New Millennium Preparation
This National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program is designed to strengthen schools’ and teachers’ competence and creativity with new humanities materials and technologies. The initiative consists of two types of grants: one for planning and another for implementation. Planning grants will be awarded for up to $30,000 for a six to nine-month period. Implementation grants of between $200,000 and $400,000 are for a period of two years. Middle schools and high schools may apply.
Deadline: April 1
This National Science Foundation (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
The goal of this U.S. Department of Education (ED) grant is to foster relationships between teacher preparation institutions, colleges of arts and sciences, and local school districts in high-need areas. The program aims to strengthen teacher education through a range of activities, including preparing teachers to use technology and to work effectively with diverse students. The deadline indicated is for a preliminary application, which is required. ED anticipates awarding 15-20 grants ranging from $500,000 to $3.5 million per year, with an average award of approximately $2 million. Projects will be funded for up to five years. For more information, contact Louis Venuto at (202) 708-8847 or Vicki Payne at (202) 260-3291.
Deadline: April 2
Humanities Focus Grants
NEH provides these grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for teams of faculty to expand their knowledge of humanities topics and integrate what they’ve learned into their teaching. The 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
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. The deadline indicated is for a required preliminary proposal, with a final proposals due October 15.
Deadline: April 15
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
Instructional Materials Development
This NSF program supports the development of instructional materials and assessment tools to improve science, math, and technology education for all K-12 students. Projects can include the revision of proven materials or the development of new ones. They can address the needs of a single grade or many grade levels. The deadline indicated is for a required preliminary proposal, with a final proposal due August 15.
Deadline: May 1
Managing Information with Rural America (MIRA)
The Community Technology Centers’ Network (CTCNet) and the Civil Rights Forum are distributing funds under the Managing Information with Rural America (MIRA) initiative. MIRA grants, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, are for community center-based projects that will help teach people in rural areas how to use new techlonogies–preferably in an environment that brings students and other participants that have some previous technology experience together with those that are disenfranchised. Schools or districts in rural areas may apply if they have an existing community technology program. Awards are distributed periodically and range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Deadline: May 7
Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology
This new ED program’s goal is to help prepare future teachers to use modern learning technologies. School districts are eligible to apply as collaborating partners with higher education faculty and teacher education students. Such teams of faculty, teachers, and students–assisted by professional associations, foundations, and business partners–could use funds to adapt or create technology-rich content and instructional strategies that would be mastered by the future teachers of the group. The program’s director, Tom Carroll, is the former director for technology planning and evaluation for the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Co., the group that administers the eRate.
Deadline: May 24
Packard Foundation Education Grants
This grant program of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports reading, math and science, school renewal, and other education initiatives. Math and science grants have been used for a range of technology-related initiatives, such as the construction of a math technology lab and to support a high school robotics team. Grants are available nationally, but the foundation places a particular emphasis on school districts in northern California. The Packard Foundation doled out over $9 million in education grants in 1997. The board of directors accepts proposal on a quarterly schedule, with the next deadline indicated below.
Deadline: June 15
U.S. West Foundation Community Outreach
The U.S. West Foundation is seeking proposals for using technology to improve education and provide equity for all students. The foundation is particularly interested in developing partnerships between universities and K-12 educators or between businesses, social service agencies, and school districts. Projects must demonstrate how technology will assist a school system in meeting its mission and achieving program objectives. Proposals that simply request hardware or software will not be considered without a well-developed plan on how the technology will be used. Most grants are less than $10,000. Application are accepted from within the U.S. West service area, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Deadline: April 1
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
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 totaling more than $600,000. The entire application process is conducted online.
Deadline: April 15
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation provides small “immediate response” grants to teachers in San Mateo County, Calif. Teachers fax their proposal to the foundation and typically receive a check within a day or two. The foundation has given away $350,000 worth of fax grants to 700 teachers over the last three years. Books, field trips, and equipment purchases–including technology equipment–are among some of the possible uses for funds.
First for Education Grants
Carolina First Corp. has established the Carolina First for Education Foundation with a $12.6 million endowment. The foundation will provide education and community-based grants to teachers and public schools in South Carolina for projects that will help bring the state to the educational forefront, including grants for technology initiatives such as purchasing computers. All grants will be awarded based on evaluation of a written application. For an application form, write to the Carolina First For Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1029, Greenville, SC 29602.
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. Contact: JDL Technologies, 5555 West 78th Street, Suite E, Edina, MN 55349-2702; fax (612) 946-1835; eMail NECgrant@jdltech.com.
Deadline: April 30
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.
Deadline: May 31
Electric Communities Software Donation
Electric Communities will donate up to $150 million worth of its Palace server software free to individual educators, schools, and other nonprofit organizations over the next two years. The software can be used to create visual communities on the internet for students, teachers, and administrators. Educators can use The Palace to create virtual environments–such as auditoriums, campuses, national monuments, or historical sites–to hold online courses or to exchange information with other schools. Many colleges and universities currently use the software for distance learning and online tutoring. To request a free copy of the software, visit the Electric Communities web site.
Global Schoolhouse Software Offer
The Global SchoolNet Foundation (GSN), a nonprofit public service corporation, is offering free software to members of its Global Schoolhouse, which provides meaningful opportunities for using the internet to improve teaching and learning. Joining the Global Schoolhouse is free, and members are eligible to receive unlimited copies of selected software titles by paying only the cost of shipping and handling. According to GSN, new titles are available each month. February’s titles included “Reader Rabbit: Math Journey,” “Success Builder: Algebra,” and “Compton’s Complete Reference Collection.”
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.
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.
NewDeal Foundation Discovery Media Labs
The NewDeal Foundation makes grants of stand-alone and networked Discovery Media Labs to approved schools and other nonprofit organizations. The grants cover computer network and internet hardware and a full suite of system, networking, communications, and application software. The Discovery Media Labs are preconfigured and shipped ready for immediate setup and use. In addition to supporting basic office functions, the labs also aid in desktop publishing, visual programming, web site creation, digital imaging and sound, and more. Grants are intended to jump-start or supplement computer and internet literacy programs and are awarded on a needs-first basis.
$9.8 million from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
For developing professional-technical academies, $9.8 million to four Idaho organizations representing 30 school districts in the state. The Albertson Foundation awarded three-year grants to three of the organizations, including $4.8 million to the Advanced Regional Technical Coalition, $2.5 million to the Canyon Owyhee School Service Agency, and $1.8 million to the Cassia Regional Technical Center. The foundation also awarded a one-year $729,500 grant to the Riverbend school.
$75,000 in cash and software from Microsoft Corp.
For bringing computer equipment to classrooms, 100 recycled computers plus $75,000 in cash and software to two Washington, D.C., schools and four area nonprofit organizations. The donation was made in cooperation with Maryland-based Lazarus Foundation, which provides recycled computer equipment to D.C. and Baltimore area schools, libraries, and other nonprofit groups. Lazarus has donated 1,800 computers to schools in the D.C.-Baltimore region over the past six years. The schools receiving donations from Microsoft were Bowen Elementary and Walker Jones Elementary.
$11,000 in cash and equipment
For its School Spirit Awards contest, $1,000 in cash plus 12 Spirit Professional Two-Way Radios to two grand prize winners, plus four radios each to four runners up. This national competition recognizes primary and secondary schools in the U.S. that implement programs to streamline school operations and help provide an overall safer environment for students.