School leaders consistently identify high costs and shrinking budgets as a top barrier to implementing new technology tools and programs.

As back-to-school approaches, many educators are faced with budgets that force teachers to buy school supplies with their own money. The stark realities of the homework gap and the digital divide also become more apparent during the school year, when many students are left without home internet access or without the right device to complete assignments at home.

Budget challenges won’t improve right away, but school districts can boost their available funds with grants that are targeted to different areas of need.

If you need help with a grant application, check out this resource to get started.

If you’re searching for grants to address digital inequities or to help teachers fund their classroom priorities, look no further:

1. The Kajeet Homework Gap Grant: Within every district, there are hundreds, or even thousands, of students who do not have internet access once they leave the classroom, creating an unintended Homework Gap between those with internet and those without. Nationwide, 5 million households with school-age children lack internet access at home. Ultimately, this lack of connectivity jeopardizes students performances, grades, and even graduation rates. Kajeet is giving away 15 Homework Gap Grants to districts and/or schools looking to provide their students with either 10 Kajeet SmartSpot devices or 1 Kajeet SmartBus device. With the Homework Gap Grant, a school or district can have the opportunity to roll out or expand on its technology program by providing additional connectivity opportunities for students. Winners will be selected based on the district’s or school’s current technology program (goals, expectations, plans for expansion, and parent/student involvement) and the determined need for connectivity. Winners cannot be current Kajeet clients. Applicants must illustrate plans for a comprehensive program with goals and metrics in place that will show success after the school year is complete. Winners will be notified by email and/or phone by Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

Deadline: August 10, 2018

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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