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.
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.
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.
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.