April

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

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf984/program.htm#14

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

http://www.neh.fed.us/html/guidelin/edd.html

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

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf984/program.htm#15

May

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

http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9925

Regional Grants

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

(800) 843-3383

http://www.uswf.org/community_outreach.html

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

http://www.nfie.org/artwork.htm

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

http://www.trico-associates.com/nextday