Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
2005 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education
The Goldman Sachs Foundation and Asia Society seek applicants for the 2005 Prizes for Excellence in International Education. Five prizes of $25,000 each will recognize elementary/middle schools, higher education institutions doing teacher preparation or K-12 outreach, states, and media/technology organizations that are working to put the “world” in world-class education. For example, the Elementary/Middle School Prize will recognize an elementary or middle school that engages all or most of its students in learning about other world regions, cultures, and languages. Application deadline for higher education institutions, states, and media/technology: May 10, 2005. Application deadline for elementary/middle and high schools: May 17, 2005.
American Honda Foundation Educational Grants
The American Honda Foundation provides grants in the fields of youth education and scientific education to K-12 educational institutions; accredited higher education institutions; community colleges and vocational/trade schools; college and university scholarship and fellowship programs or through national nonprofit organizations; other scientific and education-related, nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations; gifted student programs; national youth educational radio and/or television stations/networks; nationally distributed and aired films, movies, film strips, slides and/or short subjects concerning youth and/or scientific education; private, non-profit scientific and/or youth education projects; other nonprofit, tax-exempt, national institutions in the fields of youth and/or scientific education; and national programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques. Proposal deadline: May 1, 2005.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program for High-Achieving Youth
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program selects high-achieving youth in the U.S. with financial need and provides individualized educational services throughout high school that enable them to develop their talents and abilities. Previous Young Scholars have received the support and guidance required to evaluate the suitability of their high school, take online courses, obtain computers or software, improve their musical or scientific skills, and explore their career goals. Eligible applicants must be entering the 8th grade in the fall of 2005 and be planning to attend a high school in the U.S. Application deadline: May 2, 2005.
NEA Foundation Grants
The National Education Association Foundation for the Improvement of Education makes $2,000 and $5,000 grants to individuals and groups in the following professions: practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff at U.S. public higher education institutions. Grants are provided for the purpose of engaging in high-quality professional development OR implementing project-based learning and break-the-mold innovations that raise student achievement. Application deadline: June 1, 2005.
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement Grants for Youth-Led Community Research
The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement has announced a new grant competition for community research conducted by youth. Teams of at least five youth researchers under age 18 working in affiliation with a community organization or institution, and teams who partner with an organization that has an operating fiscal agent, are both invited to apply for grants of $5,000-$10,000. Teams may also include adult advisors/mentors. Teams can research a community issue of their choice and must have a plan for disseminating their findings and an audience they want to target. Application deadline: March 31, 2005.
First Amendment Schools
First Amendment Schools, a national initiative designed to transform how schools teach and practice the rights and responsibilities of citizenship that frame civic life in our democracy, will select five Project Schools for the 2005-2006 school year to receive a $10,000 grant subject to review and renewal for the 2006-2007 school year. Schools may apply individually, or school pathways—i.e. one high school, one feeder middle school, and one feeder elementary school—may apply for a joint grant. Schools with different multiyear configurations may apply. Application deadline: April 29, 2005.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2005 awards to honor youth ages 8-18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and/or the planet. Ten national winners will receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30, 2005.
Horace Mann Companies Funding for Educators
The Horace Mann Companies, a national insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs, will offer scholarships totaling $30,000 to help educators continue their education. This year's program will offer 36 awards, including one $5,000 award payable over four years, 15 $1,000 awards payable over two years, and 20 one-time $500 awards. Eligible applicants must be educators employed by a U.S. public or private school district or public or private college/university with a minimum of two years' teaching experience and be planning to take classes at a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Application deadline: May 14, 2005.
Jordan Fundamentals Program Offers Support for Teachers in Low-Income Schools
Presented by the Jordan Brand at Nike, Inc., the Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program recognizes outstanding teaching and instructional creativity in public secondary schools that serve economically disadvantaged students by offering up to 400 grants of $2500 apiece. Applicants must be public school teachers or paraprofessionals working with students in grades 1-12 and be employed by an accredited public school where at least 50% of the school's student population is eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program. Application deadline: June 15, 2005.
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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) invites proposals from public middle and high schools which serve large numbers of low-income students and underrepresented minorities (greater than 40% of student body) and who want to strengthen ties between their schools and their students' neighborhoods and communities. Principals are invited to submit a proposal that will build bridges between their school faculty and the surrounding community. $5,000 grants to implement these proposals will be awarded to 25 schools and five exemplary programs will be highlighted at the 2007 NASSP National Convention. Application deadline: April 16, 2005.
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