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March 13, 2006 4 min read
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GRANTS AWARDED FROM PRIVATE SOURCES Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers National Center, a St. Louis-based organization that offers parent-education and early-childhood-development programs, recently received an $82,500 grant from the Bush Foundation and a $50,000 grant from the General Mills Foundation. The grants will support the development of the organization’s Minnesota state office in Minneapolis, which is the location of the headquarters of both foundations. Parents as Teachers merged with Meld, a parent-education organization based in Minneapolis, last August.

Urban Education

The Washington-based National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future and the New York City-based MetLife Foundation have awarded $50,000 grants to three urban teaching academies. The three recipients—California State University—Long Beach; Academy for Urban School Leadership, Chicago; and Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.—each operate programs that prepare new teachers to work in urban schools.

GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM CORPORATE SOURCES

Applications are due April 30 for Stone Audio-Enhanced Classroom grants from Califone International Inc. and Recorded Books LLC. Three educators will receive an Audio-Enhanced Classroom Kit, which includes $5,000 worth of Califone multimedia technology and audiobooks from Recorded Books.

Contact: Califone International Inc., Attention: 2006 Stone Grant Application, 1145 Arroyo Ave., #A, San Fernando, CA 91340; e-mail: gsun@califone.com; Web site: www.califone.com; or Recorded Books LLC, Attention: 2006 Stone Grant Application, 270 Skipjack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678; e-mail: grant@recordedbooks.com; Web site: www.recordedbooks.com/school.

FROM PRIVATE SOURCES

Applications are due April 17 for Bridge Builders grants from the New York City-based MetLife Foundation and the Reston, Va.-based National Association of Secondary School Principals. Public middle and high schools in which more than 40 percent of the students are 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: richardsonj@principals.org; Web site: www.principals.org.

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.madden@nfwf.org; Web site: www.nfwf.org/programs/tnol.cfm.

FROM FEDERAL SOURCES

Applications are due April 10 for Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Forty-five grants ranging from $250,000 to $400,000 will support efforts by school districts to establish or expand counseling programs.

Contact: Loretta McDaniel, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3E214, Washington, DC 20202-6450; (202) 260-2661; e-mail: loretta.mcdaniel@ed.gov.

Applications are due April 10 for Partnerships in Character Education grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Approximately 35 awards of $350,000 to $600,000 per year will support state departments of education and school districts interested in designing and implementing character-education programs.

Contact: Sharon J. Burton, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3E322, Washington, DC 20202; (202) 205-8122, fax: (202) 260-7767; e-mail: sharon.burton@ed.gov.

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: Irene.Harwarth@ed.gov.

Applications are due May 1 for Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The 12 to 15 grants of up to $2.3 million each per year are intended for state-level efforts to improve substance-abuse and mental-health services, including initiatives that address underage drinking.

Contact: Dave Robbins, Deputy Director, Division of State and Community Assistance, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 4-1091, Rockville, MD 20857; e-mail: david.robbins@samhsa.hhs.gov; Web site: www.samhsa.gov/grants06/.

Applications are due May 19 for the Migrant Education Program Consortium Incentive Grants Program from the U.S. Department of Education. Thirty-nine awards of an estimated $77,000 each will fund intrastate- and interstate-level efforts to provide educational services to migrant children.

Contact: Lisa Gillette, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3E253, FOB-6, Washington, DC 20202-6135; (202) 205-0316; e-mail: lisa.gillette@ed.gov.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 15, 2006 edition of Education Week

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