Education Funding Grants


November 10, 2005 8 min read



Grants for Principals

The Alexandria, Va.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Long Island City, N.Y.-based MetLife Foundation have announced their Sharing the Dream grant recipients for the 2005-06 school year. The $3,000 grants will help principals build stronger relationships between their schools and communities.

The grantees are listed below alphabetically: Kathy Baker, Bakersfield Elementary and Middle School, Bakersfield, Vt.; Jennifer Benkovitz, Powell GT Magnet Elementary School of the Visual & Performing Arts, Raleigh, N.C.; Gerald Bennett, Berger-Vandenberg Elementary School, Dolton, Ill.; Cecil Brewton III, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa; Delorisa Brown, Barton Elementary School, Lake Worth, Fla.; Terrence Carter, Clara Barton Elementary School, Chicago; Barbara Cook, Wurtland Elementary, Wurtland, Ky.; Eric Detweiler, Frederick School, Grayslake, Ill.; Debra Divoky, Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School, Freeport, Ill.; Drue Dumas, Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, Metairie, La.; Merrianne Dyer, Fair Street Elementary School, Gainesville, Ga.; Sharon Freeman, Prosperity Heights Elementary School, St. Paul, Minn.; Amanda Hammond-Williams, Alice Birney Elementary School, San Diego; Deborah Harvest, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Academy, East Orange, N.J.; Christianne Henderson, Children’s Center of Montgomery, Inc., Montgomery, Ala.; Douglas Howard, Sequoyah Elementary, Tulsa, Okla.; Rose Ingber, Andrew Jackson Elementary School, Altadena, Calif.; Charlotte Jackson, Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, Baltimore; Chester Leigh, Aberdeen Middle School, Aberdeen, Miss.; Mara Lud, Moores Park Elementary School, Lansing, Mich.; Charles McNulty, Carl Sandburg School, Freeport, Ill.; Diane Kimberly Olszewski, Emerson-Gridley Elementary School, Erie, Pa.; Donna Orsag, Lost Pines Elementary School, Bastrop, Texas; Marta Palacios, Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Washington; Linda Patterson, Center Elementary School, Freeport, Ill.; Jayne Ropella, Eastern Heights Elementary School, St. Paul, Minn.; Emily Shamieh, John Winthrop Elementary School, Dorchester, Mass.; Levia Stovall, Robert E. Lee Elementary, Hampton, Va.; Cedric Tatum, South Hampton Elementary, Birmingham, Ala.; Gladys Vaccarezza, Blaine Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School, Chicago.

Teach for America

Teach for America, a New York City-based program that recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in disadvantaged rural and inner-city schools, recently received four grants totaling $30 million. Don and Doris Fisher, the founders of the San Francisco-based clothing company Gap Inc., and the Austin-based Michael and Susan Dell Foundation each pledged $10 million. The Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation and the New York City-based Robertson Foundation also donated $5 million each to the organization.


Safe Schools/Healthy Students

The U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice, collaborated to award more than $76 million in Safe Schools/Healthy Students grants this year. The grants support school district efforts to promote mental health services, establish community partnerships, and develop alcohol-, drug-, and violence-prevention programs.

The grantees are listed below alphabetically: Alamo Navajo School Board Inc., Magdalena, N.M.; Black Oak Mine Unified School District, Georgetown, Calif.; Bradley County School District, Cleveland, Tenn.; Bristol Tennessee City Schools, Bristol, Tenn.; Butte County Office of Education, Oroville, Calif.; East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Baton Rouge, La.; Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville, Ind.; Flint Community Schools, Flint, Mich.; Highland Local Schools, Sparta, Ohio; Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro, Ore.; Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, Ketchikan, Alaska; Lancaster County School District, Lancaster, S.C.; Madison School District, Rexburg, Idaho; Maine School Administrative District 55, Hiram, Maine; Marion County School District #2, Mullins, S.C.; Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School, Washington; New Braunfels Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas; New London-Spicer Public Schools ISD #345, New London, Minn.; Newark Public Schools, Newark, N.J.; Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Costa Mesa, Calif.; North Thurston Public Schools, Lacey, Wash.; Northwest Educational Services District #189, Anacortes, Wash.; Ontario-Montclair School District, Ontario, Calif.; Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Watsonville, Calif.; Pomona Unified School District, Pomona, Calif.; Rome City School District, Rome, N.Y.; Round Rock Independent School District, Round Rock, Texas; San Diego County Schools, San Diego; School Board of Miami-Dade County, Miami; School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, Pa.; Shelby County Schools, Memphis, Tenn.; Somerset County Schools, Westover, Md.; Springfield City Schools, Springfield, Ohio; Turner County Board of Education, Ashburn, Ga.; Uniondale Union Free School District, Uniondale, N.Y.; Vail School District #20, Vail, Ariz.; Van Buren Community Schools, Keosauqua, Iowa; Wautoma Area School District, Wautoma, Wis.; West Chicago Elementary Schools District #33, West Chicago, Ill.



Applications are now being accepted for Educator grants from St. John’s College, which has two campuses in Santa Fe, N.M., and Annapolis, Md. Public and private K-12 educators with at least three years of teaching experience, administrators, curriculum developers, and other education professionals can apply for grants for the college’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts or Master of Arts in Eastern Classics. Grants cover one-third of either graduate program’s tuition. Admission to the college is rolling, but applicants should apply for priority funding by March 1 for the summer 2006 semester, and April 1 for the fall 2006 semester. Contact: Graduate Admissions Office, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe, NM 87505-4599; (505) 984-6083; e-mail:; or the Graduate Admissions Office, PO Box 2800, Annapolis, MD 21404-2800; (410) 626-2541; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due Dec. 1 for grants from the Bay and Paul Foundations. Grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 are available in the areas of service learning, math and science, arts education, and student expression, which includes writing, playwriting, journalism, and student government. First-time grants for music and arts-in-education programs are restricted to the New York metropolitan region, and first-time grants for math and science are restricted to New York State, New Jersey, and New England states. Contact: The Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc., 17 West 94th St., New York, NY 10025; (212) 663-1115; fax: (212) 932-0316; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due Dec. 16 for Arts Connect All grants from VSA arts and the MetLife Foundation. Arts organizations that strengthen partnerships with local public schools by creating or enhancing multi-session, inclusive education programs can apply. Contact: Arts Connect All, c/o VSA arts, 818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006; (800) 933-8721; fax: (202) 429-0868; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due Nov. 30 for Youth Garden grants from The Home Depot and the National Gardening Association. K-12 schools and organizations with youth-centered gardens are eligible to apply for 150 prizes. Fifty first-place winners will receive $500 gift cards from The Home Depot for the purchase of gardening materials, and 100 second-place winners will receive $250 gift cards. Contact: National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403; (800) 538-7476; fax: (802) 864-6889; Web site:

Applications are due Dec. 30 for Olympus and Tool Factory Classroom grants from Olympus America, Inc. and Tool Factory, Inc. Five grants are available for K-12 educators who show creative use of digital cameras and software. Each grantee will win $3,500 in prizes, which include digital cameras, software, and a $500 cash award.

Contact: Tool Factory Inc., 1929 Dorset Hill Road, East Dorset, VT 05253; (802) 366-8253; e-mail:; Web site:


Letters of intent are due Dec. 11 for Research on Learning and Education grants from the National Science Foundation. Grants support the research and evaluation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. K-12 educators, academic institutions, state and local governments, and educational organizations are eligible for funding.

Contact: James Dietz, Program Director, Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Division of Research, Evaluation & Communication; (703) 292-5156; fax: (703) 292-9046, email:; Web site:

Applications are due Dec. 15 for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants will fund efforts to recruit promising middle and high school students to consider careers in librarianship, among other initiatives. Contact: IMLS; (202) 653-IMLS; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due Dec. 10 for the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, sponsored by the Government of Japan. Up to 600 K-12 educators and administrators can participate in the three-week educational exchange program in Japan. All applications must be completed online. Contact: Japan Fulbright Fund Program; (888) 527-2636; e-mail:; Web site:

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A version of this article appeared in the November 09, 2005 edition of Education Week


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