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August 17, 2001 11 min read
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Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


Starlight Cameras, the makers of the pinhole camera and darkroom kit, give a complimentary camera to a school every week. Pinhole cameras are versatile and rugged and can be used to study image formation even without a darkroom. Teachers send a description of their photography program and their school address to request a camera, darkroom kit, and instruction book. Contact: Jim Kosinski, Starlight Cameras, P.O. Box 540, Cherry Valley, NY 13320; (607) 264-3480; e-mail merlin@paintcancamera.com; www.paintcancamera.com.


The National Music Foundation announces the annual American Music Education Initiative to recognize K-12 teachers of any subject who use American music in their classrooms. Teachers submit lesson plans, which are judged on clarity of objectives, adaptability, effectiveness, and innovation. Three finalists receive grants of $1,000 each, and five semifinalists receive grants of $500 each. The foundation publishes the lesson plans of winners in its online database. For more information, contact: Thomas Heany, Director of Programming, National Music Foundation, 2457A S. Hiawassee Rd., #244, Orlando, FL 32835; (800) USA-MUSIC; e-mail info@usamusic.org; www.nmc.org.

*September 28 CURRICULUM

The SHOPA Foundation and other sponsors offer Kids In Need Grants for teachers who have innovative classroom projects but lack the funding to bring them to life. K-12 teachers of any subject may apply from public, private, and parochial schools. With up to $100,000 to award, SHOPA gives grants, averaging $750 each, to motivational projects and lesson plans. For more information, contact: Penny Hawk, SHOPA Foundation, 3131 Elbee Rd., Dayton, OH 45439-1900; (800) 854-7467; e-mail pennyh@shopa.org; www.shopa.org.

*October 1 ART

The foundation of the National Art Education Association invites applications for its grant programs. The Teacher Incentive Program awards up to $1,000 for proposals that promote art teaching. The Mary McMullan Fund offers up to $1,000 for development of curriculum models and pilot projects to promote arts education. The NAEA Research Fund bestows up to $5,000 for proposed research in arts education. The Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Fund gives up to $1,000 for proposals focusing on the goals for student learning outlined in the NAEA’s national visual arts standards. The NAEA Research Commission’s Student Learning in Secondary Art Education Grant awards between $3,000 and $20,000 to research proposals focusing on student learning in secondary art education. Grants are available only to active NAEA members; applicants submit proposals of five or fewer pages and a description of the anticipated benefits of the program. For more information, contact: Donnamarie Gilbert, National Art Education Foundation, 1916 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1590; (703) 860-8000; e-mail NAEA@dgs.dgsys.com; www.naea-reston.org.

*October 1 CIVICS

The Dirksen Congressional Center announces the Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants to help improve the quality of civics instruction, especially in the areas of history, government, social studies, political science, and education. Teachers of grades 4 through 12 and teacher-led student teams are eligible. Projects may include designing lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in the classroom. Up to $50,000 in grants, depending on the size and scope of the project, are awarded in October and May. Contact: Frank Mackaman, Dirksen Congressional Center, 301 S. Fourth St., Suite A, Pekin, IL 61554-4219; (309) 347-7113; e- mail fmackaman@pekin.net; www.pekin.net/dirksen/grantmichelciviced.htm.


The National Endowment for the Humanities invites K-12 educators to apply for its Schools for a New Millennium Grants. The funding provides a total of up to $100,000 for projects lasting up to three years, such as new curricula that lead to better teaching and learning of the humanities. Award amounts depend on the size and scope of the project. Contact: Schools for a New Millennium, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Room 302, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail education@neh.gov; www.neh.gov/grants/oneb ook/milschools.html.


The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grant programs in Japanese studies. The programs are designed to facilitate research, improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and integrate the study of Japan into the major disciplines. Grants are available for instructional materials, seminars on teaching about Japan, and Japan-related speakers and panels at national conventions of major disciplines. Contact: Northeast Asia Council Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1021 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 665-2490; fax (734) 665-3801; e-mail postmaster@aasianst.org; www.aasianst.org.


The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers grants for instructional materials, workshops and conferences, projects that enhance Korean studies, and Korea-related speakers and panels. For more information, contact: Northeast Asia Council Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1021 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 665-2490; fax (734) 665- 3801; e-mail postmaster@aasianst.org; www.aasianst.org.


The Toshiba America Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports math and science education, offers grants to science, mathematics, and technology teachers. Grants of up to $1,000 each are awarded in October for K-6 proposals; grants of up to $5,000 are awarded monthly for 7-12 proposals. All projects should provide direct benefits to students and include teacher- led, classroom-based experiences. Public and private schools, local education agencies, and youth organizations are eligible. Applicants should specify whether they teach grades K-6, 7-12, or both. Contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820; e-mail foundation@tai.toshiba.com; www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html.

*October 15 HUMANITIES

The National Endowment for the Humanities seeks grant proposals for the Exemplary Education Project, which disseminates information about outstanding humanities programs, furthers the development of new classroom materials, and supports the design of model courses and curricula. Groups of teachers are eligible to receive as much as $250,000 for up to three years. For more information, contact: Division of Education Programs, Room 302, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail education@neh.gov; www.neh.gov.

*October 15 HUMANITIES

The Education Development and Demonstration Program of the Division of Education Programs provides grants to schools, museums, universities, and colleges to improve formal humanities education from kindergarten though college. These Exemplary Education Projects, often multi-year in duration, are given to educators for the development of humanities materials and teaching practices. The size of these grants depends on the scope of the project and the number of participants involved. Contact: Education Development and Demonstration, Division of Education Programs, Room 302, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail education@neh.gov; www.neh.gov.

*October 15 LEADERSHIP

The NEA’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers $1,000 individual and $3,000 group Learning and Leadership Grants to public school teachers and support staff to improve their skills and provide leadership in their schools or institutions. The proposed professional development must address demonstrated student learning needs and may include in-depth study of an academic subject or new instructional approaches. Contact: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036- 3207; (202) 822-7840; mhumphrey@ala.org; www.ala.org/pio/nlw/grolierapp .html.


The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides opportunities for teachers and administrators at K-12 schools and two- year colleges to exchange positions with teachers from another country. U.S. citizens who are fluent in English and have a bachelor’s degree and three years of full-time teaching experience are eligible. Participating countries are Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. Contact: Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 600 Maryland Ave. S.W., Suite 320, Washington, DC 20024-2520; (800) 726-0479 or (202) 314-3527; e-mail fulbright@grad.usda.gov; www.grad.usda.gov/info_for/fulbright.cfm.


The New Leaders Academy, a one-year professional leadership and management training program sponsored by the National Youth Employment Coalition, seeks applicants for its class of 2002. Candidates should be youth employment/youth development professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to young people, have at least five years of experience working with youths ages 14 to 25, and be expected to advance in their organization. Applicants go through a competitive process for admission to a class of up to 30 individuals. Participants complete two weeklong training sessions, as well as group projects and individual work throughout the year. For more information, contact: Mindy Larson, Program Associate, NYEC, New Leaders Academy, 1836 Jefferson Pl. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 659-1064; e-mail mindy@nyec.org; www.nyec.org/newleaders.html.

*October 17 RESEARCH

The Spencer Foundation welcomes applications for the Dissertation Fellowship Program for education-related research. Approximately 30 nonrenewable fellowships of $20,000 are awarded to support completion of dissertations. Applicants must be candidates for the doctoral degree in any field of study at a graduate school in the United States; however, applicants need not be U. S. citizens. Dissertation topics must concern education and all pre- dissertation requirements must be completed by June 1, 2002. Contact: Spencer Dissertation Fellowships Program, Spencer Foundation, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3930, Chicago, IL 60611-1803; (312) 337-7000.

*November 15 SCIENCE

The 2001 Gustav Ohaus Awards for Innovations in Science Teaching are given to teachers with innovative ideas for improving science education. Proposals might include new designs in curricula, instructional methods, or program organization and administration. Ohaus Corp., a manufacturer of educational scales, and the National Science Teachers Association sponsor the awards. One $1,000 prize and one $750 prize are given in four categories: elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. For more information, contact: National Science Teachers Association, Ohaus Awards Program, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (888) 400-NSTA or (703) 243-7100; www.nsta.org.

*November 16 BUSINESS

The Wall Street Journal and the Employment Management Association Foundation, which funds projects to enhance work force quality, sponsor the School/Business Partnership Awards. This program encourages elementary and secondary schools to collaborate with businesses on employment issues such as work force preparedness. It awards $5,000 each to up to five school/business partnerships that link curriculum to the workplace. Contact: Wanda Flowers, Employment Management Association Foundation, 1800 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3499; (703) 535-6078; fax (703) 739-0399; e-mail wflowers@shrm.org; www.shrm.org/emaf.

*November 23 PHOTOGRAPHY

The LaMotte Co., provider of environmental-education equipment, offers teachers a chance to win free equipment for their schools or other educational programs through its Environmental Education Photo Contest. Teachers or students submit photographs showing students working with current LaMotte testing equipment; entries must include a brief description of how students use the equipment. First-, second-, and third-prize winners are awarded $500, $250, and $100 merchandise certificates, respectively; honorable mention winners receive a $50 certificate. For more information, contact: LaMotte Co., P.O. Box 329, Chestertown, MD 21620; (800) 344-3100 or (410) 778- 3100; e-mail ese@lamotte.com; www.lamotte.com.


The International Reading Association offers various grants and fellowships. The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a $6,000 grant to support research in beginning reading, readability, reading difficulty, stages of reading development, the relation of vocabulary to reading, and diagnosing and teaching adults with limited reading ability. The Teacher as Researcher Grant program supports teachers in their study of literacy and instruction; grants of up to $5,000 are awarded, though priority is given to smaller requests of $1,000 to $2,000. Elva Knight Research Grants of up to $10,000 each are awarded to IRA members for proposed research that addresses new and significant questions in literacy and reading. The Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Support Grant provides an IRA member with up to $5,000 for a research-dissemination activity. Contact: Marcella Moore, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731- 1600, ext. 423; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail research@reading.org; www.reading.org.

—Kathryn Murray


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