Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
ING: Unsung Heroes
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education through monetary awards. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff members with effective projects that improve student learning at an accredited K-12 public or private school. Deadline: April 30, 2012.
Kohlís Corporation: Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program
Every year, Kohlís recognizes and rewards young volunteers across the country for their amazing contributions to their communities. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: legal U.S. residents of a state in which a Kohl's store is located, between the ages of 6 and 18 and not yet a high school graduate as of March 15, 2012. Deadline: March 15, 2012.
The Lemelson-MIT Program is dedicated to supporting and encouraging invention, and seeks to inspire students and rising inventors. InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: high school science, mathematics, and technology teachers at public, private, and vocational schools and their students. Deadline: April 6, 2012.
Libri Foundation: Books for Children Grants
The Libri Foundation Books for Children Grants donate new, quality, hardcover childrenís books for small, rural, public libraries across the country. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department. The average total operating budget of a Books for Children grant recipient must be less than $40,000. Deadline: May 15, 2012.
McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Teacher Development Grants
McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grants provide funding to individuals or small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking K-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. Maximum award: $10,000 for three years. Eligibility: licensed K-12 teachers employed in public or private schools. Deadline: April 15, 2012.
McGraw-Hill Companies: Harold McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference. Honorees are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges made up of thoughtful and influential members of the education community. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: policymakers, leaders in higher education, and school-based personnel. Deadline: March 16, 2012.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching honor excellent teachers of mathematics and science and recognize their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Maximum award: $10,000; a paid trip for two to Washington, DC, to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; a citation signed by the President of the United States. Eligibility: U.S. citizens teaching grades K-6 in a public or private school with 5 yearsí experience teaching math or science. Nomination deadline: April 1, 2012.
Target: Arts and Culture in Schools Grants
Target Arts and Culture in Schools Grants help schools and nonprofits to bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students. These programs must have a curriculum component. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: schools and nonprofit organizations. Deadline: April 30, 2012.
William T. Grant Foundation Announces Request for Research Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice
The William T. Grant Foundation supports work to improve the settings of youth. Grants of $100,000 to $600,000 are available for multiyear research projects that increase the understanding of how research evidence is acquired, interpreted, and used in policy and practice that affect youth. The foundation supports high-quality research designed to enhance the understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved, as well as when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth and how its use can be improved. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution or college or university either in the United States or abroad. Deadline for letters of inquiry for grants in this area of support: April 3, 2012 and August 1, 2012.
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The Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Contest acknowledges, encourages, and rewards the efforts of student poets. It is the goal of this outreach to inspire and acknowledge young poets. Maximum award: $100. Eligibility: students K-12. Deadline: March 31, 2012.
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