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Music Matters Announces Music Education Grant Guidelines
http://heart.muzak.com/what/grants.aspx
Music Matters grants for 2009 focus on educational reform in school music programs and independent music programs throughout the United States. Grant amounts for this cycle are between $1,000-$12,000 each and are made on an annual one-time basis. Music education, vocal or instrumental, must be the key component of any music program requesting funds. Public school programs (qualifying for Title I federal funding and serving a minimum of 70 percent low-income students) or nonprofit 501(c)(3) programs directly funding music education (serving students regardless of ability to pay) are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to programs serving students in grades K-12, programs involving innovative educational reform, programs serving economically disadvantaged children, programs having established collaborative partnerships with parent-teacher-student associations and other community groups, and programs focused on the basic need of music instruments and educational materials. Deadline: February 4, 2008

National School Library Media Program of the Year Awards
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslawards/natlslmprogram/aaslnational.cfm
Entries are invited for three grants of $10,000 each to be awarded to school library media programs that work to ensure students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The award recognizes exemplary school library media programs that are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum. Deadline: January 2, 2009.

NEA Foundation Accepting Applications for Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants Programs
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=237100008
Grants will be awarded to K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty working to improve their own professional development and the academic achievement of students. The Student Achievement Grants ($5,000 each) should improve students’ critical thinking and problem solving and habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. The Learning & Leadership Grants are to individuals ($2,000 each) fund participation in professional development experiences such as summer institutes and action research or to groups ($5,000 each) to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, and mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Deadline: February 1, 2009; June 1, 2009; and October 15, 2009.

UnitedHealth Heroes Service Learning Grants
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=233300022
Applications are invited for UnitedHealth Heroes Service Learning Grants of up to $1,000, awarded to teachers, service-learning coordinators, and students in the health professions working on projects that address childhood obesity and engage youth volunteers between the ages of five and 25. The program encourages semester-long projects that launch in February, and celebrate Global Youth Service Day, April 24-26, 2009. Deadline: January 15, 2009

College Board: Grants for the Teaching of Writing
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/costas
The College Board’s Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing, named for the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and author, recognize exceptional teachers for the innovative methods they use to develop their students' writing skills. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: teachers of grades 6-12. Deadline: Nov. 21, 2008.

Do Something and Grammy Foundation Invite Young People to Use Music to Improve Communities
http://www.dosomething.org/grants/keychange
Awards of $3,000 plus an all-expenses-paid trip to the Grammy Awards will be given to U.S. and Canadian citizens 19 years of age and younger who are working use music to solve problems and create change in their communities. Projects must be youth-led and -driven, and creative, demonstrating an original idea for solving problems and creating change. Projects must also strive toward tangible results and measurable impact, focus on problems in communities, and, whether one-time event or ongoing program, promote diversity and seek to make lasting change in the target community. Deadline: December 15, 2008

Entries Invited for Intel Schools of Distinction Awards in Math and Science
http://www.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction/index.htm
Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to eighteen elementary and secondary education schools working to improve educational outcomes in the areas of math and science. The awards program is open to K-12 public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the United States, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Home schools are not eligible. The applicant school’s program must have at least three years of results data, whether NCES or other comparable data. Deadline: February 17, 2009.

National Organization on Disability Invites Entries for Accessible America Award Program
http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=1560
Awards of $25,000 will be given to a city, town, county, or sovereign tribal government in the United States working to encourage citizens with disabilities to become involved in community life. American mayors and chief elected officials are invited to enter their communities in the competition. The cash award will be presented to the chief elected official in the winning city, town, or county. The funds should be used to further the community's efforts in closing the participation gaps for citizens with disabilities. Deadline: December 31, 2008.

Plum Grants
http://www.dosomething.org/programs/plum-grant-guidelines
Individuals who have recently created a sustainable community action project, program or organization and need $500 to further the growth and success of the program are eligible to apply for a Plum Youth Grant. Plum grants are given out weekly. Deadline: None.

VSA arts and MetLife Foundation Announce Arts Connect All Grant Opportunity
http://www.vsarts.org/x273.xml
VSA arts and MetLife Foundation have announced their fifth annual “Arts Connect All” grant opportunity for arts organizations to create or enhance inclusive educational programs by strengthening partnerships with local public schools. A maximum of ten grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded to selected programs. Application Deadline: December 12, 2008.

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