Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Toyota International Teacher Program
The Toyota International Teacher Program sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will send 60 high school teachers on a fully-funded, two-week cultural/educational study program to Japan, June 24-July 11, 2005. These teachers will be selected from states where Toyota operates major U.S. facilities: AL, CA, IN, KY, MI, MS, NY, TX, WV, and Washington, DC. Teachers will learn about Japan’s culture, history, and education system, as well as its approach to issues such as technology and the environment. Application deadline: January 10, 2005.
Youth Leaders for Literacy Grant Program
Youth Leaders for Literacy, a joint program of the National Education Association and Youth Service America, encourages, celebrates, and honors youth-led reading-related service projects. Twenty $500 grants will be awarded to applicants who conduct literacy service projects during a seven-week period starting in early March 2005, continuing through “Read Across America Day,” culminating on “National Youth Service Day”, April 15-17. 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 26, 2004.
Braitmayer Foundation Grants
The Braitmayer Foundation offers grants of up to $10,000 to fund a broad range of K-12 education programs, with a particular interest in curricular reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those encouraging people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. All K-12 schools in the U.S., as well as independent 501(c)(3) organizations with an interest education, are eligible to apply. Application deadline: November 15, 2004.
BRICK Awards for Young Community Leaders
The BRICK Awards were created to recognize and financially support outstanding young people, to create a network of young community leaders across the U.S., and to inspire other young people to become active in their communities. The program honors and funds the efforts of dynamic young leaders who have devised and implemented innovative solutions to problems in their local communities in the areas of community building, health, and the environment. Application deadline for 2005 Brick Awards: November 1, 2004.
CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) Announces Its Fourth Annual Education Contest
Sponsored by Adobe®, high school juniors and seniors are asked to create an original piece of two-dimensional digital artwork and write a 250-word essay addressing the topic "How has technology enhanced your learning experience?" The 2005 art and essay competition ends December 15, 2004. The top 10 winners of the CDW-G education contest will be awarded a variety of technology products and will be featured in an upcoming CDW-G Solutions magalog. Also, the first place winner's school will receive a $1,000 gift certificate from CDW-G, which can be used to enhance technology in the classroom.
Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant Program
Youth Service America and State Farm present the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant for teachers/professors, youth (ages 5-25), and school-based service-learning coordinators to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day 2005, April 15-17. National Youth Service Day mobilizes youth as leaders to identify and address the needs of their communities through service and service-learning, supports youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement, and educates the public, the media, and policymakers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders. One hundred grants of $1,000 are available. Application deadline: October 18, 2004.
Intel Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards Program
Intel Corporation and Scholastic, Inc. present the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction awards program. The nation's best K-12 schools demonstrate excellence for implementing innovative programs that support positive educational outcomes, and the awards highlight their successes, celebrate their innovative use of technology, demonstrate the benefits of strong teamwork, and showcase the classroom practices of excellent teachers. One elementary-level and one secondary-level school winner will be chosen in each of the following ten categories: academic achievement, literacy achievement, mathematics achievement, science achievement, technology excellence, technology innovation, leadership excellence, professional development, teamwork (internal), and collaboration (external). Application deadline: December 1, 2004.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Innovation Fund
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Innovation Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations to spark the creation or expansion of innovative education programs in a particular field. For its 2005 grants, the Foundation invites proposals from non-remedial, out-of-school programs in critical reading and/or writing for elementary or middle school students. Programs should be designed to help students build high-level reading and/or writing skills to help them excel in rigorous academic environments as they mature. Programs must operate in the U.S. and serve low-to-moderate-income students. The Foundation encourages applications from rural communities, small towns, and other underserved areas. Each grant will total between $100,000 and $200,000 and may cover one or two years of program work. The Foundation anticipates awarding three grants, which will be announced in March 2005. Proposals due October 15, 2004.
National Book Scholarship Fund Offers Literacy Materials
ProLiteracy Worldwide is accepting applications for its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), an annual program that supplies books and materials to local literacy programs. First priority will be given to programs that focus on family literacy. English as a Second Language (ESL) projects, adult basic educational programs, and projects that involve women-focused literacy or ESL programming will also be considered for support. NBSF grants have ranged from $500 to $7,000, although greater or lesser amounts of funding are considered. Application deadline: December 2, 2004.
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The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is accepting nominations for the 2005 Delta Education/CPO Science Inquiry-based Science Teaching Excellence Awards. Full-time, K-12 science teachers who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom are eligible to apply for an award in one of three grade categories: elementary (preK-5); middle level (6-8); and high school (9-12). A judging committee chosen by NSTA will review submissions and select the winners. Awardees receive $1500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA conference and $1500 for personal use. Application deadline: October 15, 2004.
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