National School Library Media Program of the Year Award
Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, a division of Follett Software Co., this award recognizes exemplary school library media programs in three categories: large school district (10,000 or more students), small school district (fewer than 10,000 students), and single school. The winners in each of the three categories will receive $10,000.
Deadline: Jan. 3
Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grants
The Mathematics and Science Partnership program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), supports innovative, partnership-driven projects designed to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. Projectswhich entail partnerships between K-12 school districts, colleges or universities, and/or community organizationsare expected to reduce achievement gaps significantly in the math and science performance of diverse student populations. Successful projects will serve as models that can be widely replicated to improve the math and science achievement of all the nation’s students. For 2003, NSF expects to award $100 million to $140 million, pending the availability of funds. This includes up to 10 comprehensive and up to 30 targeted awards. Though the final deadline for proposals is Jan. 7, NSF strongly recommends registering projects by Dec. 2.
Deadline: Jan. 7
Contact: Kathleen Bergin, (703) 292-5171 or firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02190/nsf02190.htm
Toyota’s Investment In Mathematics Excellence (TIME) is a grant program awarding 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 United States Territories may apply. Examples of past projects that have been funded include lessons in robotics and the use of software such as Geometer’s Sketchpad.
Deadline: Jan. 8
StudyWorks Innovative Teacher Grants
MathSoft Engineering and Education Inc., a provider of math, science, and engineering software to businesses, governments, and schools, is accepting applications for the next round of its StudyWorks Innovative Teacher Grants. To apply, educators must submit a creative proposal for using StudyWorks software to enhance math and science education in grades 6-12. MathSoft will supply free software licenses to the applicants or school districts with the most compelling programs. Any teacher or school in the United States is eligible to apply. Proposals can be faxed to MathSoft at (615) 577-8829 or eMailed to email@example.com.
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants
Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the 2003 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 in the United States. Applicants should propose innovative science projects that can be implemented in their school or district over a one-year period. Projects must demonstrate creativity, involve risk-taking, possess a visionary quality, and model a novel way of presenting science, and successful proposals often incorporate the use of technology.
Deadline: Jan. 16
EDS Technology Grants
The EDS Technology Grant Program helps teachers of children ages 6 through 18 purchase information technology products and services that will improve their students’ ability to learn. Grants of $1,500 are awarded each year to teachers worldwide through a competitive application process. The grants must be used to pay for technology products, training, and services not provided to the teacher by the school or district. Examples of qualified grant expenditures include, but are not limited to, computer software and hardware; multimedia equipment, such as digital cameras and web-cams, CD-ROM libraries, scanners, and video boards; modems; internet access; and technical training.
Contact: Charlene Edwards, (972) 605-6557 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Jan. 17 http://www.eds.com/community_affairs/ com_tech_grants.shtml
No Child Left Behind Grant Partnership
PLATO Learning Inc. will award a total of $3 million in matching grants to school districts affiliated with the National Alliance of Black School Educators. The goal of the grants is to document how a research-based technology strategy can help implement the changes required by No Child Left Behind Act, meet state assessment requirements, and increase overall school improvement. The grants will last for three years to facilitate a valid, independent program evaluation. Grants are available primarily for school districts with 20,000 or more students, although smaller districts also may be considered.
Deadline: Jan. 20
Contact: Steve Niederman or Kathy Hurley, (202) 588-0458 http://www.plato.com/pdf/nabse_grant.pdf
MEC iCademy Awards Digital Video Competition
This competition encourages educators and students to use digital cameras and editing software to create digital movies based on classroom curricula and state-accepted teaching standards. Prizes in six categories covering grades K-6, 7-12, and a division for teachers will be awarded at the Microcomputers in Education Conference at Arizona State University in March. Any individual or group of students and/or teachers can enter. Submissions using either Mac or PC platforms and any DV-editing tools will be accepted, as long as the entry is provided in QuickTime format.
Deadline: Feb. 1
Contact: (480) 965-9700 http://mec.asu.edu/html/icad
Toshiba’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, mathematics, and the science and mathematics of technology. The foundation is most interested in teacher-planned and led projects that take place in the classroom. Educators should implement and/or adapt existing programs, materials, techniques, and curricula to meet local classroom needs rather than attempting to start fresh. Schools near Toshiba America company locations are preferred, but public or private schools throughout the United States are welcome to apply. Grant requests in excess of $5,000 must be received in the foundation’s offices no later than the end of either 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.
Deadline: Feb. 1
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
Sponsored by Tosbiha and the the National Science Teachers Association, the ExploraVision awards require students to work in teams and research a technologyÑor an aspect of a technologyÑthat is present in the home, school, and/or community or any other technology relevant to their lives. Students may choose something as simple as a pencil or as complex as a quantum computer. They must explore what the technology does, how it works, and how, when, and why it was invented. The students then must project what that technology could be like 20 years from now. Finally, they must convey their vision to others through both a written description and five graphics simulating web pages. The members of the four first-place teams win a $10,000 savings bond. Twenty-four teams selected as regional winners will receive digital cameras for every team member and a laptop computer for the school.
Deadline: Feb 4
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 thin-client 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: Feb. 28
The Arts@Work grant program, from the National Education (NEA) Foundation, encourages public secondary school arts specialists to collaborate with tech-savvy educators and the business community to develop examples of technology-integrated arts curricula that meet high standards for student achievement. The NEA Foundation will award up to 12 grants of $5,000 each through this program, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Deadline: March 3
Doors to Diplomacy Program
The U.S. State Department is sponsoring the “Doors to Diplomacy” educational challenge to encourage middle and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Each student member of the winning Doors to Diplomacy Award teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches’ schools each will receive a $500 cash award. The State Department also will sponsor a trip to Washington, D.C., where the winners will receive a private tour of the State Department facilities, meet with key officials, and participate in a special award presentation ceremony.
Deadline: March 14
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.
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, approximately 6,000 wireless phones have been donated to some 350 schools. 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.
GeoMedia Education Grants
Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions are awarding GeoMedia Education Grants valued at more than $6 million. The grants will recognize innovative teaching that advances the use of geographic information system (GIS) software by educators and students in the classroom. Grants of GeoMedia software will be awarded on two levels: (1) community colleges, technical schools, and universities, and (2) K-12 primary and secondary schools. By taking advantage of these grants, students and teachers can use GeoMedia’s leading-edge technology to explore new possibilities and impact the future of GIS technology.
Innovation Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants
The National Education Association’s National 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
The Intel Foundation offers a wide range of support for many technology- and science-related educational initiatives. The foundation’s main grant program is the Teach to the Future initiative, a worldwide effort to help teachers integrate technology into their instruction. It also supports the formation of Computer Clubhouses in schools and nonprofit organizations, as well as a national Science Talent Search competition. For more details, see Intel’s Innovation in Education web site.
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. With support from Intel and its partner companies, Miami Carol will serve as a blueprint for wireless technologies in education, while Whitney will become a model for for the use of integrated technology that includes both wireless and hard-wired services.
Texas Instruments Foundation Grants
The Texas Instruments Foundation makes approximately 65 grants each year. Awards usually range from $5,000 to $10,000, but the foundation has awarded some schools up to $100,000. Applicants are encouraged to submit one or two-page proposals that briefly outline the following: purpose of the organization, population served, amount requested, how the requested funds will be used, how the proposal matches funding interests of the foundation, and a copy of 501(c)(3) designation. Proposals are considered from civic, research, educational, health, welfare, charitable, and cultural organizations that have been ruled to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not private foundations as defined by the code. Because of the large number of requests, the foundation gives preference to organizations and projects in communities where TI has major facilities.
Contact: (214) 480-3221 http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/company/citizen/ foundation/guidelines.shtml