August 11, 2004 3 min read



New York Life Foundation Grant

The New York Life Foundation recently awarded the Partnership for After School Education a three-year $600,000 grant. The grant will be used to provide summer learning opportunities to low-income middle schoolchildren.


Fine Arts Grants

The Nation Education Association Foundation awarded 10 secondary fine arts teachers with $2,000 grants. The grants recognize teachers who develop learning programs for at-risk students. The winners are listed below alphabetically.

Joanne Arnold, West Middle School, Binghamton, NY; Melissa Chaney, East Lake Academy of Fina Arts, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Linda Cohen, Crawford High School, San Diego, Calif; Shae Factory, Okmulgee Middle School, Okmulgee, Okla.; William Hartenberger, Barbour Language Academy, Rockford, Ill.; Christine Patella, Thomas Hooker School, Bridgeport, Conn.; Sally Schendel, Sheridan School District #5, Sheridan, Mont.; Peggi Stevens, Brooklin School, Brooklin, Maine; Ellen Taylor, Oregon Trail Junior High, Olathe, Kan.; Christine Turner, Lincoln Center of the Arts, Milwaukee.


Economic Education Grant

The U.S Department of Education recently awarded the National Literacy Council on Economic Education a $1.48 million grant.

The grant will be used to fund an initiative to improve economic and financial literacy for K-12 students.



Applications are due Oct. 1 for the Best Buy Foundation’s Te@ch grants. Grants support schools that integrate technology into the school curriculum. Twelve hundred one-year grants of $2,500, supplied in the form of gift certificates, are available. Schools must be located within 25 miles of a Best Buy store and the gift cards may only be used to sustain or enhance existing educational programs. Teachers, schools, and school districts are eligible to apply.

Contact: BBF, PO Box 9448, Minneapolis, MN 55440-9448; Web site:

Applications are due any time for Products for Learning grants from Fujifilm, based in Valhalla, NY. Grants recognize K-12 teachers that use photography and digital technology in their lesson plans. Winners will receive one of the following pieces of equipment: a digital camera, 35mm camera, memory card, film, USB drive, or zip disk.

Contact: Adam Yates, FF, Valhalla, NY; (212) 741-5106; ext. 20; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due August 13 for grants from the SBC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications, a communications company based in San Antonio. Grants support programs to improve student achievement through technology. One-year grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 are available. Nonprofit educational organizations are eligible to apply.

Contact: Submit applications to state contact. Web site:

Applications are due Sept. 17 for American Music Education Initiative grants from the National Music Foundation, based in Orlando, Fla. The grants recognize teachers in all subjects who use American music in their lesson plans. Finalists will receive cash grants of $1,000 and semi-finalists will receive $500 cash grants.

Contact: Thomas Heany, NMF, 2457A S. Hiawassee Road, #244, Orlando, FL 32835; (800) USA-MUSIC; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due August 30 for Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of special education and rehabilitative services.

Grants support programs that develop and research reading interventions for students with mental retardation. Eight grants of $600,000 are available.

Contact: Kristen Lauer, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 245-7412; Web site: 3/071304d.html.