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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.

And be sure to check out the webinar archive, "The Fundamentals of Funding: How to Identify, Write, and Submit Grants for School and Program Initiatives."


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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Anonymous (not verified)

Any ideas about funding sources for smartboards? I would like to obtain this technology to use in my middle school media center, but am hearing conflicting reports on its usefulness. My thought is introducing this technology into the library would serve as a teaching tool as well as give the students a place to spotlight their own technology creations. I have used the technology with a grade one class and see the benefits. Any middle school experience?

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I have seen 5th & 6th grade classrooms use it at schools I have subbed at (Mainly Ravenna in Ohio). The kids really seem to like it. I have not personally played around with it enough to know how to use it.

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Anonymous (not verified)

I have been using a smartboard for five years and absolutely love it. I think your idea of highlighting student generated media is great. Since you are a media specialist, when seeking a grant don't forget to mention that you will also be exposing your faculty to this diverse teaching tool.

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maybe convince the directing school boards to get an update in their own equipment.

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Just as a comment, I work at a cooperative educational institution in NY. They are multiple Local Educational Agencys like mine throughout the state that service they're component school districts in their respective counties. The smartboard is a valuable tool for being able to provide professional develoment in a more flexible environment since it is so challenging for staff to get out of school for PD these days. Additionally it helps us communicate and coordinate across the state since my particular office is a regional center. I don't know what the conflictng research is that you referenced but I feel like these are an invaluable tool.

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I think electronic whiteboards a great resource to have whether it is for in the classroom use or for professional development training in a media center or computer lab. I work in instructional technology services and have seen teh electronic whiteboards used in both instances. We have them in our computer labs where we provide district teacher/staff professional development workshops, courses, and training. It allows me to be free from behind my computer and play a more interactive role in the training process. The participants can follow along much more easily and they seem to understand the content a little easier and much more quickly. I work with 10 schools and each one has at least one electronic whiteboard to use. At the school level I have seen the boards used in great instructional ways, and I have also seen teachers who are just using them as a screen. It is very important that if teachers are going to receive an electronic whiteboard in their classrooms that they have extensive training to learn how to effectively integrate this invaluable teaching tool into their everyday curriculum. Otherwise, you will have purchased a very expensive viewing screen! The school district I work in is primarily a SMART district. The software, resources, and training tutorials/manuals that the SMART web site provides is really phenomenal. Just make sure that you buy/have an LCD projector to go with the electronic whiteboard and that there is some good professional devleopment that takes place so that your teachers will know how to use the board effectively. The wireless tablets that can be purchased are another great interactive tool to use along with the electronic whiteboard.

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I am an elementary teacher in an inner city school (high poverty, high bilingual) in Seattle, Washington, and have used Smartboards in the classroom for the last three years, teaching second, fourth, and fifth grades. Smartboards are in every classroom in our school (K-5) and are an excellent teaching tool. The students love them. Each lesson becomes an interactive lesson, and students are very motivated to learn in this manner. Interactive media from the internet brings the information alive to students and only enhances their understanding of the content. For example, there is an interactive timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life on the internet that has text, pictures, and video that the students can navigate, together in teacher-led whole class learning or in small group learning.

Smartboards not only bring subject content alive, but also are very effective teaching tools for teaching students how to use the computer and the internet. The teacher can demonstrate a skill to the whole class, then the student can practice immediately, either on another workstation (like in a computer lab) or on the Smartboard. This guided practice method works very effectively for younger students, K-2, but even my 4th and 5th grade students liked to learn the computer together at the Smartboard before we went to the computer lab (which also has a Smartboard).

My elementary school is the only school in the Seattle Public Schools that has this technology, but I'm sure that the use of Smartboards at middle school would be an invaluable addition to your media center. I can't believe that you are hearing negative reports about this technology. Although I have heard presenters who come in and don't know how to use them complain that the Smartboards aren't very smart. It always gets a laugh, but I have just one thing to say to those remarks: the Smartboard is only as smart as the person using it. Using the Smartboard with information from the internet brings such a powerful learning and teaching tool to the classroom that I can't imagine teaching and learning without them!

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about Smartboards.
sgparker13@aol.ocm

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I have been using the SmartBoard in the school library with grades K-8 for six years. Students thoughly enjoy interacting and using the SmartBoard. I have used it to project notes for students to copy, created PowerPoint presentation dealing with library skills and book parts, and found games online for library skills. The SMARTer Kids Foundation offers grant-equivalent pricing on SMART products and services without requiring a formal grant application.

Mike's picture
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You might try DonorsChoose.org -- a lot of teachers there are asking for smartboard funding.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

The list of potential funders is a great resource as we are constantly looking for ways to get funding. The GLEF is a wonderful addition to my technology based work.

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