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Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


The Edward E. Ford Foundation provides grants to U.S. secondary schools that are members of the National Association of Independent Schools and to NAIS member state and regional associations for education-related proposals, especially those directly benefiting teaching faculty or relating to schools’ ability to attract talented people to the profession. Grants of $20,000 to $100,000 are awarded; the average is $50,000, and all grants require a matching component. Contact: Robert W. Hallett, Executive Director, Edward E. Ford Foundation, 1122 Kenilworth Dr., Towson, MD 21204; (410) 823-2201; fax (410) 823-2203; e-mail;


The Toshiba America Foundation supports hands-on math and science education in schools and offers grants to science and mathematics teachers. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded monthly for grades 7-12; proposals for larger grants are due February 1 and August 1. All projects should provide direct benefits to students and include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences. Public and private schools are eligible. Application guidelines are available online. Contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 596-0620; e-mail;


Each year, the NEA Foundation awards hundreds of Learning & Leadership and Innovation grants of $2,000 to $5,000 each. Applications are peer-reviewed and may be submitted at any time. Notification of award is sent within five months of application. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Contact: NEA Foundation, (202)822-7840;


Grants of up to $2,000 are available to K-12 teachers from the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other elements of tolerance education. Requests should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and its proposed budget. Contact: Annie Bolling, Teaching Tolerance Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 956-8381;

*October 22 ASTRONOMY

The Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy and Space Science (IDEAS) grant program provides funding for innovative education or public outreach programs that feature collaborations between astronomers/space scientists and education and informal science professionals. Requests may be made for up to $50,000. The call for proposals is available on the Web site. Contact: Space Telescope Science Institute, (410) 338-4968; e-mail;

*November 1 READING

The Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award honors an outstanding K-6 classroom teacher of reading and language arts dedicated to improving teaching and learning through reflective writing about his or her teaching and learning process. Applicants for the $1,000 award must be members of the International Reading Association. Contact: Executive Office, International Reading Association, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 221; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail;

*November 12 RESEARCH

The NAE/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships, awarded by the National Academy of Education, support early career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Applicants must have received a PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2004. Full-time fellows receive $55,000 for one year; part-time fellows receive $27,500 annually for two years. Up to 20 fellowships will be awarded. Applications are available on the Web site. Contact: Donna Ho, Fellowships Manager, 726 Broadway, Room 509, New York, NY 10003; (212) 998-9035; fax (212) 995-4435; e-mail;

*November 28 PHOTOGRAPHY

The LaMotte Co., a provider of environmental education equipment, offers teachers a chance to win free materials for their schools or other educational programs through its Environmental Education Photo Contest. Teachers submit photographs showing students working with current LaMotte testing equipment; entries must include a brief description of how students use the equipment. First-, second-, and third-prize winners are awarded $500, $250, and $100 merchandise certificates, respectively; each honorable mention receives a $50 certificate. Contact: LaMotte Co., P.O. Box 329, Chestertown, MD 21620; (800) 344-3100 or (410) 778-3100; e-mail;


The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, offers a number of grants to its members. Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants, awarded to two librarians who work with young adults in either a public or school library, provide $1,000 to attend the ALA annual conference. Applicants must have at least one and fewer than 10 years of experience working with teenagers and have never attended the conference. Two $1,000 Book Wholesalers Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grants are available to members working with students ages 12 through 18 in a public library. The Frances Henne/YALSA/Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant provides $500 in seed money for small-scale projects that promote research relating to library services for young adults. Complete information can be found on the Web site. Contact: YALSA Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; e-mail;


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Mathematics Education Trust supports the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning through grants, awards, and other projects. MET provides funds to support classroom teachers in improving classroom practices and increasing educators’ mathematical knowledge. Grants range from $1,200 to $10,000; application requirements and judging criteria vary. Contact: NCTM’s MET, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1502; (703) 620-9840, ext. 2112; e-mail;


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