Education Funding Grants


February 21, 2006 9 min read



• Gear Up Grants

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $198 million in grants as part of its GEAR UP program. The funds are earmarked for services at high-poverty middle and high schools that prepare students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Grant money is also used for scholarships for low-income students. Partnership and state grants are listed below by state:

• Partnership Grants:

Alaska: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Soldotna.

Alabama: Wallace Community College Selma, Selma.

Arkansas: Hot Springs School District, Hot Springs; Phillips Community College of The University of Arkansas, Helena.

Arizona: Arizona Board of Regents—The University of Arizona, Tucson; Santa Cruz County School District, Nogales.

California: Bellflower Unified School District, Bellflower; California State University–Los Angeles, Auxiliary Services, Inc.; California State University East Bay Foundation, Hayward; El Monte Union High School District, El Monte; Foundation for California State University, San Bernardino; Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Unified School District, Gardena; Marymount College, Rancho Palos Verdes; Palomar Community College District, San Marcos; The Regents of the University of California, Merced; The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Rio Hondo Community College District, Whittier; Santa Ana College, Santa Ana; Shasta College, Redding; Sweetwater Union High School District, Chula Vista.

Colorado: Weld County School District 6, Greeley.

Connecticut: University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Florida: Florida International University, Miami; School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa.

Georgia: Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw; Thomas University, Thomasville; Valdosta City Schools, Valdosta.

Hawaii: University of Hawaii, Honolulu.

Illinois: Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Indiana: Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting.

Kansas: Neosho County Community College, Chanute; University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, Lawrence.

Kentucky: Berea College, Berea; Clinton County Board of Education, Albany; Fulton County School System, Hickman.

Louisiana: Monroe City Schools, Monroe.

Massachusetts: Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner; University of Massachusetts– Lowell, Lowell.

Maine: University of Maine at Farmington.

Michigan: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Minnesota: St. Olaf College, Northfield.

Missouri: Curators of the University of Missouri on behalf of the University of Missouri– St. Louis, St. Louis; Gasconade County Reorganized School District R2, Owensville; Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.

Mississippi: Coahoma Community College, Clarksdale.

Montana: Salish Kootenai College, Pablo.

North Carolina: Appalachian State University, Boone; Johnston County Schools, Smithfield; Southwestern Community College, Sylva.

Nevada: University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

New Jersey: Passaic Public Schools, Passaic.

New Mexico: Clovis Community College, Clovis; Eastern New Mexico University—Roswell; New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas.

New York: Dowling College, Oakdale; Research Foundation of the City University of New York on behalf of Lehman College, Bronx; Research Foundation of the State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton; Research Foundation of the State University of New York on behalf of the State University of New York at Cobleskill, Cobleskill; St. John’s University, Jamaica.

Ohio: Lorain City Schools, Lorain.

Oklahoma: Jay Independent School District, Jay; East Central University, Ada; Seminole State College, Seminole; Tahlequah Public Schools, Tahlequah; Tulsa County Independent School District No. 1, Tulsa.

Oregon: School District No. 1, Multnomah County, Portland.

Pennsylvania: School District of Lancaster, Lancaster.

Puerto Rico: Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce; Universidad Del Turabo, Turabo.

South Carolina: The Citadel, Charleston; Claflin University, Orangeburg; Lancaster County School District, Lancaster.

Tennessee: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

Texas: Houston Independent School District; Region One Education Service Center, Edinburgh; San Antonio Independent School District; Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston; Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches; Sul Ross State University, Alpine; Texas A&M International University, Laredo; The University of Texas at El Paso; The University of Texas at Tyler; The University of Texas—Pan American, Edinburgh.

Virginia: Newport News Public Schools, Newport News.

Washington: Central Washington University, Ellensburg; Eastern Washington University, Cheney; University of Washington, Seattle; Yakima School District No. 7, Yakima.

Wisconsin: The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin system on behalf of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Eau Claire.

West Virginia: Fairmont State College, Fairmont.

Wyoming: Central Wyoming College, Riverton.

• State Grants:

California: The Regents of the University of California, Office of the President, Oakland.

Colorado: Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Denver.

Connecticut: Department of Higher Education, Hartford.

Hawaii: University of Hawaii, Honolulu.

Illinois: Illinois Department of Human Services, Springfield.

Indiana: State Student Assistance Commission, Indianapolis.

Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education, Frankfort.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Boston.

Maryland: Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore.

Maine: Maine Department of Education, Augusta.

Minnesota: Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, St. Paul.

Montana: Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Helena.

North Carolina: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

New Jersey: New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, Trenton.

New York: New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, Albany.

Ohio: Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, Providence.

South Carolina: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.

South Dakota: South Dakota Department of Education, Pierre.

Tennessee: Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville.

Utah: Utah Valley State College, Orem.

Vermont: Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Winooski.

Washington: State of Washington, Office of the Governor, Olympia.

Wisconsin: Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee.

Wyoming: University of Wyoming, Laramie.



Applications are due March 31 for environmental-education grants from the 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.

Applications are due March 31 for Regional Community Health grants from the Aetna Foundation. Grants support disparities in healthcare programs, including those for children. Applications will be accepted starting Feb. 28.

Contact: Aetna Inc., 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06156; (860) 273-0123; Web site:

Applications are due April 7 for GoGirlGo! Ambassador Team grants from the Women’s Sports Foundation, and the Chicago-based Gatorade Company. Projects that encourage high school girls to participate in sports and physical activity can apply for one of the 20 $2,500 grants.

Contact: Women’s Sports Foundation, c/o GoGirlGo! Ambassador Team Awards, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554; (800) 227-3988; email: info@; Web site:

Applications are due April 17 for Bridge Builders grants from the New York City-based MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Principals in public middle and high schools in which more than 40 percent of the students are low-income or minorities can apply for the $5,000 grants. The purpose of the grants is to help improve relationships between students and principals. Twenty-five grants will be awarded.

Contact: Judith Richardson, Program Director, NASSP, Attn: MetLife Foundation Bridge Builders Grant, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191; (703) 860-0200; email:; Web site:

Applications are due April 17 for The Nature of Learning grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible for the grants, which offer up to $5,000 to support outdoor classroom projects that focus on conservation and promote partnerships between schools and community groups.

Contact: Lauren Madden, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Office, 1120 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 857-0166; e-mail: lauren.; Web site:


Applications are due March 24 for Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions of higher education are eligible for one grant of $285,000 to support professional-development programs for special educators.

Contact: Anne Smith, U.S. Department of

Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 4086, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2600; (202) 245-7529.

Applications are due April 7 for Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Funds support the integration of the arts into elementary and middle school curricula in order to improve students’ academic performance. Schools, state departments of education, nonprofit or governmental arts organizations, and institutions of higher education, are eligible for funding.

Contact: Diane Austin, U.S. Department of Education, Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., FB-6, Room 4W214, Washington, DC 20202; (202) 260-1280; fax: (202) 205-5630; email:; Web site:

Applications are due April 7 for Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants support professional-development opportunities for early-childhood educators who work in communities that have high concentrations of children living in poverty. Three to six awards of approximately $3.6 million will be awarded.

Contact: Rosemary Fennell, Early Childhood and Reading Group, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6132; (202) 260-0792; e-mail: eceprofdev@; Web site:

Applications are due April 11 for Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education. School districts in which at least 20 percent of the students live below the poverty line are eligible for funding to improve school library materials and school-library media centers, and provide school-library media specialists.

Contact: Irene Harwarth, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3W227, Washington, DC 20202-6200; (202) 401-3751; e-mail:

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A version of this article appeared in the February 22, 2006 edition of Education Week


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