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Interactive Intelligence Foundation Grants for Programs Geared Toward At-Risk Youth
The Interactive Intelligence Foundation will award grants to nonprofit organizations for programs designed to foster life improvements for at-risk youth up to the age of 18. The Indianapolis-based Interactive Intelligence Foundation was established in 2010 by Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc., a global provider of business communications software. The foundation has announced a Request for Proposals from organizations working to foster life improvements for at-risk youth. Special emphasis is placed on projects that promote technology education among the targeted at-risk youth sector. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and support at-risk youth up to the age of 18. Priority will be given to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-related projects, as well as those projects with a specific start/stop time and measurable outcomes. Deadline: November 15, 2013

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Announces 2014 Toolbox for Education Grant Program
Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2014 Toolbox for Education grant cycle. The program supports projects that encourage parental involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. Toolbox for Education grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community. Lowe’s will consider only grants for projects that can be completed within a year of receipt of the grant. A Toolbox grant can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground as long as the grant is used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The application process will be closed after fifteen hundred applications have been received. Deadline: February 14, 2014.

National Conference on Science Education’s Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers
The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers provides selected K-12 teachers in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients will be mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and its activities. Maximum award: up to $1,000 to be used to attend the annual National Conference; recipients will be invited to attend a variety of workshops and presentations that are of particular interest to new teachers. Eligibility: teachers within the first five years full-time teaching at the time of application who are NSTA members in good standing; to the extent possible, recipients must have been a student member of NSTA as a pre-service teacher. Deadline: November 30, 2013.

Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation Grants for Youth-Led Hunger Service Projects
Youth Service America and the Sodexo Foundation offer grants of up to $500 to be awarded for youth-led projects that bring together young people, families, and other community members to address childhood hunger. The grants will provide $500 for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members to address childhood hunger. Young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States are eligible to apply. Projects will take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 11 to 13, 2014. Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2014.

American Association of School Librarians Invites Applications for Innovative Reading Projects
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, is accepting applications from school librarians for the AASL Innovative Reading Grant program. A $2,500 grant will be awarded to support the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially among struggling readers. Projects should promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy, and must: be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting, encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading, and demonstrate potential to impact student learning. Grant recipients may be invited to write an article that delineates their reading incentive project and demonstrate their successes, trials, and recommendations for improving so others may replicate the project. Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2014.

American Electric Power Applications for 2014-2015 PreK-12 Classroom Projects
American Electric Power (AEP) is accepting applications from preK-12 teachers for minigrants to support funding for classroom projects during the 2014-15 school year. Through the Teacher Vision grant program, AEP supports projects with an academic focus and a goal of improving student achievement. Priority will be given to projects that promote science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency. Special consideration will be given to projects that incorporate matching funds, community resources, and interdisciplinary or team-teaching projects. Funds may not be used for stipends or meals. Grant awards range from $100-$500. Applicants must be pre-K-12 teachers in communities in the AEP service area or in communities with major AEP facilities. Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2014.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Seeks Proposals to Strengthen Secondary Education
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations offers $100,000-$200,000 grants to support a wide range of innovative professional development programs that strengthen teachers in grades 9-12 and their teaching. For example, projects might be designed to improve professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, strengthen teaching skills, support practical research in teacher and high school education, or encourage innovative use of technology and new techniques for presentation of classroom materials in high schools. Projects should aim to develop solutions with potential for wide application or replication by others. Requests to support well-established programs should be for initiatives with the potential to improve the program significantly. Special consideration will be given to projects in their early stages that address the concerns and problems of secondary education on a national level. In considering proposals to support high school teaching, sustained partnerships between the faculties of colleges (e.g., arts and sciences and education) and school districts, or collaborative efforts involving reform organizations, colleges/universities, and high schools are encouraged. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public and private colleges and universities, graduate schools of education, and freestanding educational institutes. Ongoing deadlines.

Foundation for Education and Development Technology Grants for Rural Schools Program
The Foundation for Education and Development’s Technology Grants for Rural Schools program was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants strive to help public schools in rural areas bring modern computers to every classroom, connect schools to the internet, and make sure that effective and engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the school curriculum. Eligibility for FRED programs is determined by the foundation’s Donor Circle. Applicants must have a letter of nomination from a Donor Circle company and meet the basic requirements outlined in the program brochure. Tech Grants of up to $5,000 are available to public schools that are working in cooperation with their telecommunications company to enhance learning by increasing the use of technology in the classroom. Projects that are unique and focus on new programs and curriculum for technology education are encouraged. Examples of possible grant requests include but are not limited to computer-assisted learning programs; computer equipment and programs; electronic access to information; and subject-specific tools for art, reading, math, science, etc. Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2013.

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Accepting School Library Grant Applications
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC, seeks to provide books and reading materials to the school libraries and students that most need them. The foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to help school libraries expand, update, and diversify their book collections. Deadline: December 2, 2013.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries from Creative Teens
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is open for entries for 2014. The Awards are sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in one of 28 categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction. Submissions are judged regionally by the Alliance’s affiliates, and the top winning works are presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs. Students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad. Deadlines for submitting work vary by region, ranging from December 15, 2013-January 15, 2014.

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