Transition to Teaching Program

Transition to Teaching, available through the U.S. Department of Education (ED), provides grants to recruit, train, and place talented individuals from other fields—such as business or technology—into teaching positions in K-12 classrooms and support them during their first years in the classroom. In particular, the program targets mid-career professionals from various fields who possess strong academic backgrounds and work experience to become teachers in relevant subject fields, particularly in high-need areas such as bilingual education, foreign languages, mathematics, reading, science, technology, and special education. It also supports recent college graduates with outstanding academic records and a baccalaureate degree in a field other than teaching. By regulation, $3,000,000 is the maximum award for national or regional projects; $1,500,000 is the maximum award for state projects; and $1,125,000 is the maximum award for local projects. The 2002 competition was expected to be announced in mid-April.

Deadline: May 20 (estimated)

Contact: Frances Yvonne Hicks at

Women’s Educational Equity Act Program

The Women’s Educational Equity Act Program, another ED initiative, provides funds to implement equity programs and policies in schools, including programs that encourage girls to succeed in technology-related programs and careers. The program targets most funds toward local implementation of gender-equity policies and practices. Research, development, and dissemination activities also are funded. Projects may be funded for up to four years. Examples of allowable activities include training for teachers and other school personnel to encourage gender equity in the classroom; innovative strategies and model training programs in gender equity for teachers and other school personnel; school-to-work transition programs; and guidance and counseling activities to increase opportunities for women in technologically demanding workplaces. ED generally awards six to nine grants for about $150,000 each. The 2002 competition was expected to be announced in mid-April.

Deadline: May 22 (estimated)

Contact: Madeline Baggett at

Help Us Help Grants

Oracle Corp.’s Help Us Help Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists K-12 public schools and youth organizations in economically challenged communities through grants of computer equipment and software. Funding comes from Oracle Corp., as well as from other charitable donations. Grant recipients will receive internet appliances from the New Internet Computer Co. and Kyocera Mita laser printers to outfit 10, six, or five classrooms with five computers and one printer each. Applicants must document that their school is designated low-income and must provide test scores that show their students are struggling to meet achievement standards. In addition, the school already must have in place a technology infrastructure to support the internet appliances.

Deadline: May 31

Gateway Olympic Sponsorship PC Donation Program

Following the completion of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Gateway will donate up to 4,500 computers loaned to the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for use during the Olympics to track official event results. Eligibility is limited to organizations recognized by the IRS as nonprofit entities, with priority given to schools and community centers whose programs help enhance access to technology for traditionally underserved communities. Applications must be completed online; faxed or written applications will not be accepted.

Application Period Closes: May 31, 2002
Grant Decisions Made By: June 28, 2002
Grant Recipients to be Notified By: July 15, 2002


Public Charter Schools Program

The Public Charter Schools Program, offered through ED, provides financial assistance for the planning, design, initial implementation, and dissemination of information on charter schools created by teachers, parents, and other members of local communities. Grants are available on a competitive basis to state education agencies (SEAs) in states that have charter school laws, and SEAs in turn make subgrants to authorized public chartering agencies in partnership with developers of charter schools. If an eligible SEA elects not to participate or if its application for funding is not approved, grants can be made directly to eligible local partnerships. Grants to SEAs average $3 million and others average $150,000. The 2002 competition was expected to be announced in mid-April.

Deadline: June 1 (estimated)

Contact: Donna Hoblit at

Coca-Cola Foundation Grants

The Coca-Cola Foundation supports quality education and encourages new solutions to the problems that impede educational systems today. It also supports programs that have been proven to work. The foundation supports public and private colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, teacher training programs, educational programs for minority students, and global educational programs. Proposals are reviewed quarterly and must be received by June 1 for the next round.

Deadline: June 1

Teaching American

History Grants

Teaching American History, another ED program, aims to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of U.S. history. These grants are intended to help school districts—in collaboration with universities, museums, or historical societies—develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development, such as web-based professional development programs for history teachers. Congress has appropriated $100 million for Teaching American History grants for fiscal year 2002. Grant awards will range between $350,000 and $1 million.

Deadline: June 3

Philips TechOver Sweepstakes

Philips Consumer Electronics is giving away two complete multimedia systems valued at $5,000 each as part of its TechOver Sweepstakes. Two classrooms will win Philips’ products, which will include a projector, monitor, VCR and DVD player, PC speaker sound system, portable audio system, soundcard, and CD-RW drive. A school administrator must register on behalf of an accredited school on the Philips web site by June 30, and only one entry per school is permitted. Two winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries on July 10. No purchase is necessary.

Deadline: June 30


Arts in Education Grants

ED’s Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program aims to strengthen arts instruction and improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Funds must be used to improve or expand the integration of arts education in elementary or middle school classrooms, and using technology-based methods of teaching arts education is one possible approach. Grant applications must describe an existing set of strategies for integrating the arts into the regular elementary and middle school curriculum that could be implemented, expanded, documented, evaluated, and disseminated successfully. Awards usually range between $350,000 and $1,000,000. The 2002 competition is expected to be announced in mid-May.

Deadline: July 15 (estimated)


AOL Time Warner

Foundation Grants

The AOL Time Warner Foundation supports technology-related projects in four major areas of priority: Equipping Kids for the 21st Century, Extending Internet Benefits to All, Engaging Communities in the Arts, and Empowering Citizens and Civic Participation. Rather than simply providing grant monies, the foundation prefers to enter into sustainable strategic partnerships with organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to pioneering innovative ways of meeting these priorities. As a general rule, the foundation does not fund unsolicited proposals except in very special circumstances. Proposals are reviewed throughout the year, and the foundation responds to requests within 8 to 12 weeks.

Contact: (800) 818-1066 or

ClassLink Grants

Sponsored by cell phone manufacturer Nokia and a consortium of cell phone service providers, this program gives cell phones and free calling time to classroom instructors. The program is designed to create additional in-class learning opportunities by enabling students to call subject matter experts during school time, and also to provide instructors with emergency access to telephones to ensure safety. To date, more than 30,000 cell phones and 12 million hours of free phone time have been donated. Grants are made by individual local wireless providers; to find out if your provider is participating in the program, go to the ClassLink web site.

Intel Foundation Grants

Intel offers a wide range of support for many technology- and science-related initiatives. The company’s two main grant programs are the Intel Model School Program, which provides every school in the United States with the opportunity to apply for potential seeding of equipment and matches companies with schools to provide end-to-end solutions; and the Teach to the Future Program, which has pledged $100 million to train 400,000 teachers in the use of technology by 2003. Combined with software and equipment discounts from companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Premio, and Toshiba, Teach to the Future represents approximately a half-billion dollars invested by leading U.S. computer firms in bringing technology to the classroom. Applications for each of these programs can be found on the web sites below.

Education Spotlight Program

PLUS Vision of America, a maker of ultraportable projectors, has announced a new program called Education Spotlight. Through the program, PLUS Vision will donate three projectors and an electronic copyboard to a selected school each quarter, reflecting a commitment to increase the effective use of multimedia in K-12 education. Applicants are asked to give a unique example of how the projectors will be used when applying for the award. Recipients are chosen based on the creativity of their response, and PLUS Vision will share innovative applications with other educators on its web site.

MathSoft Educational Grants

MathSoft, a provider of math, science, and engineering software, has two grant programs available: the StudyWorks Innovative Teaching Grant Program and the Conference Presenter Grant Program. Through the former, educators and schools can receive a lab grant for 25 StudyWorks for Schools licenses, as well as additional licenses for the school’s media center. Interested applicants must submit a detailed proposal explaining how they would incorporate StudyWorks software into their curriculum. MathSoft also awards Conference Grants to provide stipends for educators attending math, science, or technology conferences who will be presenting a session or workshop using StudyWorks, Mathcad, or Axum. Applicants should consult the Mathsoft web site for more details.

Teach America!

Through its Teach America! program, the Gateway Foundation has promised to provide free technology training to 75,000 educators in public and private schools. Successful applicants will receive one year of free access to an online database containing more than 400 technology training courses, which run the gamut from word processing, to web site design, to spreadsheets, to computer-aided drafting. Applicants must file a short note indicating their reasons for wanting access to the online training program and their plans for using their knowledge in the classroom.


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