Grant Web Sites and Programs Open to (Almost) All Subjects and Grade Levels

Funding Source Funder's Interest(s) Range of Awards Open to  Accepting Applications
Digital Wish Grants Calendar
This web site contains basic information and links to 62 grant programs
Best Buy Teach @ 15 Awards 
The purpose of the Best Buy Teach @ 15 Award program is to assist schools in meetiing their technology needs. 
This contest is for teens ages 13 to 18, who can nominate and vote once a day for the school of their choice (grades 6 - 12).  Every 15 days three Best Buy prizes are awarded: 
1) a $1,500 first prize to the school with the most votes;
2) a $1,000 secoond prize to the school with the second most votes; and
3) a $500 third prize to the school with the third most votes
All prizes will be in the form of Best Buy gift cards. 
Teens 13 to 18 can nominate and vote for the middle school or high school of their choice
$3,000 in prizes are given out every 15 days (see middle column).
Suwannee Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
On SVCF home page click on Programs and Services, then click on Suwannee Valley Affiliate.
The Suwannee Valley Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Jack- sonville Community Foundation, has in the past chosen to give funding to just one Suwannee Valley non-profit or to invite many proposals for programs and activities that will stimulate the development  of stronger interpersonal 
relationships among the residents of the Suwannee Valley.  
In the past those proposals have involved the creation of new programs and activities or the expansion of existing programs and activities into new areas or to new populations.  Example:  Finally Friday movies and music in downtown Lake City
during the first year were financed in part through an SVCF grant.
A competitive grant request for proposals could be offered to the community at any time, but there is none at present.
Groups of individuals, not-for-profit and  religious organizations, government agencies, neighborhood associations and 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organizations  This site will be updated when a new competitive grant program is announced.
National Education Association (NEA):  Youth Leaders for Literacy

Grant applications should propose youth leadership in developing and implementing an 8-week literacy project. Thirty grants of $500 each are awarded each year.
The winning youth-led initiatives are launched when possible on or near Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2, on NEA's Read Across America Day, and culminate during Youth Service America's Global Youth Service Days in mid-April.
Either individuals or groups 21 or younger may apply.   To be eligible for grant funds, service projects must include a scheduled activity  (read aloud session, trip to the library, book making, etc.) for each week of the 8-week project period.
Application deadline:

National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants

To provide 1-year opportunities for teachers and educational support staff to engage in high-quality professional development and to lead their colleagues in professional growth.
All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement.
$2,000 for individual participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research, and $5,000 for groups to engage in collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  
Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials that enable applicants to learn subject matter, instructional approaches, and skills.
Grant funds may not be used for travel or conference fees for more than one person, to pursue a degree, or for salary or indirect costs.
Practicing U.S. public school teachers & support personnel in grades K - 12 and  public school.
Preference will be given to NEA members with seven years of experience.
Applications may be submitted at any time, but they are reviewed three times per year, every year.
Received by        Notification
      2/1                3/15
      6/1             9/15
    10/15              1/15

Grants run for 12 months from the date of the award.

110-140 grants are awarded each year in these two grant programs, combined:
•  Learning & Leadership 
•  Student Achievement (see next row)

National Education Association (NEA)
Foundation  Student Achievement Grants

Funds should be used to improve the academic achievement of students in any subject area by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged.

Student Achievement Grants provide  $5,000 for one year beginning on the notification date.

Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.

Restrictions: Grant funds may not be used:

  • To support after-school, weekend, or summer programs
  • To pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, or salaries
  • To pay stipends to the applicants
  • To support conference fees for more than one person
  • For lobbying or religious purposes
  • Applications that include activities scheduled prior to the date of notification will not be considered.
Practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K - 12 or college level and  public school education support personnel Applications may be submitted at any time, but they are reviewed three times per year, every year.
  Received by  Notific'n
      2/1                 4/15  
      6/1                 9/15  
    10/15            1/15
Dale Earnhardt Legend Leadership Award
Scroll down and click on Foundation  (near lower right corner)
Deserving individuals and/or nonprofit groups who offer outstanding solutions to problems we face daily.
Identify a worthy cause, need or problem in your community and create a solution.  Present your project using any medium:  art, photography, audio, video or writing.
Each year there will be up to 7 grants of up to $7,000 per winner.  Funds may be used for any kind of education for winner or winner's family member or for training beyond high school or to solve the problem you have identified. Participants can be of any age, in any grade level of school or college, or a group.  You may enter as many times as you like. Application deadline:  December 31st of each year
Winners will be notified by the following January 31st.
Up to seven $7,000 awards will be given out on April 29th.

National Geographic

National Geographic no longer provides grants to teachers.  It  has begun a new phase in promoting geographic literacy for all children. It hopes to: 1) Advance federal geography ed. policy; 2) Improve public understanding of the importance and relevance of geographic literacy; & 3) Support model pro- grams in geography ed. to develop best practices. 
Geographic literacy projects could be carried out at the classroom, sch
ool, district, or community level.  Projects that have outreach to urban areas  are encouraged.
Although the web page you reach when you click on NG Assistance at left has a hot link labelled "Apply for a Grant," the grants are not for teachers directly. Instead, NG funds alliances which provide professional development to teachers.
In place of grants to teachers, National Geographic provides a web page with professional development resources for teachers who want to increase the quality of the geography instruction  they provide to their students. Click on "National Geographic Assistance" at left.
Dollar General Back-to-School Grants To assist school libraries or media centers in meeting some of the financial challenges they face in:
* implementing new or expanding existing programs
* purchasing new technology or equipment to support new literacy initiatives
* purchasing materials or software for literacy programs.
Maximum award:  $5,000 per grant
Dollar General Foundation reached its 2010 literacy funding goal of $150,000 by awarding 357 grants; 13 of these grants were awarded to Florida schools..
All school submissions are  judged on creativity, statement of need, and use of funding. 2011 Back to School grant applications will be available in February, 2011.   In the past the due date was not the date post-marked, but the date received. (Better yet, don't wait until the deadline to submit.
Although the application will be online, you may have to mail in the completed form. 

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant
Youth Literacy Grants are to assist  schools, public libraries and non-profit organizations to help students who are below grade level, experience difficulty reading, or have learning disabilities.
Maximum request:  $3,000
Dollar General Foundation  reached its 2010 literacy funding goal of $150,000.  15 out of 360 grants were awarded to Florida.  Four of the 15 were awarded to community organizations, and 11 were awarded to public schools.  
Organizations requesting funds must provide direct services to one of the groups listed in bold to the left, and instruction must be designed to meet the varying learning preferences and needs of the defined target population.
2011 Back to School grant applications will be available in February, 2011.   In the past the due date was not the date post-marked, but the date received. (Better yet, don't wait until the deadline to submit.
Although the application will be online, you may have to mail in the completed form. 
Project WILD and Aquatic WILD Workshops Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops provide  environmental awareness and wildlife conservation lessons through exciting, hands-on, wildlife-oriented activities in language arts, social studies, science, math, physical education, music and art.  Each activity has been classroom tested and includes objectives, methods, background information, materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subjects, skills, duration, group size, setting and key vocabulary. A glossary is provided, as well as cross-references by topics, school subjects, grade level and skills. Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curriculum guides may not be purchased but are provided at no cost at the workshops, which are also free.  At the Project WILD website there are links for  teachers to the following:
Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops are each six hours in length.  Please note:  There is a habitat improvement grant program which provides  small amounts of cash only to those who have completed the workshops.   Rolling deadline.
Target Take Charge of Education First, click on "Take Charge"in the left column to pull up the Target website. Next  read the short paragraph under, "Help us help your favorite school." Then follow directions, including  registering which school you want to benefit from your purchases.  Once you have a red card and have registered your school, Target's donation will total 1% of your purchases using your red Target card at Target and and 1/2% of purchases made elsewhere with your Target® card.  From 1997 to the most recent payout, Target has paid out $298 million to K-12 schools. The most recent payout to nonprofit and public schools was $24 million.
With money so tight, ALL schools should be promoting this program to your parents and the community.  There is no limit to the amount your school can receive through this program. Ongoing
Checks are sent twice a year in March and September to the school principal.
Schools, here is a very important rule to remember:
Checks are considered rejected (and void) if not cashed by their expiration date.
Target Field Trip Grants
Examples of the type of field trips Target will award are: art, science and cultural museum visits, community service projects, civics projects, and career enrichment opportunities.   Target field trip grants will not fund material or capital costs associated with an educational experience such as computers, software, video cameras or other audio/visual equipment or salaries.
Target awards 5,000 field trip grants of up to $800 each.  So far Target has awarded 7,400 field trip grants, totaling over $6 million, to educators in all 50 states. More than 729,000 students have been able to go on a field trip as a result.  Although you might think that  the odds of getting a grant are in your favor, remember that the grants are awarded to teachers all over the U.S.
K - 12 school
The application site is not open at this time of year.  Usually the first day you can apply for a field trip grant is August 1st. Try to apply then, rather than waiting until later to apply.
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants  Target's intent is to foster a love of reading and encourage children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Early childhood reading grants are $2,000. Grant applications are typically accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant notifications delivered in September. Target awards grants to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Grant applications may be submitted between March 1st & April 30th (but submit early!)
Jordan Fundamentals Grants: Innovation Grants and Inspiration Grants
Established in 1999, Jordan Fundamentals  Grants are awarded to teachers or paraprofessionals who demonstrate high learning expectations and instructional creativity.  
Proposals should reflect appropriate needs of students as they relate to the community in which the school exists and be focused on filling gaps in educational access for the same student population.
$1 million has been awarded annually to public school teachers across the country,  the most important requirement being that at least 50% of the school's student population must be eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program.
A minimum of 200 Innovation Grants averaging $5,000.00 has been awarded each year to teachers in grades 6 - 12.  
Inspiration Grants ranging from  $5,000 - $25,000  were awarded to teams of teachers (grades 6 - 12) in support of scaling-up implementation of approaches developed with Innovation Grants.  In the past only a teacher who has received an Innovation Grant may apply for an Inspiration Grant, and the two grants had to be related to each other.
A grant could fund resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation or other costs related to field trips, software and other items required to implement and assess the teacher-created (original) proposed lesson or thematic unit.  Funds were to  supplement rather than supplant expenditures already paid by the school district.
Eligible up to this year were public  middle and high school educators who worked with students in grades 6-12 and also demonstrated high learning expectations for economically disadvantaged students.

In the past applications have gone online February 1st and have had to be submitted by midnight of April 15th. However, in 2011 teachers are asked to hold their applications while the grantor rethinks the Jordan Fundamentals program. Try checking back to the Jordan website on a weekly basis.  It is suggested that if you have any questions, "please do not hesitate to contact Makeeba McCreary by emailing:"
In the past the funds had to be spent within that school year at the school to which the check was made out.   Even if the writer of the grant decides to move to another school, the award will stay with the original school and a new grant contact will be appointed by the principal.  Electronic mid-year and final reports must be turned in.
Keep a copy of your application and both reports.

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The Oracle Education Foundation will run the ThinkQuest 2012 competition starting in the second half of 2011. 

ThinkQuest is a learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects, participate in a website competition, and browse a library of student projects.
ThinkQuest is a learning competition which allows students to work together in teams consisting of one teacher and 3 - 6 students to develop educational websites.  There are three age groups:  19 & under, 15 & under and 12 & under.  Extra points are awarded to teams that have members from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds.  Beginning steps include:

1. A teacher or school administrator completes the online application.
2. ThinkQuest reviews the application and verifies that the school is accredited.
3. The school team is now ready to create projects or join the competition.


Win a laptop computer, a cash grant for the coach's school or organization, and a trip to ThinkQuest Live, where you will:

  • Receive face-to-face mentoring from Silicon Valley experts
  • Be honored at a red-carpet gala with dignitaries and executives
  • Participate in educational workshops and visit fun San Francisco attractions
  • Represent your country with distinction
  • Develop friendships with peers from around the world
Teachers from accredited schools willing to work with a team of 3 - 6 students  19 & under, 15 & under, or 12 & under.

Calendar (If next year's contest follows this year's pattern)

  • Competition Opens: August 25, 2011
  • Entry Submission Deadline: April 27, 2012
  • Winners Announcement: Scheduled for June 22, 2012
Competition opens: Second half of 2011.

Check the Think Quest  site later this year to get more details.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Each summer the National Endowment for the Humanities supports a 
variety of study opportunities in the humanities for school 
teachers.  Seminars & institutes are national (open to those who 
teach American K-12 students), residential, & rigorous. 
to strengthen the quality of humanities instruction available to American students, they are led by some of the nation's outstanding scholars & take place at major colleges, universities & archival facilities across the country & abroad. 
PLEASE NOTE:  Application for the summer seminars and institutes listed below closes March 1, 2011 (postmark).
Here are five sample seminars, which are held in many U.S. & international locations with a maximum of 16
participants, of whom 2 may be current full-time ed. graduate students.
* The Frontier Experience in the American Midwest - Jacksonville, IL (4 wks)
* Great Adaptations:  Teaching Dickens Through Literary and Cinematic Adaptations-Santa Cruz, CA (4 wks)
* Medieval & Early Modern Islamic Iberia - Valencia, Cordoba, Granada,  Seville, and Toledo, Spain (4 wks)
* Production and Consumption in World History, 1450-1914
Santa Cruz CA (4 wks)
* Visions of the Dark Years:  WW II and Its Legacy in France - Paris, Lyon, and Normandy (5 wks)

Here are seven sample institutes, held  in many U.S. and international locations and led by a team of core faculty and visiting scholars with
25-30 participants, of whom 3 may be current full-time grad. students in education.
* Abolitionism and the
Underground Railroad Hamilton, NY (4 wks)
* The Art of Teaching Italian Through Italian Art in Italy - Rome and Tuscany, Italy
(4 weeks)
* Bridging Cultures:  Diversity and Unity in the Pueblo World - Cortez, CO  (3 weeks)
* Exploring the Past:  Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley - LaCrosse, WI (3 wks)
* John Steinbeck: Voice of a Region, Voice for America - Monterey, CA (3 wks)

* Mozart's Worlds:  Bridging West and East - Vienna, Austria (4 weeks)
Teachers selected to attend will be awarded a stipend of $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks),  $3,300 (4 weeks), 
$3,900 (5 weeks),  $4,500 (6 weeks), depending upon the length of the program they are accepted into, to help cover the costs of travel, lodging, books and other research and living expenses.
Full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated, as well as home- schooling parents are eligible to apply.  If the majority of their students are American citizens, Americans teaching abroad are also eligible.  Librarians and school adminis- trators may also be eligible.  The guidelines and application information received directly from seminar and institute directors contain any additional requirements.  Applicants who have not participated in the last three years are given first consideration. Deadline:  Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2011 (postmark).  You may requests information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (Seminars, Institutes or Landmarks Workshops) in any one year but may participate in only one.
Please note:  Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are available for current graduate students, who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching.

US Soccer Foundation To enrich lives through soccer, the Foundation offers grants in several  categories: 
  • Synthetic Field Building Grants are open to all; however,  a higher priority will be given to economically disadvantaged projects in urban areas.
  • The Passback Program is designed to help meet the soccer uniform and equipment needs of all players in all communities. New and gently used soccer gear is collected by organizations, teams, clubs and individuals and then redistributed to areas throughout the world.
  • Lighting and mower grants to improve fields are awarded primarily to economically disadvantaged urban areas. 
  • Program grants this year will be awarded  exclusively to projects and programs in economically disadvantaged urban areas encompassing populations of 50,000 or more.
  • Synthetic grass capital-field grants are usually larger than program grants.  Funding amounts range from 6,000 (Inner-City Program - Denver Public Schools) to $100,000 (24/7 Fields Program - Kirkwood Soccer Club, New Castle, DE)
    Alachua County (Gainesville) received $14,000 for field work.

    The highest priority will be given to projects and programs that develop players, coaches, and referees in economically disadvantaged urban areas encompassing populations of 50,000 or more.

    The Foundation is especially interested in organizations that incorporate a youth development element such as anti-violence, anti-drugs, healthy lifestyles, etc. into their soccer programs.

    Most of the recipients are soccer associations, two are cities.
    Please note: 
    There is no fee for submitting a Letter of Inquiry (Phase 1 of the application  procedure), but there is a $50 application fee for submitting a full application. 
    Paper applications are not available.

    Each fall the annual grant cycle begins in early September when registration for the application process becomes available. The submission deadline is about at Thanksgiving time when access to the online application is terminated.

    Application to Become State Farm Youth Advisory Board Member

    State Farm Service-learning Projects

    State Farm Local Zone Grants in the NE or Southern Zones
    $5,000 grant limit.
    Scroll to the bottom left of page and click on View More Information under Southern Zone

    Thirty students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada comprise the State Farm® Youth Advisory Board. They are charged with helping State Farm design and implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States and Canada.
    The board is made up of a diverse group of students. They were selected from more than 600 applications and were chosen based on their strengths as reflected in their application and through telephone interviews with finalists. Each member will commit about 15 hours a month to the board and participate in four face-to-face meetings during their year of service.

    The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently funding service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that address the root cause of any one of the following issue areas:
    • Drivers' Safety/Increase safe driving behaviors. [Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death among children and young adults.]
    • Access to Higher Education/Close the Achievement Gap [Every 26 seconds a child drops out of school.] 
    • Financial Literacy/Equipping students with the skills they need to be successful and informed about their current and future finances.
    • Natural and Societal Disasters Preparedness.  Examples:              hurricanes to obesity, and floods to  suicide.
    •  Environmental Responsibility          Examples:  From global climate  change and environmental  education to wildlife conservation  and land preservation

    For Service-learning grant aps.: Located in the U.S. or Canada, the primary applicant should be either an educator who currently teaches in a public K-12 school or a school-based service-learning coordinator whose primary role is to coordinate
    service-learning projects in a public school.
    Applications to become a Board Member are available August 1. Eligibility limits:  As of January 1, 2012, you must be between the ages of 17-20. If you turn 17 after January 1, 2011 or turn 21 before January 1, 2012, you are ineligible to apply.  All applicants will be notified by the end of September.

    Service-learning proposal applications are
    available now, and are due May 2nd at 5:00 P.M. Central Standard Time. 
    State Farm 
    Companies Foundation
    One of three grant  foci for the State Farm Foundation is Education Excellence. Education Excellence awards support K-12 public schools with:
    * Teacher excellence programs that improve teacher quality;
    * Service-learning programs (See row immediately above.) that integrate core classroom curriculum with service to the community; and
    * Programs that incorporate systemic improvement criteria into education systems.

    Talk to a State Farm agent to access the application.
    Educational institutions
    Year-round; however, requests exceeding $100,000 are considered quarterly.

    Youth Garden Grant Program: Hooked on Hydroponics Awards
    Funded by The Grow Store & the Progressive Gardening Trade Association

    The Grow Store provides hydroponics supplies and expertise to customers via their online store and Colorado retail locations. The company is passionate about the technology and sharing its benefits with students and the general public.

    The Progressive Gardening Trade Association is focused on the implementation of progressive gardening techniques into the mainstream gardening community via trade representation and education.
    Thirty-six school equipment packages are available for these age groups:
    Elementary:       12 grants
    Middle School:  16 grants
    High School:       8 grants

    Teachers may apply for more than one of the Youth Garden grant programs but for all they are awarded, they  must write a year-end impact report.  To be eligible for these awards, your school must plan to garden with at least 15 kids between the ages of 3 and 18.  You must verify that your facility can accommodate the equipment in the award packages available for your age group.   
    The 2009 grant cycle is closed and the 2010 cycle has not yet opened.
    To stay informed of grant and award program announcement and deadlines, sign up for NGA's Kids Garden News — a free monthly e-newsletter featuring thematic articles and activities, links to educational resources, and announcements of upcoming grants. Subscribe today!

    Youth Garden Grant Program:
    Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards

    Gardening is a hands-on project that allows children to explore at their own pace and engage in age-appropriate experiential learning. Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! is sponsoring this award to give more children these valuable opportunities.
    In 2008 75 winners each received an assortment of garden tools and garden- and nature-oriented teaching materials valued at $1,000, including a Link-a-Bord Raised Bed Kit, a GrowLab Compact Light Garden, a WormLab with worms, a Deluxe Seed-Starting Kit, a Butterfly Observation Habitat, and much more, plus a Wubbzy gardening activity guide for teachers.
    The grants are open to organizations offering structured programs in settings such as preschools, day care centers, and Head Start programs. Applicants must plan to garden with a group of at least 10 children aged 3 to 5.

    Click below to subscribe to a newsletter that will inform you when applications are available:
    Kids Garden News
    Youth Garden Grant Program:
    Funded by the National Gardening Association (NGA) and its partner, Home Depot
    In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:
    * educational focus and/or curricular/program integration 
    *  nutrition or plant-to-food connections 
    *environmental awareness/education 
    * entrepreneurship
    * social aspects of gardening such as  leadership
    development, team building, community
    support, or service-learning. 
    In 2009 125 grant  applicants will will all receive educational materials from NGA and Home Depot gift cards in these denominations:
    • Five (5) programs will receive $1,000 in gift cards ($500 to Home Depot and $500 for the NGA catalog).
    • Seventy (70) programs will receive $500 gift cards.
    • Fifty (50) will receive a $250 gift card

    Youth, treatment, or intergeneration- al groups may apply.  Teachers may apply for more than one of the Youth Garden grant programs but for all they are awarded, they  must write a year-end impact report.  If you have won a youth garden grant, you must wait one full year before applying again.   Applicants must
    plan to garden  with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. 
    This grant is closed for the 2010 cycle.
    Click below to subscribe to a newsletter that will inform you when applications are available:
    Kids Garden News
    Healthy Sprouts Awards
    Funded by the National Gardening Association (NGA) and its partner, 
    Gardener's Supply Company
    The selection of winners is based on the   demonstrated relationship between the garden and nutrition education and hunger awareness. 25 schools will receive a $200 gift certificate to Gardener's Supply 
    Company, a literature and curriculum package, and a curriculum package from NGA.
    Teachers may apply for more than one of the Youth Garden grant programs but for all they are awarded, they  must write a year-end impact report.  To be eligible for the 2008 Healthy Sprouts Awards, a school or organization must plan to garden  with at least fifteen children between the ages of 3 and 18.  This grant is closed for the 2009 cycle. This is a source for Apple(tm) software and hardware "treasures" not found in retail. Open All schools Ongoing
    HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative
    The Technology for Teaching grant initiative may have been replaced by:
    HP Innovations in Edcuation
    The HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative is designed to support the innovative use of mobile technology in K-16 education.  Professional development is also a concern:  The RFP refers to "action research," which is the process of gathering data and information about your work and regularly studying that information and data to identify needed improvements and to select your approach to making those improvements. This can vary in complexity and thoroughness. In the activities of this professional development, some of the most frequent types of information gathered are: peer observations of another teacher's classroom, mentor reviews of lesson plans, pre- and post-assessments of student work. At regular intervals, participants examine this kind of evidence of classroom activities and impact and work with their team and mentor to address any gaps and/or make improvements.
    In 2007 172 educational institutions in the U.S. were awarded grants through this competitive proposal process;  40%  of the awards went to rural schools.

    The 2008 K-12 HP Technology for Teaching grant award includes several elements. The award package is valued at more than $38,000. Each of the five teachers on the school's project team received*:

    • an HP Tablet PC with Microsoft Windows Vista Tablet PC Edition
    • a multimedia projector
    • an HP digital camera
    • an HP Officejet printer, scanner, copier
    • a $500 stipend
    • customized professional development opportunities to support the use of technology in their teaching and support from a mentor with experience integrating technology in the K-12 environment. The professional development program will be delivered on HP's behalf by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
    • Shared use of a Designjet printer (intended for use by teachers beyond the grant team)

    To enhance each project and further its success, Microsoft has generously agreed to donate five licenses of Microsoft Office Enterprise and five licenses of Microsoft Student 2008 to each school receiving a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant. The total value of the Microsoft donation is $1,790.

    Any K - 12 grant application must be submitted by a team of full-time, certified teachers (or working under an emergency credential) who are employees of a single school and spend the majority of their work time leading class instruction directly with students (not one-on-one or  tutorial).  Note:  
    Since the activities of the grant project must be focused on using technology to teach, rather than on teaching students to use technology, the team may include no more than one technology teacher.
    In the selection process, preference will be given to schools that serve a large number of low-income students, relative to district or state free and reduced price lunch percentages, and to projects that include integration of mathematics and/or science.

    New HP Grant programs are scheduled to be announced in the spring and summer of 2010.

    Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation "[G]reater happiness and prosperity for all lies in mutual understanding of economics and mutual cooperation in the true spirit of the Golden Rule."  (On the web site click on "Guidelines" for four specific areas of interest.)  The Foundation is particularly interested in promoting more teaching of economics in the nation's schools and colleges.   In 1977, with the support of the Kazanjian Foundation, the National Council on Economic Education published a Framework for Teaching Economics.  Be sure to utilize a part of this framework in forming your proposal. In 2000 the Foundation awarded $240,000, ranging from $1,000 - $35,000.  I don't have any more recent funding information. Only IRS-Approved 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible, so be certain to check with the Foundation that your school is eligible (though Melrose Park did receive a multiple- year grant from this foundation).
    Deadlines:  By September 15  for review in November/December or by February 15 for review in May/June
    No application forms are provided.  Instead,  send one copy of a proposal that is not more than 10 doublspaced pages, an abstract, and an IRS non-profit determination letter.
    Requests matched by funding from another source are preferred.
    Be sure to read "Criteria for Evaluating Grant Proposals."
    Gateway Olympic Sponsorship PC Donation Program
    Schools and community centers whose programs help enhance access to technology for traditionally under- served communities
    To see if your request for a charitable donation qualifies for consideration by the Gateway Foundation, e-mail your request to:
    PK - 12


    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
    (Summer Stipends)
    Projects should contribute to scholarly knowledge or the public's understanding of the humanities $6,000.00 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing on a humanities project.   Recipients usually produce articles,  monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. U.S. citizens who have completed their formal education by the application deadline and have not had:
      •  a fellowship or research grant of at least $10,000 within the last 3 years or
       •  an NEH summer stipend in 2001 or since then unless they are entering a new stage of their research.
    Online applications are accepted electronically from August 1 to October 1 for summer stipends.
    Project Learning Tree GreenWorks!
    According to the web site itself, "Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-Grade 12. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.
    The Bureau of Land Management offers wildfire management/ education grants. 
    $50 to $1,000 for environmental projects. _______________
    $500 - $2,000 for wildfire management or education grants.
    Both require 50% matching funds (part of the match can be in-kind) and a local partner.
    All Pre-K - 12 educators who have participated in a Project Learning Tree environmental education workshop are eligible for both of these grants. The last deadline listed is: 
    September 30, 2004.  This web site is probably inactive.

    Lowe's Charitable & Educational Foundation Toolbox for Education 
    Requests are preferred that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping  /clean up projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit are also favored. Grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third party funding. Only 10% of any award granted can be used toward outside resources such as labor, installation, consultation and delivery. Each school year Lowe's will donate $5 million in grants of $2,000 to $5,000. Projects must be completed within one year.   Your Lowe's grant can be part of a larger school project, such as a playground. Public K-12 schools and PTOs with separate 501(c)3 status, but only one application per school is allowed per grant cycle and you may win only once per year.
    There are two cycles (Spring and Fall) each year.   Online applications are due:
    Fall by 5 p.m. EST 10-17-08
    Spring by 5 p.m. EST 2-13-08. However, you should  apply immediately:  as soon as 1,500 applications are received, the application process will close.  
    Awardees will be notified approximately three  months after the application deadline.
    Also, online grants of $50,000 to $100,000 for large schools or school districts are available.  Go to FAQ #17 for more information.

    This is not a grant program, but a free teacher professional development resource connected with the National Councils on Economic Education &  Mathematics, National Geographic, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Kennedy Center. Free Internet resources.
    Readers of Edutopia, a publication of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, rated Verizon MarcoPolo the "best site to download free lessons and materials."
    K - 12 in the following subject areas: 
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Arts
  • Ongoing
    Florida Learn and Serve Goal:  To engage students in service learning school and/or community service activities that apply academic curricula and education standards improve academic performance, promote civic engagement and career exploration, and address community needs.
    Service opportunities must be integrated into the curriculum and Florida's Sunshine State Standards.

    Learn & Serve now awards 2 kinds of grants:  First time or previously unsuccessful applicants can only apply for and be awarded a pilot project grant for up to $5,000.
    Current or former awardees can apply for a renewal project.
    A single school or schools working together may receive from $1,000 to $12,000.  A school award can support more than one activity/initiative, but the total per school cannot exceed $12,000.

    Budget and performance period:
    9/1 - 8/31
    K - 12 Applications should be online by March or April.
    PPossible proposal date due: Mid-May
    Awards are usually announced in October.  Click to the far left in this row to see if the 2009-2010 applications are out yet.

    SchoolGrants (web site)
    Provides links to & tips for finding grants, grants available in the South, sample proposals, & fund raising activities 

    SchoolGrants offers two different versions of its electronic newsletter.  The Bimonthly Newsletter is e-mailed, free of charge, to subscribers every other month.  It is a very abbreviated form of the SchoolGrants Biweekly Newsletter that, for only $45/year, is sent to subscribers twice each month.

    PK - 12 N/A
    SchoolGrants (grants management web site) Once a grant has been received, go to this site, which provides links to resources that assist in managing a grant. N/A PK - 12 N/A
    Braitmayer Foundation Of particular interest to the Foundation are: 
    •  Curricular and school reform initiatives.
    •  Preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.
    Up to $10,000 and up to $35,000 K - 12
    Be sure to skim through the recipients of past awards from 2000 to 2008.  No grants are listed for 2009 (perhaps because of the severe recession).
    Although both Braitmayer grant programs are for sizable amounts, the Braitmayer Foundation has never funded a grant in Florida.  You might want to send a letter of inquiry, explaining your proposed project and asking if there is any possibility that they would fund a FL request.
    Deadlines for requests up to $10,000:  There are two grant cycles for $10,000 requests. By June 1 or November 15 submit hard copies of tax-exempt status, the proposed budget, a three-page proposal including the timeframe, and a limited number of appendices.   Decisions will be announced by September 1 or March 15.
    Deadlines for requests from  $10,000 up to $35,000:     By June 1 submit a hard copy of  tax-exempt status, the proposed  budget and a 2-page letter of inquiry describing the project and timeframe.  By September 1 selected organizations will be asked to submit a complete proposal, due November 15.    Normally, site visits will occur by February 28 and final decisions will be announced by March 15.
    Recipients of $10,000 and $35,000 grants cannot reapply for
    another grant until two years have passed.
    Grant Wrangler
    This is a for-profit grant-finding subscription service, but you will see a few grant programs listed as samples on the home page.
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