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 productsincluding projectors and multimedia displaysat 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
Help Us Help Foundation 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, recipients already must have in place a technology infrastructure to support the internet appliances.
Deadline: Quarterly; next deadline Aug. 31
Coca-Cola Foundation Grants
The Coca-Cola Foundation supports high-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. For more details, see the foundation’s web site.
Deadline: Quarterly; next deadline Sept. 1
NEC Foundation Grants
The NEC Foundation of America makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations for programs with national reach and impact in one or both of the following areas: science and technology education (principally at the secondary level), and/or the application of technology to assist high school students with disabilities. These are not grants for the purchase of specific computer equipment, nor does the foundation broker the donation of NEC equipment. Winning projects typically have focused on disseminating products and information to target groups or expanding the scope of an existing program with national impact. The grants, which range from $1,500 to $70,000 each (with a median of $28,000), are awarded twice each year. Applications are not accepted from individual schools, districts, or regional consortia; to be eligible for funding, you must form a partnership with a national nonprofit organization.
Deadlines: Semi-annually; next deadline Sept. 1
Contact: (516) 753-7021
Grosvenor Grant Program 2002
The Grosvenor Grant Program, offered by the National Geographic Society Education Foundation, supports the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students; professional development and mentoring programs for teachers; the development of valid student learning assessments in geography; and advocacy efforts to secure a place for geography in state curricula. Priority is given to applications that include letters of commitment from other funding sources that match the funds requested from this program. The program deadline occurs three times a year; the foundation expects to award between $50,000 and $70,000 for 25 to 30 proposals in total. Applicants for the Grosvenor Grant Program may also apply for Teacher Grants of up to $5,000 to assist teachers with the implementation of innovative geography programs in their schools.
Deadline: Sept. 15
Contact: Karen Gibbs, GrosvenorGrants@ngs.org
FirstEnergy Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Grants
FirstEnergy Corp., based in Akron, Ohio, is offering mathematics, science, and technology grants to encourage teachers and students to create innovative school projects. Grants of up to $500 are available to educators, administrators, and youth group leaders in pre-K through grade 12 in areas served by FirstEnergy’s electric utility operating companiesOhio Edison, the Illuminating Co., and Toledo Edison in Ohio; Pennsylvania Electric, Metropolitan Edison, and Penn Power in Pennsylvania; and Jersey Central Power & Light in New Jerseyand in communities where these companies have facilities. Any original project or program dealing with mathematics, science, and technology education will be considered. A panel of educators who comprise the FirstEnergy Educational Advisory Council will recommend the grant recipients.
Deadline: Oct. 1
Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants
The Dirksen Congressional Center is offering a total of $50,000 in 2002-2003 for projects that improve the quality of civics instruction, with priority on the role of Congress in our federal government. Areas of interest include designing lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in the classroom. Teachers of students in grades four through 12 are eligible to apply. The intense competition for these grants means that projects that lack innovation or benefit small numbers of students are not likely to be funded. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate matching support. Applicants should begin by sending a short letter or eMail that outlines their project; promising candidates will be asked to submit more detailed information.
Deadline: Semi-annually; next deadline Oct. 1
Contact: Frank H. Mackaman, Executive Director, at (309) 347-7113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools for a New Millennium Program
This program, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, helps K-12 educators improve humanities teaching throughout their entire school by engaging teachers, administrators, students, scholars, and others in professional and curricular development and the use of new technologies. Program funds are not intended to buy computer equipment, although modest purchases of equipment for use exclusively in the project are permitted. Depending on the scope of the project, grants can provide up to $100,000 for a project lasting up to two years.
Deadline: Oct. 1
Contact: (202) 606-8500
Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science, and Technology
Established in 1998 to promote educational activities, the Siemens Foundation distributes more than $1 million in scholarships, awards, and grants annually. Its mission is to provide scholarships and increase access to higher education for gifted students in science and technology-related fields. In partnership with the College Board, the foundation has established the Siemens Westinghouse Competition to promote excellence by encouraging high school seniors to undertake individual or team research projects in math, science, engineering, technology, or a combination of these disciplines. Winners are eligible for scholarships of up to $100,000. For more information, see the foundation’s web site.
Deadline: Oct. 1
Exemplary Education Projects
Through its Education Development and Demonstration program, the National Endowment for the Humanities provides these grants to schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions to improve formal humanities education in the United States from kindergarten through college. The program supports projects that promise national significance by virtue of their content, approach, or reach. Often of multiyear duration, these grants may fund the development of humanities materials (including technology-based approaches to teaching humanities) and ways to disseminate humanities scholarship and teaching practices to a national audience. The size of a grant depends on the scope of the project, its duration (up to three years), and the number of participants, although NEH seldom provides more than $250,000.
Deadline: Oct. 15
Contact: (202) 606-8380
Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy and Space Science (IDEAS)
Developed by NASA in 1991 and administered by the Space Telescope Science Institute, the IDEAS program provides opportunities for scientists to share their knowledge and excitement about astronomy and space sciences with students, educators, and the general public. The program funds innovative, start-up educational outreach projects that enhance science education through collaboration between astronomers and educators. Awards of up to $40,000 will be made to instructors of kindergarten through college-age students in collaboration with professional astronomers or space scientists.
Deadline: Oct. 25
Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom web site can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive $500 worth of credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology. Teachers help solicit their own sponsors by downloading and distributing fliers within their community or by sending out a personalized, pre-written eMail from the Adopt-a-Classroom web site. Every donor receives information about the classroom it has adopted, including an itemized list of what teachers bought so donors can see the impact of their donation.
Model School Program
Intel Corp.’s Model School Program gives every school in the United States the chance to apply for potential seeding of equipment. To apply, schools must submit an innovative proposal for using technology to enhance instruction, and if Intel likes what it sees, it will match grant recipients with companies that can provide the equipment necessary to meet their needs. Whitney High School in Cerritos, Calif., and Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami are the program’s first two recipients.
National School Fitness Foundation Grants
Schools that have an extra 1,800 square feet and interested staff members could qualify for free athletic equipment, including weight machines and computers that measure body fat and heart rates. The offer, valued at $200,000 to $250,000 per school, comes from the National School Fitness Foundation, a Utah-based nonprofit organization that seeks to increase physical activity among school children. The foundation has been donating equipment to public schools for almost three years in exchange for data and has implemented its program in more than 100 schools in six states. The program includes all the exercise equipment and computer technology necessary, three-year software licenses and vendor agreements, instructional materials, and exercise plans. The data are forwarded to research centers such as the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
PowerUP: Bridging the Digital Divide, an initiative formed by such partners as the AOL Foundation, Waitt Family Foundation, Case Foundation, and Corporation for National Service, seeks to serve underserved youth in the United States through technology education and training. Based in schools and community centers around the country, PowerUP centers will 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. More information is available on the PowerUP web site.