School Leadership Program

This program, available through the U.S. Department of Education, aims to help high-need school districts develop, enhance, or expand innovative programs to recruit, train, and/or mentor principals and assistant principals. There is $10 million designated for this program. An estimated 22 grants ranging between $150,000 and $750,000 will be awarded.

Deadline: July 8


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 advanced 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 activities that aren’t technology-related, such as professional development and providing after-hours access to school libraries. The department expects to grant 250 to 300 awards averaging $50,000 each.

Deadline: July 24

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


Gateway Olympic Sponsorship PC Donation Program

Now that the 2002 Olympic Winter Games are over in Salt Lake City, Gateway will donate up to 4,500 computers loaned for use during the Olympics 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


Toshiba’s Grade 7-12 Grant Program

The Toshiba America Foundation funds teacher-planned and led programs, projects, and activities that aim to improve science and mathematics teaching. While Toshiba accepts applications for grants under $5,000 year-round, applications for grants of $5,000 or more are due August 1. Examples of previous funded projects include seventh-grade students learning to use microscopes while exploring real medical case studies, and high school students using scientific instruments to test water quality. Applications can be downloaded from the web site listed below. Before submitting a completed proposal, teachers are encouraged to contact the foundation by calling (212) 596-0616 or (212) 596-0667.

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



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 September 1 for the next round.

Deadline: Sept. 1



ClassLink Grants

Sponsored by cell phone manufacturer Nokia and a consortium of cell phone service providers (organized by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), 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.


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