Jordan Fundamentals Grants

Since 1999, basketball legend Michael Jordan’s Jordan Fundamentals program, a division of Nike Inc., has donated 1,200 grants worth $2,500 each. The grants fund resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or other costs related to field trips. Teachers or paraprofessionals who work with students in grades six through 12 in a United States public school—and who also demonstrate instructional creativity and exemplify high learning expectations for economically disadvantaged students are eligible to apply. Applicants must develop an original lesson plan or thematic unit. Unique teaching methods and projects are encouraged. At least 40 percent of the school’s student population must be eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.

Deadline: June 15


National Telecommunications Partnership Awards

Partners in Education and the SBC Foundation will award a total of $30,000 to partnerships that help teachers fully integrate technology into the classroom to transform the way teaching and learning takes place. Two Grand Prizes of $10,000, one Gold Award of $5,000, and 10 Honorable Mentions of $500 will be awarded in November at the 2002 National Symposium on Partnerships in Education in Washington, D.C. Applications will be judged on the program goals and objectives, activities, and management, as well as the sustainability and evaluation outcomes of the partnership. Judges will look for programs that are innovative in the way they strive to help teachers fully integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Deadline: June 17


Women’s Educational Equity Program

This U.S. Department of Education (ED) program offers funds to implement gender-equity programs and policies in schools, including projects that encourage girls to succeed in technology-related programs or careers. Projects may be funded for up to four years. Examples of fundable activities include training for teachers and other school personnel to encourage gender equity in the classroom; school-to-work transition programs; and guidance and counseling activities to increase opportunities for women in technologically demanding workplaces. ED expects to award four to six grants of about $150,000 each. At press time, the 2002 competition was scheduled to be announced in early May.

Deadline: June 22 (estimated)

Contact: Edith Harvey at (202) 260-1393 or Edith.Harvey@ed.gov


Braitmayer Foundation Grants

The Braitmayer Foundation supports programs that enhance the education of K-12 students through curricular and school reform initiatives, professional development for teachers, and local community efforts. Its grants, which range in size up to $35,000, are to be used as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organization. For grant requests larger than $10,000, applicants should submit an original, plus seven copies of the following documents: a two-page letter of inquiry that describes the project and its timeframe, a proposed budget, and proof of 501(c)(3) status. Grants of up to $10,000 also are available; see the web site for more details.

Deadline: June 30


Campus Secure Technology Grant

Educators who register with Campus Secure, a new web site dedicated to school safety, will be eligible to win a $1,000 technology grant for their school or district. GE Interlogix, an electronic security manufacturer and operator of the web site, will select a winner by random drawing on June 30. The money can be used for acquiring, upgrading, or maintaining educational technology tools such as computers, laboratory equipment, or related accessories. Once you’ve registered on the site, you’ll go through a brief question-and-answer session that gives you relevant security tips based on your individual responses. You can also read case studies spotlighting schools that are using electronic security systems to reduce absenteeism, train teachers, and create safer learning environments.

Deadline: June 30


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 writable CD 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 to participate.

Deadline: June 30


SMART Creative Writing Contest

SMART Technologies Inc. is holding a creative writing contest, in which students in grades three to eight can win more than $30,000 worth of the company’s products for their classrooms. Students must envision a futuristic tool that allows them to interview any historical or contemporary figure. The student with the most creative entry in each grade level will win the grand prize of a SMART Board 580 interactive whiteboard with a Floor Stand 570 for his or her school. Stories must include why the student chose his or her particular interview subject, a description of the technology that would be used, and a transcript of the interview. Teachers must submit all entries, and all prizes won will be awarded to the students’ schools.

Deadline: June 30



High School Grant Program

Wolfram Research Inc., the maker of a technical computing software system called Mathematica, is donating Mathematica Classroom Pack licenses, other course materials, and technical support to high school educators. Recipients will be encouraged to use the software to develop computer-based courseware for their students and will have to submit three progress reports throughout the year.

Deadline: July 1

Contact: (217) 398-0700, ext. 703, or highschoolgrants@wolfram.com


Improving Literacy Through School Libraries

Schools and districts in which 20 percent of the families have incomes below the poverty line can apply for their share of $12.5 million offered through the U.S. Department of Education to improve literacy through school libraries. Schools can use these funds to purchase and use technology that increases information literacy, information retrieval, and critical thinking skills. The money also can be used to facilitate the sharing of internet links and resources among schools and school libraries, as well as for professional development activities. The department expects to hand out 250 to 300 grants averaging $50,000 each.

Deadline: July 24 (estimated)

Contact: Margaret McNeely at (202) 260-1335 or Margaret.Mcneely@ed.gov


Gateway Olympic Sponsorship PC Donation Program

Computer maker Gateway Inc. will donate up to 4,500 computers loaned for use during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City to track official event results and standings. Consideration is limited to eligible organizations recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit entity, with priority given to schools and community centers whose programs help enhance access to technology for traditionally underserved communities. Any organization interested in being considered must complete an online application; faxed or written applications will not be accepted.

Deadline: July 31



Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants

To help improve meteorology education, the National Weather Association each year offers three grants of $500 each to K-12 teachers. Selected teachers may use the funds to take an accredited course in atmospheric sciences, attend a relevant workshop or conference, or purchase scientific materials or equipment for the classroom. Requests for equipment and supplies must state the items required and how they will be used to enhance weather studies, how many students and teachers will be involved, and whether this is a new project or part of an ongoing effort. Applications are available online.

Deadline: Aug. 1


Discounts for NEC Visual Presentation Products

The SMARTer Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SMART Technologies Inc., has announced $65 million in grants to be applied toward discounts for NEC visual presentation products. Successful applicants will be able to purchase NEC products—including projectors and multimedia displays—at discounts of up to 39 percent of the suggested list price. Grants are available to qualifying schools located in the United States and Canada and must be used to purchase products by Sept. 30.

Deadline: Aug. 31

Contact: (403) 228-8565



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 AOLTWFoundation@aol.com


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 their safety and the safety of their students. 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.


Education Spotlight Program

PLUS Vision of America, a maker of ultraportable projectors, 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. Recipients are chosen based on the creativity of their response, and PLUS Vision will share innovative applications with other educators on its web site.


Innovation Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants

The National Education Association’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) now offers more than 300 small grants of $1,000 to $3,000 each on an ongoing, year-round basis. These grants fund classroom innovations or professional development for improved practice in public K-12 schools and higher education institutions. NFIE will award up to 250 Innovation grants worth $2,000 per year, and 75 Leadership & Learning grants ranging between $1,000 and $3,000. Grants will fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

Contact: (202) 822-7840


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 gives every school in the United States 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, a worldwide effort to help teachers integrate technology into their instruction. Applications for each of these programs can be found on the web sites below.



PowerUP Grants

PowerUP: Bridging the Digital Divide, an initiative formed by a coalition of foundations, seeks to bring technology education and training to underserved youth in the United States. Based in schools and community centers around the country, PowerUP centers provide young people with access to the wide range of content and information on the internet and help them develop additional skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.


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