Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Air Force Association Educator Grants
The Educator Grant program from the Air Force Association is designed to promote aerospace education activities in K-12 classrooms. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. The program also encourages establishing an active relationship between the school and the local branch of the Air Force Association. Educator Grants provide up to $250 per academic year to support aerospace education programs, opportunities, and activities when no other support is available. Application deadline: November 15, 2006.
Community Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities Demonstration Grant Program
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will award $218 million in demonstration grants to up to 10 states to help provide community alternatives to psychiatric residential treatment facilities for children. These demonstration grants, available over a five-year period, will also assist states in their efforts to adopt strategic approaches for improving quality as they work to maintain and improve each child’s functional level in the community. The demonstration will also test the cost-effectiveness of providing home and community-based care instead of institutional care. An applicants’ informational teleconference is scheduled for September 19, 2006. Proposal deadline: October 18, 2006. Solicitation available in PDF (86 pages, 1 MB).
Grants for Intervention Research to Improve Youth-Serving Organizations
The William T. Grant Foundation will award grants of $250,000-$1,500,000 to support research to improve youth-serving organizations such as schools, community-based organizations, classrooms, and after-school programs. Improving these social settings entails intervening to alter important aspects of them—including the social processes, resources, and/or social, spatial, and structural arrangements within them—such as: physical arrangements of space; social norms regarding aggression; the quality, content, and structure of interactions between youth (ages 8-25) and adults; and the availability of significant and meaningful roles for youth. Deadline to submit Letters of Inquiry: October 30, 2006. Request for proposals available in PDF (14 pages, 233 KB).
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program funds school improvement projects initiated by parents that encourage parent involvement in schools and build community spirit. Any nonprofit K-12 school (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent group (associated with such a school) with a group tax ID number and official 501(c)(3) status is eligible to apply. One thousand grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded. The program will only accept 1,500 applications per grant period—the application process will be closed once the program has received 1,500 applications, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Application deadline: October 15, 2006.
State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants for National and Global Youth Service Day Activities
Youth Service America and the State Farm Companies Foundation are offering the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants of up to $1,000 each to support youth (ages 5-25), teachers, or school-based service-learning coordinators in implementing service-learning projects on National and Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007. Projects can address any number of themes, including the environment, disaster relief, health, teen issues, education, interfaith dialogue, intergenerational relationships, homelessness, and literacy. Application deadline: October 16, 2006.
Target Field Trip Grants
Education professionals throughout the U.S. may be eligible for one of Target’s 800 grants of up to $1,000 to fund school trips. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff can apply online. Application deadline: November 1, 2006.
Best Buy Te@ch Program: Rewarding Schools that use Interactive Technology
The Best Buy te@ch program rewards schools for successful interactive programs they have created using available technology. Winning programs help kids use technology to learn standards-based curriculum, instead of teaching students to use technology or educators using technology that children aren’t able to use. Up to 1,200 $2,500 Best Buy gift cards will be awarded, and up to 36 schools will receive additional awards valued at $15,000 based on their programs’ creativity. All accredited K-12 public, private, parochial, and nonprofit charter schools located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store may apply. Application deadline: September 30, 2006.
CVS/Pharmacy Community Grants
The CVS/pharmacy Community Grants program accepts proposals for public school programs targeting children with disabilities (under age 18) that address: health and rehabilitation services, a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, or opportunities or facilities that give greater access to physical movement and play. Deadline: October 31, 2006.
Grants from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s grantmaking program seeks to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide, and to support the development of literacy programs that build families of readers. Approximately $650,000 is awarded each year; no grant exceeds $65,000. Family Literacy programs funded by the Foundation must include all of the following components: Reading instruction for parents/primary caregivers (pre-GED/GED/ESL, etc.); literacy or pre-literacy instruction for children; and intergenerational activities in which parents/primary caregivers and children come together to learn and to read. Application deadline: September 8, 2006.
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The NEA Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving to deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter, and should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposed work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, AP, or other challenging curricula are encouraged. Practicing U.S. public school teachers and support professionals, and faculty and staff at public higher education institutions may apply. Application deadline: October 15, 2006.
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