Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants

The Dirksen Congressional Center is offering $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 message that outlines the 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, (309) 347-7113, fmackaman@

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants for programs and activities that improve the classroom teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and technology for middle and high school students. Public and private schools, local educational agencies, and youth organizations across the United States may apply. Projects should provide direct benefits to students and should include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences. The Small Grants Program awards grants of up to $5,000 monthly throughout the year. The Large Grants Program awards grants of more than $5,000 in March and September (with deadlines of Feb. 1 and Aug. 1, respectively). The total annual grants budget is approximately $550,000.

Contact: (212) 588-0820,

Equipment Grants

3M Salute to Schools

In an effort to help school libraries maintain their valuable resources, 3M is providing up to $1 million in 3M Detection Systems to middle and high school library media centers in the United States. The program is being sponsored in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). AASL will be responsible for receiving applications and selecting grant recipients. Recipients will be given a 3M Detection System for the entrance/exit of their media center and a supply of 3M Tattle-Tape Security Strips for marking items in their collections. To be eligible, a school must demonstrate a need for a security system. Applications are available online, and recipients will be announced at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Deadline: May 31

Contact: (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383