September

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 nonprofit 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

http://www.usda.govrus/dlt/dltregs.htm

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 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

http://thechalkboard.com/corporations/ dow/Grants/grants.html

October

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

(202) 606-8380

http://www.neh.gov

Leadership Grants

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

(202) 606-8380

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

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 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 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 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

(909) 307-3110

http://www.esri.com/industries/localgov/ k12_grant.html

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

(800) 691-2986

http://www.pierian.com/learning_oasis/ educon/grants.htm