Program for Gender Equity in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (SMET)
The purpose of this National Science Foundation (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
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 technologies–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
Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative
This grant program, being administered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is based on an initiative announced by President Clinton last fall. The program will award a total of $300 million to 50 communities in order to provide safer learning environments for children. Each successful applicant will be awarded up to $3 million a year for three years to link existing and new services and activities into a comprehensive community-wide approach to violence prevention and healthy child development. Applications must illustrate a formal partnership between a school district, a law enforcement agency, and a local mental health authority. Activities that may be funded through the grant program include after school programs and the purchase of security systems and services.
Deadline: June 1
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: June 4
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
Connections to the Internet
This NSF program helps fund internet connections at K-12 schools, public libraries, and museums. This is a highly competitive, cost-sharing grant that will reward “only highly innovative approaches.” (Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NSF for more information regarding the scope of this program.) Project costs may include the acquisition and maintenance of hardware and software to establish institutional access to the internet, as well as the installation and recurring charges for a communication channel. Conversely, funds may also be used to acquire internet connections and services from an external service provider. NSF typically awards $15,000 over a two-year period to successful applicants. Consortia may apply for larger awards.
Deadline: July 31
Unitil Charitable Foundation grants
Applications for technology projects in secondary schools are now being solicited by the Peter J. Stulgis Memorial Fund, administered by the Unitil Charitable Foundation. Public and private secondary schools in north central Massachusetts or the capital or seacoast regions of New Hampshire are eligible to apply. Last year, more than $27,000 in technology grants were distributed. Winners included Fitchburg High School (Fitchburg, Mass.), North Middlesex Regional High School (Townsend, Mass.), Austin Preparatory School (Reading, Mass.), Sanborn Regional High School (Kingston, N.H.), Pembroke Academy (Pembroke, N.H.), and St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Dover, N.H.). For an application kit, contact Sandra Whitney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: May 7
Ameritech Teacher Excellence Awards
Ameritech will award $5,000 to five Michigan teachers who use innovative approaches to integrate technology into instruction. Now in its seventh year, the Ameritech Teacher Excellence Awards competition honors K-12 educators who make learning more fun by integrating technology into the curriculum. Eligible projects may include the use of interactive video, voice messaging, personal computers, CD-ROMs, the internet, or laser disks that integrate telecommunications.
Deadline: May 17
BellSouth Corp. has announced a $10 million grant initiative from the BellSouth Foundation
to help fully integrate technology into schools. Called BellSouth edu.pwr3 (pronounced ed-joo-power), the program focuses on three areas: Power to Lead, Power to Teach, and Power to Learn. Through Power to Lead, superintendents from around the southeast will take part in a seminar to augment their skills for technology implementation. Power to Teach will make grants benefiting school districts in every state BellSouth serves to help teachers get maximum benefit from their current technology resources. Power to Learn will involve a BellSouth partnership with 3-5 southern schools whose leadership has already committed to comprehensive professional development strategies and thoughtful technology integration plans. Power to Learn will provide grants, services, and consultation to accelerate the efforts of these schools.
Education is Crucial
Crucial Technology, a division of Micron, has announced that it will donate up to $100,000 worth of server memory upgrades to Idaho public schools through the Education is Crucial program. The program is intended to help Idaho schools increase the performance level in their existing computer systems. Idaho schools received $87,000 in memory upgrades last year through the Education is Crucial program, now in its second year. Applications are being handled by the Idaho Department of Education. Schools need only complete an online survey to apply, with memory upgrading to be administered on a needs-first basis.
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.
Pierian Springs Software Grants
Pierian Springs Software will donate software packages to projects that aim to enhance classroom education through the integration of Pierian software. The software maker will award one 30-CD User Pack/Site License of any one of its software titles to successful applicants. Projects should address groups of students, not individual instruction and each project/grant request must involve the use of Pierian Software products. All K-12 educators–including administrators, teachers, lab and media specialists–may apply. Software donations are limited to one grant per organization per calendar year.
Deadline: May 1
Community Web Building Contest
SchoolLife.net, an online education community that provides a free web site hosting service for schools, is holding a monthly web site building contest this spring. Sponsored by Gateway Computer, the contest rewards four schools each month with a Gateway computer. Winners are chosen among four categories: Best School Site, Best Community Site, Best Teacher Site, and Best Integration into the Classroom. Awards for the top sites in each category will be chosen monthly through June, with submissions required on the last day of each month.
Deadline: May 31
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
Sony Language Learning System Grant
Sony audio language lab equipment is designed to help teachers take language instruction to the next level of achievement with powerful, flexible, learning systems that enable a totally interactive experience. All public and private state-certified schools with language programs and a need for a learning system are eligible to apply for a grant from Sony. Applications must be typewritten and should include a state accreditation certificate. Materials to support your application could include videos, promotional brochures, books, pamphlets, or photographs. No more than two items of support should accompany your application. Applications and support materials become the property of Sony Electronics Inc. and will not be returned. Only one application per school will be accepted. The grant recipient will be announced in August. For an official entry form, send an email request to: email@example.com.
Deadline: June 30
Learning to Win
Cloudscape, a leader in database management solutions, has announced that is making its Cloudscape 100% Pure Java database available to schools at no charge through the new Learning to Win program. Learning to Win is designed to encourage students to learn the Java programming language and experiment with building applications in Java. Cloudscape says it is the first company to offer free Java SQL databases for schools to use as educational resources.
Schools Online Internet Access
Schools without classroom internet access are eligible to apply for Schools Online equipment grants. The Schools Online grant program offers participating schools simple, cost-effective internet access, together with local support and training in its use. Participating schools are asked to designate a committed person to manage the equipment and participate in training. Schools are also asked to provide either a telephone line along with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) account for dial-up access, or a network connection to the world wide web. Schools Online has helped over 5,000 classrooms get internet access in just over two years. Schools Online is supported by corporate, educational, and individual partners.
$5 million from Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund
To provide telecommunications infrastructure, more than $5 million to schools in seven South Texas counties. Created by the Texas legislature in 1995, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund is charged with distributing $1.5 billion in grants and loans over 10 years to public schools, nonprofit health-care providers, libraries, and colleges in Texas. Last year, the fund’s board gave more than $77 million to the state’s public schools. This year, the board expects to give schools about $80 million total in grants.
$1.25 million in filtering software from
For blocking student access to inappropriate web sites at Boston Public Schools. Boston schools received $11.7 million in eRate funds to wire its classrooms for the internet, but needed a way to make the web experience safe for students. Cambridge, Mass.-based Elron Software stepped in to provide its state-of-the-art filtering system. Elron says its filtering software works in real-time, scanning a web site for objectional material before it appears on the screen. The software is customizable, so schools can decide on their own what is and is not objectional.
$535,000 from Bell Atlantic Foundation
For school-to-career initiatives that creatively use technology, 20 grants benefitting 48 Massachusetts communities. The grants were part of Bell Atlantic’s EdLink awards program, which supports emerging technological needs in K-12 education. All 20 winning projects promote collaboration among schools, teachers, businesses and communities; increase teachers’ and students’ technology skills; and develop models that can be used in other communities. The Merrimack Valley MentorNet Program, for example, brings together students from four area high schools, retired individuals, and area employees. Through the use of telecommunications and face-to-face interactions, students explore career paths with their mentors and build computers for use in senior centers.
$500,000 from Toyota Motor Sales
For enhancing the teaching of environmental or physical science, $500,000 in teaching grants to K-12 teachers in 27 states. Toyota provided the money for the TAPESTRY teaching grant program, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The program is now in its ninth year and has awarded close to $3.5 million to 343 teams of teachers in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The grants help science teachers create and implement innovative projects for their students, including projects that involve the use of technology. Winning teachers also received an all-expense-paid trip to the NSTA annual conference in Boston, where the grants were awarded.
$10,000 in equipment from AT&T Foundation
For building a high-tech music lab at Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. Through the grant, Eastern was able to purchase three MIDI synthesizers, two computers, a mixing board, headphones, and a microphone. Students will use the new recording studio for creative purposes and to develop musical engineering skills. The AT&T Foundation supports educational projects that focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.