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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 are taught in the K-12 environment. It is focused primarily on rural and economically disadvantaged areas. Applicants must show that progress is being made toward 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 proposals, due Oct. 1)
Contact: Dr. Gerald Gipp or Dr. Jody Chase, Division of Educational System Reform, at (703) 306-1682
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Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program
The Education Department’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement is inviting applications for this program for the 2000 and 2001 fiscal years. The program supports projects that help elementary and secondary schools identify and meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students and develop “rich and challenging curricula for all students.” State and local educational agencies and nonprofit groups are among the many organizations eligible to apply for the awards. ED has allocated $1 million for this program, and it says it likely will make six grantseach of which will be between $100,000 and $215,000 for a period of up to three years. Projects will be judged on their adherence to three priority issues: (1) Serving gifted and talented students in schools in which at least 50 percent of students are from low-income families; (2) Comprehensive ongoing professional development opportunities for staff, as well as training for parents in ways to support their children’s educational progress; and (3) Comprehensive evaluation of the projects’ activities.
Deadline: April 24
Contact Kelley Berry at (202) 219-2096 or Liz Barnes at (202) 219-2210, both from the U.S. Department of Education
Cisco Foundation Grants
Although not specifically targeted toward educational technology, the Cisco Foundation’s semiannual awards program has supported a number of community-based programs to bring the benefits of technology to youth.
The foundation does not fund individual schools, but funds organizations that provide programs and services to schoolsfor example, Big Brother/Big Sister and the Digital Clubhouse Network. Average grants are $10,000.
Deadlines: April 30 and Nov. 30
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Giant Step Award
The Gale Group and School Library Journal have created a new award program that will make a grant of $10,000 to a school library that has made the most dramatic improvement in service to its students. “We’re looking for libraries that may have been underperformers in the past but [have] recreated themselves,” said Renee Olson, editor of School Library Journal. “We’re looking for libraries that have become vital community assets, distinguished by exemplary services to young people.” Judges are seeking evidence of how students have benefited from the new roles administrators, community members, and teachers play in the library. Additionally, judges will look at such objective criteria as increases in circulation, uses of computer equipment and software, and support in the community.
Deadline: May 31
Contact: Beth Dempsey, The Gale Group, at email@example.com or Demetrius Watson, School Library Journal, at (212) 463-6759
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The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation
Dow supports K-12 programs in the areas of math and science, teacher training, and parental involvement. Grants may include cash, products, in-kind services, and volunteered time. Dow will not give a grant to an individual school; instead, the company targets its giving toward school districts; national, state, or local programs; and programs to encourage women and minorities in math and science.
Deadline: Sept. 30
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Robert H.Michel Civic Education Grants
The Dirksen Congressional Center is offering a total of $40,000 for projects that create lesson plans and/or student activities on Congress, government, and civics. Projects that use multimedia applications are preferred, especially as they facilitate identification of additional resources for teaching the historical basis for legislative and regulatory rules. Teachers of students in grades 4 through 12 can apply for the grants; institutions cannot. The grant administrators emphasize that they are seeking “practical classroom applications” in the lesson plans and use of technology. Applicants should begin by sending a short letter or eMail that outlines their project; promising candidates will be asked to submit more detailed information. Proposals may be submitted at any time during the year.
Contact: Frank H. Mackaman, Executive Director, at (309) 347-7113 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Last year, the organization received about 28,000 requests. Technology integration is the foundation’s priority, and integration with education has been one of the areas it has supported consistently. Examples of previously funded technology projects, which can be found on its web site, include supporting a maritime library’s creation of online courses for middle school students and a program to provide rehabilitated computers to disadvantaged children. The foundation recommends that you apply for its grants online, and guidelines are available on its web site.
First for Education Grants
Last year, Carolina First Corp. 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.
Contact: Bruce Thomas, (803) 750-2706
Intel Foundation Grants
Intel offers a wide range of support for many technology- and science-related initiatives. On a national level, 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 are made either to national projects or local projects that serve as pilots for national programs. They are cash-only grants (no equipment or volunteer support). Community grants are viewed with the same priorities and subject to the same rules as national grants, but they are limited to communities where Intel has a major facility: Chandler, Arizona; Folsom and Santa Clara, California; Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Hillsboro, Oregon; Fort Worth, Texas; and DuPont, Washington. Intel’s Public Affairs Department also considers requests for equipment and support of Intel volunteers in the communities where the company has operations. An example of this type of activity is the Management Review Committee staffed by Intel managers and administrators in the Chandler Unified, Tempe Union, and Kyrene School Districts in Arizona, which meets monthly to maximize the value of all Intel-supported programs in the area. Applications for all of these programs can be found on Intel’s 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. Although Sprint does not have an application form, the foundation recommends that applicants identify how their projects support Sprint’s objectives: innovation and the use of technology in the classroom; enhanced education for minorities and/or the disadvantaged; and increased employee and public support of education. Because these grants are supported by employee contributions matched by foundation funds, grants are available for projects in areas with a significant employee presence, primarily Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas, and Sacramento. Two examples of grant recipients for 1998 are the National Technical Institute for the Deaf to implement videoconferencing in a variety of educational applications, and the Kansas City Art Institute to begin creation of a forward-looking, campus-wide technology initiative. 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.
Teaching with Technology Grants
The deadline for Compaq’s Teaching with Technology program has been extended to April 15. This program gives educators a chance to share best practices with other teachersand win Compaq products. Fifty-two winnersone from each state, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Defense Department schoolswill be chosen based on their innovative, replicable, and effective use of classroom technology. Winners receive a Compaq desktop PC for their school and get to vie for nine Best of Region and three National Model spots.
Deadline: April 15
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Dr. Farallon Education Grant 2000 Program
Farallon Communications Inc. is providing grants worth a total of $30,000 to enable K-12 schools to obtain networking hardware. The company asks that applicants complete a short application form and include an essay (500 words or fewer) on their school’s networking capabilities today and upcoming plans. Grant winners will select their award from Farallon’s entire family of “plug-and-play” networking hardware (available for Macs and PCs), including Gigabit cards and switches, SkyLINE wireless LAN cards, Fast Ethernet and Ethernet cards, adapters, hubs, and switches. Each of the 10 winners will be able to select $3,000 worth of equipment. Another $1,000 will be awarded to a non-winning applicant through a random drawing.
Deadline: April 30
Sponsored by the SMARTer Kids Foundation, this program provides researchers with innovative technology-based learning materials in return for permission by the researchers to publish their study results on the web. The foundation will lend Roomware products from SMART Technologies Inc. to participants for a period of up to six months. The use of the SMART products must be a component of the project; however, it is up to each participant to define the project’s overall goals and intended outcomessuch as studying how students use the equipment, for example, or perhaps trying to develop software to enhance the learning process. At the end of the research projects, all equipment will be offered to participants at a nominal price. To date, 15 projects have been completed under the program, and 16 are ongoing. The foundation will select approximately 15 more projects at each of its semiannual
Deadlines: May 31 and October 31
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 486s and 386s. 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’s 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 almost 30 states, and more states are added each year. Schools and nonprofits may access the Application for Refurbished Computers on the organization’s web site, fill it out, print it, and mail it to the Detwiler Foundation. Applications are accepted nationwide.
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 also care 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.