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September 01, 2004 4 min read
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Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

*September 15 LITERACY
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers a number of $350 grants to U.S. public school teachers and librarians and to librarians in public libraries for programs that foster creativity and literacy in children. Application forms are available on the Web site only. Contact: Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, 450 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215-5702; www.ezra-jack-keats.org.

*September 16 MUSIC
For the sixth year, the National Music Foundation will award cash grants of up to $1,000 to teachers who create lesson plans using American music. Grants are awarded through the Foundation’s American Music Education Initiative to K-12 teachers of any subject and in any educational setting. Lesson plans are reviewed and evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges, who make awards at three levels: finalist, semi-finalist, and honorable mention. Finalists receive grants of $1,000; semi-finalists receive $500. All award-winning lesson plans are published in an online database, where they are available free to other teachers. Applications and guidelines are available on the Web site. Contact: Thomas J. Heany, Director of Programming, NMF, 2457A S. Hiawassee Road, #244, Orlando, FL 32835; (800) USA-MUSIC; e-mail tom@usamusic.org; www.usamusic.org.

*September 30 CURRICULUM
The School, Home, and Office Products Association Foundation offers grants for teachers who have innovative classroom projects but lack the funding to bring them to life. Certified teachers in K-12 public, private, and parochial schools may apply. Grants of $100 to $500 are awarded for motivational projects that give students hands-on experience. Applications are available at Jo-Ann Fabrics, Fred Meyer, and Publix stores. Contact: Penny Hawk, Program Manager, SHOPA Foundation for Educational Excellence, 3131 Elbee Rd., Dayton, OH 45439; (800) 854-7467; e- mail pennyh@shopa.org; www.kidsinneed.net.

*October LIBRARIES
The American Library Association and Scholastic Library Publishing announce the annual Scholastic/Grolier National Library Week Grant. Open to all U.S. libraries, the $5,000 grant is awarded to a single institution for the best proposal for a public awareness campaign tied to National Library Week, April 10-16. All applications must include the"@ your library” brand and address ways to build public awareness. Contact: Public Information Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611;(800) 545-2433, ext. 4020; e-mail mhumphrey@ala.org; www.ala.org/@yourlibrary.

*October 1 ART
The National Art Education Foundation invites applications for its grant programs in five categories. Teacher Incentive grants award up to $1,000 to proposals that promote the teaching of art. The Mary McMullan Fund offers recipients up to $1,000 each for development of curriculum models and pilot projects. The Research Grants in Art Education fund provides as much as $5,000 for proposed research. The Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Fund grants up to $1,000 for proposals focusing on the goals for student learning outlined in the association’s National Visual Arts Standards; the SHIP Fund awards up to $500 to selected art educators whose proposals seek equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources to focus on student learning specifically related to the association’s visual art standards. Grants are available only to active NAEA members; the 2004 booklet can be downloaded from the Web site. Contact: Krista Jarrell, National Art Education Foundation, 1916 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1590; (703) 860-8000; e-mail kjarrell@naea-reston.org; www.naea-reston.org.

*October 1 MATH AND SCIENCE
The Toshiba America Foundation provides grants to K-6 teachers for projects to improve science and mathematics instruction in their schools. Projects should be inquiry-based and take place during the regular school day. Grants of up to $1,000 are available. An application form is required and may be downloaded from the Web site or requested as a hard copy. Contact: Toshiba America Foundation, (212) 596-0620; e-mail foundation@tai.toshiba.com; www.toshiba.com/taf.

*October 15 TEACHER EXCHANGE
The Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides opportunities for teachers and administrators at K-12 schools and two- year colleges to exchange positions with their counterparts in another country. U.S. citizens who are fluent in English and have a bachelor’s degree and three years of full-time teaching experience are eligible. Contact: Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange, 600 Maryland Ave. S.W., Suite 320, Washington, DC 20024-2520; (800) 726-0479 or (202) 314-3527; e-mail fulbright@grad.usda.gov; www.fulbrightexchanges.org.


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