MetLife Foundation Grant
The MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New York City-based Metropolitan Life Insurance Corporation, recently awarded The After-School Corporation a $500,000 grant to help bridge the gaps between schools and communities.
The grant will be used to fund the MetLife Foundation Discovering Community Initiative, a program that will sponsor after-school programs in seven metropolitan areas that will help familiarize students with their community history, cultural resources and events.
Sallie Mae Fund Grant
The Sallie Mae Fund, the philanthropic arm of the SLM Corporation, a leading provider of education loans and funding based in Reston, Va., recently awarded the American Charter School Finance Corporation a $2 million grant.
The Braintree, Mass.-based nonprofit organization plans to use the grant to support public charter schools in the District of Columbia by establishing a reserve fund that will guarantee financing for charter school facilities.
Annenberg Foundation Grant
The New York City- based Annenberg Foundation has awarded the Council for Educational Change, a Miami-based successor organization to the South Florida Annenberg Challenge, $250,000 to honor the work of the late Leonard Miller, a former chairman of the SFAC.
The grant will be used to fund programs in educational improvement, primarily through principal leadership, professional development and advocacy.
Lindback Foundation Grant
The Minority Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Grant Program of The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, based in Philadelphia, recently awarded Yamileth S. Ildefonso, a psychology professor at Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J., a $15,000 grant.
The one-year grant will be used to study changes in foreign language teaching in elementary schools and high schools, and how those changes have effected foreign language education at community colleges.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently awarded the Case Western Reserve University's School of Dentistry with a $500,000 grant to support the school's Healthy Smiles- Bright Futures Sealant Program.
The four-year grant will be used to teach children in the Cleveland Municipal School District how to take care of their teeth by providing classroom activities and literature that focus on oral health.
Cognitive Skills Grants
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded $4.8 million to eight universities under the Cognition and Student Learning Research Grant Program.
The three-year grants, which range from $350,000 to $1 million, will be used to conduct research on cognitive skills and how they effect school environments and student achievement. The grant recipients are: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.;Columbia University, New York City; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.; Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Riverside; University of California, San Diego; Wayne State University, Detriot, Mich.
Juvenile Mentoring Grants
The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $14 million in grants to more than 60 juvenile mentoring programs in 38 states.
The three-year grants, which range from $156,000 to $ 220,000 each, will be used to fund programs that try to keep students in school and away from drugs and crime. The recipients are listed below by state.
Alabama. The University of Alabama, Holt.
Arizona. Luz Social Services, Superior.
California. Bay Area Industry Education Council, Fremont.; Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Butte County; Redding School District; Young Men's Christian Association of Anaheim; Assistance League of Southern California Volunteer Center of Los Angeles.
Colorado. Pueblo School District #60, Pueblo; A Step Up, Inc., Arvada.
Connecticut. Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Inc., New Britain; Putnam Public Schools.
Delaware. Latin American Community Center, Wilmington;Volunteers for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Wilmington.
District of Columbia. Perry School Community Services Center, Inc.
Florida. Community Crusade Against Drugs, Miami; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Gainsville.
Georgia. Rome- Floyd Communities, in School, Rome-Floyd.
Hawaii. Hui Malama Learning, Wailuku.
Idaho. Homedale Joint School District #370.
Illinois. Big Brothers/Big Sisters MMCDP, Inc., Decatur; Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Henry County; Chicago Public Schools Office of Specialized Services.
Indiana. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NE Indiana, Inc., Fort Wayne.
Iowa. Clinton Community School District.
Kansas. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County.
Kentucky. YMCA of Greater Louisville.
Louisiana. Dr. Theodore P. Robinson Educational Foundation in Bogalusa; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SE LA, New Orleans.
Maine. River Coalition, Inc., Old Towne.
Maryland. Alliance, Inc., Baltimore.
Massachusetts. LUK Crisis Center, Inc., Fitchburg; Girls Incorporated of Holyoke.
Michigan. Wedgewood Christian Youth & Family Services, Grand Rapids.
Minnesota. Lauj Youth Society of Minnesota, Inc., St. Paul.
Mississippi. Starkville School District.
Nebraska. Release Ministries, Inc., Omaha; Heartland Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Lincoln.
New Jersey. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Monmouth County, Inc., Eatontown; Passaic Public Schools.
New Mexico. North Central Community Based Services, Chama.
New York. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island, Levittown; Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady; Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, Bronx.
North Dakota. The Village Family Service Center, Fargo.
Ohio. Alliance Community Outreach Program, Warren; Hispanic UMADAOP, Cleveland.
Oklahoma. Hugo Housing & Community Services Corp.
Oregon. J Bar J Youth Services, Redmond.
Pennsylvania. Juniata Valley YMCA Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Lewistown; Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Philadelphia.
Rhode Island. City of Central Falls.
South Carolina. Communities in Schools, Lancaster County.
Texas. Fifth Ward Enrichment Program Inc., Houston; Fort Worth Independent School District; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Abilene, Inc.; Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inc., Galveston.
Vermont. Northeast Kingdom Youth Services and St Johnsbury Youth Services Bureau, St. Johnsbury; Burlington School District.
Virginia. Rockbridge Area Community Services; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.
Washington. Pioneer Human Services, Seattle; Walla Walla County Department of Human Services; Vancouver Housing Authority.
Wisconsin. Opportunities, Inc. of Jefferson County, Fort Atkinson; YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
Preschool Curricula Grants
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded seven grants, totaling $3.4 million, for the study of the effectiveness of preschool curricula.
The four-year grants will be used by recipients to conduct random clinical trials and evaluations of preschool curricula.
The recipients are: University of California, Berkeley; Purdue University, West Layfayette, Ind.; University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; University of North Florida, Jacksonville; University of New Hampshire, Durham; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Reading Instruction Grants
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded six grants ranging from $490,000 to $1.4 million for the study of reading instruction.
The three-year grants, provided under the department's Program of Research on Reading Comprehension, will be used by the six recipients to investigate various methods of teaching children reading comprehension.
The grantees are: CAST, Inc., Peabody, Mass; Eugene Research Institute, Eugene, Ore.; Ohio State University, Columbus; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Memphis; University of Pittsburgh.
Applications are accepted at any time for small grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for students in grades 7-12, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. Public and private schools, local education agencies, and youth organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico may apply. Projects should provide direct benefits to students and include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered monthly throughout the year. Contact: TAF, Program Office, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html .
Applications are accepted at any time. Space Education Initiatives provides funding for Internet-based, K-12 space education programs. The four programs sponsored nationwide are Moonlink, NEARlink, Marslink, and Orbital Laboratory. The availability of grant money varies by state. Educators may apply for funding through Space Explorers Inc. Contact: SEI, (800) 965-3763; Web sites: www.space- explorers.com/grantinfo; www.moonlink.com; near.space-explorers.com; www.marslink.com; www.orbitallaboratory.com.
Applications are accepted at any time. The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination, offers grants of up to $2,000 to K-12 teachers. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Applications should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and the proposed budget. The number of grants awarded depends on available funding. Contact: Teaching Tolerance Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 264-0286, ext. 374.
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