February 4, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 7


The West Virginia Department of Education is accepting proposals for the William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Project. The program integrates early childhood education, adult literacy, adult basic education and parenting education into a unified family literacy program. The program seeks to help low-income families and their young children to break the cycle of poverty and literacy.

Applicants hoping to receive a portion of the $353,000 grant should be partnerships between one or more school districts and one or more nonprofit community organizations, public agencies or institutions of higher education. First authorized in 1988, Even Start was reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 – Title I, Part B, Subpart 3.

To qualify for a grant, participants must recruit, screen and provide services to eligible families that are most in need of services, based on income, adult literacy levels or English language proficiency of the eligible parent or parents and other need-related indicators.

Even Start grants require a local match. The match in year one is 10 percent of the total budget; year two, 20 percent; year three, 30 percent; year four, 40 percent; years five through eight, 50 percent; and 65 percent each remaining year. Grants are for a four-year period; however, requests for continuance must be submitted for years two, three, four, six, seven, eight, 10 and after.

For more information and an application, contact W. Clayton Burch in the Office of School Readiness at 304-558-5325, or, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

Other grants are available.


Now in its second year partnership with Scholastic and the National Gardening Association, Welch’s is supporting school garden programs through Welch's® Harvest Grants. Two schools in every state will be awarded a garden package that will empower entire school communities to connect with nature and better understand the source of their food.

Deadline for submission is February 11, 2011. For more information, visit


The National Igniting Creative Energy Challenge is an educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more about energy conservation and the environment. Student entries must reflect the theme "Igniting Creative Energy" and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family, or group can do to make a difference in their home or community.

Maximum Award: $1,000 for school.

Eligibility: Students in grades K-12.

Deadline: February 17, 2007.


Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams foster inventiveness in high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project.

Maximum Award: $10,000.

Eligibility: High school science, mathematics, and technology teachers – or teams of teachers – at public, private, and vocational schools; intra- and inter-school collaborations are welcome.

Deadline: April 22, 2011.


The Comcast Foundation is awarding grants to maximize the impact of community investments so they yield tangible, measurable benefits to the neighborhoods Comcast serves and the people who live there. The Foundation's primary focus is in funding diversity-oriented programs that address literacy, volunteerism, and youth leadership development.

Maximum Award: $500,000.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations operating within communities that Comcast serves.

Deadline: N/A.

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