Education and Community Funding

The Pentair Foundation was established by the Pentair Corp. in 1998 to promote education, cultural awareness, and community well-being in communities in which Pentair has business operations. Its education grants are aimed at projects that can support the use of “alternative education methods and instruction that provide opportunities which recognize and support the individual needs and skill levels of students.” Use of computers in the classroom is one type of activity that can address this goal. Pentair Corp. directs up to two percent of its pre-tax earnings to charitable organizations and has been doing so since 1986. In 1998, the company contributed $3.1 million to civic and social causes, with $3 million of that going to activities in Minnesota, where it is based.

Deadlines: March 1, June 1, October 1

(651) 636-7920


NFIE Leadership Grants

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE), created by the National Education Association, offers $1,000 to individual teachers and education support personnel to take personal development courses that are applicable to a wide variety of education needs in the classroom, including computer education. NFIE emphasizes that the candidate must show direct need of his or her students for the type of information that the training will provide. For example, a grant recipient from Leroy, Ala., last year received funds to take a training course on integrating technology into the curriculum, and to share her information through one-on-one training, a monthly newsletter, and after-school workshops. As many as 50 awards will be made each year. Candidates are encouraged to read NFIE’s report, “Teachers Take Charge of Their Learning: Transforming Professional Development for Student Success,” to understand the types of activities that will be supported. The report can be downloaded for free at, or purchased by contacting NFIE.

Deadlines: March 1 and October 15


Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers

to Use Technology

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), this large program is now in its second year. Last year, 225 grants were awarded, each over $200,000 per year (usually for three years). Total federal funding for the program exceeds $75 million per year. There are two types of grants: Implementation Grants and Catalyst Grants. The approximately 80 Implementation Grants made this year will support consortia that are ready to implement significant program innovations. The approximately 15 Catalyst Grants made this year will target organizations assisting those who are building improved teacher preparation programs. Given the size of these grants, expectations are that programs will be innovative, extensive, and measurable. K-12 schools and districts must team up with hgiher education institutions to be eligible.

Deadline: March 7

(202) 708-8493


Telecommunications Demonstration Project for Mathematics

One of the more extensive grant programs around is the Telecommunications Demonstration Project for Mathematics. This ED program provides funds to nonprofit telecommunications entities, or partnership of those entities, to carry out a national telecommunications-based demonstration project to improve the teaching of mathematics. Funds of up to $8.5 million are available for this extensive program, and one to three grantees will be awarded. To be eligible, a project must be proposed for at least 15 states and must be directed towards training K-12 students to achieve state knowledge standards in mathematics. Funds cannot be used to build telecommunications infrastructure, but must use existing telecommunications resources. Preference will be given to projects that primarily support underserved communities.

Deadline: March 10

Contact: Jean Tolliver, U.S. Department of Education, at (202) 219-2097. 012100b.txt

Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Awards

Sponsored by Curriculum Associates, the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Awards is now in its third year and currently seeks 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 also will 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


Outstanding Biotechnology Teaching Awards

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) provides funds for outstanding biology and biotechnology teachers (grades 5-8 and 9-12) to travel to educational or training events, pay the costs of those events, and obtain equipment and supplies. The Biotechnology Teaching Award goes to a faculty member who has demonstrated an innovative classroom approach that incorporates the principles and processes of biotechnology. Criteria for judging submissions are: innovation, scientific accuracy, good laboratory practice and research techniques, benefit to students, and ease of replication. The awardee receives a recognition plaque at the NABT National Convention, a one-year complimentary NABT membership, and a $500 credit toward biotechnology reagents, kits, and further educational training from EDVOTEK.Inc. The Outstanding Middle School Teacher award is similar to the Biotechnology Teaching award, but only middle school (grades 5-8) teachers are eligible. The winner receives a Power Macintosh computer from the award sponsor, Apple Computer Inc., a recognition plaque at the NABT National Convention, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership.

Deadline: March 15, 2000

(703) 264-9696

Technology Opportunities Program

(formerly known as the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program)

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration will award $12.5 million in matching grants for innovative projects using advanced telecommunications and information technology. The Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) is especially interested in projects developed by smaller, locally-based organizations that represent technologically underserved communities across the U.S. The average award is $350,000 and lasts 2-3 years.

Deadline: March 16

(202) 482-2048 ml

21st Century Community Learning Centers

This 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 $185 million is available during this round of grants, which are expected to support about 2,000 new centers. The average award is expected to be $375,000 for a grant to support three centers, or $125,000 for a grant to support a single center. Funds can be used to purchase technology, since technology-based learning is among the list of supported


Deadline: March 20

Contact: Amanda Clyburn or Carol J. Mitchell at (202) 219-2180.

Urban Systemic Program in Science, Math, and Technology

This National Science Foundation grant (listed as NSF 00-34, which replaces NSF 99-52) is a program for K-12 schools in urban areas. NSF seeks to reform the teaching of technology, science, and mathematics to students in large urban districts. For the purposes of this program, urban school districts are defined as those serving a central city and enrolling at least 20,000 students. The program will award 10-15 cooperative grants, in which the winners are expected to contribute at least 20 percent of the total program costs. Partnerships between schools and two- or four-year colleges and universities should be part of any program proposal, both to eventually increase enrollment in institutions of higher education by urban youth and to develop education research that will enable systemic changes in technology, math, and science education for students across the United States.

Deadline: March 31

Contact: Celeste Pea, Program Officer, at (703) 306-1684 or


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 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


Geoscience Education Grants

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding grants to facilitate geoscience education. Proposals may target any educational level, including K-12 education and even education outside the classroom. Grant applicants must demonstrate that their proposals are highly innovative and/or serve geoscience eduation for audiences that might not otherwise have access to the information. The program announcement specifically emphasizes that collaborative projects between schools and other institutions (museums, laboratories, ships, etc.) are encouraged, and that the internet can facilitate such collaborations. Now in its third year, the NSF Awards to Facilitate Geoscience Education grants program anticipates awarding up to 20 grants totaling $2 million for geoscience education and also for projects to develop a national online geoscience library for college undergraduate students.

Deadline: April 10

Contact: Michael Mayhew at (703) 306-1557 or


Rural Systemic Initiatives in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

This program, funded through the National Science Foundation (Grant NSF 00-47), supports systemic change in the way that mathematics and science is taught in the K-12 environment. It is focused primarily on rural and economically disadvantaged areas. Applicants must show that progress is being made towards meeting knowledge standards for each student, and that the project has widespread support from teachers, parents, and administrators. Development awards are typically for one year and are worth about $100,000; implementation awards that follow initial development can be as large as $5 million over a five-year period.

Deadline: April 19 (followed by implementation proposal due Oct. 1)

Contact: Dr. Gerald Gipp and Dr. Jody Chase, Division of Educational System

Reform, at (703) 306-1682.


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 classroom 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 ss/devgrant_2000.html

SMARTer Kids Foundation’s

Connections Project

The Connections Project is one of several projects sponsored by SMART Technologies’ SMARTer Kids Foundation. Connections, which is now completing its pilot-year cycle, seeks to bring together sixth-grade students and teachers from schools across North America to work collaboratively on research projects and other activities over the internet. Connections provides technology and training to selected schools, oversees project work during the year, and then brings together the teachers and six of the students from each class in an exchange program at the end of the school year. Thirteen schools participated in this year’s pilot program. Successful applicants, who must be sixth-grade teachers, will be notified by May 1.

Deadline: March 31 index.html


Ludwick Family Foundation Grants

Initiated in 1990, the Ludwick Family Foundation seeks opportunities to encourage new and expanded projects and programs by providing grants to nonprofit organizations for new equipment, equipment replacement and modernization, improvements to facilities, and educational materials. K-12 schools, public or independent, are eligible. Grants can range from $500 to $50,000, and the foundation has awarded about 15-20 grants per year. The foundation has a two-part application process. First, letters of inquiry (3-page maximum) must be sent. These outline in general terms the project for which funding is sought. The foundation will then contact selected candidates and ask for an expanded proposal, at which point a decision on funding will be made. Several past recipients have used funds to purchase computers or audio-visual equipment.

Deadlines: March 31 and August 31 (for letters of inquiry)

Sony Symphony Learning System

For the second consecutive year, Sony Electronics Inc. will award one eligible school or college a 10-station Symphony Learning System, considered a top-of-the-line language learning tool. The system allows teachers to more closely monitor each student’s progress in language acquisition and offers each student more time to speak in class than he or she would normally have. The grant winner also will be able to choose either audio active student panels or Soloist virtual digital audio recorders for ten student stations. Installation of the system will be arranged and paid for by Sony and handled by a local authorized Sony reseller of Sony’s choosing. The grant is open to all United

States public and private K-12 state-certified schools, schools for the disabled, and both public and private state-certified colleges with foreign language or ESL programs. Sony will announce the grant recipient in May.

Deadline: March 31

(800) 686 SONY ext. 2000 GRANT