Instructional Materials Development
This National Science Foundation (NSF) 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 education agencies are among those eligible to apply–but you had to have submitted a preliminary proposal by May 1.
Deadline: Aug. 15
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 the elementary and secondary classroom. 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
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loans
This program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers loans or combination loans and grants to rural school districts and other non-profit entities for the implementation of distance learning projects in rural areas. Applications may be submitted any time up to Sept. 30 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For FY 1999, $100 million in loans and $55 million in combination grants and loans is available.
Deadline: Sept. 30
Dow Chemical K-12 Education Grants
This program supports school districts and school boards in communities in which Dow has a presence (see 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 stationery and should include complete contact information, a brief description of the program and its purpose, a detailed description of the request and its amount, and the number of students expected to benefit. Applications should also include nonprofit federal tax status information.
Deadline: Sept. 30
Schools for a New Millennium
This program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awards grants of up to $200,000 for up to three years to schools or districts to help teachers explore and master innovative uses of technology to enrich their own and students’ understanding of humanities topics. Grant monies cover stipends for project participants and consultants and the expenses associated with meetings, equipment rentals, teaching materials, and mentoring activities. While it is not intended to support the acquisition of computer equipment by schools, modest purchases of equipment for use in the project is allowed.
Deadline: Oct. 1
This National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) program awards 50 grants of $1,000 per year to underwrite professional development opportunities for public school teachers. The grants can be used to fund training in the use of technology in the classroom, for example. Applications may be submitted any time but are reviewed twice per year, and the deadline indicated below is for the next review cycle. An application form can be downloaded from the NFIE’s web site.
Deadline: Oct. 15
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
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
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 goal of this grant program 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 and 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 in length, 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 non-profit status should also be included.
Deadline: Nov. 15
Bell Atlantic Foundation Grants
The Bell Atlantic Foundation reviews unsolicited proposals from the 13 Northeastern states served by Bell Atlantic on a continuous calendar year basis from January through November. Education is one of the foundation’s top priorities for giving, and examples of technology projects that have been funded in the past can be found on its web site. The foundation recommends that you apply for grants online, and guidelines are available on its web site as well.
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.
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.
ESRI Livable Communities Grant Series
The goal of this 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 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
Pierian Spring Software Grants
Pierian Spring Software is inviting applications for projects to enhance classroom education through the introduction and implementation of the company’s software products. Projects should promote collaborative group learning. One winner will receive a 30-CD User Pack/ Site License of any one of the company’s software titles.
Deadline: Nov. 1
Edmark eCarton Program
Educational software developer Edmark will donate up to $2 million in software to schools through a new program called eCarton. Under the program, schools that use special milk cartons distributed by Tetra Pak will receive credits toward the purchase of Edmark software titles. For every one thousand milk cartons purchased, schools will earn $1 in credit. Edmark is a subsidiary of IBM. The special milk cartons are themselves educational and will carry puzzles and different themes.
Global Schoolhouse CD-ROMs
Global Schoolhouse members can receive eight new CD-ROMs free through the Global Schoolhouse web site. The CD-ROMs available during the summer portion of the giveaway include titles from Knowledge Adventure, Kaplan, and Hoyle Board Games. Schools pay only the $4.95 cost of shipping and handling, and there are no limits on quantities. Becoming a member of the Global Schoolhouse is free.
Microsoft Teaching and Learning CD-ROM
Microsoft is offering copies of its new Teaching and Learning with Microsoft CD-ROM set and internet resources free to schools. The cross-platform CD-ROM and Microsoft web resources contain templates, clip art, wizards, classroom activities, and ideas for using Microsoft Office 97, Office 2000, and Office 98 Macintosh Edition applications in the classroom. Schools pay only the $4.95 cost of shipping and handling. To get your copy, visit the CD offer web site. There are no limits on quantities.
Schools Online Internet Access
Schools without classroom internet access are eligible to apply for Schools Online equipment grants. The Schools Online grant program offers 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 more than 5,000 classrooms get internet access in just over two years. The program is supported by corporate, educational, and individual partners.
Websense Filtering Software
Websense (formerly NetPartners Internet Solutions) will donate its internet filtering software to schools willing to participate in a two-year nationwide study of student use of the internet. The offer, announced at the National Educational Computing Conference in June, has been extended to all schools in the United States. The study will investigate, among other things, how students use the internet at school and at home and how parents perceive their children’s use of the web. Applications are available online. Selected schools can use the software free for two years.
$7.8 million from the U.S. Department of Education and $27.5 million in cash and in-kind donations from various organizations
To provide staff training and new computer equipment, $35.3 million to the Chicago Public Schools. The funding will be used to purchase up to 16 new computers in each of 87 elementary and high schools in the district’s Region 3. Half of the grant money will be spent on technology training for two teachers and the principal at each school. The $7.8 million from the Department of Education was awarded through the Technology Innovation Challenge Grant program. The $27.5 million in cash and in-kind donations are courtesy of some 29 partner companies and universities.
$2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education
For developing after school programs, $2.5 million to various public schools in Philadelphia through the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. The grants allow schools to stay open longer through extended day and summer programs. The programs offered to students are wide-ranging but typically include the establishment of computer labs. Seven schools in Philadelphia were selected for grants out of 176 nationally.
$1.42 million from AT&T Corp.
To further technology education in underserved communities, $1.42 million to various recipients, including $513,000 to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Grants will be used to purchase equipment, program materials, and to hire technology instructors. AT&T says it is committed to helping bridge the “digital divide” by making technology more readily available to underserved communities. The L.A. County Office of Education represents 1.6 million students in 81 school districts and 1,700 schools.
$800,000 from the BellSouth Foundation
To provide technology training to school district superintendents, $800,000 to 66 superintendents in the Southeast through the edu.pwr3 Power to Lead grant program. The superintendents will receive an average of $12,000 to supplement their own technology training. Power to Lead is the first phase of the $10 million edu.pwr3 program. Through Power to Lead, superintendents attend a one-day development seminar to increase their technology leadership acumen for planning, budgeting, and developing technology in their school districts. The other components of edu.pwr3 are Power to Teach, which will provide grants for teacher training, and Power to Learn, which will aid in the integration of technology in schools.
$180,000 in software from Knowledge Adventure
To enable inner-city middle school students to learn computer skills, $180,000 worth of educational software to 20 urban schools and youth centers. The software is to be used to help create computer camps at the selected locations, providing underprivileged youth with the opportunity to become computer-literate. The program is expected to reach 1,000 children by the end of the year. Donated software titles include HyperStudio, SiteCentral, and Kaplan Real World.
$107,000 from the Indiana Department of Education
To provide home computers to students and their families, $107,000 to the Martinsville Schools in Martinsville, Ind. A group of 55 seventh-grade students at East Middle School have been selected for the program and will have desktop computer systems installed in their homes before the beginning of the upcoming school year. Students and parents will use the systems for assignments and for eMail communications with teachers. Each family will keep the computer for two years. From there, the systems will be recycled to the next crop of seventh-graders. Parents who accept the computers into their homes must agree to take computer training courses and exchange eMail with their child’s teacher at least twice a week.
$100,000 in equipment from Compaq Computer Corp.
For its Teaching with Computer Technology grant program, more than $100,000 in equipment to 101 teachers nationwide. The program recognizes educators for their innovative use of technology in classroom activities. Winners received Compaq Deskpro Academic Small Form Factor PCs, which include a 400 MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, a 15-inch monitor, a space-saving design, and Compaq LearningPaq software.