are given in four categories: (1) education and training in library and information services; (2) research and demonstration projects to improve library services; (3) preservation or digitization of library materials and resources; and (4) model programs of cooperation between libraries and museums. For more information, contact Jeanne McConnell, program officer, at (202) 606-5389 or jmcconnell@imls.fed.us.

Deadline: March 19

(202) 606-5227


COOL Awards

Educators who develop new ways to use technology in the classroom can win cash grants and computers from broadband company MediaOne through this new grant program. Fourteen teams of educators will win cash grants of $8,000, plus computers, in-class training, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The competition is open to educators in MediaOne service areas of California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshie, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

Deadline: March 20

(800) 871-6852


Urban Systemic Program in Science, Math, and Technology (USP)

This National Science Foundation grant promotes the systemic reform of science and math education for urban K-12 students. Among the program’s goals are to improve urban districts’ implementations of a standards-based, inquiry-centered science, math, and technology education for all students, and to increase the number of skilled entrants to the technology-based workforce. About $20 million is available for an estimated 10-12 awards ranging from $400,000 to $3 million per year. For more information, contact Celeste Pea, program officer, Room 875, Division of Educational System Reform, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230; eMail cpea@nsf.gov.

Deadline: March 31

(703) 306-1684





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 focus on family involvement, professional development, lifelong learning, and community collaboration. The foundation doesn’t 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 reznick@att.com.

(212) 387-6555



Digital Corporate Contributions Program

Digital Equipment Corp. 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. Call the Corporate Contributions office to discuss your project or contact the office by eMail, contribution@digital.com.

(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 more than $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

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 communities where Intel has a major facility: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and 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 St., 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 nonprofit 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 recently expanded its operation to include partnerships with 18 other states. For more information, contact Jerry Grayson at (800) 939-6000, ext. 18.


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


$10.1 million from Connecticut Department of Education

For the Technology Infrastructure Grant program, $10.1 million to 70 Connecticut school districts. Funds may be used to upgrade or install wiring and improve infrastructure to support advanced telecommunications applications. State legislation earmarks $1 million each for Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury. The remaining $6 million was distributed through a competitive grant process. The program has distributed $20 million to 119 districts over the past three years.

(860) 566-8888



$3 million from Cinergy Foundation

For a program called Building Assets and Support for Innovative Communities & Schools (BASICS), $3 million to 20 districts in Cinergy’s service area in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and Indiana. The grants will fund the planning and implementation of innovative school reform, including the use of technology to prepare students for tomorrow’s economy. Fairfield City School District of Ohio received the first award and is a pilot for the program.

(800) 428-4337


$1.2 million from BellSouth Foundation

To support comprehensive K-12 education reform, $1.2 million to 16 educational institutions in the southeastern U.S. Virtually all of the grants reflect a focus on quality teachers, and most include the integration of technology into teaching and learning. Awards included $25,000 to Pinellas Education Foundation in Florida to support a teacher technology training program in two schools, and $25,000 to Wilmington Children’s Museum in North Carolina to create a computer center for community and school use.

(404) 249-2849


$1 million from Bell Atlantic – Virginia

For its Distance Learning Grants program, $1 million to 10 Virginia schools, districts, colleges, and consortia. The program awards grants to K-12 public schools and state-supported colleges in the company’s Virginia service area. Recipients may use the grants to purchase the classroom equipment–such as TV monitors, cameras, and microphones–necessary for interactive distance learning. Bell Atlantic plans to fund an additional $2 million in distance learning grants over the next two years. For more information, write to: Manager – Distance Learning Grants, Bell Atlantic – Virginia, 11th Floor, 600 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219; or eMail: david.l.hudson@BellAtlantic.com.

(800) 360-7955


$106,000 from Champlin Foundations

To help finance the district’s technology plan, $106,000 to the Providence, R.I., School Department. The grant will be used to buy computers, software, printers, and digital cameras for the district’s elementary schools. The Champlin Foundations make direct grants for capital needs (such as the purchase of equipment) to tax exempt organizations, substantially all in Rhode Island.

(401) 736-0370

$40,000 from Assisi Foundation

To equip the school’s new science and technology laboratory, $40,000 to Sacred Heart School in Memphis, Tenn. The grant will provide computers and manipulatives–equipment that provides students with hands-on learning experiences–to enhance science and technology classes for grades K-8. The Assisi Foundation is a private grant-making foundation that awards grants quarterly in the mid-South for education, health care, the arts, and community needs.

(901) 684-1564