Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Transition Best Practices Mini-Grants
The Division on Career Development and Transition of the Council for Exceptional Children is offering two competitive grants of $1000 each to local transition practitioners. The project funded can focus on any aspect of transition best practices. The amount funded must be matched in cash or in kind by the local school district, agency, or related setting in which the practitioner is involved in transition programming. The project’s activities must be carried out within the 2005-2006 academic year, and plans for project continuation beyond that time period, including plans for solicitation of further funding or resources, must be in place. Applications are limited to ten pages. Please submit applications electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: January 1, 2006.
Accent on Architecture Community Grants Program
The American Architectural Foundation's Accent on Architecture Community Grants program supports local nonprofit design and civic organizations’ innovative public education programming. The 2006 grants competition is open to 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) organizations whose projects are specifically targeted to teaching children about architecture and design. Projects should illustrate an increased awareness, appreciation, and understanding of architecture and design among K-12 students. The AAF is especially interested in programs targeting underserved populations. Application deadline: December 15, 2005.
Olympus and Tool Factory Classroom Grants
Five grants sponsored by Olympus America Inc. and Tool Factory Inc. are available for K-12 educators who demonstrate creative use of digital cameras and software. Each grant recipient will win $3,500 in prizes, which include digital cameras, software, and a $500 cash award. Application deadline: December 30, 2005.
Toyota TAPESTRY Mini-Grants
The Toyota TAPESTRY program will award 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 mini-grants of $2,500 each to K-12 science teachers. Grants will be awarded in three categories: Environmental Science Education, Physical Science Applications, and Literacy and Science Education. All K-12 teachers of science residing in the U.S. or its territories are eligible to apply, as are elementary teachers who teach science in a self-contained classroom setting or as teaching specialists. Application deadline: January 16, 2006.
Youth Leaders for Literacy Grants for Student-Led Projects
Youth Leaders for Literacy is an initiative of the National Education Association and Youth Service America to help youth direct their enthusiasm and creativity into reading-related service projects. Twenty $500 grants will be awarded to applicants who conduct literacy projects during a seven-week period starting March 2, 2006, continuing through “Read Across America Day,” culminating on “National Youth Service Day”, April 21-23. Applicants can be groups or individuals age 21 or younger. Applicants must include a scheduled activity (read-aloud session, trip to the library, bookmaking, etc.) each week of the project period as part of the proposed project. Application deadline: November 21, 2005.
Excellence in Teaching Technology Grant
The Foundation for Technology Education and Hearlihy & Company are offering a $2,000 award for outstanding technology teachers. Successful applicants will have developed an effective technology-education program and will have demonstrated success in integrating technology education throughout the curriculum. Award winners must use the grant money for professional development. Only members of the International Technology Association may apply (though a membership application can be submitted concurrent with the grant application); the membership fee is $25. Application deadline: December 1, 2005.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Program
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.'s Toolbox for Education program will award up to 1,000 grants of up to $5,000 to parent-teacher associations for improvement projects at schools across the U.S. Grants can be used for a wide range of efforts, including public school libraries, specialty learning labs, landscaping, painting projects, and playgrounds. PTO Today will provide a variety of resources to help parent groups apply for the grants. Application deadline: November 1, 2005.
Tiger Woods Foundation Grants
Tiger Woods Foundation grants focus on providing opportunities to children who are underserved. Areas of funding include education, health and welfare, and youth development. The Foundation primarily funds urban organizations and programs. Maximum Award: $25,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Applications must be received by November 1, 2005.
GRAMMY Signature Schools
The GRAMMY Signature Schools program of the GRAMMY Foundation annually honors exceptional public high school music programs around the country. In addition, the GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award provides underserved music programs to receive grants based on financial need. Grants for both programs range from $1,000-$25,000. Application deadline: October 22, 2005.
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Youth Service America and State Farm Companies Foundation are soliciting nominations for the 2006 Harris Wofford Awards. The Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in three categories: youth (ages 5-25), organizations (nonprofits, corporations, foundations), and media (organization or individual) for actively contributing towards “making service and service-learning the common expectation and common experience of every young person.” Nomination deadline: October 12, 2005.
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