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Mattel Grants

Mattel Children’s Foundation, the charitable arm of the El Segundo, Calif.-based toy maker, has announced the recipients of its second round of 2005 grants. The grants, ranging from $3,500 to $20,000, fund organizations that work to improve children’s health, wellbeing, learning, and literacy, and girls’ self-esteem. The recipients are listed below alphabetically:

Alternatives Incorporated, Hampton, Va.; Blue Hill Observatory Science Center, East Milton, Utah; Book ‘Em, Nashville, Tenn.; Bridgerland Community Ice Arena, North Logan, Utah; Community Initiatives, South Ligonier, Ind.; Community Partners/First Steps Early Literacy, Los Angeles; DDD Foundation, Atlanta; Empower Program, Washington; Every Person Influences Children, Buffalo, N.Y.; Explore & More, A Children’s Museum, East Aurora, N.Y.; Foundation for Positively Kids, Las Vegas; Gift for Teaching of Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla.; Girls’ Opportunities for Adventure & Leadership, Atlanta; Heights Parent Center, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Love and Hope Foundation, Tampa, Fla.; Midcity Excellence Community Learning Center, St. Joseph, Mo.; National Lekotek Center, Chicago, Ill.; Nurturing Individuals Needing Assistance, Calumet City, Ill.; Oceanographic Teaching Solutions, Los Angeles; Pajama Program, Inc., New York City; Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Philadelphia; Practice Without Pressure, Bear, Del.; Put Children First, Hacker Valley, W.Va.; Replay for Kids, Medina, Ohio; Rock the Classroom, Santa Monica, Calif.; San Antonio Youth Literacy, San Antonio; Seedlings Braille Books for Children, Livonia, Mich.; Southern Early Childhood Association, Jackson, Miss.; Sports Dreams, Greensboro, N.C.; Taking the Reins, Los Angeles; Turning Point Partners, New Orleans; Werling Reading Teams, Tacoma, Wash.; Wonder & Worries, Inc., Austin, Texas; Zink the Zebra Foundation, Mequon, Wis.

New York Life Foundation Grant

The New York Life Foundation, the grant making entity of the New York Life Insurance Company, awarded the New York City-based Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture a $600,000 grant to support its Junior Scholar Program, a weekly program that teaches African-American students ages 11 to 17 about African-American history and culture, and offers career guidance.

Urban Education Grants

Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., the philanthropic arm of the international law firm Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, has announced the recipients of its 2006 Relationship Grants. The grants support the efforts of nonprofit organizations in the Northeast to improve urban education through financial support, pro bono legal representation, and volunteer time. The winners are listed below alphabetically:

B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc., New York City; Boston Medical Center/Family Advocacy Program, Boston; Bronx Prep Charter School, Bronx, N.Y.; Capital Regional Educational Council, Hartford, Conn.; Citizen Schools/St. Clair Discovering Justice Project, Boston; Facing History and Ourselves, Boston; Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, Conn.; Neighborhood House Charter School, Boston; Providence Plan, Providence, R.I.; Reach Out and Read, Somerville, Mass; Science Center of Connecticut, Hartford, Conn.; The Shelter for Women, Hartford, Conn.; The Treehouse Foundation, Boston; Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Boston.



Applications are now being accepted for educator fellowships from the Earthwatch Institute. Full time K-12 educators and administrators can apply for opportunities to assist researchers from a variety of disciplines on field expeditions throughout the world. All costs for the one- to three-week expeditions are included in the fellowship. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but applications received before March 1 are available for greater funding and a wider variety of projects. Contact: Earthwatch Institute; (800) 776-0188 ext. 118; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

Applications are due March 1 for early-childhood summit grants from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Governors’ offices can apply for the five, $10,000 grants. The grants are intended to help build support for state early-childhood policy agendas that incorporate the recommendations of the NGA Task Force on School Readiness by convening Governors’ summits on early- childhood issues.
Contact: Anna Lovejoy, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Division, NGA; (202) 624-5331; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

Applications are due March 31 for environmental-education grants from the Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation. Grants support hands-on environmental projects for students ages 6 to 18. Applications are available at Contact: Captain Planet Foundation, 133 Luckie St., 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303; (404) 522-4215; e-mail: [email protected].


Applications are now being accepted for the Bowerman Track Renovation program, sponsored by Nike. Youth-oriented, community-based organizations worldwide can apply for matching grants of up to $50,000 in order to refurbish or build running tracks. Contact: Manager, Bowerman Track Renovation Program, Global Community Affairs, Nike, Inc., One Bowerman Dr., Beaverton, OR 97005-6453; (503) 671-6453.

Applications are now being accepted for Outdoor Classroom grants, which are sponsored by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper, and National Geographic Explorer! classroom magazine. K-12 schools can apply for grants of up to $20,000 to build a new outdoor classroom, or expand an existing one. Contact: Outdoor Classroom Grant Program, P.O. Box 3292, Memphis, TN 38173-0292; Web site:


Applications are due Feb. 24 for CiviConnections grants, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Council for the Social Studies. Teams of three teachers can apply for the three-year grants of $7,500, which support community-service and local history projects.
Contact: CiviConnections, NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

Applications are due Feb. 27 for the Technical Assistance Center on Evidence-Based Practices to Improve Early Literacy and Language Development of Young Children with Disabilities grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants support programs that improve academic achievement for children with disabilities through research-based techniques. State departments of education, school districts, charter schools, and both nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible for funding. Contact: Jennifer Tschantz, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Room 4055, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 245-7556.

Applications are due March 7 for 2006 Learn and Serve America school-based grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Learn and Serve America program. State departments of education and grantmaking entities interested in expanding high-quality service-learning programs in K-12 schools are eligible for funding. Applications are available online at
Contact: Brad Lewis; (202) 606-7510; e-mail: [email protected].

Vol. 25, Issue 20, Page 37

Published in Print: January 25, 2006, as Grants

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