GTECH Education grants
GTECH Holdings Corp., a global leader in the lottery business with revenues of over $1 billion since the company’s inception in 1981, is dedicated to giving a portion of its success back to the community. Education represents the company’s largest giving area, and contributions to K-12 public education focus on programs that bring technology into classrooms, provide training to teachers and students, encourage parental involvement, afford students experience in international commerce, and promote cultural sensitivity. Proposals must include the purpose and objective of the program, the needs being addressed, the plan of action and time frame, desired outcomes, qualifications of program staff, total funding required, the amount requested, how the project’s success will be determined, and how GTECH’s support will be recognized. Other information about project requirements can be downloaded from the web. GTECH contributes cash, in-kind donations, and the volunteer efforts of its employees.
Deadline: Dec. 31
MediaOne COOL grants
Broadband services company MediaOne has announced the COOL (Community Outreach and Online Learning) Award for Educators. The program is designed to encourage educators to work as a team to develop innovative applications for video and internet technologies. K-12 teachers and administrators are invited to apply for the grants, and fourteen winning teams will be awarded $10,000 in cash, an IBM-compatible desktop computer, a printer, a document scanner, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. MediaOne will form a review committee composed of educators, business leaders, and community representatives to evaluate applicants based on four categories: creativity, leadership, participation, and outcomes. Those applying for grants should strive for innovation, easily adopted programming, superintendent support, ease of replication, and a diverse work team, and indicate what effects the project will have on the school or district and how many people will partake in the project. Winners will be notified Feb. 1, 2000.
Deadline: Jan. 7
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
Interactive Education Initiative (IEI) Grants
The IEI grant program, sponsored by the AOL Foundation, provides teams of educators with seed money to develop and implement unique, hands-on projects that help kids learn through integrating technology into their learning environment. The AOL Foundation formed the IEI grants to maximize the benefits of technology in the K-12 learning environment, identify best practices for using technology in schools, and create a network of educators and others dedicated to the use of computer technology in the classroom. Project teams can apply for grants of up to $7,500 to support creative ideas for integrating the internet into classrooms. Special attention will be given to proposals that have the potential to positively impact student learning, reach underserved student populations, or integrate highly innovative resources using the online medium. Grant recipients will be eligible for online support and in-kind assistance, as well as cash grants. Applications are available by calling the number below or can be downloaded and submitted via the web by visiting the AOL Foundation’s web site.
Deadline: Jan. 17
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.
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 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. 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.
Deadline: 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. Applications will be accepted online only.
Deadline: Dec. 30
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.
Teaching with Technology Grants
Compaq’s Teaching with Technology program provides educators with national recognition for their work, the opportunity to share best practices with other teachers, and a chance to win Compaq products for their schools. The grant program is open to all K-12 educators, and 52 winners–one from each state as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Defense Department schools–will be selected based on their innovative, effective, and replicable use of technology in the classroom. Winners receive a Compaq desktop PC for their school and get to vie for nine Best of Region spots and three National Model spots. Regional winners receive a Compaq server for their school as well as the desktop PC, and national winners receive both a server and PC, as well as an all-expense paid trip to the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held in Atlanta, Ga., June 26-28.
Deadline: March 15 (for nominations)
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 this tool.
$20 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Education
For the fourth installment of its Link to Learn program, Gov. Ridge’s multi-year, $166 million initiative to expand the use of technology in the classroom, $20 million to Pennsylvania school districts, area vocational -technical schools, and charter schools. To qualify for funds, every school district was required to describe how it was preparing for the Y2K challenge; to share its technology with the community; and to provide a 20 percent match in funds, which had to be spent on professional development. While the majority of funds were used by schools to connect to the internet, implement distance learning projects, and provide professional development for teachers, schools could also use their funds to assist them with Y2K remediation efforts. This year, for the first time, schools could apply for Link to Learn grants directly over the internet.
$5.5 million from the BellSouth Foundation
For its Power to Teach program, $5.5 million to public schools in nine southern states. Power to Teach is the second phase of edu.pwr3, BellSouth’s two-year, $10 million technology grant program. Launched in March 1999, edu.pwr3 began with Power to Lead, which focused on teaching public school superintendents across the Southeast how to increase their level of technology leadership skills. Superintendents were awarded $800,000 in Power to Lead grants to supplement their own technology training. To receive Power to Teach funding, school districts from every state served by BellSouth developed a plan for district-wide teacher training. Applicants were asked to show examples of vision, quality, and leadership in support of technology. Power to Teach grants require the support of school leaders, who are to supply newly-trained teachers with the tools they need to put their lessons to use. The third and final phase of the edu.pwr3 program is Power to Learn, in which the foundation will select three to five schools in the Southeast where professional development and technology integration are emphasized. Those schools will receive grant money, services, and technology consultations.
$2.8 million from the New Jersey Department of Education
For its County Coordinated Services grant program, nearly $3 million in technology grants to 18 New Jersey districts. The purpose of these grants is “seeding the development of county-based programs that promote collaboration among public and non-public school districts and encourage aggregation that provides long-term resources for educational technology activities.” Some uses for the grant money include: increasing internet access for county schools, professional development offered through distance learning, training and technological assistance, increasing the number of teachers using technology to teach collaboratively, digital video on-demand service, implementing school web sites, group videoconferencing, internet and multipoint desktop conferencing programs, and upgrading curriculum-support systems.
$250,000 from the Intel Foundation
Intel has awarded a brand-new elementary school in Dupont, Wash., with $250,000 to stock the school with computers, printers, scanners, and other hardware. When the school opens in September 2001, officials expect it to be the most technologically advanced school in the state. The grant recognizes the need to bring the latest technology to the classrooms, said Dave Fisher, Intel’s Dupont facility site manager. Officials at Intel also pledged to help design the school and support the technology they are providing. The school will serve about 140 students when it opens, and eventually it will expand to serve 600. Intel’s Dupont site, located outside Tacoma, employs about 1,500 area workers in engineering, research, and product development. The site has contributed more than $4 million to area schools since it began operations in 1996.