Grants: Opportunities


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 should 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.

Deadline: Jan. 7

(800) 871-6852

Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT)

This year, another 140 public and private school math and science teachers, grades 7 to 12, in 40 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. GTE will award GIFT grants to 70 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 will share a $15,000 grant—$8,000 to implement the project and $7,000 ($3,500 each) for the participating teachers to pursue professional development activities.

Deadline: Jan. 14

(800) 315-5010

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

(703) 265-1342

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

Deadline: Jan. 20

(800) 807-9852

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)

(703) 306-1636 nsf98102.htm


National Leadership Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides these grants to enhance the quality of library services nationwide and to strengthen ties between libraries and museums. School libraries are eligible, and encouraged, to apply. Awards range from $15,000 to $500,000 and are given in four categories: (1) education and training in library and information science; (2) research and demonstration projects to improve library services; (3) preservation or digitization of library materials and resources; and (4) model programs of cooperation between libraries and museums. The deadline listed below is for categories 1-3; the deadline for grants in category 4 is April 1. For more information, contact Jeanne McConnell, program officer, at (202) 606-5389 or

Deadline: Feb. 1

(202) 606-5227

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.

Deadline: Feb. 15

(800) 877-4292


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, and projects must be implemented in the 2000-2001 school year.

Deadline: March 15

(800) 225-0248 cabinetintro.shtml

21st Century Community

Learning Centers

This U.S. Department of Education (ED) program is open to rural and inner-city public schools and consortia to help them plan, implement, or expand after-hours, in-school projects that benefit the educational, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. Approximately $450 million is available in fiscal year 2000. Funds can be used to purchase technology, since technology-based learning is among the list of supported activities. The deadline listed below is an estimate from ED; check the program’s web site for the actual deadline, which will have been posted after STFB went to press. For further information, contact Amanda Clyburn or Carol J. Mitchell at (202) 219-2180.

Deadline: March 20 (estimated)



Scholastic’s Ms. Frizzle Award 2000

Scholastic Inc., a global children’s publisher and media company, has announced the third year of the Ms. Frizzle Award, presented by Microsoft Corp. The awards program honors proposals from elementary school teachers (K-6) who present creative science education projects that inspire imagination and inquiry-based learning for the new millennium. Eligible teachers must submit a proposal for a project that encourages kids to learn science through hands-on discovery and problem-solving. The application must include a description of the classroom environment, a letter of recommendation from a principal or school official, a budget, a timeline, and an implementation plan for the project. Grand prize winners receive $2,000 cash, $2,000 in educational software from Microsoft, and $2,000 in Scholastic books and educational materials.

Deadline: April 10

(212) 343-6570


Edicom Typing Software

Edicom Systems, of Hazel Park, Mich., is offering free site licenses of its typing software to schools for a limited time. Power Typing for Windows is a typing tutor with 15 skill levels, three system reports to track students’ progress (including speed, accuracy, and weak keys), and an on-screen graphic keyboard for basic drills. The software, which can be downloaded from the company’s web site, normally sells for $80 for a school site license and $450 for a district license.

Deadline: Jan. 31

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. Applications, as well as rules and regulations, can be downloaded from the program’s web site.

Deadline: March 15

(800) 88-TEACH success/devgrant_2000.html

Building Effective Roadmaps for the Information Superhighway

To promote effective internet research skills and media literacy in K-12 education, N2H2 Inc. has introduced a Curriculum Contest in conjunction with the nonprofit Computer Learning Foundation. The contest requires entrants to submit an original curriculum for teaching students 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. Entries should include lesson plans, handouts for students, worksheets, and other information that would enable teachers to replicate the curriculum in their own classrooms. They will be judged on originality, quality of the pedagogy and written communication, and potential effectiveness. 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

(800) 971-2622 n2h2.htm

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.

(888) 362-7870

Detwiler Foundation

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.

(800) 939-6000

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 Dec. 1999 selections included Knowledge Adventure’s JumpStart Kindergarten, New Millennium Home Reference Library, and American Heritage’s The History of the United States. 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.

(408) 501-0770

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