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January 4, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 1


LEGO: Children's Fund Grants

The LEGO Children's Fund provides grants for collaborative programs, either in part or in total, to organizations that focus on early childhood education and development; technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities; or sport or athletic programs that concentrate on underserved youth.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations.
Deadline: January 15, 2013.

U.S. Army: eCYBERMISSION
eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics competition in which students compete against other students in their grades for state, regional and national awards. Teams consisting of three to four students and a team advisor work to solve problems in their community utilizing the scientific method, scientific inquiry, or engineering design process and can win at the state, regional, and national levels.
Maximum Award: $24,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.
Eligibility: students grades 6 through 9.
Deadline: January 15, 2012.

C-SPAN StudentCam
C-SPAN's StudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the theme "Message to the President": What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?
Maximum Award: $5,000, plus $1,000 in digital equipment for school.
Eligibility: individuals or teams of two to three students grades 6-8 or grades 9-12;
Deadline: January 18, 2013.

Libri Foundation: Books for Children
The Libri Foundation Books for Children Grants donate new, quality, hardcover children's books for small, rural, public libraries across the country.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department. The average total operating budget of a Books for Children grant recipient must be less than $40,000.
Deadline: January 23, 2013.

Fund for Teachers: Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made.
Deadline: January 31, 2013.

United States-Japan Foundation: Elgin Hein
The United States-Japan Foundation Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language.
Maximum Award: $7,500 ($2,500 monetary award, $5,000 in project funds).
Eligibility: current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States who have been teaching for at least five years.
Deadline: February 1, 2013.

2012-2013 Christopher Columbus Awards
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM competition for middle school students and teachers looking to make a difference in their community. Working in teams, students identify a problem in the community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution.
Maximum Award: $25,000 grant.
Eligibility: schools (grades 6-8) and community groups.
Deadline: February 4, 2013.

The Christopher Columbus Awards Program
The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution.
Maximum Award: $25,000.
Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter.
Deadline: February 4, 2013.

Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.
Deadline: February 28, 2013.

Earthwatch Institute: Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully-funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of over 100 projects around the world.
Maximum Award: fully-funded fellowship.
Eligibility: elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline.
Deadline: two weeks after educator-interest application is submitted; ultimate deadline May 1, 2013.

AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: rolling.

Access for Educators to C-SPAN Archival Fo
The C-SPAN Archives Grants awardees are granted the videotapes of their choice from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals for using the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: middle and high school teachers, college/university professors.
Maximum Award: N/A.
Deadline: N/A.

Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Ac
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement grant program brings together actuaries and educators in local classrooms with the belief that interaction with real-world mentors will boost student interest and achievement in math. The Actuarial Foundation can provide a local network of actuaries ready to participate, as well as suggestions on how to integrate math concepts from the workplace into the classroom. Schools applying for grants will be given wide latitude in designing programs that enhance learning and create a "love of math" in each student.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: All schools willing to undertake a math-mentoring program involving local actuaries as volunteers are eligible. However, in order for a program to be viable, there must be a sufficient population of volunteer actuaries within easy traveling distance to make a regular program possible.
Deadline: None, but applications should be received at least one or two months prior to proposed start date.

AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: rolling.

Allstate: Grants for National and Local Pr
The Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs for new partnerships that fit within its current focus areas of Teen Safe Driving and Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations.
Deadline: rolling.

American Councils for Education: Seeking F
The American Councils for Education, in association with the U.S. Department of State, is seeking to place five young professionals in non-governmental internships across the country during the fall 2009 intern season (September-December). Prospective interns will be arriving in the United States in mid-August under the auspices of the federally funded Legislative Education and Practice program (LEAP) and will be ready to report to work in early September. LEAP Fellows are dedicated public servants between 23 and 33 years of age from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. They are college -educated (many have advanced degrees in law or international studies), speak fluent English, have had previous U.S.-based experience, and are eager to learn how Americans address rule of law, civil society, work in advocacy, infrastructure, energy, human rights, and related topics, so that they may better their own societies. Interns will be available to work a full-time schedule and will be fully supported by American Councils and the U.S. Department of States in terms of compensation, health insurance, etc. To learn more, please contact RaeJean Stokes at 202-833-7522 or via email at: leap@americancouncils.org

Barnes and Noble Grants
Barnes and Noble booksellers is considering requests for grants from nonprofit organizations that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12). Applicants must have a plan for promoting the grants program with Barnes and Noble and must be willing to work with the local stores on in-store programming.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: nonprofits that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12).
Deadline: rolling.

Awards for Excellence in Educating Student
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants are awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: N/A.

Best Buy: Teach@15 Award
The Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on www.at15.com can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award.
Maximum Award: $1,500 in the form of Best Buy Gift Cards.
Eligibility: accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12.
Deadline: ongoing.

Campbellā€™s: Labels for Education
The Campell's, Inc. Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.
Deadline: N/A.

C-SPAN: Video Archive Grants
C-SPAN Archives Grants give teachers videotapes from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals that use the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: middle and high school teachers and college/university professors.
Maximum Award: use of archive tapes.
Deadline: N/A.

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Grants Program
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program gives funds to groups and individuals to foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research, and the arts.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 institutions.
Deadline: rolling.

Comcast Grants for Diversity-Oriented Prog
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.
For more information: http://www.comcast.com/foundation

Critical Exposure: Through Your Lens
The 21st Century School Fund, Critical Exposure, and Healthy Schools Campaign are inviting students, teachers, and everyone with a view of our nation's school buildings to show the world what you see every day at school: the good parts, the troubling parts, the things to be proud of, and the things to change. Contest launches February 1, 2011.

Do Something: Seed Grants
Do Something Seed Grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start programs and realize ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of the project and organization to help as the project expands.
Maximum Award: $500.
Eligibility: U.S. or Canadian citizens aged 25 or under.
Deadline: rolling.

Driver's Edge: Driving Instruction for Tee
Driver's Edge empowers young drivers through a combination of classroom discussions and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction to erase the "Fast and the Furious" and video-game mentality that many of today's young drivers have and that has skyrocketed automobile fatalities. The program is free.
Eligibility: students between the ages of 15 and 21 who have a learner's permit or driver's license.
Deadline: see tour schedule for relevant dates.

Earthwatch: Education Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects. Earthwatch's Education Fellowships are national in scope, and supported by a wide range of businesses, foundations, and individuals.
Maximum Award: full cost of expedition, including all research costs, meals, housing, on-site travel, etc.
Eligibility: K-12 classroom educators of any subject(s) from public or private schools nationwide.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the spring.

ePals, Inc.: free In2Books curriculum
In2Books, the curriculum-based e-mentoring program from ePals, Inc., will be offered for free to some Title I schools. Students participating in In2Books select and read age-appropriate, high-quality books from a list compiled by a team of children's literature experts. The students are matched with carefully screened adult pen pals who read the same books as the students. After reading each book, students and their pen pals exchange thoughts about the important issues in the book via online letters. Teachers reinforce these activities in the classroom with related lessons and discussion.
Maximum Award: the online program, books and professional development (valued at more than $500).
Eligibility: all 3rd-5th grade classrooms in Title I schools from any one district.

Fund for Teachers: Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made.
Deadline: varies by state.

Fund for Teachers: Grants for Travel and G
The Fund for Teachers makes direct grants to teachers for summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: teachers K-12 with a minimum of three years teaching experience; teachers must be full-time and spend at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom when grants are approved and made.
Deadline: varies by state.

Funding for Teachers to Bring Monarch Butt
The Live Monarch Foundation Educator Outreach Program provides funding for teachers throughout the United States to enroll in the National Campaign to bring Monarch Butterflies into the classroom. This program provides education and materials to strengthen the Monarch's 3,000 mile migratory route within North America by creating self-sustaining butterfly gardens and refuges. Current extreme weather has eliminated early milkweed growth... participation is critical. Materials will be provided for each participant to raise a virtual butterfly and start a real butterfly garden with professional instruction on each level of its maintenance and care, with insight into the shared responsibility of each person to protect our fragile environment one backyard at a time.
Maximum Award: n/a.
Eligibility: teachers and classrooms in areas on the monarch migratory route.
Deadline: rolling.

Grants for Math Mentoring Programs Using A
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement Mentoring Program awards grants to schools and groups to develop a viable mentoring program involving actuaries in the teaching of mathematics to children in private and public schools. Collaboration among school systems, local actuarial clubs, corporations and other stakeholders in education is encouraged in order to enhance the chances of success, particularly on a long-term basis.
Maximum Award: $30,000.
Eligibility: All schools and groups willing to undertake a math mentoring program that involves local actuaries as volunteers.
Deadline: N/A.

Grants for Nonprofit Music Programs
The Guitar Center Music Foundation's mission is to aid nonprofit music programs across America that offer music instruction so that more people can experience the joys of making music.
Maximum Award: $5000.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs across the United States that provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music.
Deadline: N/A.

Grants to Support Education, Child Advocac
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program awards funds to help groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research and the arts.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501c-3 institutions.
Deadline: n/a.

Grants for Early Literary Professionals
RA & RR Reading Conference Grants are available to help fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals attending International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.
Maximum Award: $200.
Eligibility: early literacy professionals (grades K-3).
Deadline: N/A.

Grants for Foreign Language Training and I
The U.S. Department of Education's International Education Programs Service (IEPS) offers funding to promote expertise and competence in foreign languages and area and international studies. The Group Projects Abroad Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by U.S. teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and a faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies; a teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or an experienced educator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels.
Deadline: see website.

High Tech Camp for Girls
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry and gives young people a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology. During the camp, girls are exposed to executive speakers, technology tours and demonstrations, networking and hands-on learning workshops.
Maximum Award: camp attendance.
Eligibility: girls grades 7-12; must be 13 at the time of attendance.
Deadline: varies; see website.

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education
Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16.
Deadline: rolling.

MetLife/NASSP: National Principal of the Y
The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrated exemplary contributions to the profession.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: any principal, headmaster, or leader of a public or private middle-level or high school from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, or the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Middle-level and high schools are defined as those containing some portion of grades 6 through 12; candidates must have served as a principal at one or more middle-level or high schools for three years or longer. Each candidate must be a principal or headmaster and member of NASSP and his or her state affiliate association at the time of selection as state principal of the year. For national finalists, these conditions must also be met at the time of national principal of the year interviews in August and at the national winner announcements in September.
Deadline: varies by state; see website.

Microsoft: DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. During the camp session, girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in Stonybrook, NY; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis, MO.
Maximum Award: free attendance to camp.
Eligibility: girls grades 9-11 in the 2010-2011 school year and at least age 13 at time of application, with the exception of the Fargo, ND and Las Colinas, TX locations, where eligibility is restricted to grades 7-10 and 8-11, respectively.
Deadline: varies by location.

NAA: Young Publishers Program
The Newspaper Association of America Foundation Young Publishers program is designed to help high school students and advisers learn the skills required for success in newspaper publishing through the development of a business plan. To accomplish this, students and advisers must interact with and be mentored by volunteers from the local newspaper as the business plan is crafted.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: schools with a high proportion of minority students or located in and drawing its students from a rural area; must be able to demonstrate that its student newspaper is either struggling to exist or has ceased to exist.
Deadline: rolling; applications must be submitted at least five weeks before program is to begin.

NASSP/Virco: Assistant Principle of the Ye
The NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle-level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum, and personalization.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: any assistant principal or equivalent (e.g., vice principal, associate principal, or dean) of a public or private middle school or high school who has been in an assistant principalship at one or more middle-level or high schools for a minimum of two years and is a member of NASSP and their state affiliate association.
Deadline: varies by state; see website.

National Audubon Society: Pennies for the
Pennies for the Planet helps young people get involved with conservation by taking part in local conservation action projects, and by collecting, saving, and sending in pennies for national and worldwide conservation projects. In this year's Pennies for the Planet campaign, students and their families can learn about three conservation projects around the U.S. that need help. Each Pennies project represents a conservation effort that will leave a legacy for future generations.
Maximum Award: National Audubon Society staff will visit prize-winning school to create a program about wildlife and wild places.
Eligibility: kids working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, and on their own.
Deadline: N/A.

Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge
The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate.
Maximum Award: $75,000.
Eligibility: students in grades 6-12 and their teachers.
Deadline: varies.

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side.
Maximum Award: $20,000.
Eligibility: tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities.
Deadline: rolling.

VSP: Sight for Students
Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services. Parents and guardians interested in seeking assistance through the Sight for Students program must work through VSP's established network of community partners. VSP does not issue gift certificates directly to the public.
Eligibility: There are five basic qualifications a child must meet in order to receive a Sight for Students gift certificate: family income is no more than 200 percent of federal poverty level (see website for chart); child is not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance; child is 18 years old or younger and has not graduated from high school; child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant with a social security number; and child has not used the Sight for Students program during the past 12 months.
Deadline: N/A.