January

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. Projects—which entail partnerships between K-12 school districts, colleges or universities, and/or community organizations—are 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.
Deadline: Jan. 7
Contact: Kathleen Bergin, (703) 292-5171 or kbergin@nsf.gov
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02190/nsf02190.htm

TIME Grants

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
Contact: (888) 573-TIME or toyotatime@nctm.org
http://www.nctm.org/about/toyota

StudyWorks Innovative Teacher Grants

MathSoft Engineering and Education, 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 studyworks@mathsoft.com.
Deadline: Jan.15
http://www.mathsoft.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
http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry

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.
Deadline: Jan. 17
Contact: Charlene Edwards, (972) 605-6557 or charlene.edwards@eds.com
http://www.eds.com/community_affairs/com_tech_grants.shtml

No Child Left Behind Grant Partnership

PLATO Learning 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 program 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

February

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 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.
Deadline: Feb. 1 (for large awards)
http://www.toshiba.com/taf/apply.html

Help Us Help Grants

Oracle Corp.’s Help Us Help Foundation 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 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
http://www.helpushelp.org/index.html

March

3M Salute to Schools Program

School library media centers can help reduce the loss of valuable library resources by applying for the 3M Salute to Schools program, which will provide $1.5 million worth of security products to 100 schools across the country selected by the American Association of School Librarians. The program is open to middle and high schools in the United States. Individual donations will vary depending upon the specific needs of the media center, such as the size of its collection and its physical layout. To be considered for the donation, a school must meet eligibility requirements and be able to demonstrate a need for a detection system. Recipients will be announced in early April.
Deadline: March 1
http://www.3M.com/us/library

Arts@Work Grants

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
http://www.nfie.org/programs/artsatwork.htm

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 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
http://globalschoolhouse.org/doors

Ongoing

Adopt-a-Classroom Grants

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.
http://www.adoptaclassroom.com

ClassLink Grants

Sponsored by 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.
http://www.wirelessfoundation.org/ 03class/index.htm

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.
http://www.lightware.com/site/spotlight.html

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.
Contact: education@intergraph.com
http://www.intergraph.com/gis/education/edgrants.asp

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
http://www.nfie.org/programs/howtoapply.htm

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. The Intel Foundation 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.
http://www.intel.com/education

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 the use of integrated technology that includes both wireless and hard-wired services.
http://www.intel.com/modelschool

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 describing how the requested funds will be used and how the project matches the goals of the foundation. Because of the large number of requests it receives, 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

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