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Grants/Fellowships

August 01, 2002 6 min read

Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

*September 1 HUMANITIES
The National Endowment for the Humanities calls for proposals for two types of humanities grants. The Collaborative Research Grants support either original research by a team of two or more scholars or research that is coordinated by an individual scholar but requires additional staffing. The Scholarly Editions Grants fund the preparation of texts and documents that previously have been either inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions. Awards are made for one to three years and usually range from $25,000 to $100,000 a year. Application to matching- grants programs is strongly encouraged. Contact: NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8200; e-mail editions@neh.gov or collaborative@neh.gov; www.neh.gov.

*September 14 AMERICAN MUSIC
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 are awarded $500 each. The foundation publishes winners’ lesson plans in its online database. Application forms are available on the Web site. 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.usamusic.org.

*September 15 LITERACY
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers a number of $350 grants to public school classrooms and libraries for programs that foster creativity and literacy in children. Application forms are available only from the Web site. Contact: Ezra Jack Keats Minigrants, 450 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215-5702; www.ezra-jack- keats.org.

*September 30 CURRICULUM
The School, Home, and Office Products Association Foundation offers Kids in Need grants for teachers who have innovative classroom projects but lack the funding to bring them to life. K-12 public, private, and parochial school teachers of any subject may apply. Grants, which average $750 and total as much as $100,000, are awarded for motivational projects and lesson plans. 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 National Art Education Foundation invites applications for its grant programs in four categories. Teacher Incentive grants award up to $1,000 to as many as 12 proposals that promote the teaching of art. The Mary McMullan Fund offers as many as 10 recipients up to $1,000 each for development of curriculum models and pilot projects. The National Art Education Association Research grants provide as much as $5,000 for proposed research, and the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Fund grants up to $1,000 for proposals focusing on the goals for student learning outlined in the association’s national visual arts standards. Grants are available only to active NAEA members; the 2002 booklet can be downloaded from the Web site. 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, which seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders, 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 4-12 and teacher-led student teams are eligible. Projects may include designing lesson plans, creating student activities, or applying instructional technology in the classroom. A total of $50,000 in grants is awarded in October and May. Each grant, depending on the size and scope of the project, can be as much as $5,000. Contact: Frank Mackaman, Dirksen Congressional Center, 301 S. Fourth St., Suite A, Pekin, IL 61554-4219; (309) 347-7113; e-mail fmackaman@dirksencenter.org; www.dirksencenter.org.

*October 1 HUMANITIES
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 as much as $100,000 for group projects lasting up to three years, such as new curricula that lead to better teaching and learning of the humanities. Award amount depends 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.

*October 1 JAPANESE STUDIES
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 designed to facilitate research, improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and integrate the study of Japan into major disciplines. Grants are available for instructional materials, seminars on teaching about Japan, and Japan-related speakers and panels. 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.

*October 1 KOREAN STUDIES
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. 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.

*October 1 MATH AND SCIENCE
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; amounts of up to $5,000 are awarded monthly for grades 7-12. 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. Application guidelines are available online. Contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 596-0620; e-mail foundation@tai.toshiba.com; www.taf.toshiba.com.

*October 7 RESEARCH
The Spencer Foundation welcomes applications for the Dissertation Fellowship Program for education-related research. Approximately 30 nonrenewable fellowships of $20,000 each are awarded to support completion of dissertations. Applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree in any field of study at a graduate school in the United States but need not be U.S. citizens. Topics must concern education, and all pre-dissertation requirements must have been completed by June 1, 2002. Contact: Dissertation Fellowship Program, the Spencer Foundation, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3930, Chicago, IL 60611-1803; (312) 337-7000; e-mail fellows@spencer.org; www.spencer.org.

—Leah Kerkman

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