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. The program’s “alumni” have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects; three receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Deadline: April 30, 2010.
NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Partnership
The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools to participate in Challenge 20/20, a program that brings together one school from the United States and one school from outside of the United States. Teacher-student teams from both schools will work together throughout the fall 2010 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean Francois Rischard's book, “High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them.” Deadline: August 15, 2010.
National Endowment for the Arts Accepting Grant Applications for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
The National Endowment for the Arts’ Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth category offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. All proposed projects must provide the chance for students to experience exemplary works of art (e.g., live performances); to study works of art in order to understand their cultural and social contexts and to appreciate their technical and/or aesthetic qualities; and to create artwork. Deadline: June 10, 2010.
NCSS: Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award
The National Council for the Social Studies Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award aims to help a social studies educator make his or her dream of innovative social studies a reality. Grants will be given to assist classroom teachers in: (1) developing and implementing imaginative, innovative, and illustrative social studies teaching strategies; and (2) supporting student implementation of innovative social studies, citizenship projects, field experiences, and community connections. Maximum award: $2,500; deadline: May 1, 2010.
NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants aim to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving to deepen their 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: K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities. Deadline: June 1, 2010.
NEA Learning and Leadership Grant
NEA’s Learning & Leadership grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for two purposes: grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; and grants to groups to fund college study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.
Target Stores Grant Program to Support Arts and Literacy Programs for Children and Youth
Through its 2010 Store Grant program, Target will provide direct support to K-12 schools and other nonprofit organizations that foster love of reading and provide art experiences.
In Early Childhood Reading, Target will fund programs that foster love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Reading grants support programs such as library storytimes and family reading nights. In Art and Culture in Schools, Target will fund in-school arts programs that enhance students’ classroom curriculum by bringing arts and cultural experiences, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, and workshops to schools. Grants in the amount of $2,000 each will be made for programs taking place between September 1, 2010, and August 1, 2011. Application deadline for Reading and Arts grants: April 30, 2010.
Entertainment Software Association: Grants for Youth Programs
The ESA Foundation supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American youth of all races and denominations to make a difference in the quality of their life, health, and welfare. The foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. Deadline: April 15, 2010.
Got breakfast? Foundation Announces Silent Hero Grants for Summer Food Programs
The Got Breakfast?® Foundation has announced the expansion of its Silent Hero Grant Program to award participants in Summer Nutrition Programs. Grants from $2,000-$10,000 will be awarded to public schools, non-profit private schools, local governments, National Youth Sports Programs or 501c(3) non-profit organizations participating in the federal Summer Nutrition Program. The grant monies can be used for such needs as serving equipment, staffing, and nutrition. Deadline: April 1, 2010.
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The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. Initial application deadline: April 23, 2010.
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