Libraries, museums, and nonprofit organizations interested in promoting hands-on summer learning activities that incorporate technology can now compete for $10,000 grants from the MacArthur Foundation to underwrite their efforts, according to a press release.
The Chicago-based John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation will provide $150,000 total in awards for the Connect Summer Youth Programming Competition; The Born This Way Foundation will be offering help to grantees to develop activities and projects for the summer.
The goal of the competition is to support single- or multi-day programs that emphasize learning that is engaging, hands on, and has real-world applications that will help reduce learning loss over the summer, in addition to preparing students for the 21st century, the foundation reports.
Since 2004, the MacArthur Foundation has spent more than $100 million on research, projects, and assessments on the impact of digital media use by children and young adults. The summer learning grant project is part of its larger annual Digital Media and Learning Competition that will award $1.2 million this fall.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Beyond School blog.