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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Grant Information: Resources to Get You Started

Grant Information: Resources to Get You Started

Updated: 01/2014

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation and is not a grant-making organization.

We encourage visitors seeking grants or grant information to check our resource list below.

You might also consider contacting local community foundations, service organizations and businesses in your area, or your state department of education, which may provide school site-based grants in support of educational technology.

Websites with Grant Information | Periodicals with Grant Information | Corporate and Foundation Grants | Government Grants | Technology Donation Programs

Websites with Grant Information

eSchool News online

This online version of a monthly newspaper contains a grants section with regularly updated grant, scholarship, professional development, and other funding opportunities for both educators and students.

FastWeb

The largest online scholarship search available, with 1.3 million scholarships representing over three billion in scholarship dollars. Provides students with accurate, regularly updated information on scholarships, grants, and financial aid suited to their goals and qualifications at no cost.

  • Email: info@FastWeb.com
  • Phone: (212) 351-7000
  • FastWeb, 444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611

The Foundation Center

An independent nonprofit information clearinghouse on grants available throughout the United States with headquarters in New York, and additional libraries in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Cleveland, and San Francisco. The center offers databases, including directories of foundation and corporate grantmakers, research information and advice, custom research, and database searching. The Web site includes online training in grantseeking, proposal writing, and funding research, as well as an online librarian.

Grants.gov

Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from federal grant-making agencies, and encompasses over 1,000 grant programs offered by the twenty six Federal grant-making agencies. It streamlines the process of awarding some $500 billion annually to state and local governments, academia, not-for-profits, and other organizations.

  • Email: support@grants.gov
  • Phone: (800) 518-4726
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201

Thompson Information Services

Offers information on the latest federal and foundation funding opportunities plus a listing of Thompson Publishing Group publications that focus on grants and funding. Ordering the group's online publications gives you access to resources, such as special reports, links to related Web sites, regular updates, plus email notifications.

  • Email: service@thompson.com
  • Phone: (800) 677-3789 or (202) 872-4000
  • Thompson Information Services, 805 15th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20005

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Periodicals with Grant Information

MultiMedia & Internet@Schools

This magazine addresses multiple technologies used in K-12 schools today. Selected full-text content is now available online. The site includes a Grants, Funding, Free Resources section, which posts technology-related news and links.

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Corporate and Foundation Grants

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)

A professional association for technology, innovation, design and engineering educators. The Grants/Scholarships/Awards section provides information on support programs offered by the Foundation for Technology Education and ITEEA. Opportunities are available to ITEEA members only.

  • Email: iteea@iteea.org
  • Phone: (703) 860-2100
  • ITEEA, 1914 Association Drive, Suite 201, Reston, VA 20191

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation

Committed to improving K-12 education, the Foundation offers funding to education organizations in support of various programs that focus on the areas of math and science. Applications are reviewed continually (no deadline). The site also lists several affiliates within Toyota that also give grants.

  • Apply online only. No mail in applications.

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Government Grants

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF supports research and education in fields such as math, computer science, and the social sciences through grants, and contracts to colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. NSF funds about 10,000 new awards annually. The foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

  • Email: info@nsf.gov
  • Phone: (703) 292-5111, (800) 877-8339
  • TDD: (703) 292-5090 or (800) 281-8749
  • National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230

U.S. Department of Education Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities in individual offices and programs of the U.S. Department of Education (Foreign Language Assistance Program, Comprehensive School Reform Program, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program, and so on). Links to grants and contracts information, department grantmaking process, and Federal Register documents (announcements, application notices, requests for comments, and more).

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Technology Donation Programs

CRC Computer Recycling Center

Through its Recycling Computers for Education program, the CRC has been placing refurbished computers in California public schools and nonprofit education programs for the past 15 years. In so doing they’ve been able to keep over 100,000 items out of landfill. CRC also provides community and after-school training.

  • Email: info@crc.org
  • Phone: (888) 887-3372
  • CRC Computer Recycling Center, 3227 Santa Rosa Ave., Unit C, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Computers for Learning

The Computers for Learning program donates surplus federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need. Any public, private, or parochial school serving preK-12 students in the United States or its territories is eligible. (Daycare centers must provide a state-approved preschool curriculum.)

Good360

Each year, thousands of companies contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in newly manufactured products through Good360. To receive product donations and discounts, registration with Good360 , or one of their Community Redistribution Partners, is required.

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James  Cameron's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I am the Independent Studies teacher at the MAAC Community Charter School, I have a few dreams for my classroom and school. One I would like to improve my curriculum, and orient it more to progress based learning. Second I would like to figure out how to fund a skate ramp at out school, and the insurance costs. Third, it has always been my dream to bring the sport of surfing to the economically disadvantaged area and its students that we serve. I would like to know where I could find a grant, or funds that would help me investigate these projects.

Kathy Prenger's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I am a high school librarian in New Jersey seeking to extend the library hours after school. Does anyone have a suggestion of a grant that could help with this goal?

Charles Akpalu's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I am the Information Resource Center Director overseeing two American Corners in Ghana serving deprived school children and communities. We are trying to upgrade our technology and obtain money for new computers, software and servers. We need a donation of 50 computers, 4 laptops and two servers or an amount of about $65,000 to redo the entire system in to two locations serving about 2,500 deprived school children. Any ideas or comments from donars welcome.

This is where we need your support and sponsorship. We are seeking charitable contributions for some of our students. Any donation toward our goal will be greatly appreciated and publicly recognized.

Dan J. Bellor's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

My name is Dan J. Bellor. Here is some information on our foundation and the founders, my parents Jima nd Mary Bellor.

Both Jim and Mary grew up in modest circumstances. Jim's father was a U.S. Government employee who worked at Boulder (now Hoover) Dam. Born in Las Vegas, Jim grew up in Boulder City, NV, a town created to house Hoover Dam employees. Mary's father was a blacksmith in Greenleaf, WI, where Mary was born and grew up. Both their mothers were homemakers who raised their families in an atmosphere of love, warmth and stability, and instilled in their children values that continue to guide and inform their lives.

Having met while both were serving in the U.S. Air Force, Jim and Mary were married in 1954. In the years since, they have become the parents of six children and the grandparents of 10. They have lived in many interesting places and both have enjoyed successful careers. Jim served as a hospital administrator in his 23-year Air Force career and subsequently in civilian life. Mary was for many years primarily a homemaker, then as a secretary before ending her career with a 20-year stint as president of a charitable foundation in Washington, DC.

Happily, all six children have grown up to be successful in life and work. All have finished college and three have advanced degrees. Among them, they have 10 children who they now are guiding toward what they hope will be similarly good and productive futures.

Leaving a Legacy
To be blessed with a life so richly endowed with good fortune as Jim's and Mary's is a gift that demands repayment in kind. And so it is their hope that, through the Bellor Foundation, they and subsequent generations of Bellors will be able to lend a hand to other striving young people who are just embarking on their own quest for the American Dream.

Giving to the Foundation

Although the Bellors intend to fund the corpus of the foundation primarily with their own resources, gifts from others are welcome.

S. Ahmed's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Hello,

I am interested in applying for and educational grant, but I am a little confused, as I have never gone through this process before. I don't even really know what kind of grant to apply for. I am a single mother, who does not make alot of money. I have also been fighting a chronic illness for 10 years now. Even though I live a tough life, I really want to go back to school and get a degree. but of course funds are very limited. Can some one help me apply for the right grant?

Mariam's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Hello Single Mother,

I just happened upon your request while visiting this site. For starters, have you completed high school? Whether or not you have, there are still resources available to get you on the road towards your goal. If you are a high school graduate, I would suggest going to the following site to apply for a Pell Grant:
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
This is a Federal site, free to use, quite easy to navigate, and is the very first stop in the grant funding process for college students. Once your application has been submitted, the Federal Government will make a funding determination based on your income level. The application also gives you an option to choose up to five colleges or universities to forward your data to. Schools often use this info to determine your eligibility for additional funding or university-based scholarships that are issued according to your financial need.

Are there any community colleges in your area? They are a great place to start if you are returning to school after a long break. Also, some 4-year colleges offer special programs for returning mature adults. Check with some of the schools in your area to determine which program might suit you. Some schools now offer non-traditional online programs for students with disabilities. Trade and Technical schools are another possibility, and often accept Pell Grant funding and sometimes offer inside scholarships.

In addition to receiving assistance through the Pell Grant, schools will give you the option of applying for student loans. There are several loan options offered through the Federal Government as well that are partly subsidized to avoid your encountering high interest rates and other fees.

Congrats on your choice of returning to school. Keep your eyes on the prize, There is LIGHT at the end of the tunnel, as so many people have accomplished what you are setting out to do.

If you need any additional help or support, please email me at:
HillmanPR@aol.com

All the Best!

Mariam

Anthony Manzo's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Best Practices Algorithm
I seek a single solitary soul, or some minimal financial support to help me to improve the quality of instruction across the globe. I wish to do so by building an algorithm that would function as an open-architecture for dong so. Here is my current level of effort: http://bestmethodsofinstruction.com/ It does not seem to be in anyone's self-interests to achieve this.
Thank you,
Anthony V. Manzo, Ph.D. Professor, Emeritus,
University of Missouri-KC

C. Mathany's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I am a sixth grade math/science teacher at Jackson Junior High School. I am looking for small grants ($1,000 to $3,000) to fund my after school robotics program. In my class the students learn about basic electronic theory, circuit design, basic electronic parts, and the assembling of a very simple line-following robot. I don't know where to look for funding for this type of technology. It seems that the grants I have seen are for computers. The dream is to make the program a three year course with a beginning, intermediate, and advanced robotics courses. I know where to find all the parts, kits, books, and materials. I just need the money.

Sincerely

Chris Mathany

Jim Smith's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

There are many grants available via the Internet for everyone whether it is for education or a small business.

Check it out

Free Government Grants

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