April 14, 2004 5 min read



Charter School Facilities Grants

The U.S Department of Education recently awarded seven organizations $37.3 million in grants. The grants will be used to help charter schools construct, lease, purchase, or obtain school facilities through donations. The recipients are listed below alphabetically.
Center for Community Self-Help
, Durham, N.C; Charter School Development Corporation, Washington; Department of Banking and Financial Institutions, Washington; Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York City; Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, Boston; Raza Development Fund, Phoenix.



Applications are due any time for grants from the Hasbro Children’s Foundation. Grants of up to $35,000 are available for programs that address the emotional and physical health of disadvantaged children. Nonprofit, educational organizations are eligible to apply.
Contact: HCF, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 713- 7654; Web site:

Applications are due any time for education grants from the Allstate Foundation. Grants support school programs that focus on student safety and development, mentoring, conflict resolution, driver’s education, and drunk driving prevention. K-12 public schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 are available.
Contact: AF, 2775 Sanders Road, Suite F3, Northbrook, IL 60063-6127; (847) 402- 5502; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due any time for grants from the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Grants support programs that seek to improve academic achievement, business education, and educational partnerships at public and private schools.
Contact: GSF, 375 Park Avenue, Suite 1008,New York, NY 10152; (212) 888-9482; fax: (212) 902-3925; Web site:


Applications are due April 30 for CiviConnections grants from the National Council for the Social Studies. Grants support programs that engage students in the community through service learning and help them understand local and national history. Teacher teams – composed of three 3-12 educators - in the United States are eligible to apply. Thirty-three grants of $7,500 are available.
Contact: NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 588- 1800 ext. 106; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due May 7 for Champions of Active Learning grants sponsored by the Public Education Network. Grants support the professional development of middle school teachers in 16 communities. Award recipients from 16 cities, including Tempe, Ariz., Bridgeport, Conn., Los Angeles, San Feancisco, Wilmington, Del., Miami, Tampa, Fla., Monroe, La., Newark, N.J., Paterson, N.J., Yonkers, N.Y., Rochester, N.Y., Columbus, Ohio, and Houston, will each receive a $5,000 grant. Winners from New York City will receive a two-year $15,000 grant.
Contact: Mary Kelly, PEN, (202) 628-7460; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due May 7 for the 2005 InvenTeams grants from Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Grants support the development of class projects that encourage students to explore the practical applications of math and science. Math, science, and technology teachers can apply. Applicants will be asked to have their class build a problem solving invention. Fifteen recipients will each be awarded a one-year grant of up to $10,000.
Contact: Kristin Joyce or Melissa Makofske, L-MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Bldg. E60-216, Boston, MA 02139-4307; (617) 258-0632; fax: (617) 258-8276; e-mail: or; Web site:

Applications are due June 1 for Learning and Leadership grants sponsored by the Nation Education Association Foundation. Grants support professional development opportunities for K-12 public school teachers. One-year grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 are available.
Contact: Cristine Maglieri, NEA Foundation, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840; fax: (202) 822-7779; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due any time for Advancing Student Achievement grants from the Actuarial Foundation, Schaumburg, Ill-based nonprofit that represents the actuarial profession. Grants provide support for mathematics students by pairing teachers and volunteer actuaries in the classroom. Volunteer actuaries help cover math topics such as budgeting, investment, and statistics.
K-12 schools in the United States and Canada interested in developing math mentoring programs that involves actuaries as volunteers are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $25,000 are available.
Contact: AF, 475 N. Martingale Road, Suite 600, Schaumburg, IL 60173-2226; (847) 706-3535: fax: (847) 706-3599; Web site:

Applications are due any time for Teaching Tolerance grants from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Grants supports sustained programs that educate students and staff about tolerance and peacemaking. Grants of up to $2,000 are available. K-12 classroom teachers are eligible to apply.
Contact: TTG, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; Web site:

Applications are due any time for music grants from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The foundation supports two types of programs. The Melody Program purchases and pays for the repair of musical instruments in existing K-12 school music programs. The Special Projects Program provides instruments and repairs to community schools and after school programs. Non-cash grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are available. K-12 public and community schools with programs that are at least three years old are eligible to apply.
Contact: MHOF, 15125 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 204, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 784-6787; fax: (818) 784-6788; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due May 28 for migrant education program grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of elementary and secondary education. Grants support state educational agencies that work to improve education services for migrant students. Thirty-nine two-year grants totaling $2.5 million are available.
Contact: Elsa Chagolla, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3E257, FOB-6, Washington, DC 20202-6135; (202) 260-2823; e-mail: