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Grant Opportunities

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 5, No. 4
Date: September-October 2000

Summary: Take a fresh look at our grant opportunities because they're brand new.


Take a fresh look at our grant opportunities, because they're brand new. To make our funding leads more useful for the diverse NWP community, we are now featuring grants available for individual teachers, schools, or local sites for things such as classroom projects, professional development, curriculum design, and integrating technology into the classroom. If you have a funding area you would like to see featured in an upcoming issue of The Voice, we'll do our best to find and publish grants that support your interests. Send the topic you would like us to research to Grants Editor, NWP, University of California, 615 University Hall #1040, Berkeley, CA 94720-1040 or email

The American Association of University Women Education Foundation is one of the largest private funders of educational programs for women and girls. They fund a variety of programs, including research, fellowships, community projects, and symposia. For details, contact AAUW Educational Foundation, 1111 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: (202) 728-7602; email:;

BellSouth Foundation stimulates lasting improvements in education in the South and, specifically, provides professional development funding through the program Developing Individual Capacity to Improve Learning. Giving is limited to AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN. While no new unsolicited grant proposals are now being considered, new grant guidelines will be issued for 2001–2005. Contact: Leslie J. Graitcer, Exec. Dir., c/o BellSouth Corp., 1155 Peachtree St. N.E., Rm. 7H08, Atlanta, GA 30309; Tel: (404) 249-2396; email:;

The International Reading Association, dedicated to promoting levels in literacy and quality reading instruction, has various grant and award opportunities, including children's literature, professional development, research, and teachers' awards. Visit for more information.

The Walter S. Johnson Foundation's Strengthening Public Education program includes grants for teacher development. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting efforts that allow educators to reflect on their teaching and to revise their practice based on what they have learned. The foundation also provides new teacher support. Giving primarily in northern CA, with emphasis on Bay Area, and Reno and Washoe County, NV. Grants range from $500 to $500,000. Contact: Ms. Jean D. Parmelee, Exec. Dir., or Kimberly Ford, Prog. Dir., 525 Middlefield Rd., Ste. 110, Menlo Park, CA 94025; Tel: (650) 326-0485; email:;

J. P. Morgan Charitable Trust's education program focuses on improvement in the quality of education in the New York City public school system. The trust encourages programs that give promise of improving public education, particularly those that can be replicated throughout the educational system, including teacher training and support, professional development, and educational advocacy. Contact: Hildy Simmons, Managing Dir., 60 Wall St., 46th Fl., New York, NY 10260-0060; Tel: (212) 648-9673;

National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF) distributes books from New Readers Press and other materials for literacy outreach programs. Visit the Laubach Literacy Web site for guidelines ( or contact Mara Roberts, Project Administrator, NBSF, 1320 Jamesville Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210; Tel: (315) 422-9121 ext. 345.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, through the Mathematics Education Trust, funds special projects that enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics. NCTM has a number of award programs through which their grants are made. Visit their Web site ( for specifics, or contact their Infocentral Department, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; Tel: (703) 620-9840 ext. 2113; email:

Applications for tuition-free computer and IT training for teachers are available from National Education Foundation Cyberlearning. Scholarships of $2,000 are provided to take any of their 400+ computer courses. Visit to apply.

The Orion Society's Stories in the Land teaching fellowships are designed to help teachers foster an education of place through the study of local landscapes and histories, the reading of regional literature, and through encouraging creative student responses to their home communities. The Orion Society awards $1,000 stipends toward activities and teaching resources for elementary and secondary school teachers throughout the U.S. Contact: K. Meagan Ledendecker, Education Coordinator, 195 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230;

The Starbucks Foundation's focus on literacy includes a Writing Program for Older Youth (ages 12–21). Grants are initiated in local communities where Starbucks does business. See their Web site for complete guidelines: or call (206) 447-7950 ext. 87022.

Sun Microsystems donates Sun products and teacher professional development to K–12 schools and universities through the Open Gateways Program. Grants are limited to areas where Sun has a major presence: Silicon Valley, CA, Front Range (north of Denver to Longmont), CO, and Boston and Middlesex County, MA. Sun periodically issues RFPs with specific grant opportunities that can include teacher professional development. Contact: Gary Serda, Mgr., K–12 Product Donations; 2550 Garcia Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043; Tel: (650) 336-5337;

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