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									                                                                                                                                                             education Grants
get that graNt!
By	Karen	greenwood	henke	




                                                                                                                                                                                                  2008–2009 deadlines
As summer approaches, teachers often
have more time to plan activities and look
for ways to fund them. What can you do
during the summer months to get ready
for new grant opportunities?
                                                       July 2008 DeaDliNeS                                                                                                                   auguSt 2008 DeaDliNeS                                                                        September 2008 DeaDliNeS
                                                                                                                 1 Olympus America/Tool Factory                                                                                          1 Intel Community Grants                                                                      15 Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants
Here are five steps you can take this summer                       1       2       3       4        5                                                                                                                       1     2        www.intel.com/community/grant.htm                    1     2      3     4     5        6
                                                                                                                   Student Photo Contest                                                                                                                                                                                                   www.ezra-jack-keats.org
to find grant money for your classroom:
                                                                                                                   www.toolfactory.com
                                                  6       7       8        9      10       11      12                                                                                       3       4     5    6     7     8      9      1 American Honda Foundation Grant                7     8     9     10     11    12       13   30 Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Create	a	toolkit                                                                                                                                                                                                                           http://corporate.honda.com
If at first you don’t succeed, you probably
                                                                                                                 1 The National High School Journalism                                                                                                                                                                                     www.captainplanetfdn.org
                                                  13     14       15      16       17      18      19              Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored                                  10       11    12   13    14    15    16                                                       14   15    16     17    18     19       20
tell your students to keep trying. But do                                                                          by Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Inc.                                                                                     1 NWA’s Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants                                                          oNgoiNg
you practice what you preach? Vacation                                                                             www.newspaperfund.org                                                                                                   www.nwas.org/grants/solhirsch.php                                                               Products for Learning Grants, sponsored
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is a good time to create a grant toolkit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  by Fuji Film USA, Inc.
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Your toolkit will include a basic proposal                                                                       1 SMARTer Kids Research Grants                                            24                                            1 Toshiba Large Grants (Grades 7–12, more                                                         ProductsForLearning.jsp
                                                  27     28      29       30       31                                                                                                              25     26   27   28     29    30                                                       28   29    30
refined and polished (reviewed by friends),                                                                        www.smarterkids.org/research/details.asp                                31                                              than $5,000)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           www.toshiba.com/tafpub/jsp/home/default.jsp
a list of target grants and a calendar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     NEC Foundation of America Grants
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of deadlines.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.necfoundation.org
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                                                 Strategy tip                                                      schools gain technology access across all                               Strategy tip                                    NSPIRES is the NASA Solicitation               Strategy tip
schedule	research	time                                                                                             subject areas with grant deadlines every                                                                                and Proposal Integrated Review and
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So many resources, so little time.                                                                                 month but July.	                                                                                                        Evaluation System.
                                                 Whether it’s maintaining and upgrading                                                                                                    assessment		                                                                                  to	promote	collaboration	while	
The Internet is filled with grant listings,                                                                        www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/                                                                                     http://nspires.nasaprs.com
                                                 technology or paying a program teacher’s                                                                                                  Web-based survey tools such as                                                                developing	your	proposal		                        Verizon Foundation Grants
workshops, guides and people who can                                                                               grants_sched
                                                 salary, you must have a feasible plan                                                                                                     SurveyMonkey facilitate data collection                                                       Invite stakeholders to leave feedback at          http://foundation.verizon.com
help with grant writing and research.            for covering costs once grant funds are                                                                                                   and analysis, particularly from off-campus                                                    their convenience by setting up an online
The amount of information can be                 gone. Putting it in writing makes it more                                                                                                 stakeholders. Set up and administer a                                                         group or wiki. If security is a concern,
overwhelming. If you schedule some time          likely to happen.                                                                                                                         new survey to gather current information.                                                     choose a tool that has access controls.
and set a few goals, you can narrow your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Set up and administer a new survey to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         gather current information.
research more quickly and focus on what
will help get funding for your classroom.

set	your	own	deadlines
Many foundations offer ongoing grant-              october 2008 DeaDliNeS                                                                                                                  November 2008 DeaDliNeS                                                                        December 2008 DeaDliNeS
giving programs with rolling deadlines or                                                                       1 Toshiba Small Grants Program (for K–6)                                                                                 1 Intel Community Grants                                                                       3 Association for Library Service to
                                                                           1       2       3        4              www.toshiba.com/tafpub/jsp/home/                                                                               1        www.intel.com/community/grant.htm                    1     2      3     4     5        6        Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished
no deadlines. They often fall below the
                                                                                                                   default.jsp                                                                                                                                                                                                             Service Award*
radar without a pending date to apply.
When you discover one of these programs,
                                                  5       6       7        8       9       10       11                                                                                      2       3     4    5     6     7      8      1 American Honda Foundation Grant                7     8     9     10    11     12       13       www.ala.org
                                                                                                              15 Learning & Leadership Grants,                                                                                             http://corporate.honda.com
set your own deadline during the summer
                                                  12     13       14      15      16       17      18
                                                                                                                   sponsored by the NEA Foundation                                          9      10     11   12    13    14    15                                                       14   15    16     17    18    19    20        8 National Schools of Character Program,
and be sure to apply.                                                                                              www.nfie.org                                                                                                                                                                                                            sponsored by the Character Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        30 Environmental Excellence Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           www.seaworld.org                                                                                www.character.org
Work	together                                     19     20       21      22      23      24       25
                                                                                                              15 Mr. Tu’s Next Excellent Example
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Exciting projects that require team teaching                                                                       Talent Search                                                           23                                              oNgoiNg	                                                                                    30 Olympus America/Tool Factory
often don’t happen because of a lack of          26      27      28       29      30       31                      www.bestquest.com/talentsearch                                                  24     25   26   27     28    29        Share the Technology                           28   29    30     31                             Podcasting Contest
                                                                                                                                                                                           30
planning during the busy school year. If                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://sharetechnology.org                                                                      www.toolfactory.com
you and your colleagues have a great                                                                          17 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
                                                                                                                   www.toolboxforeducation.com                                                                                             Toshiba Grants (Grades 7–12,                                                                31 Captain Planet Foundation Grants
idea, schedule time during the summer to                                                                                                                                                                                                   up to $5,000)
make a plan for the next year. Working
                                                 Strategy tip                                                                                                                              Strategy tip                                                                                   Strategy tip                                     www.captainplanetfdn.org
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together on researching and writing              Establish	a	site	grant-writing	                                                                                                          A
                                                                                                                                                                                          	 ttend	a	grant-writing	class		                                                                	 ead	sample	proposals		
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                                                                                                                   UPS Foundation Education Grants
grants makes the process more fun, more          committee	                                                                                                                               or	workshop		                                                                                  Grant-making agencies often provide
                                                                                                                   www.community.ups.com
                                                 Proposal writing often falls to one or two                                                                                               There are tricks of the trade that increase                                                    samples of funded proposals. Ask
creative and often more successful.
                                                 volunteers. This results in staff burnout                                                                                                your chances of success. An upfront                                                            for examples and read them carefully.
                                                                                                                   Do Something Grants for Community
                                                 and less-than-successful program                                                                                                         investment in a class or workshop may                                                          Note writing style, formatting, use of
subscribe	to	a	grants	bulletin                                                                                     Building, Health and the Environment
                                                 implementation. Increase success and                                                                                                     be repaid many times over when your                                                            graphics, etc. Use this information to
When the year gets started again, it’s                                                                             www.dosomething.org/grants
                                                 buy-in through shared responsibility.                                                                                                    proposals are consistently funded.                                                             polish your proposal.
easy to lose track of the deadlines for
the best grants. There are many grant
bulletins and alerts that can help. Find
one that has the most relevant grants
and sign up.
                                                * 2008 deadline. Please check Web site for 2009 deadline.
                                                 Dell cannot be held responsible for omissions or errors in typography or photography. Some information, including deadlines, may be subject to change.                                                                                                                                Sponsored by

Karen Greenwood Henke runs
Grant Wrangler, a grants- and awards-           InvEstIng	In	K–12	foR	thE	21st	CEntURy
listing service for teachers.                   To bring 21st century skills to every child in America, Dell is committed to being a catalyst and advocate for change in teaching, learning and assessment.
                                                We are investing in partnerships and solutions to enhance education in school districts across the nation.
Go to techlearning.com and click
on “Grants” for more information               • K–12 Customer Advisory Council for continued exploration,                                              • Curriculum management tools to fortify teaching, learning                             • Best-of-breed alliances to develop and sponsor partnerships                          Produced by
and resources.                                   growth and investment                                                                                    and classroom management                                                                with industry leaders
                                               • Intelligent Classroom™ programs throughout the country                                                 • Professional development to keep educators as up-to-date                              • Dell Online Exchange for thousands of standards-based lessons,
                                                                                                                                                          as the technology                                                                       project plans and online courses                                                                               www.techlearning.com
                                               • TechKnow to expose students of all income levels to technology


                                               “It’s a source of tremendous satisfaction to know that the IT improvements we’ve made are having a direct impact on the quality of education, and ultimately
                                                the lives of our students.” — Chris Stouff, Coordinator of Information Systems — Coppell Independent School District



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get that graNt!
By	Karen	greenwood	henke	
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                                                                                                                                                                   2008–2009 deadlines
As summer approaches, teachers often
have more time to plan activities and look
for ways to fund them. What can you do
during the summer months to get ready
for new grant opportunities?
                                                     JaNuary 2009 DeaDliNeS                                                                                                                   February 2009 DeaDliNeS                                                                                                      march 2009 DeaDliNeS

Here are five steps you can take this summer
                                                                                                                  5 Olympus America/Tool Factory                                                                                               1 Intel Community Grants                                                                                            3 National Endowment for the Humanities’
                                                                                      1      2        3               Student Photo Contest                                                   1       2     3    4     5      6        7          www.intel.com/community/grant.htm                                   1       2      3    4     5     6      7       Summer Seminar & Institute Programs*
to find grant money for your classroom:                                                                               www.toolfactory.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                            www.neh.gov

Create	a	toolkit                                    4       5       6        7       8       9       10                                                                                      8        9     10   11    12    13        14      1 Learning & Leadership Grants, sponsored                              8       9      10   11   12     13     14
                                                                                                                15 The International Reading Association                                                                                          by the NEA Foundation                                                                                            5 Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants*
If at first you don’t succeed, you probably                                                                           sponsors several great opportunities for                                                                                    www.nfie.org                                                                                                       www.dollargeneral.com
                                                    11      12      13      14      15       16      17                                                                                      15      16     17   18    19    20        21                                                                            15      16      17   18   19     20     21
tell your students to keep trying. But do                                                                             IRA members:*
you practice what you preach? Vacation                                                                                • Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowships                                                                                   1 Toshiba Large Grants (Grades 7–12, more                                                                           7 Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence
                                                    18      19     20       21      22       23      24               • Steven A. Stahl Research Grant                                      22       23     24   25   26     27        28                                                                            22      23      24   25   26     27    28
is a good time to create a grant toolkit.                                                                                                                                                                                                         than $5,000)                                                                                                       in Technology-Based Pre-K Education*
Your toolkit will include a basic proposal                                                                            • Teacher as Researcher Grants                                                                                              www.toshiba.com/tafpub/jsp/home/default.jsp                                                                        www.iste.org
                                                   25      26       27      28      29      30       31               www.reading.org                                                                                                                                                                                29      30      31
refined and polished (reviewed by friends),
a list of target grants and a calendar                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 The American Association of School                                                                               28 Tech Museum Award*
                                                                                                                25 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for                                                                                              Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School                                                                            www.techawards.org
of deadlines.                                                                                                         Visual Learning from Inspiration*                                                                                           Administrators Awards*
                                                   Strategy tip                                                       www.inspiration.com                                                    Strategy tip                                         www.ala.org                                                        Strategy tip                                 31 ISTE SIG Media Specialist Technology
schedule	research	time
So many resources, so little time.                 	 dentify	site	needs	to	focus		
                                                   I                                                                                                                                         Build	your	budget	from	zero	                                                                                            	 repare	an	“elevator	pitch”		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     p                                               Innovation Award*
                                                   grant-seeking	efforts	                                       28 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants*                                                   Some grant expenditures may be                    1 American Honda Foundation Grant                                     Grantors target creative ideas built on         www.iste.org
The Internet is filled with grant listings,                                                                           www.nsta.org/pd/tapestry/
                                                   What are your site’s challenges and how                                                                                                   mandated. Beyond that, avoid the                     http://corporate.honda.com                                         sound strategies that are easy to
workshops, guides and people who can               would additional funding help? Prepare                                                                                                    temptation to use past practice to                                                                                      understand and can be quickly explained.     31 Captain Planet Foundation Grants
help with grant writing and research.              a brief description, including data to                      29 Toshiba and the National Science Teachers                                  build this new budget. In addition,             13 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education                                         Summarize your proposal in a couple             www.captainplanetfdn.org
The amount of information can be                   support your statements of need. Use                               Association’s ExploraVision competition*                               consider how the new program will be                 www.toolboxforeducation.com                                        of sentences — the time it takes to ride
overwhelming. If you schedule some time            this when selecting possible grants.                               www.exploravision.org                                                  sustained beyond the grant period.                                                                                      a few floors in an elevator.
and set a few goals, you can narrow your
research more quickly and focus on what
will help get funding for your classroom.

set	your	own	deadlines
Many foundations offer ongoing grant-                    april 2009 DeaDliNeS                                                                                                                      may 2009 DeaDliNeS                                                                                                      JuNe 2009 DeaDliNeS
giving programs with rolling deadlines or                                                                          1 SMARTer Kids Research Grants                                                                                              1 Intel Community Grants                                                                                            1 Learning & Leadership Grants, sponsored
                                                                             1       2        3       4               www.smarterkids.org/research/details.asp                                                                1        2          www.intel.com/community/grant.htm                                           1      2    3     4     5      6       by the NEA Foundation
no deadlines. They often fall below the
radar without a pending date to apply.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.nfie.org

When you discover one of these programs,            5       6        7       8       9       10       11        27 Lemelson-MIT Program’s InvenTeam                                          3        4     5    6     7      8        9       1 American Honda Foundation Grant                                      7       8      9    10    11    12     13
set your own deadline during the summer
                                                                                                                      Grants*                                                                                                                     http://corporate.honda.com                                                                                       6 Student Achievement Grants, sponsored
                                                    12      13      14      15       16      17      18               http://web.mit.edu/inventeams                                          10       11    12   13    14    15        16                                                                            14      15      16   17   18     19    20       by the NEA Foundation*
and be sure to apply.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            30 Parent Group of the Year Contest*                                                                                     www.nfie.org

Work	together                                       19     20       21      22      23       24      25        28 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS                                        17      18     19   20    21    22        23         www.ptotoday.com/pgy                                                21     22      23   24   25     26    27
                                                                                                                      Award*                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11 The Lindbergh Foundation makes Grants
Exciting projects that require team teaching                                                                                                                                                24                                                                                                                                                                       to Recognize Technological Advancements
                                                                                                                      www.galeschools.com/TEAMS
                                                                                                                                                                                                     25     26   27    28    29    30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            31 Target Local Store Grants                                              28     29      30
often don’t happen because of a lack of            26      27      28       29      30                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Environmental Preservation Efforts
                                                                                                                                                                                            31                                                    www.target.com (community link)
planning during the busy school year. If                                                                       30 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.lindberghfoundation.org
you and your colleagues have a great                                                                                  www.barronprize.org
idea, schedule time during the summer to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          12 Dollar General’s Back-to-School Grants*
                                                   Strategy tip                                                                                                                              Strategy tip                                                                                                            Strategy tip                                    www.dollargeneral.com/Community
make a plan for the next year. Working                                                                         30 Olympus America/Tool Factory
together on researching and writing
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                                                                                                                                                                                             	 xplore	forming	a		                                                                                                    	 se	fundraisers	for	smaller	projects	
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                                                   Charitable foundations often earmark                              www.toolfactory.com                                                     local	education	foundation	(lEf)		                                                                                      Writing a grant proposal for a small         15 Invent America! Student Contest
grants makes the process more fun, more            resources for local programs, and                                                                                                         An LEF usually works with just one                                                                                      amount of money may be more trouble             www.inventamerica.org
creative and often more successful.                education is typically a high funding                                                                                                     school district, but is an independent                                                                                  than it’s worth. Look at the application
                                                                                                               30 ING Financial Services’ Unsung
                                                   priority. Contact nearby foundations to                                                                                                                                                                                                                           requirements. If the return is too small,
subscribe	to	a	grants	bulletin                                                                                        Heroes Awards*                                                         entity with its own board of directors,                                                                                                                              30 Captain Planet Foundation Grants
                                                   learn more about the kinds of projects                                                                                                    staff and bylaws. Most support small                                                                                    investigate possible fundraiser activities      www.captainplanetfdn.org
                                                                                                                      www.ing.com/us/unsungheroes
When the year gets started again, it’s             they are funding.                                                                                                                         projects such as teacher mini-grants.                                                                                   instead.
easy to lose track of the deadlines for
the best grants. There are many grant
bulletins and alerts that can help. Find
one that has the most relevant grants
and sign up.
                                               * 2008 deadline. Please check Web site for 2009 deadline.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sponsored by
                                                   Dell cannot be held responsible for omissions or errors in typography or photography. Some information, including deadlines, may be subject to change.


Karen Greenwood Henke runs
Grant Wrangler, a grants- and awards-          At	DEll,	oUR	goAl	Is	to	BE	thE	gREEnEst	tEChnology	CompAny	on	thE	plAnEt
listing service for teachers.                  More and more of America’s K–12 schools are embracing green                                                     • power	management Energy Smart power management settings                                        • green	servers Dell™ PowerEdge™ Energy Smart servers and
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