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GRANTS AWARDED from corporate sources | federal sources

GRANTS AVAILABLE from corporate sources | private sources | federal sources




PG&E National Energy Group and PG&E Corp. Foundation recently awarded a total of $151,000 to 31 schools, community groups, and nonprofit organizations in 16 states to support environmental education programs. Each school received up to $5,000 to maintain and expand existing programs that teach students about their environment. The winning organizations and their programs follow, by state.

Alaska. The Boys and Girls Club of Kenai Peninsula-Homer Unit, Homer; Bay Explorers Expedition to Kachemak Bay. California. Fresno Unified School District, Fresno; Loggers on Loan. Los Angeles Conservation Corps’ Science Education Adventure, Los Angeles; Plankton vs. Plastic: A Marine Science Education Project. Mira Vista Elementary School, Richmond; Mira Vista School Garden Project. Ocean View Elementary School, Whittier; Ocean View Gardens and Greenhouse Project.

Connecticut. Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret, Pomfret; Water Quality Monitoring. Killingly Memorial School, Danielson; Taking Care of the Earth. District of Columbia. Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington, Washington; Urban Safari. Florida. Mandarin High School, Jacksonville; Marine Science Environmental Discovery Experience.

Georgia. Tybee Island 4-H Center, Tybee Island; Adopt-A-Wetland. Maryland. The Key School, Annapolis; Campus Environmental Restoration Showcase. Massachusetts. Kelley School, Newburyport; Schoolyard Habitat Project. Town of Sturbridge Conservation Commission, Sturbridge; Lakes, Streams, and Wetlands Monitoring. New Jersey. Panther Academy-Paterson Public Schools, Haskell; City of Paterson and Passaic River Environmental Study.

New York. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn; Science Apprenticeship, New York Metropolitan Flora. Catskill Elementary School, Catskill; Outdoor Learning Center. Educational Broadcasting Corporation, New York City; Online Mentor Program: What’s Up in the Environment.

Oregon. Alpha High School Conservation Corps, Portland; Raising Salmon in the Classroom. Crater High School, Central Point; Rogue Ecology Academy. Eastham Community School Linkup Program, Oregon City; Neighborhood Ecology Tours. Estacada Future Farmers of America and Estacada High School, Estacada; Natural Science Outdoor Classroom. Oregon 4-H Education Center and Oregon 4-H Foundation, Salem; Up Close Science 4-H Outdoor Education Program.

Pennsylvania. Lourdesmont High School, Clarks Summit; Nature Trail. The Village of Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia; Native Urban Life Initiative. Rhode Island. Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence; Acting Locally. Texas. City of Brownsville, Brownsville; Adopt a Resaca Project. Donna Independent School District, Donna; Young Farmworkers’ Academy.

Vermont. Readsboro Central School, Readsboro; The Deerfield River:Our Neighborhood. Washington. Deer Park High School, Deer Park; Preservation of Ponderosa Pine Woodland. Environmental and Adventure School, Kirkland; Native Plant Repository, Cultivation, and Restoration. West Valley High School, Spokane; Environmental Clean-Up Utilizing Oil-Eating Microbes.


New American Schools, an Arlington, Va.-based organization that promotes school improvement strategies, recently received a grant of $1 million from the Goldman Sachs Foundation. The foundation, a branch of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc., focuses on supporting excellence in middle and high school education worldwide.

The grant will be used to support the New Schools Services division of New American Schools. The division provides charter schools and charter school authorizers access to startup assistance and services to build capacity.



The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded two Star Schools grants to the JASON Foundation for Education. The JASON Foundation, based in Needham, Mass., is dedicated to improving science and technology education.

One grant will support a new program, Mathemagica, that is a professional-development and content-development initiative focused on K-8 mathematics education. The other grant will support Transitions Through Telecommunications, a program emphasizing videoconferencing and literacy development in urban, mid-Atlantic school districts.


The University of California, San Diego, recently received a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant was awarded under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR-UP.

The grant supports various education services to Pauma Elementary School, which serves predominantly Native American and Mexican students, to encourage college preparation and attendance and to provide academic enrichment programs for the school’s K-8 students.




Applications are accepted at any time for small grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for students in grades 7- 12, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. Public and private schools, local education 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:; Web site:



Applications are due May 1 for grants sponsored by the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation. Eligible organizations must be nonprofit and led by or for the support of individuals with disabilities, with an emphasis on women. Programs with both local impact and national or international significance that are meeting needs of disabled individuals in the community will be considered. Grants from $1,000 to $5,000 are available. Contact: Deborah Lewis, Executive Director, ELA Foundation, 2460 N. Lake Ave., PMB #128, Altadena, CA 91001; (626) 398-8840; fax: (626) 398- 8843; 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 due April 5 for grants from the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, sponsored by the office of postsecondary education. Grants support programs to improve the training of leadership personnel employed in federal TRIO programs, which help disadvantaged students move from high school to postsecondary studies. About 15 awards from $170,000 to $290,000 are available. Contact: Virginia Mason, Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, USDE, Office of Federal TRIO Programs, 1990 K St. N.W., Suite 7000, Washington, DC 20006-8510; (202) 502-7600; e-mail:


Applications are due April 15 for grants from the Cognition and Student Learning Research program, sponsored by the office of educational research and improvement. Grants support research that applies learning on cognition and student learning to educational problems to improve student achievement. About 10 awards from $75,000 to $500,000 are available. Contact: Valerie Reyna, OERI, USDE, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Room 600, Washington, DC 20208; (202) 219-1385; e-mail:


Applications are due April 15 for grants from the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitation services. Grants support research in four categories that aims to improve rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities. About nine awards from $300,000 to $450,000 are available. Contact: Donna Nangle, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3414, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2645; (202) 205-5880; e-mail:


Applications are due April 29 for grants from the Special Education: State Improvement Grants Program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitation services. Grants support efforts by state education agencies to improve the education of individuals with disabilties. About 13 awards of roughly $1 million are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2641; (202) 260-9182; TDD phone: (202) 205-8953; fax: (202) 205-8717.

A version of this article appeared in the March 06, 2002 edition of Education Week


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