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Grants Awarded | Grants Available


From Private Sources

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grant

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, based in Reno, Nevada, recently awarded a $10 million grant to help support Project Alert, the nation’s largest research- based drug prevention program for middle school children. The grant will be used to provide educators with online training, lesson plans, and teacher support.

Leeds Grant

Lilo and Gerard Leeds, founders of the Institute for Student Achievement, awarded a six-year, $10.8 million grant to Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. The grant will establish the National Academy for Excellent Teaching, which will provide professional development for high school educators working in disadvantaged public schools.

From Corporate Sources

The BellSouth Foundation, based in Raleigh, N.C, recently awarded a one-year, $70,000 grant to Project Lighthouse’s Wake Education Partnership.

The grant will support training for how to use technology in the classroom and professional development for teachers.

From Federal Sources

The U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, recently awarded 23 school and community grants totaling more than $41 million to prevent school violence and create safer schools.

Winners are listed below alphabetically by state.

Alaska: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Fairbanks.

Arizona: Washington Elementary School District, Phoenix; Kyrene School District, Tempe.

Connecticut: Hartford Public Schools, Hartford.

Georgia: Board of Education for Bibb County, Macon.

Iowa: Mississippi Bend Area Educational Agency, Bettendorf.

Maryland: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville.

Massachusetts: Worchester Public Schools, Worcester.

Minnesota: Cloquet Independent School District #94, Cloquet; Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis; Stephen-Argyle Central Schools, Stephen.

Missouri: School District of Springfield R-12, Springfield.

Nevada: Clark County School District, Las Vegas.

New York: Niagara Falls City School District, Niagara Falls.

North Carolina: New Hanover County Schools, Wilmington.

North Dakota: Belcourt School District #7, Belcourt.

Ohio: Garfield Heights City Schools, Garfield Heights; University Heights City School District, Cleveland Heights.

Oklahoma: Durant Public Schools, Durant; Heavener Public School District I-3, Heavener.

South Carolina: School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, Ballentine.

Tennessee: Johnson County Department of Education, Mountain City.

Texas: Leander Independent School District, Leander.


From Corporate Sources

Applications are due October 1 for K- 6 Science and Math Education grants from the Toshiba America Foundation. Grants support projects in math or science that engage students in a creative learning experience. Public and private school teachers in grades K-6 are eligible to apply.

Contact: TAF, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 596-0620; e-mail:

Applications are due October 1 for Plan-a-Dream grants from Creative Classroom, TIAA-CREF, and Kids Discover. Grants support creative classroom teaching through teacher- designed educational programs.

PK-8 teachers are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $2,500 are available.

Contact: CC, Plan-a-Dream Department, 149 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10010; fax: (212) 353-8030; Website:

Applications are due October 1 for literacy and diversity grants from the Starbucks Foundation. Grants support projects that assist at-risk youth and involve schools and communities. Nonprofit organizations serving children between the ages of 6-18 are eligible to apply. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are available.

Contact: SF, 2401 Utah Ave. S., S-SR-1, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98134; Web site:

Applications are due October 17 for grants from the Watertown, MA-based Digi-Block, Inc. Grants support curriculum development and after-school programs using the Digi-Block Learning System. K- 12 teachers, schools, and school districts are eligible to apply. Two recipients will each receive six-month grants for $5,000 worth of materials and training.

Contact: Zoe O. van der Meulen, DB, 125 Walnut St., Watertown, MA 02472; (888) 834-4466; fax: (617) 926-9555; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are accepted at any time for Corning Educational grants from the Corning Foundation. Grants support classroom curriculum, student scholarships, facility improvement, and instructional technology projects for the classroom. Elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Approximately 225 grants totaling $2.2 million are available.

Contact: Karen C. Martin, CIF, MP-LB-02Corning, New York 14831.

From Private Sources

Applications are due Sept. 29 for Grosvenor Grants from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. Grants support K- 12 classroom education projects in geography, professional development for geography teachers, and academic curriculum.

Schools and other nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Grants ranging from $50,000 to $70,000 are available.

Contact: NGSEF, 1145 17th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20036-4688; (202) 857-7186 or (800) 638-6400 ext. 7186; e-mail:; Web site: foundation.

Applications are due Sept. 30 for urban grants from the National Education Association. Grants support local NEA affiliates interested in developing education reform leadership programs for K-12 educators. Twenty-five grants of $5,000 each are available.

Contact: NEA Urban Initiatives, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7155; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due Sept. 30 for Kids in Need Teacher grants from the School, Home and Office Products Association Foundation for Educational Excellence. Grants support educators interested in developing classroom curricula that is not available through standard education programs. K-12 teachers in public, private, and parochial schools are eligible to apply. About 100 grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 are available.

Contact: SHOPA FEE, 3131 Elbee Road, Dayton, OH 45439-1900; (800) 854-7467; .

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 Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 264-0286, ext. 374.

From Federal Sources

Applications are due Oct. 14 for Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program grants from the U.S Department of Education. Grants support overseas training, research, and curriculum projects in modern foreign languages for groups of teachers and students.

Colleges, nonprofit private educational organizations, and state departments of education are eligible to apply. Forty one-year grants ranging from $50,000 to $80,000 are available.

Contact: Lungching Chiao, USDE, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, 1990 K St. N.W., Suite 6066, Washington, DC 20006- 8521; (202) 502-7624; e-mail:

Applications are due Oct. 15 for Challenge Grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Grants support programs that address wildlife and habitat conservation. Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. One-year grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000 are available.

Contact: NFWF, 1120 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036; Web site:


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