Microsoft’s Curriculum Grant Program
Educators in middle schools, high schools, and secondary-level vocational and technical schools are eligible to apply for these grants, which award software licenses for Microsoft Visual Development Tools and operating systems in exchange for posting and sharing lesson plans, resources, and activities with other educators via the MainFunction web site. Grant applications are accepted each year in November and December. Schools will be able to choose up to 50 licenses in any combination of developer tools, as well as 25 licenses for the Windows 2000 operating system. Each department within a school is eligible to apply for a grant. Schools will be required to purchase one initial copy of each of their selected software applications from their local reseller. Microsoft then will provide the additional licenses under this grant program.
Deadline: December 30
Toyota’s Investment In Mathematics Excellence (TIME) is a grant program awarding teachers up to $10,000 for innovative projects that enhance mathematics education within a school. It is sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. through its partnership with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and its Mathematics Education Trust. Any K-12 classroom teacher with three years of experience teaching mathematics within the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Territories may apply.
Deadline: January 9
Contact: (800) 220-8483 or email@example.com
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants
The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers program has expanded and will award up to $550,000 in grants this year. Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the 2002 Toyota TAPESTRY program will award 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 “mini-grants” of $2,500 each to K-12 science teachers. Interested teachers should propose innovative science projects that can be implemented in their school or school district over a one-year period. Toyota TAPESTRY projects demonstrate creativity, involve risk-taking, possess a visionary quality, and model a novel way of presenting science.
Deadline: January 17
Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology
This National Science Foundation (NSF) program focuses on broadening the participation of women in all fields of science, math, engineering, and technology. Applicants will be awarded funds based on proposals that show significant potential for reversing gender-based inequalities related to the learning and participation of female students in these technical fields of study. The program will award 20 to 25 grants per year from a $3.5 million pool. Deadlines differ according to the type of institution that is seeking funds. The earliest of the deadlines, for elementary and middle schools, is listed below.
Deadline: optional letter of intent, Dec. 19; full proposal, Jan. 29
Contact: Dr. Margrete S. Klein, program director for Elementary, Middle School, and Informal Education (K-12), (703) 292-8637 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Ruta Sevo, program director for High School, Undergraduate, Teacher and Faculty Development, and Educational Technologies, (703) 292-4676 or email@example.com
American Association of School Librarians Awards
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will award $21,500 in grants and awards through eight different programs this year. Programs with an obvious technology angle include the AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award, sponsored by Sagebrush Corp., which will bestow $2,500 for partnerships between school library media specialists and teachers in joint planning of a program, unit, or event in support of the curriculum and using media center resources; and the Information Technology Pathfinder Award (formerly the Microcomputer in the Media Center Award). This award, donated by Follett Software Co., recognizes library media specialists for innovative approaches to information technology in the school library media center. The award, $1,000 to the school library media specialist and $500 to the library, is given in two categorieselementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) education.
Deadlines: February 1
Toshiba America Foundation’s Grade 7-12 Grant Program
The Toshiba America Foundation encourages projects that can improve classroom teaching and learning of science, math, and technology. Proposals from individual teachers or groups of teachers, grades 7-12, will be considered for funding. Proposals are welcomed from public or private schools throughout the United States, but the foundation gives priority consideration to schools in Toshiba America company locations. Grant requests in excess of $5,000 must be received by no later than the first working day in February for March consideration or the first working day in August for September consideration. Smaller grant proposals (under $5,000) are accepted throughout the year. Decisions about small grants are made monthly, except in March and September. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the foundation before or during the proposal preparation process.
Deadline: February 1 (for requests of $5,000 or more)
Contact: (212) 588-0820 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SMARTer Kids Connections
The SMARTer Kids Foundation, the philanthropic branch of SMART Technologies Inc., is accepting applications for its 2002-2004 Connections program, a collaborative learning program for students in grades five and six in the United States and Canada. Connections equips upper-elementary classes with leading-edge technology, provides teacher training, and promotes collaborative learning projects between schools. The program culminates with teachers and selected students meeting in Calgary for a week of learning and adventure. Participating schools will receive a SMART Board 580 interactive whiteboard, floor stand, software, and an NEC VT440 projector. These products will be integrated into the curriculum to support the Connections program, and they become the property of the schools to keep upon the program’s completion.
Deadline: February 28
Contact: (403) 802-2549