Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Mr. Holland's Opus Melody Program Musical Instruments for Existing K-12 Music Programs
Mr. Holland's Opus Melody Program provides musical instruments and instrument repairs to existing K-12 school music programs that have no other source of financing additional musical instruments and materials. Eligibility: music programs that take place during the regular school day. Schools must have an established instrumental music program (i.e., concert band, marching band, jazz band and/or orchestra) that is at least three years old. Maximum Award: $8,000. Deadline: August 1, 2008.
NEA Grants for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth are given to advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings. The program supports in-depth, curriculum-based arts education experiences that occur over an extended period. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Maximum Award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that administer school-based projects for children and youth between kindergarten and grade 12, are directly connected to the school curriculum and instructional program and ensure the application of national or state arts education standard; or community-based projects for children and youth between ages five and 18. Deadline: June 9, 2008.
Newspaper Association of America Foundation to Support Middle and High School Student Newspaper Projects
Two-year grants of up to $5,000 in Year One, plus an additional $2,500 in Year Two, will be awarded to twelve middle and high schools who are partnering with professionals to produce student newspapers. Grant funds may be used for equipment, software, adviser training, and printing. Deadline: May 16, 2008
Readerís Digest Foundation: Make It Matter
This program honors individuals who are taking action and giving back to their communities in a significant way. Each month, Readerís Digest magazine will profile an individual who has made a significant contribution to his or her community. Deadline: n/a.
Academic Enrichment and Teacher Development Grants, McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
Grants of up $10,000 a year for a maximum of three years will be awarded to K-12 teachers who are working to increase the educational experiences of a wide range of students, especially those from low-income households. Deadline: May 1, 2008
Award for Breakthrough Middle and Secondary Schools
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the MetLife Foundation are calling for entries in the search for the nationís top ďBreakthrough Schools.Ē Applicants should be high achieving middle or high schools, or schools that are making dramatic improvements in student achievement, whose best practices and outstanding results can inform other schools as they further their own improvement efforts. Honorees will be chosen based upon documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of NASSPís Breaking Ranks II publication: collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Eligibility: high-achieving middle and high schools where 40% or more of students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. Maximum Award: $5,000. Deadline: May 15, 2008.
Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
National Science Foundation Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching recognize outstanding mathematics and science teachers. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspirations to their communities, and leaders in improving mathematics and science education. Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: Teachers K-12 with at least five years of mathematics and/or science teaching experience prior to application, assigned to teach mathematics and/or science during the current year at a public or private school. Elementary (K-6) teachers must be assigned, at least half time during the year, to classroom teaching of mathematics or science or be grade K-6 teachers in self-contained classrooms. Deadline: May 1, 2008.
Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award Honors Teacher and Media Specialist Collaborations
The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning and increase student achievement. All K-12 public and private schools in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter. The nomination may be submitted by library media specialist(s), teacher(s), principal(s), student(s) or parent(s). Cash awards of $2,500 plus reading materials will be given to three K-12 public and private schools in the United States and/or Canada that are working to improve student literacy through electronic and print means. Nomination deadline: April 28, 2008.
Grants for Athletics for Young Women
Womenís Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Grants provide financial assistance to sports/physical activity programs seeking to add new or expand program participation opportunities for an under-served population of girls, particularly economically disadvantaged girls and/or girls from populations with high incidences of health-risk behaviors. School, amateur, community, and/or nonprofit organization whose program members are female, in 9th-12th grade and residents of the U.S are eligible to apply. Some area restrictions apply. Applicants must provide a minimum eight-week sports/physical activity program with preference given to organizations working consistently with girls throughout the year. Average Award: $5,700. Deadline: May 9, 2008.
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The Music is Revolution Foundation administers a grant program for activities designed by teachers to implement, support, and/or improve their ability to provide quality music education for their students. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, equipment, and transportation for a field trip and/or to bring a performer or musical group to the school. Maximum Award: $500. Deadline: April 15, 2008.
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