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The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces a $20 million pilot grant program for broadband transmission service in rural America.

For fiscal year 2002, $20 million in grants will be made available through a national competition to applicants proposing to provide broadband transmission service on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis. This approach will target rural, economically- challenged communities and offer a means for the deployment of broadband transmission services to rural schools, libraries, education centers, health care providers, law enforcement agencies, public safety organizations as well as residents and businesses. This all-encompassing connectivity concept will give small, rural communities a chance to benefit from the advanced technologies that are necessary to foster economic growth, provide quality education and health care opportunities, and increase and enhance public safety efforts.

Applications for grants will be accepted until November 5, 2002. All applications must be delivered to RUS or bear postmark no later than November 5, 2002.

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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.

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Under this program, the Departments of Education, Health & Human Services, and Justice will support the implementation or enhancement of comprehensive, community-wide strategies for creating safe and drug-free schools and promoting healthy childhood development. Local educational agencies that have received a grant under this initiative in fiscal years 1999, 2000, or 2001 are not eligible to apply. An estimated $79 million in funding is available. About 40 grants will be awarded, averaging $2 million each in size.

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Up to 53 percent off the cost of NEC visual presentation products

This grant from the SMARTer Kids Foundation is intended to help educators purchase NEC visual presentation products for their classrooms. All public or private, accredited, nonprofit educational institutions, as well as nonprofit museums, libraries, and science centers involved in K-12 or higher education, are eligible to apply. Grants range from 11 percent to 53 percent of the suggested list price for the purchase of qualifying NEC visual presentation products.

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This program was created to help educators research the effects of technology on teaching and learning, and to publish the results of these studies. Each participant conducts a 6- to 8-month study of a learning environment that includes a SMART Board. The project culminates with a final research paper that details the study’s outcomes. Projects most likely to be chosen are those that have a clear research goal and that focus on learning processes.

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Grants for projects that apply technology to literacy, math, & science

The Verizon Foundation funds projects that focus on technology applications and programs in one or more of the following areas: literacy, the digital divide, economic and community development, women’s issues, overcoming disabilities, and math and science education. Applications are accepted from January 1 through November 30 and must be submitted online. To help you write a fundable proposal, the foundation provides a list of suggestions and detailed grant guidelines on its web site.

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