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December 05, 2001 12 min read
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Grants Available from
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GRANTS AWARDED

FROM PRIVATE SOURCES

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
The Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts recently awarded $232,000 to the Center for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. The grant will be used to conduct a national survey of voters about their views on early-childhood education.

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a philanthropy based in Flint, Mich., recently awarded $124,000 to the Washington-based Council of Chief State School Officers and its partner, the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research. The partners will use the grant to study state policies regarding alternative and community-based organization high schools.

ARTHUR VINING DAVIS FOUNDATIONS
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, a private philanthropy based in Jacksonville, Fla., recently awarded 10 grants of varying amounts to support education initiatives for high school teachers.
The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., was awarded $150,000 for a program to train exemplary high school science teachers.
CAST Inc., Peabody, Mass., received $150,000 to create a professional development program for secondary teachers.
Chatham College, Pittsburgh, received $150,000 for a video-conferencing facility for the Pittsburgh Teachers Institute and other professional development programs at the college.
The Teachers’ College at Columbia University, New York City, was awarded $150,000 for the expansion of the New Teachers Institute.
The Foundation for Excellent Schools, Cornwall, Vt., received $150,000 to create a partnership between New York City high school teachers and the faculty at Middlebury College and Williams College.
Smith College, Northampton, Mass., received $150,000 to continue developing the Teacher Technique and Curriculum Development projects.
The University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, received $133,000 to train secondary science teachers in the use of scientific inquiry techniques.
The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., was awarded $150,000 to develop a standards-based assessment of teacher performance.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton, N.J., received $101,000 to expand the Teachers as Scholars program to more campuses.

FROM FEDERAL SOURCES

SCHOOL CHOICE GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded $37.2 million in federal grants to 24 school districts to support school choice through magnet school programs. The funds will help districts establish new magnet schools or improve existing ones that are part of a court-ordered or federally approved desegregation plan.

The recipients and grant amounts are listed below by state.

Alabama. Selma City Public Schools, Selma, $769,000. California. Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley, $947,500; Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, $2.14 million; Redwood City District, Redwood City, $1.67 million; West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, $1.06 million. Florida. Manatee County School Board, Bradenton, $2.14 million; School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa, $1.93 million. Illinois. Rockford Public Schools, Rockford, $1.32 million. Indiana. Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, $360,000. Maryland. Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, $667,000.

Minnesota. Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, $1.15 million. Nebraska. Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, $803,000. Nevada. Clark County School District, Las Vegas, $2.18 million. New York. Community School District #10, Bronx, $1.58 million; Community School District #15, Brooklyn, $2.45 million; Community School District #20, Brooklyn, $2.40 million; Community School District #27, Ozone Park, $1.17 million; Community School District #28, Forest Hills, $1.61 million. North Carolina. Guilford County Public Schools, Greensboro, $983,000; Wake County Public Schools, Raleigh, $2.2 million. South Carolina. Charleston County School District, Charleston, $936,000. Texas. Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, $2.42 million; Wichita Falls Independent School District, Wichita Falls, $1.94 million. Virginia. Danville Public Schools, Danville, $2.26 million

GRANTS AVAILABLE

FROM PRIVATE SOURCES

READING RESEARCH GRANTS
Applications are due Jan. 15, 2002,
for various research grants, sponsored by the International Reading Association. Grants support literacy and reading research and are available to educators, researchers, graduate students, and others involved with reading research. Seven grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 will be awarded at the association’s annual convention in San Francisco in the spring of 2002. Contact: Marcella Moore, Division of Research and Policy, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 423; fax: (302) 731-1057; e-mail: research@reading.org; Web site: www.reading.org.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT EDUCATION GRANTS
Applications are due Feb. 15, 2002,
for grants from the National High School Civic Engagement Initiative, sponsored by the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by Providence College in Providence, R.I. Grants support the creation of “civic audit” sites, consisting of 20-25 schools, in which each school identifies and develops opportunities for civic engagement and education in the school and its community. Ten grants of $100,000 each will be awarded March 1, 2002, and are available to individual districts, teams of districts, institutions of higher education, or non-profit groups associated with high schools. Contact: Rick Battistoni, Director, NHSCEI, PC, Providence, RI 02918-0001; (401) 865-2787; fax: (401) 865-1206; e-mail: rickbatt@postoffice.providence. edu.

FIRST AMENDMENT EDUCATION
Applications are due March 15, 2002,
for grants from the First Amendment Schools project, sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the First Amendment Center. Grants are to help schools teach and model the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the principles of the First Amendment. Ten grants of $12,000 each will be awarded in May 2002 to K-12 public and private schools. Contact: Mike Wildasin, ASCD, (703) 575-5475, or Sam Chaltain, FAC, (703) 284-2808; Web site: www.firstamendmentschools.org.

SPACE EDUCATION GRANTS
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.

TOLERANCE EDUCATION GRANTS
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.

FROM CORPORATE SOURCES

MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHING GRANTS
Applications are accepted at any time
for small grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for 7-12 students, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. Public and private schools, local educational 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: foundation@tai.toshiba.com; Web site: www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html.

FROM STATE SOURCES

* CALIFORNIA TECHNOLOGY GRANTS
Applications are due Jan. 8
for grants from the California Technology Assistance Project, sponsored by the California Department of Education. Local education agencies are eligible for grants of varying amounts to serve as lead agencies providing assistance services in education technology for all districts in a region. Contact: CDE, Gary Quiring, Education Technology, (916) 323-5715; e-mail: gquiring@cde.ca.gov; Web site: www.cde.ca.gov/edtech/region alrfa.htm.

* TEXAS AP/BACCALAUREATE GRANTS
Applications are due Jan. 8
for grants from the Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate program, sponsored by the Texas Education Agency, for public school districts and open enrollment charter schools. Schools that offer AP or International Baccalaureate courses are eligible for one-time equipment grants to enhance their programs. About 400 grants of $3,000 are available. Contact: Division of Advanced Academic Services, TEA,
(512) 463-9455; Web site:http://www.tea .state.tx.us/grant/announcements/grants2.cgi.

* TEXAS INVESTMENT CAPITAL FUND
Applications are due Jan. 17
for grants from the Investment Capital Fund, sponsored by the Texas Education Agency, for a public school district applying on behalf of a school or for open enrollment charter schools. Grants of up to $50,000 support the improvement of student achievement through the deregulation and restructuring of a school campus, including plans for staff development, parent training, and community involvement. Contact: Ellsworth Schave, Director, School Improvement Initiatives Unit, TEA, (512) 936-2589; Web site: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/grant/announcements/grants2.cgi.

FROM FEDERAL SOURCES

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Applications are due Dec. 21
for grants for Community Parent Resource Centers, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitative services, to improve education and training of parents of children with disabilities to help them succeed in school. Grants of up to $100,000 are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260-9182.

* DESEGREGATION PROGRAM GRANTS
Applications are due Dec. 31
for grants from the Desegregation of Public Education program, sponsored by the office of elementary and secondary education, for the operation of regional equity assistance centers to provide technical assistance and training on education equity issues. Centers may be established at the request of school boards or other government agencies. About 10 grants from $300,000 to $1 million per year are available. Contact: Sandra H. Brown, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3C122, Washington, DC 20202-6140; (202) 260-2638.

* CHARTER SCHOOLS FACILITIES FINANCING
Applications are due Jan. 4
for grants from the Charter Schools Facilities Financing Demonstration Program, sponsored by the office of elementary and secondary education. Grants support the demonstration of initiatives that allow charter schools access to non-federal funds for facilities management. About 5 awards from $2.5 million to $10 million are available. Contact: Jennifer Ryan McMahon, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3E239, Washington, DC 20202; (202) 260-9738.

* SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
Applications are due Jan. 4
for grants from the Personnel Preparation to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitative services. Grants support programs that address state-identified personnel needs for special education, and that ensure the training of qualified leadership staff to serve special education students. About 50 grants of up to $200,000 are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260-9182.

* SPECIAL EDUCATION PERSONNEL
Applications are due Jan. 11
for grants from the Personnel Preparation to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitative services. Grants support programs that address state-identified personnel needs for special education, and that ensure the training of qualified staff to serve infants, toddlers, and children with low-incidence disabilities. About 50 grants of up to $300,000 are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260-9182.

* HIGH-INCIDENCE DISABILITIES PERSONNEL
Applications are due Jan. 18
for grants from the Personnel Preparation to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitative services. Grants support programs that address state-identified personnel needs for special education, and that ensure the training of qualified staff to serve special education students with high-incidence disabilities. About 50 grants of up to $200,000 are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260-9182.

* NATIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROJECTS
Applications are due Jan. 25
for grants from the Personnel Preparation to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitative services. Grants support programs with national significance that address state-identified personnel needs for special education, and that ensure the training of qualified staff to serve special education students. About 50 grants of up to $200,000 are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260-9182.

* SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR MINORITIES
Applications are due Feb. 1
for grants from the Personnel Preparation to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitative services. Grants support programs that address state-identified personnel needs for special education, and that ensure the training of qualified staff to serve special education students in institutions serving minorities. About 50 grants of up to $200,000 are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260-9182.

A version of this article appeared in the December 05, 2001 edition of Education Week

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