Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation has three focuses for its philanthropic giving, one of which is support of innovative classroom teaching and learning in K-12 schools. In total, the foundation gave nearly $11.5 million in 1999 and $12.5 million in 1998. The foundation looks especially favorably upon programs that are small and well-targeted—e.g., helping elementary and secondary students with a particular issue, such as civil rights or the environment. Funds also can be applied toward tuition for training that will result in new instructional techniques in the classroom. Public and private school educators serving children of all ages may apply for these grants. Although the monetary size of grants varies considerably, a quick review of successful applicants from the past two years indicates that $5,000 to $25,000 is typical.

Deadline: Quarterly, with next deadlines Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 foundation/index.html

NEC Foundation Grants

The NEC Foundation of America makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations for programs with national reach and impact in one or both of these areas: science and technology education (principally at the secondary level), and/or (2) the application of technology to assist high school students with disabilities. These are not grants for the purchase of specific computer equipment for a specific individual, nor does the foundation broker the donation of NEC equipment. Winning projects typically have focused on disseminating products and information to target groups or expanding the scope of an existing program with national impact. The grants, which range from $1,500 to $70,000 each (with a median of $28,000), are awarded twice per year.

Deadlines: Sept. 1 and March 1

Contact: (516) 753-7021

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loans

This program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers loans or combination loans and grants to rural districts and other nonprofit entities for the implementation of distance-learning or telemedicine projects in rural areas. Applications may be submitted any time up to Sept. 30 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For 2000, $130 million for loans and $77 million for combination grants and loans are available.

Deadline: Sept. 30


Urban Initiative Grants

These National Education Association (NEA) grants, now in their 16th year, are open to all NEA affiliates with at least 500 members. NEA will award 25 grants of $5,000 each for projects that help accomplish one or more of the organization’s goals for taking leadership in reforming K-12 education. Projects that involve partnerships between schools and communities, particularly if new members of the community can be encouraged to become stakeholders in education, are preferred. Although technology is not a focus of the program, per se, many of last year’s winners proposed to create or expand mentoring programs for new teachers; these programs could incorporate a technology-in-education element. Similarly, several programs proposed to mentor teachers in low-performing schools, which often present the potential for improved use of computers in the classroom.

Deadline: Sept. 30

Dow Chemical Co. Foundation Grants

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 social.htm


Interagency Education Research Initiative

This is a research program, jointly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Education (ED), and the National Institutes of Health, to assess the large-scale implementation of innovative approaches to using technology in the classroom, as well as other novel educational approaches. Approximately 25 awards, totaling $38 million, will be made this year. Projects can focus either on early learning of foundation skills (such as reading, mathematics, science) or on adaptation to increasingly complex mathematics and science for older children. An example of a foundation study with a technology component cited in the project solicitation reads, in part: “How can computer and information technologies be used for enhancing the scalability, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of instructional approaches for improving early reading skills in the context of complex educational environments beyond a single or small numbers of classrooms? What new instructional methods or strategies are made possible with computer and information technologies?”

Deadline: Oct. 2 for letters of intent; Feb. 2 for full proposals

Contact: Nora Sabelli at (703) 306-1650 or nsf0074.txt


Alliance for Minority Participation

The Alliance for Minority Participation program is part of NSF’s effort to increase the participation and achievement of underrepresented groups and institutions in the sciences and mathematics. The Human Resource Development for Science, Mathematics, Engineering Education, and Research Grants Program, also known as NSF 98-19, offers “Comprehensive Partnerships for Mathematics and Science Achievement” to support educational systemic reform in city school districts. Districts must have at least 20,000 students and cannot be eligible to participate in the Urban Systemic Initiatives program or have received a Local Systemic Change award. Winning applicants are expected to demonstrate links with institutions of higher education, other educational organizations, and community groups in the design and implementation of a combination of in-school student- and teacher-enhancement activities. The solicitation states that “the integration of computer technology in classroom and laboratory settings in the context of mathematics and science standards is strongly encouraged.” Long-range programs that work throughout the secondary school pipeline are preferred. It is anticipated that five grants will be made; they are typically worth $200,000 per year for up to five years (with a maximum of $800,000).

Deadline: Oct. 15 nsf9819.txt

Leadership Grants

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education’s Leadership Grants underwrites professional development opportunities for public school teachers and education support personnel to prepare them for leadership. Sponsored by the NEA, these grants enable teachers to lead the educational process from the classroom, rather than having school administrators direct curricula. Up to 50 grants of $1,000 each are awarded each year in two rounds of competitions. Grant candidates should demonstrate a specific need for the knowledge or training that will be supported. Eligibility is limited to employees of public school systems. Although technology training is not the focus of the grant program, a list of recent winners’ proposals includes online education courses, attendance at SchoolTech 2000, and the creation of an online “teacher community” to address how to meet new state education standards.

Deadlines: Oct. 15 and March 1


Target Teacher Scholarships

This year, Target Stores Inc. will award $1 million to teachers and administrators for continuing education and staff development. Technology training has been the focus of many scholarship winners in recent years. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. More information will be made available at Target’s web site.

Deadline: Nov. 1

Contact: (800) 316-6142