June 05, 1991 17 min read

Below is a sampling of grants given by various public and private organizations. The listings are intended to be representative, rather than comprehensive; they focus on grants that pertain to elementary and secondary education and certain associated fields.

From Corporate Sources

The General Electric Foundation3135 Easton TurnpikeFairfield, Conn. 06431

Arts education. To underwrite a first-time educational collaboration with Learning Through Art of the Guggenheim Museum and Carnegie Hall’s Education Program link up!, in order to provide a 22-week, multidisciplinary arts-education initiative to be held in seven New York City public elementary schools: $25,000 to Learning Through Art, The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program, New York City.

Monsanto Company800 N. Lindbergh BoulevardSt. Louis, Mo. 63167

Science education. To create an elementary-school science-education program using the project on Scope, Sequence, and Coordination of Secondary School Science: $100,000 to the National Science Teachers Association, Washington, D.C.

The Reader’s Digest FoundationPleasantville, N.Y. 10570

Innovative learning. To fund innovative learning programs under a three-year, $150,000 initiative: $29,000 in mini-grants to be shared by 58 Westchester County and Putnam County, N.Y., educators, administered by the Westchester Education Coalition.

Sony Corporation of America1 Sony Drive, Park Ridge, N.J. 07656

Interactive programming. For expansion of the live, interactive course schedule delivered to more than 5,400 disadvantaged students in over 600 high schools: $50,000 to the Satellite Educational Resources Consortium, Columbia, S.C.

From Federal Sources

National Endowment for theHumanities1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C. 20506

African-American literature. To support a collaborative project on 20th-century African-American literature for 40 Alabama high-school English teachers: $186,155 to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

African oral tradition. To support a masterwork study project on the African oral tradition for 15 Chicago elementary- and secondary-school humanities teachers: $13,000 to the University of Chicago, Ill.

Alabama history. To support a collaborative project on Alabama history for 40 Alabama elementary- and secondary-school history teachers: $147,000 to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Alabama history. To support a masterwork study project on the literature of Alabama’s history and racial heritage for 20 English and history teachers in the Selma schools: $21,019 to the Public Library of Selma-Dallas County.

Arabic. To support the development of materials to use for teaching Arabic in its cultural context that will integrate formal written Arabic with the most widely spoken form: $131,043 to Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

Arabic. To support a three-year national project, including a five-week institute each summer, on the Arabic language and cultures for 50 secondary-school teachers of social studies and foreign languages: $595,000 to the Ohio State University Research Foundation, Columbus, Ohio.

Asian religions. To support a masterwork study project on Asian religious texts and traditions for 10 Massachusetts high-school history and humanities teachers: $9,000 to the Mt. Greylock Regional School District, Williamstown, Mass.

China and Japan. To support a year-long project for 44 public-school teachers and administrators, who will study the history, literature, art, and language of China and Japan and create programs and materials for use throughout Wyoming: $138,321 to Natrona County School District 1, Casper, Wyo.

Chinese. To support a three-year national project, including four summer institutes, on the Chinese language and culture for 40 teachers of Chinese, grades K-12: $425,459 to the University of Maryland, College Park.

Czechoslovakia. To support a masterwork study project for 12 Atlanta secondary-school teachers on the history, intellectual life, and culture of modern Czechoslovakia, with specialists from five Georgia colleges serving as consultants: $15,800 to the Lovett School, Atlanta, Ga.

Ethics. To support a collaborative project on ethics education for 70 New Hampshire elementary- and secondary-school teachers and administrators: $275,822 to Boston University, Boston, Mass.

Foreign-language teachers. To support three two-week summer institutes for precollegiate and collegiate professionals to discuss current practice in language teaching: $103,255 plus an offer of up to $51,628 matching to the Modern Language Association of America, New York City.

Foreign-language teachers. To support a national project for three years that will provide 100 foreign-language teachers, grades K-12, with six-week fellowships for in-country study: $827,909 plus up to $112,500 matching to Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

French and Spanish teachers. To support a summer institute for 30 Georgia elementary- and secondary-school teachers of French and Spanish, including trips to Canada and Costa Rica: $107,471 to Macon College, Macon, Ga.

Government. To support a masterwork study project for 15 elementary- and secondary-school teachers from Washington State on liberty and responsibility in a democratic society: $15,868 to Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.

Government. To support a summer institute on the Bill of Rights for 40 Los Angeles 8th-grade social-studies teachers: $95,583 to the California State University, Los Angeles Foundation, Calif.

Greek literature. To support a masterwork study project for 15 humanities teachers from the Boston area on the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides as illuminated by Aristotle’s Poetics: $25,850 to the Huntington Theater Company, Boston, Mass.

Humanities. To support a three-year project on humanities in the schools that will include summer institutes, a lecture and seminar series, and workshops for 1,355 Virginia teachers of the arts, the classics, English, history, and languages: $398,618 to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Humanities teachers. To support a three-year collaborative project that will conduct five seminars each year for 50 New Haven elementary- and secondary-school humanities teachers: $483,582 to Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Humanities teachers. To support a four-week summer institute for 40 New Jersey humanities teachers and school administrators on the Age of Enlightenment, using the character Figaro in the play and opera as the focus for interdisciplinary study: $196,000 to the Arts Foundation of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.

Japanese. To support a two-year project to develop national curricular guidelines for the teaching of Japanese in U.S. secondary schools and to develop a College Board Achievement Test in Japanese: $395,725 to the College Board, New York City.

Japanese. To support a two-year project that will establish a Japanese language and cultural center for teacher training and the development of materials and a model curriculum for grades K-8: $200,976 to the Eugene School District, Eugene, Ore.

Literature teachers. To support a three-year collaborative project for 180 literature teachers from Houston-area schools on classic and contemporary works of American literature: $256,326 to the downtown campus of the University of Houston, Tex.

Mythology. To support a masterwork study project on myths, legends, and fables in the Western and Jewish traditions for 15 Philadelphia humanities teachers in the elementary grades: $25,415 to Solomon Schechter Day School, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Philosophy of education. To support a masterwork study project on the philosophies of education in Aristotle’s Politics and Plato’s Republic for 13 middle- and secondary-school teachers: $10,445 to Northridge Preparatory School, Des Plaines, Ill.

Portuguese exploration. To support a four-week summer institute for middle- and high-school humanities instructors from southern New England who will study the beginnings of Portuguese exploration: $61,250 matching to the Portuguese Cultural Foundation, Providence, R.I.

Shakespeare. To support a four-week national summer institute for 35 middle- and high-school English teachers to study Hamlet, King Lear, As You Like It, and The Winter’s Tale from the perspectives of text and performance: $176,400 to the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.

Social studies. To support a national institute for 35 secondary-school teachers and librarians on the encounter between the Old and New Worlds: $100,000 matching to National History Day, Cleveland, Ohio.

South Carolina history. To support a four-week institute on the history and literature of South Carolina and the American South for three summers for 30 state secondary-school teachers: $221,000 plus up to $110,000 matching to the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

Spanish teachers. To support a three-year regional project for 50 elementary-school teachers of Spanish that will include two five-week summer institutes on the Spanish cultures of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico: $380,000 to Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City.

United States Institute of Peace1550 M St., N.W., Suite 700Washington, D.C. 20005-1708

Peace studies. To support acquisition of simulations, books, and other materials dealing with conflict management and peace studies, for use at the secondary and collegiate levels: $30,000 to the Oregon Peace Institute, Portland, Ore.

Teacher training. To continue support of a curriculum project that includes a program of teacher-training workshops on the subject of peacekeeping in the nuclear age: $40,000 to the National Institute for Public Policy, Fairfax, Va.

U.S. Education Department400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202

Special education. To help supplement special-education programs for Illinois children ages 3 to 5: $21,873,878 to the Illiniois Board of Education with the approval of the 1990-1991 Illinois State Plan for Preschool Grants for Handicapped Children.

From Private Sources

Consortium for the Advancementof Private Higher Education606 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., 4th floorWashington, D.C. 20009

Grant awards for 17 innovative projects that involve colleges in solving problems in their local schools and communities were announced recently by caphe. The grants will support collaborative programs with K-12 educators and students, improvement of undergraduate teacher education, increased educational opportunities for adult students, corporate-campus partnerships, and service-learning programs addressing community needs.

The institutions receiving grants, the amounts of the grants, and descriptions of the programs are listed below in alphabetical order:

Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.: $29,325 for a 7th-grade component and an evaluation of its Beloit Academy program, which uses a curriculum based on Latin and classicism to open new horizons for educationally and economically disadvantaged middle-school students in Beloit’s minority community.

Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.: $35,000 for a community-service project that provides students with the opportunity to explore career and lifestyle options while working with mentors in rural communities during the summer months.

Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.: $16,661 to increase the scope of water-quality testing and assist in training citizen-volunteers for its innovative statewide Alliance for Acid Rain Monitoring program.

Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill.: $10,354 to test a new structure of clinical experiences for undergraduate teacher-education majors that will provide for a closer connection between the college and the local schools.

Heritage College, Toppenish, Wash.: $40,000 to test an innovative teaching methodology called “Complex Instruction,” emphasizing cooperative group learning and designed for use with culturally and economically diverse students.

Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.: $11,035 to start the Lebanon Valley Educational Partnership, a cooperative program between the college and the Lebanon School District, which will provide academic and personal support to low-income students in grades 6-12 through counseling, tutoring, mentoring, summer programs, and campus-based activities.

Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio: $21,000 to implement a Leadership Emeritus program that will link 120 undergraduates with senior citizens and other adults in the community in mentoring relationships based on volunteerism.

Marymount Manhattan College, New York City: $25,000 to offer two academic-year enrichment programs for 7th- and 8th-grade students at Joan of Arc Junior High School who are currently performing at or below grade level in science and mathematics.

Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn.: $16,933 to implement a program to serve K-12 rural gifted students, and their parents and teachers, through in-service training workshops, mentorship programs, summer institutes in a variety of subject areas, and an on-campus resource center.

Millikin University, Decatur, Ill.: $19,000 to implement a faculty-student internship program in conjunction with local businesses, city offices, hospitals, and social-service agencies.

Mississippi College, Clinton, Miss.: $19,150 to convert its pilot Mississippi College Teacher Assistant Program into a full-time program for teacher assistants who wish to obtain teacher certification.

Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore.: $27,500 to develop a program in “Social Responsibility and Community Service,” involving the creation of eight new interdisciplinary courses on contemporary issues, each with an extensive service component.

Paine College, Augusta, Ga.: $17,000 to its Teacher Cadet program, to encourage minority high-school students with high levels of academic achievement to consider teaching as a career by enrolling in a college-level introductory teaching course and by working with younger students.

St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa: $16,814 to assist local businesses and agencies in meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by providing technical assistance in accommodating the workplace, presenting seminars on hiring the disabled, identifying appropriate technologies, and training and counseling disabled employees.

College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn.: $19,674 to develop a January Seminar designed to encourage first-year students at this women’s college to pursue careers in science and mathematics.

College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn.: $45,000 to offer an “Indian Students Achieving” enrichment program designed to encourage at-risk Native American students from four different locations to graduate from high school and enroll in some form of postsecondary education.

Simmons College, Boston, Mass.: $32,500 to support an articulation project designed to increase the number of minority and other first-generation community-college students who transfer successfully to four-year institutions.

The Edna McConnell ClarkFoundation250 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017

Disadvantaged youths. To work with foundation-assisted schools in Oakland and Louisville that are developing family-support programs encouraging local human-service agencies, parents, teachers, and administrators to cooperatively address the needs of adolescents and their families: $35,000 to Network Consulting Services, Napa, Calif.

Parental involvement. To enable District 10 in New York City to continue the Athena Project, a family-support center offering adult-education classes, parenting workshops, recreation courses, and programs for parents and children together: $220,000 to Community School District 10, New York City.

Parental involvement. To continue the Parent Education Project, an initiative that serves mostly single mothers, with professional parent educators making weekly home visits and weekly meetings for parents to share frustrations, questions, and resources: $221,000 to tapcapp Inc., New York City.

Parental involvement. To continue Project Welcome Home, a holistic approach to helping parents and their children who are moving into the Frederick Samuels Apartments in Central Harlem: $215,500 to Graham-Windham, New York City.

Writing. To bring “Writing to Learn,” a program that provides educators with strategies to guide students through the writing process, to seven foundation-assisted schools in Louisville, Milwaukee, and San Diego: $326,000 to the Council for Basic Education, Washington, D.C.

The James Irvine FoundationOne Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 1715San Francisco, Calif. 94105

Agricultural education. Toward evaluation of the 20-year-old California Agricultural Leadership Program, which develops the leadership skills of young people in agriculture: $18,850 to the Agricultural Education Foundation, Davis, Calif.

Community service. For the Learning Through Serving program, which places high-school students as volunteers in nonprofit organizations: $40,000 (over two years) to Community Educational Services, San Francisco, Calif.

Computer education. Toward the installation of a Computer Education Center: $65,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, Calif.

Environmental education. For the “Get the Lead Out of Our Children” community-education campaign of People United for a Better Oakland (pueblo): $25,000 to the Center for Third World Organizing, Oakland, Calif.

Literacy. Toward organizational planning and development for a new agency established to promote family literacy and community volunteerism among Hispanics in East Los Angeles: $10,000 to the Eastern Group Foundation, Los Angeles, Calif.

Low-income children. For the Mayfair Project to provide year-round educational and recreational activities to underserved, low-income Latino children in East San Jose: $75,000 (over three years) to the ymca of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, Calif.

Minority teachers. Toward the Future Teacher Corps to provide scholarships and community mentoring to Hispanic college students: $80,000 (with $50,000 on a matching basis) to the Beca Foundation, San Marcos, Calif.

Parenting skills. Toward the Parent Education Project, a countywide project of parent-skills training and family-strengthening activities: $75,000 (over two years) to the Sonoma County Foundation, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Prejudice reduction. For continuation of the prejudice-reduction project for youth-serving organizations and preschools: $150,000 (over two years) to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Los Angeles, Calif.

Reading. Toward implementing Prime Time Friday Night, a program to teach children the importance of reading, in 14 schools and seven youth-serving agencies: $20,000 to the Camp Fire/Orange City Council, Tustin, Calif.

School reform. Toward a survey of community attitudes toward school reform in Los Angeles: $25,000 to the Los Angeles 2000 Committee.

Science teachers. Toward the Biology Forum, an enrichment program to enhance the scientific background of high-school science teachers: $60,000 (over three years) to the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, Calif.

The J.M. Foundation60 East 42nd St., Suite 1651, New York, N.Y. 10165

School design. To launch two universal-design activities, including the Design for Physical Independence Program, which will be the first program in the country to emphasize design for people with disabilities as an integral part of an American design-school curriclum: $30,000 to Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Spencer Foundation900 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2800Chicago, Ill. 60611

Curriculum reform and inequality. For a study entitled “Curriculum Reform, Standards, and Inequality in Scottish Secondary Education, 1980-1988": $48,500 to the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dropouts. For a study entitled “De Facto Dropping Out in the U.S.: Correlates and Consequences": $39,100 (over six months) to Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Educational underachievement. For a study of social context and educational underachievement: $119,400 (over two years) to the University of Chicago, Ill.

Elementary-school children. For a study of learning through talk: $299,100 (over two years) to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Elementary-school children. For a study of language diversity and cognitive development: $297,400 (over 42 months) to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Preschool children. For a study of pragmatic and linguistic contexts for early verbal learning: $43,000 (over two years) to Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

A version of this article appeared in the June 05, 1991 edition of Education Week as Grants