Grant Opportunities


Below are some grant opportunities that we've seen that might be of interest to you. Let Jacob Standish know if you apply or want someone to review the application. If you know of other grant opportunities that others might like to know about, feel free to post them!


$1 for every recyclable ink cartridge collected

Organization: Staples Inc.
Eligibility: U.S. public schools
Value: Varies
Staples Inc. will donate $1 to public schools for every eligible ink cartridge they collect. Staples created the "Staples Recycle for Education" program in July 2003 to encourage cartridge recycling at its 1,100 U.S. stores but has now expanded the program nationwide. Staples now provides prepaid postage for shipping the cartridges and an account number so schools can monitor the status of reimbursement checks and total collection counts. Parents or teachers can log on to the web site below to register their school and receive a welcome kit that includes flyers to announce the program.
Contact: http://www.staplesrecyclefored.com


$1,000 in reading technology per award

Organization: The Reading Pen Group
Eligibility: K-12 and higher-education institutions in the U.S
Value: 10 free Readingpen devices worth $1,000 total
The Reading Pen Group is offering two types of grants: the Readingpen K-12 Grant and the Readingpen Higher Education Grant. The K-12 Grant provides assistance to pioneering educators who want to use Readingpen in effective and creative ways to improve students' reading skills. The Higher Education Grant is designed to support innovative and valuable uses of Readingpen at the college and university level for teacher professional development or research. Proposed projects for both the K-12 and higher-education grants must focus on using Readingpen devices in daily instruction with K-12 students, whether in the classroom or during homework. Grant recipients get 10 Readingpen devices; teacher support materials that include a Teacher's Guide, student activities, and white papers; and guidance from a mentor or senior reading specialist with experience in integrating technology into the K-12 environment. The approximate value of each grant package is $1,000.
Contact: http://www.readingpen.com/learn/educators.htm


$10,000 for science, engineering, math, and tech curriculum projects

Organization: The Tellabs Foundation
Eligibility: Non-profit organizations
Value: $10,000 or more
The Tellabs Foundation, created by telecommunications provider Tellabs Inc., supports local and national education programs with a particular focus on curricula for engineering, science, mathematics, and technology. The Foundation focuses its support on programs in areas in which Tellabs employees live and work. Unless invited by the Foundation Board to submit a full grant proposal, all new applicants or programs first must submit a letter of inquiry. The deadline for letters of inquiry or invited proposals is four weeks prior to every Tellabs Foundation Board meeting, which are held quarterly, usually in January, April, July and October. Proposals received after the deadline will be considered at the next meeting. It is recommended that letters of inquiry be submitted at least four months before funding is needed.

Contact: Meredith Hilt
http://www.tellabs.com/about/foundation.shtml

$5,000 per award for innovative math and science projects

Organization: Toshiba America Foundation
Eligibility: Educators in grades 7-12
Value: $5,000 per award; number of awards varies
The Toshiba America Foundation is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to supporting science and math education in the U.S. The foundation contributes to the quality of science and mathematics education by investing in projects designed by classroom teachers to improve instruction for students in grades 7-12. The foundation awards grants of $5,000 on a rolling basis. For grants of more than $5,000, applications are due Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 of each year.
Contact: http://www.toshiba.com/taf/25964_Executive.pdf

$500 in credit to buy items that enrich the classroom, including techn

Organization: Adopt-a-Classroom
Eligibility: Teachers
Value: $500 credit
Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom web site can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive $500 worth of credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology. Teachers help solicit their own sponsors by downloading and distributing fliers within their community or by sending out a personalized, pre-written eMail from the Adopt-a-Classroom web site. Every donor receives information about the classroom it has adopted, including an itemized list of what teachers bought so donors can see the impact of their donation.
Contact: http://www.adoptaclassroom.com

20 percent discounts on classroom supplies and services

Organization: FedEx Kinko's Inc.
Eligibility: Educators
Value: Discounts
The Kinko's Educator Savings Program aims to provide relief for teachers who often dig deep into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their classrooms. Through this program, educators can save 20 percent on most Kinko's products and services. Teachers and administrators from kindergarten through college can now enjoy discount pricing on such offerings as black and white and color copying and finishing, oversized copies, posters, signs and banners, paper, and desk supplies. Educators may obtain their 20 percent discount card through a program brochure available at participating Kinko's locations nationwide. Free discount cards are also available online.
Contact: http://www.kinkos.com/educatorsavings



$5,000 to $10,000 for education initiatives
Organization: The Texas Instruments Foundation
Eligibility: Schools and districts
Value: $5,000 to $10,000 per award
The Texas Instruments Foundation requires no special application form. Grants usually range from $5,000 to $10,000, but the foundation has awarded some schools up to $100,000. Approximately 65 awards are granted each year. Applicants are encouraged to submit one- or two-page proposals that briefly outline the following: purpose of the organization, population served, amount requested, how the requested funds will be used, how the proposal matches funding interests of the foundation, and a copy of 501(c)(3) designation. Proposals are considered from civic, research, educational, health, welfare, charitable, and cultural organizations that have been ruled to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are not private foundations as defined by the code.
Contact: http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/company/citizen/education

$500 in credit to buy items that enrich the classroom, including technology
Organization: Adopt-a-Classroom
Eligibility: Teachers
Value: $500 credit
Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom web site can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive $500 worth of credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology. Teachers help solicit their own sponsors by downloading and distributing fliers within their community or by sending out a personalized, pre-written eMail from the Adopt-a-Classroom web site. Every donor receives information about the classroom it has adopted, including an itemized list of what teachers bought so donors can see the impact of their donation.
Contact: http://www.adoptaclassroom.com

Free educational videos and guides on math, science, and more
Organization: ConocoPhillips Co.
Eligibility: Teachers
Value: Free educational videos
For the past 25 years, ConocoPhillips Co. has been producing high-quality educational videos and teachers' guides for math, science, and environmental topics. These materials have been offered to qualified teachers for free and have been seen by millions of junior high and high school students. These free teaching guides and videos cover topics ranging from math and science to problem solving and protecting wildlife. To order one of ConocoPhillips' educational films, visit the Teaching Tools web site or fax your request to (570) 822-8226.
Contact: http://www.teachingtools.com


Up to $20,000 to improve microbiology teaching
Organization: Waksman Foundation for Microbiology
Eligibility: K-12 science teachers
Value: Up to $20,000 per award
The Waksman Foundation supports projects that enhance teachers' use of microorganisms to teach science in the K-12 classroom. Eligible projects are designed to enhance K-12 education through teacher training, course or curriculum development, construction of laboratory exercises, or innovative use of electronic media. There are no fixed application deadlines, but proposals submitted by the end of September or January can be assured of action within a month or two. Applicants are encouraged to contact the foundation by telephone or eMail before submitting a proposal.
Contact: Nan Waksman Schanbacher
http://www.waksmanfoundation.org