Education World’s Grants for Educators
Education World will be awarding 40 education grants of $250 and $500 to educators who design a learning experience or project for their classroom which utilizes Education World and its resources as an integral component. The projects must directly impact students, provide a new and innovative educational opportunity, and be submitted by a current educator. Funds can pay for classroom supplies, equipment, project materials, and other items. Grant monies will be awarded during Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring, and summer breaks, and recipients will be named throughout the current school year and the summer. Those interested should complete the online application featured under “grant application form” on the web site.
Deadline: mid-November (for next round of awards)
Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT)
This year, another 120 public and private school math and science teachers, grades 7 to 12, in 35 eligible states and the District of Columbia will receive grants through this program from the GTE Foundation. GIFT was established to promote the integration of math and science in the classroom, encourage innovative uses of technology in education, and provide recognition and new opportunities for outstanding teachers. Each year, GTE awards GIFT grants to 60 teams consisting of one math and one science teacher from the same secondary school who have developed school enrichment projects that integrate math and science and use technology in a creative way. Each winning team shares a $12,000 grant–$7,000 to implement the project and $5,000 ($2,500 each) for the participating teachers to pursue professional development activities.
Deadline: Jan. 14
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants
Fifty of the nation’s best and brightest K-12 teachers will be awarded up to $10,000 each to implement innovative science projects through this program sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. Successful grant-winning projects, such as a mobile observatory to study light pollution and an interactive paleontology laboratory, often include the use of technology. Individual science teachers or a team of up to five teachers can submit proposals in two categories: environmental education and physical science applications (applied physics, chemistry, and technology). A judging panel of distinguished science educators will evaluate and select the award-winning projects based on their innovative approach in teaching science, ability to create a stimulating and hands-on learning environment, interdisciplinary approach, and ability to increase student participation and interest in science. To obtain Toyota TAPESTRY guidelines and entry forms, write to Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000, call the number listed below, or eMail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Jan. 20
Connections to the Internet
This National Science Foundation (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,” such as microwave or wireless laser technologies. 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: Jan. 31 (for preliminary applications)
Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning
This two-year-old program, sponsored by Inspiration Software Inc., offers scholarships to educators who champion visual learning and the meaningful use of technology in the classroom. Ten awards in the amount of $500 each will be awarded to K-12 teachers in support of ongoing professional development in educational technology. The program hopes to give teachers the money they need to receive higher-level technology training to bring back to their classrooms from workshops, conferences, or technology institutes. All award recipients will be notified by March 31, 2000.
Deadline: Feb. 15
Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Awards
Sponsored by Curriculum Associates, the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Award is in its third year and currently is seeking proposals that demonstrate a desire to make classrooms better learning environments through the use of innovative tools, including technology. Projects should last from three months to one year. The three K-8 teachers who win this award will receive cash grants of $1,000 plus $500 in materials from Curriculum Associates. Winning teachers will also serve on the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2000 and projects must be implemented in the 2000-2001 school year.
Deadline: March 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.
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
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.
Intel Foundation Grants
Intel funds programs that advance math, science, or technology education, promote science careers among women and underrepresented minorities, or increase public understanding of technology and its impact. National grants apply to nationwide projects or pilots for national programs. Community grants apply to projects located in communities where Intel has a major facility: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. An application is available at the web site.
Sprint Foundation Grants
The Sprint Foundation supports educational projects that foster school reform through the use of new technologies and communications media and through fresh approaches to the enhancement of teachers’ skills. A limited number of grants are available for projects in areas with a significant employee presence, primarily Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas, and Sacramento. Schools and other education-related nonprofit agencies can apply for grants totaling about $500,000 per year. Call to talk to a program officer first, or check out Sprint’s web site for application guidelines.
Building Effective Roadmaps for the Information Superhighway
To promote effective internet research skills and media literacy in K-12 education, N2H2 Inc. has introduced two contests in conjunction with the nonprofit Computer Learning Foundation. The Lesson Plan Contest (deadline Nov. 30) requires participants to submit a lesson plan that teaches children an aspect of internet research or helps them develop information literacy skills. The Curriculum Contest (deadline April 1) requires entrants to submit an original curriculum for teaching students internet research skills, which should include lesson plans, handouts for students, worksheets, and other information that would enable teachers to implement the curriculum in their classrooms. Both entries will be judged on originality, quality of the pedagogy and written communication, and potential effectiveness. N2H2 hopes to encourage educators to teach important internet research and literacy skills such as how to organize a search for information, how to use internet search tools, how to narrow a search, and how to assess the quality of the information found. N2H2 will award 12 grand prizes of Windows-compatible computers, 12 second prizes of CD-ROM recorders, and 12 third prizes of $100 software gift certificates to winners.
Deadlines: Nov. 30, 1999 and April 1, 2000
Computers for Learning
Computers for Learning is an equipment grant program that allows schools and educational nonprofits to request surplus federal computer equipment. The computers available through this program are primarily IBM-compatible PCs, the majority of which are 386s and 286s. The program also donates peripheral equipment such as printers, modems, routers, servers, telecommunications equipment, and research equipment. Applicants must submit information about their organization and its needs, as well as the name and eMail address of a point of contact. Donations are all given based on need, including whether a school is within an empowerment zone or enterprise community.
Since its inception in 1991, the Detwiler Foundation Computers for Schools Program has solicited retired corporate equipment, refurbished it at prisons and vocational centers, and placed more than 55,000 computers in schools and nonprofit organizations. Refurbishment and/or distribution of computers now occurs in 22 states, and more states are added each year. Schools and nonprofits may access the Application for Refurbished Computers on the web site, print, fill out and mail to the Detwiler Foundation. Applications are accepted nationwide.
Global Schoolhouse CD-ROMs
Global Schoolhouse, which recently was acquired by The Lightspan Partnership, offers its members free CD-ROMs through the Global Schoolhouse web site. New CD-ROM selections are available each month; the Oct. 1999 selections included Knowledge Adventure’s JumpStart Adventures Third Grade, Macmillans Dictionary for Children, and Prentice Hall’s Multimedia Algebra 1 Labs. 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 Curriculum Grant Program
Microsoft Corp. sponsors the Curriculum Grant Program for middle schools, high schools, and secondary level vocational and technical schools to encourage the development of computer science, programming, web development, and information systems curricula. Schools can receive free software licenses for Microsoft Visual Development Tools and operating systems–such as Visual Basic, Visual C++, Office 2000 Developer Edition, Windows 98 and NT Workstation–in exchange for posting and sharing current curricula on Microsoft’s Academic Cooperative web site. Each department within a school is eligible to apply for a grant.
Deadline: Dec. 30
Schools Online Internet Access
Schools without classroom internet access are eligible to apply for Schools Online equipment grants. The 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.
With its acquisition of Star Division Corp., Sun Microsystems has announced that it will make available StarOffice software to schools free of charge. StarOffice supports most commonly used operating systems, including the Solaris Operating Environment, Linux, and Windows. This complete suite of productivity software enables users to read and write legacy files and is interoperable with Microsoft Office file formats, Sun Microsystems said. Schools will also benefit from StarOffice’s single familiar interface to office productivity tools, such as word processing, spreadsheet, graphic design, presentations, HTML editor, mail/news reader, event planner, and formula editor functions.
Virtual Gate Priority InBox
Virtual Gate Technologies, a Phoenix, Arizona-based developer of internet communications software, is offering its child protection software, called Priority InBox, to schools for free. The software is designed to prevent pedophiles and child predators from gaining access to students via eMail and chat rooms on the internet. The software uses a “challenge and response” function which allows educators to view, accept, reject, or route their student’s inbound and outbound eMail messages. Interested school administrators should go to the web site for a free download and instructions on how to use the programl.
$17.6 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce
For the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP), $17.6 million in grants to 43 recipients. The program, administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), gives out federal funds each year to nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, libraries, universities, and school districts that propose innovative, practical community- and health-related information technology and telecommunications projects. This year’s recipients (chosen from more than 700 applicants) will not only receive the TIIAP grant money, but also $21 million in other matching, non-federal funding, according to NTIA. The city of Providence, Rhode Island, for example, will receive $540,000 to create a telecommunications network giving service providers, schools, and libraries online access to community information. Next year’s competition should be announced shortly, with an estimated deadline around the beginning of March.
$9.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education (ED)
For the Community Technology Centers program, $9.9 million in grants to 40 communities across the U.S. The program aims to bring computers and the internet to community centers, public housing, libraries, and schools in underserved communities to help narrow the “digital divide.” The grants can support a range of services, including workforce development, employment information, and adult education; preschool and family programs available at times when parents can bring young children to use age-appropriate software; and after-school activities that provide structured opportunities for students to use technology. Among this year’s grantees is Casa Grande Elementary School District 4 in Casa Grade, Ariz., which received a grant to establish centers in three rural and Native American communities. The centers will provide instructional technology to at-risk children, the working poor, and those without access to computers for academic enrichment, workforce development, and GED completion. ED’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education received a total of 750 applications from all 50 states. The Clinton administration has requested $65 million for the program in fiscal year 2000 to support 300 additional grants.
$2 million from Ameritech
To provide computer training for more than 2,000 Michigan teachers over the next two years, $2 million from the midwestern telecommunications company Ameritech. Teachers from about 400 Michigan schools will attend the Ameritech Technology Academy, then return to their institutions to pass along their knowledge. U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who proposed the idea along with state education and technology groups, estimates the program will eventually impact 15,000 teachers. Schools will apply to send K-12 teachers after first assessing their training needs. The project also will establish a mentoring program for teachers and a clearinghouse where teachers can collect information on teaching with technology. The Michigan Virtual University, an online program that trains Michigan residents for technology-related careers, also will contribute $500,000 to the project.
$250,000 in equipment from JDL Technologies and NEC Computer Systems
Twenty schools and districts have been selected to receive a total of $250,000 in internet access equipment from JDL and NEC through the companies’ “NEC Express5800 K-12WORLD Server Grant 1999.” Winners received either an NEC Express 5800 server with JDL’s K-12 World CyberLibrary server software, or an Express 5800 server, DirecPC satellite dish, and K-12 World Satellite Server software, plus on-site installation and training, one year of weekly SmartFilter updates, and a toll-free support package.