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The International Business Machines Corporation has awarded $2 million to the Chicago public schools to create an on-line information and communications system.

The grant is the most recent announcement in I.B.M.'s new "Reinventing Education" grant program. Over the next three years, the company plans to award $25 million to help school districts use technology to "reform and revitalize" education.

Copies of I.B.M.'s corporate-giving guidelines are available from Stanley Litow, Director, Corporate Support Programs, I.B.M. Corporation, Old Orchard Rd., Armonk, N.Y. 10504.

A national public-private partnership has recommended awarding $75,000 planning grants to 12 community foundations to help them develop strategies for curbing violence.

The National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention evolved out of a 1993 conference in New York City that drew more than 160 grantmakers. The new Washington-based group is marshaling the resources of foundations, corporations, and federal agencies in a campaign against violence that includes grantmaking, technical assistance, research, and advocacy components.

The 12 foundations are: the East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, Calif.; the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foundation; the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Conn.; the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, Washington; the Rockford (Ill.) Community Trust; the Greater New Orleans Foundation; the Community Foundation for Greater Flint, Mich.; the Minneapolis Foundation; the New York Community Trust, New York City; the Spartanburg (S.C.) County Foundation; the East Tennessee Foundation, Knoxville; and the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Once again, the Fund for New York City Public Education has invited the public to help design new schools for the nation's largest school system.

This month, the organization published a request for proposals for its "New Visions II" initiative. The previous New Visions competition led to the creation of 15 new, smaller schools in New York City over the past two years.

The fund will award $15,000 grants to up to 10 proposals. Plans approved by the city's school board will receive $50,000 start-up grants.

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 14. Copies of the fund's request for proposals are available from Carol Brownell or Kacey Foster at (212) 645-5110.

--Meg Sommerfeld

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