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Applications are dueMay 30 for grants for education projects in the graphic communications field, sponsored by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, for graphic communications teachers. Proposed programs should aim to train teachers and other faculty and/or students about graphic arts technology and expose students to career opportunities within the industry. Proposals submitted by May 30 are considered for full funding; proposals for grants of up to $2,500 are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact: Meredith Lamont, GAERF, 1899 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 20191-4367; (703) 264-7200; fax: (703) 620-3165; e-mail:

Listings of available grants, which use to appear in the Deadlines section, are now in the Grants section.

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The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund recently awarded $29,500 in grants, ranging from $3,500 to $7,000 each, to five summer journalism workshops on college campuses to provide fellowships for high school journalism teachers. The recipients are: Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; University of Louisiana, Lafayette; University of Mississippi, Oxford.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded various grants to states for the improvement of school leadership training programs.

A $675,000 State Challenge Grant was awarded to South Dakota to improve school leadership in technology. The grant will be used for leadership development programs that focus on whole-systems change and technology integration in schools.

The Foundation awarded a $1.6 million grant to “Leadership, Technology and Student: Converging for Colorado’s Children,” a state initiative to increase technology integration in schools. The grant was matched from various Colorado sources and will be used to create Leadership Academies to train educators in technology implementation.

A grant of $750,000 was awarded to the Idaho Association of School Administrators to expand leadership development programs in the state. IASA will work with other education agencies in the state to improve and develop state technology leadership training programs already in use.



California First Lady Sharon Davis awarded $110,000 in grants to 23 schools in the state from the Governor’s Book Fund School Library Enrichment Grant. Each school received $5,000 to purchase new books for their school libraries. The recipients are: 112th Street Elementary School, Los Angeles; Alain LeRoy Locke High School, Los Angeles; Bursch Elementary School, Compton; Burton Green School, Los Angeles; Burton Street Elementary School, Panorama City; Corona Avenue Elementary School, Bell; Fremont High School, Los Angeles; Gaspar de Portola Middle School, Tarzana; Grant Elementary School, Santa Ana; Hancock Park Elementary School, Los Angeles; Heritage Christian School, Bakersfield; John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, Sun Valley.

Kornblum Elementary School, Hawthorne; Lawrence Middle School, Chatsworth; Lincoln Elementary School, Ventura; New Temple Elementary School, South El Monte; Normont Elementary School, Harbor City; Old River Elementary School, Downey; Pacific Coast High School, Tustin; Sierra Vista Junior High School, Baldwin Park; Thomas A. Edison Middle School, Los Angeles; Victory Boulevard Elementary School, North Hollywood; Vivian Banks Charter School, Pala.



Applications are dueMay 1 for the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars grant, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, for social studies educators. The $1,000 grant helps a social studies teacher improve social studies education. The grant recipient will also receive a commemorative gift, an annual conference presentation, and publicity. Contact: Ana C. Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016-3167; (800) 296-7840, ext. 114; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are dueMay 15 for grants sponsored by the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, an arm of the National Education Association, for local NEA affiliates who administer the project. Grants are for the creation and implementation of fine arts programs that target students at risk of failing school. Ten grants of $2,000 each are available. Local affiliates choose a teacher of art, music, theater, dance, design, media, or folk arts who is an NEA member to implement the grant. Grants must serve U.S. public middle or high school students. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are dueMay 25 for 10 grants of $500 each, sponsored by the ASM International Foundation, a society of metals and materials scientists, for K-12 teachers. Applicants submit a two-page proposal describing curriculum-based, hands-on projects that enhance students’ awareness of the materials around them and involve observation, communication, and math and science skills. Contact: ASMIF, Living in a Material World Program, Materials Park, OH 44073-0002; (216) 433-3680; Web site: ation.


Applications are dueJune 15 for grants to improve K-12 instruction on Japan, sponsored by the United States-Japan Foundation. The grants fund new or existing programs with some of the following components: leadership development, information on U.S.-Japan relations and contemporary issues in both countries, training to use international issues in the classroom, and multimedia teaching tools. One year grants may be renewed by the foundation. Letters of inquiry must be received by June 15; full grant proposals are due July 31. Contact: David Janes, Program Officer, Precollege Education Programs, USJF, 145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; fax: (212) 481-8762; e-mail:; Web site:


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:;;;;


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.



Applications are dueMay 16 for Bilingual Education Teachers and Personnel Grants, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, for higher education institutions in partnership with state or local education agencies, or state or local education agencies. The grants are for professional development programs for pre- and in-service teachers of bilingual education. Approximately 40 grants ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 are available. Contact: Sue Kenworthy (for applicants from states west of the Mississippi) or Franklin Reid or Fengju Zhang (for applicants from states east of the Mississippi), USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 5090, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-6510; Sue Kenworthy (202) 205-5539 or Franklin Reid (202) 205-9803 or Fengju Zhang (202) 205-9715; e-mail: or or; Web site: 2/041301a.html.


Applications are dueMay 21 for Indian Education Formula Grants, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, for local educational agencies, certain schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and certain Indian tribes. The grants are to support efforts to reform school programs that are based on state content standards and that help Indian students meet those standards. Approximately 1,300 grants ranging from $3,000 to 1.9 million are available. Contact: Cathie Martin, Office of Indian Education, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3W115, Washington, DC 20202-6335; (202) 260-3774; e-mail:; Web site: g/grantann/q101/032301b.txt.


Applications are dueMay 25 for Demonstration Grants for Indian Children, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, for state or local educational agencies, Indian tribes or organizations, and federally supported schools for Indian students. Grants will go to projects that develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of programs to improve Indian students’ achievement and opportunities. Approximately 14 grants ranging from $150,000 to $400,000 are available. Contact: Cathie Martin, Office of Indian Education, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3W115, Washington, DC 20202-6335; (202) 260- 3774; e-mail:; Web site: g/grantann/q101/032301c.txt.


Applications are dueJune 11 for Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Grants, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, for state offices or agencies that have not received the grants previously. Grants are used to plan and implement statewide family literacy intiatives. Approximately 5 grants ranging from $75,000 to $250,000 are available. Contact: Tanielle Johnson, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6132; (202) 205-9588; e-mail:; Web site: 2/041201a.html.

A version of this article appeared in the April 25, 2001 edition of Education Week


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