August

Instructional Materials Development This National Science Foundation program supports the development of instructional materials and assessment tools to improve science, math, and technology education in grades K-12. Projects might range from the substantial revision of existing materials to the creation of new ones and from addressing a single topic to the integration of several. Projects should “promote the development of model programs that demonstrate the educational effectiveness of technology in urban and rural areas and economically distressed communities.” State and local educational agencies are among those eligible to apply—but you had to have submitted a preliminary proposal by May 1. Deadline: Aug. 15 (703) 306-1614 http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf984/ program.htm#11

September

Classroom Teaching and Learning Grants This program of the Coca-Cola Foundation supports innovative K-12 initiatives, teacher development programs, and smaller projects that deal with specific activities in elementary and secondary classrooms. While the foundation does not emphasize technology, a review of its latest annual report reveals that grants were indeed made to support technology-related projects in public and private schools. Deadline: Sept. 1 http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com

Dow Chemical K-12 Education Grants This program supports school districts and school boards in communities in which Dow has a presence (see its web site for nationwide locations). The Dow Chemical grant program focuses on three key areas: math and science, teacher training, and parental involvement. The company supports school districts and school boards, not individual schools. The program also gives preference to local, state, and national projects that benefit Dow communities and those that increase the participation and achievement of minorities and females in math and science education. Applications should be submitted on official stationary and include complete contact information, a brief description of the program and its purpose, a detailed description of the request and the amount requested, and the number of students expected to benefit. Applications should also include nonprofit federal tax status information. Deadline: Sept. 30 http://thechalkboard.com/corporations/ dow/Grants/grants.html

November

ICONnect Collaboration through Technology The American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians (ALA/AASL) is taking applications for its 2000 ICPrize for Collaboration through Technology competition. The program will award five $1,000 ICPrizes to collaborative teams of library media specialists and classroom teachers who have demonstrated a meaningful and effective use of internet resources in a completed curriculum unit. Applications must be submitted by an ALA/AASL member and must successfully demonstrate a collaboration between the library media specialist and classroom teacher(s). Applications and specific evaluation criteria are available online. Deadline: Nov. 1 (800) 545-2433 http://www.ala.org/ICONN/icprize.html

REGIONAL GRANTS

First Energy Grants First Energy Corp., of Akron, Ohio, will provide grants of up to $300 to successful applicants from Ohio schools served by the company’s electric utility operators, which include Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Co., Toledo Edison, and Penn Power. Grants may be used for math, science, or technology projects, with preference given to projects that deal with electricity or have a focus on teacher training. Teachers, administrators, and youth group leaders are eligible to apply. Applications are available online. Deadline: Oct. 1 (800) 633-4766 http://www.firstenergycorp.com

Community Development Grants Concept papers are being accepted for this Sun Microsystems program, which provides grants for projects in the southern San Francisco Bay area, Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts, and Front Range, Colo. The program’s goal is to increase education and employment opportunities for people who live and work in or near Sun’s major employment centers. In education, the program supports projects that seek to help reverse unsatisfactory school performance. Proposals should incorporate the target population’s needs and interests, engage students in activities that enable them to make experimental connections between learning and real life, foster motivation, improve academic skills, and improve college readiness. The deadline noted is for concept papers, with invitations for full proposals set for Dec. 15 and full applications due Jan. 15. Concept papers, which should be no more than three pages long, should include the applicant’s mission or goals, a brief description of the target population and project, an explanation of how the project will be evaluated, the roles and responsibilities of participants, and qualifications of key staff. Proof of nonprofit status should also be included. Deadline: Nov. 15 (650) 336-0487 http://www.sun.com/corporateoverview/ corpaffairs/grants.html

EQUIPMENT GRANTS

ESRI Livable Communities Grant Series The goal of this grant program is to foster and support the integration of geographic information system (GIS) software in public and private school districts. Grant recipients will receive one copy of ESRI’s ArcView Suite for School Districts bundle and license, five building site license copies of the ArcView StreetMap extension and the ArcAtlas global database, one copy of ESRI’s U.S. Streets Database, one single-seat copy of the SchoolSite school mapping/redistricting extension, links to the ArcData Online Program, and several related print resources. ESRI will give priority to grant applications demonstrating curriculum and administrative GIS implementation plans, cross-curricular implementation plans, or collaborative efforts with other community organizations or government agencies. Priority also will be given to projects that promote public access to GIS databases. To receive the equipment grant, districts must agree to establish two administrative GIS workstations for boundary planning and facility sitting. Districts must also have five school building sites at which curricular implementation is being fostered in social studies and the sciences. ESRI will award 25 software and materials packages to school districts, valued at $15,000 each. Deadline: Oct. 1 (909) 307-3110 http://www.esri.com/industries/localgov/ k12_grant.html