TIME Awards

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 toyotatime@nctm.org


Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will award 20 to 30 grants of $2,000 to $7,000 each for one-year projects and up to five grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each for two-year projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are United States citizens or permanent residents. One-year grants are intended for start-up projects. Topic areas are unrestricted but should promote education and equity for women and girls. Two-year grants are restricted for projects focused on K-12 girls’ achievement in math, science, and/or technology. Projects must involve collaboration between schools and community organizations. Funds support planning and coalition-building activities during the first year and implementation and evaluation the following year. Special consideration is given to individual AAUW members and AAUW branch and state applicants who seek collaborative partners. Applications from women of color and those from underrepresented groups, as well as applications that meet the needs of underserved women and girls, are especially encouraged.

Deadline: January 15

Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Department 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; phone (319) 337-1716, ext. 60


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, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Applicants will be awarded funds based on proposals that show significant potential for discovering and improving gender-based inequalities related to the learning, participation, and knowledge retention of female students in these technical fields of study. Applicants also will be rewarded for developing ways that encourage female students to take a greater interest in scientific, technical, and mathematics fields. 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 mklein@nsf.gov; Dr. Ruta Sevo, program director for High School, Undergraduate, Teacher and Faculty Development, and Educational Technologies, (703) 292-4676 or rsevo@nsf.gov



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 school technology angle include the AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award, sponsored by Sagebrush Corp., which will bestow $2,500 in recognition of partnerships between school library media specialists and teachers in meeting educational goals outlined in “Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning” through 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 categories—elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) education.

Deadlines: February 1


Handspring Foundation Grants

The Handspring Foundation focuses on supporting nonprofit organizations or international equivalents that help at-risk children and youth. It makes cash grants from $1,000 to $25,000 for projects that focus on preK-12 education or other issues directly related to at-risk children. Preference is given to organizations with a strong outreach component for underserved youth. The foundation is particularly interested in programs directed toward school-based literacy, mentoring, and peer counseling programs that target high-risk youth: after-school programs targeting high-risk youth that utilize arts, technology, or sports; services to children in foster care or juvenile facilities; prevention, education, and early intervention services related to children’s health; direct services for children who have been neglected or abused; and homeless assistance programs for families with children. Applications are reviewed quarterly; those received by February 1 will receive notification by March 15. Note that schools themselves are not eligible to apply for funding; only 501[c] 3 organizations providing services that are school- or community-based are eligible. Based on these requirements, schools interested in developing proposals should partner with nonprofit community organizations to be considered. Districts may also apply through their educational foundation, assuming this organization has 501[c] 3 status.

Deadline: Quarterly; next deadline February 1

Contact: Gisela Bushey, Director,

(650) 230-5000


Toshiba America Foundation’s Grade 7-12 Grant Program

The Toshiba America Foundation encourages programs, projects, and activities that have the potential to improve classroom teaching and learning of science, math, and technology. Projects and proposals from individual teachers or groups of teachers, grades 7-12, will be considered for funding. The foundation is most interested in teacher-planned and -led projects that take place in the classroom. Proposals are welcomed from public or private schools throughout the United States, but the foundation has a special responsibility to help schools in Toshiba America company locations. Grant requests in excess of $5,000 must be received in the foundation’s offices by no later than the end of 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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the foundation at any time before or during the proposal preparation process.

Deadline: February 1 (for requests of $5,000 or more)

Contact: (212) 588-0820 or foundation@tai.toshiba.com


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 friendship, adventure, and learning. All Connections 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 Connections schools to keep upon completion of the program.

Deadline: February 28

Contact: (403) 802-2549



Coca-Cola Foundation Grants

The Coca-Cola Foundation has three focus areas for its philanthropic giving, one of which is support of innovative classroom teaching and learning in K-12 schools. In total, the foundation has contributed more than $100 million to education since 1990. The foundation looks favorably upon programs that are small and well-targeted, i.e., those that help 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 schools serving children of all ages may apply for these grants. Although the monetary size of awards varies, a quick review of successful applicants from the past few years indicates that grants of $5,000 to $25,000 are typical.

Deadline: Quarterly; next deadline is March 1


Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning

Inspiration Software’s fourth annual Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning are designed to encourage educators in their ongoing technology professional development. On March 29, 2002, Inspiration Software will grant 20 scholarships in the amount of $500 each to educators who champion visual learning and the meaningful use of technology in the classroom. Grant recipients are compensated for attendance at a technology conference, graduate course, or training event where visual learning is highlighted.

Deadline: March 1


Curriculum Associates’ Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching

Curriculum Associates is offering its fifth annual award for teachers who demonstrate excellence in classroom teaching. The company—a longtime publisher of print, video, software, and internet-based learning programs—will make three awards in the form of appointments to its Excellence in Teaching Cabinet. Candidates must submit a 500- to 750-word proposal for a project that will create a unique, high-quality experience in the classroom. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in their submissions and remember that winning projects will not be implemented until the 2002-03 school year. New cabinet members receive a $1,000 grant toward the implementation of a proposed project and $500 to spend on related Curriculum Associates products. They’ll also have the ability to provide feedback to the company and field-test new products in the classroom. K-8 teachers from the United States and Canada may apply. Winners will be notified on or about May 31, 2002.

Deadline: March 15

Contact: Jackie Dawson, (978) 667-8000


NFIE Innovation Grants

The National Education Association’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) will award up to 200 Innovation Grants of $2,000 each to teams of two or more public school teachers, education support professionals, and/or faculty in public institutions of higher education who collaborate to develop and implement innovative ideas that result in high student achievement. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, and professional fees. Funds may also be used for professional development necessary to implement the innovative idea.

Deadline: March 15