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

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

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

Star Schools Program

This ED program encourages improved instruction in math, science, foreign languages, and other subjects, such as literacy skills and vocational education, through the use of distance learning technologies. It is meant to serve underserved populations, including the disadvantaged, illiterate, limited-English proficient, and individuals with disabilities. For FY 99, $9,850,000 is available for awards ranging from $1 to 2 million. Public and private elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply in partnership with two or more other entities, at least one of which must be a local or state education agency.

Deadline: March 26

(202) 208-3882


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

This National Science Foundation (NSF) 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

Deadline: March 31

(703) 306-1684


Teacher Enhancement

This NSF grant supports professional development projects in the context of improving science, math, and technology education. One of the program’s goals is to strengthen the teacher workforce by increasing the understanding and use of effective educational technologies. Last year, the program awarded grants of up to $1.2 million per year for 3-5 years. K-12 districts are most likely to receive funding in two categories: Local Systemic Change and Educational Leadership.

Deadline: April 1

(703) 306-1613


Humanities Focus Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for teams of faculty to expand their knowledge of humanities topics and integrate what they have learned into their teaching. These grants may be used to explore ways of using technology to teach the humanities, for example, and could fund release time, cooperative ventures, investigation of model programs, or logistical support.

Deadline: April 15

(202) 606-8400

Advanced Technological Education (ATE)

This NSF program promotes the exemplary education of technicians at the two-year college level and quality technological preparation at the secondary level. Projects require partnerships of two-year colleges with four-year colleges and universities, secondary schools, businesses, and/or government agencies. The program supports instructional materials development, professional development for faculty and teachers, technical experiences for students and teachers, and/or instrumentation and laboratory improvement. Final proposals are due October 15, but a preliminary proposal is required.

Deadline: April 15

(703) 306-1620



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

The purpose of this NSF grant is to raise the interest and achievement of girls and women in SMET education. Proposals are being accepted under the category Small Experimental Projects. These projects address critical transition points that facilitate or hinder the successful participation of girls in SMET education. They are typically small, focused projects involving only one or a few institutions to develop or test an innovative approach to a problem area. Up to $100,000 for up to 18 months is available for each successful project.

Deadline: May 1

(703) 306-1636


NextDay Teacher Innovation Grants

Sponsored by the Michigan Jobs Commission and open to teams of Michigan educators, this program seeks innovative uses of existing technologies to improve student learning. Teams must have at least three members, at least one of whom is a K-12 teacher. The proposed project must target K-12 teachers or students in one of these categories: Student-Based Projects, Professional Development, or Online Content Development. Up to $10,000 will be awarded for each project, $2,500 of which may be spent on technology. Last year, 118 teachers (out of 400 applicants) received grants totalling more than $600,000. The entire application process is conducted online.

Deadline: April 15

(517) 373-9808

Arts Education @Work Grants

With financial help from the GE Fund, the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) is offering a regional grants program to support the development of innovative arts curricula that make effective use of new technologies. The program encourages public high school teachers, especially arts specialists, to collaborate with expert technology-using teachers and other partners to develop innovative arts curricula to prepare students for emerging employment opportunities in the arts. Applicants must be a public high school teacher in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, or South Carolina. The grant amount is $5,000, and NFIE will award up to seven grants in 1999. Funds may be used for hardware, software, human resources, or other costs directly related to helping teachers acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to develop a new technology/arts curriculum.

Deadline: April 3

(202) 822-7840

K-12 World Server Grant

NEC Computer Systems Division and JDL Technologies have teamed up to offer 20 Express5800 K-12 World Internet Access Servers through a grant program open exclusively to schools. The grants include a complete solution featuring NEC Express5800 server hardware, JDL’s K-12 World CyberLibrary Server software with SmartFilter option, one day of on-site installation, one year of monthly SmartFilter updates, and one year of toll-free support. Applications are due to JDL by April 30. Contact: JDL Technologies, 5555 West 78th Street, Suite E, Edina, MN 55349-2702; fax (612) 946-1835; eMail

(800) 535-3969

SolidWorks High School Grant Program

SolidWorks Corp., a leading provider of 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) software, will award 200 licenses of its software to qualifying high schools that have instructional CAD programs. The licensing package includes SolidWorks 98Plus, a Windows-based 3-D mechanical design product; PhotoWorks, an integrated rendering application; a set of SolidWorks 98Plus training manuals; and one year of educational subscription service and support from an authorized SolidWorks reseller. Complete information and an application form are available on the company’s web site. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 1999.

(800) 693-9000

Milken Educator Virtual Workspace

The Milken Educator Virtual Workspace (MEVW), a product of the Milken Family Foundation, is a collaborative software program that allows you to use the web to create and participate in online learning communities. Previously available only to recipients of the foundation’s National Educator Award for use in distance education and professional development projects, MEVW is now free to anyone who submits an educational project proposal and obtains the foundation’s approval. MEVW requires a Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher web browser.

(310) 998-2800

MAGIX Software Grant

MAGIX Entertainment Corp. is offering its MAGIX Music Maker and Music Studio software free of charge to any interested high schools. The software allows students to compose, arrange, mix, and record their own musical creations on a computer using different genres of royalty-free music samples. The free CD-ROM contains software retailing at more than $100.

(888) 866-2449

$23 million from Pennsylvania Department of Education

For various technology initiatives, $23 million to 127 Pennsylvania school districts and the state’s 29 Intermediate Units. $17 million was awarded to 91 districts throught the state’s Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. An additional $5 million was awarded to the Intermediate Units to support technology in Pennsylvania’s non-public schools, and $1 million was given to 36 districts for the Web Companies Project, which provides teachers and students with the resources and training to design web sites for organizations in their communities.

(717) 783-9802

$3.3 million from New York State Education Department

For the state’s Learning Technology Grant program, $3.3 million to consortia of public school districts and nonpublic schools. Awards average $50,000 per consortium and are designed to implement New York state standards and assessment through the application of technology across core subject areas. Up to 50 percent of the grant money may be used to purchase equipment; the rest funds training, planning, and curriculum development.

(518) 474-3852

$2 million from New Hampshire Board of Education

For the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, $2.02 million to 25 New Hampshire school districts and consortia. Because the grants take into account pre-established scores for economic, educational, and social need, a number of winning proposals were consortia pairing needy with advanced districts. Bow Consortium, for example, which pairs Bow and Merrimack Valley districts, received $149,991 to develop a distance learning network linking 10 schools and to provide joint faculty computer camps in the summers of 1999 and 2000.

(603) 271-3494

$173,835 from Jackson Foundation

To finance the school’s technology program, $173,835 to Richmond, Va., Community High School. The grant will be used to buy four computers and one printer per classroom, a computer presentation system for each department, and equipment for a production room. Funds will also be used to pay for staff training, supplies, and an upgrade to the school’s network server. The Richmond-based Jackson Foundation is a family foundation that finances a variety of local initiatives.

(804) 285-1015

$100,000 in equipment and training from Sun Microsystems

For the Open Gateways Program, which provides networking and Java technology for classroom use, more than $100,000 in equipment and training to seven Silicon Valley and Massachusetts schools. The grants consist of a Sun Enterprise Ultra 5S server, Sun server software, 30 Javastations, a one-year service contract, 20+ hours of teacher training, and Sun volunteers to provide further resources. The next round of Open Gateways applications will be available during the second week in April. Silicon Valley and Massachusetts schools are eligible to apply.

(650) 336-0487


$100,000 in equipment from SMART Modular Technologies

For the creation of a computer lab, more than $100,000 in equipment, support, and training to Irvington High School in Fremont, Calif. SMART donated 35 Pentium II computers, high-resolution scanners, a high-speed network laser printer, and an enterprise-class server to the project. The lab will be used to teach AutoCAD and graphics design classes and produce the school’s newspaper and yearbook. SMART Modular Technologies, also of Fremont, designs and manufactures memory modules, cards, and embedded computer products.

(510) 623-1231

$40,000 from Shaklee Corp.

For staff development in technology, $40,000 to Norman, Okla., Public Schools. The grant renews a donation made last year to provide in-service training to teachers in the area of technology. Shaklee Corp., a leader in nutritional research, owns a major manufacturing plant in Norman.

(405) 364-1339

$36,000 in cash and equipment from Proxima Corp.

For the Projecting Education Grants program, $36,000 in cash and equipment to four educators. Entrants were asked to submit a proposal for using a multimedia projector in the classroom. The winners–one each from the categories K-8, 9-12, community college, and university–receive a $2,500 grant and a Proxima Desktop 6800 projector. The K-12 winners were Diana Skinner of Johnston County, N.C., Schools, and Douglas Romney of Chaffee High School in Montclair, Calif.

(800) 447-7692

$27,000 from Global EDGE Tech Prep

For technology lab equipment, $27,000 to four Collin County, Texas, high schools. Global EDGE Tech Prep is a workforce development consortium housed at Collin County Community College. It seeks to restructure high school and community college curricula to give students applicable workplace skills. The following schools received awards: Celina High School, $4,500; Frisco High School, $3,000; Allen High School, $10,000; and princeton High School, $9,500. Matching funds from the schools will be used to complete the labs.

(972) 548-6723