Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants
The NEA Foundation’s Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education, individually or as groups. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Eligibility: public school teachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010.
NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation’s Student Achievement Grants provide funds for classwork to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging them 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. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010.
Project Ignition Teen Driver Safety Service-Learning Grants
Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to public high schools in the United States and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, or New Brunswick working to address teen driver safety through service-learning initiatives by Project Ignition, sponsored by State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council. Public schools that educate students in grades 9 through 12, ages 13 and older, are eligible to participate and receive project awards. All applications require a teacher and principal signature. Participation is not limited to service-learning schools, but schools already implementing service-learning in their curricula are encouraged to participate. Twenty-five high schools will be selected to receive grants of $2,000 each to support implementation of their programs between January and April 2011.
Deadline: November 15, 2010
Prudential: Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have demonstrated exemplary voluntary service to their communities. Maximum award: $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Eligibility: Students grades 5-12 who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year. Deadline: November 1, 2010.
State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants
State Farm is teaming up with Youth Service America to offer Good Neighbor Service-Learning grants of up to $1,000 for youth-led service-learning initiatives in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Eligible programs will engage youth in service-learning, an effective teaching and learning strategy that promotes student learning, academic achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities. Eligible candidates include teachers, service-learning coordinators and students in a public school, or staff and youth in a community-based organization working with a public school. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded. Deadline: October 15, 2010.
ASCA: School Counselor of the Year
The American School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year program honors school counselors who are running top-notch, comprehensive school counseling programs at either the elementary, middle or high school level. The program brings up to 10 finalists and their nominators to Washington, DC, in early February, where they participate in a Congressional briefing, meet with their members of Congress, and are honored at the School Counselor of the Year Gala. Deadline: September 15, 2010.
Barbara Bush Foundation: Grants for Literacy
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s grant-making program seeks to develop or expand projects designed to support the development of literacy skills for adult primary care givers and their children. Maximum award: $65,000. Eligible are organizations with current nonprofit or public status in existence for two or more years as of the date of the application that have maintained fiscal accountability and operated an instructional literacy program in existence for at least two years that includes one or more of the following components: literacy for adults; parent education; pre-literacy or literacy instruction for children pre-K to grade 3; intergenerational literacy activities (Parent and Child Together Time). Deadline: September 10, 2010.
Best Buy: Teach@15 Award
Best Buy’s Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on www.at15.com can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award. Eligible are accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12.
Character Education Partnership: National Schools of Character Awards
The National Schools of Character Awards program twofold purpose is: to identify exemplary schools and districts to serve as models for others; and to help schools and districts improve their efforts in effective character education. Eligible are schools that have been engaged in character education for a minimum of three years, starting no later than December 2007; and districts that have been engaged in character education for a minimum of four years, starting no later than December 2006. Deadline: December 1, 2010.
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Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program funds school improvement projects initiated by parents, in recognition of the importance of parent involvement in education. The maximum award is $5000. Eligible are K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent groups (associated with a non-profit K-12 school). Deadline: October 15, 2010.
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