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Grants for Technology in Schools

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 17:11 PM

I have a good friend who teaches English, specifically literature, to high school students. Not being current in English teaching techniques, I mentioned to her techthat I thought it would prove difficult to bring technology into her classroom since the basis of her teaching is hard-bound books. I was wrong. Her school has received several grants for technology, one of which was used to purchase iPads for all sophomore students. No longer do students read the classics she is teaching only on a hard-bound book, but now also on an iPad. The students also use the iPad to write and submit homework assignments. And in her classroom, my friend uses a SMART Board for interactive teachings, another item that was purchased through a technology grant for schools.  

This is only one example of what your school could do with grants for technology. Below is a list of hand-picked grants for school technology as well as other resources that will aid in bringing technology to your school.

Association of American Educators Foundation
Grants up to $500 are available to full-time educators from the Association of American Educators Foundation. Classroom grants can be used for a variety of uses including software, iPads, SMART Boards, and other technology needs. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline. Application deadlines are March 1 and Oct. 1 every year. Applicants must not have received a grant from this foundation in the previous three grant cycles. Members of the AAE receive weighted scoring on their application.  

National Education Association (NEA)

Student Achievement Grants from NEA can be used to fund technology needs in classrooms. Projects that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving will be favored.  K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty/staff at public colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Deadlines are Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15 every year. Grant amounts are $2,000 and $5,000. The Foundation has awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators over the past 10 years.

GREER/FTEE GRANT

The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators (FTEE) wants to encourage technology and engineering teachers to participate in professional development. A $1,000 Greer/FTEE Grant is available to help offset the costs of attending the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference. Each applicant must be a member of the ITEEA and teach engineering or technology to students in grades 6-12. Applications are due Dec. 1.

Other Resources

DigitalWish.com is an online tool for educators to help solve technology shortages in their classrooms. This company provides online tools, tips, and resources to help ensure every student has access to technology. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 24,000 classroom technology wishes and delivered over $10 million in technology products to American classrooms. This website also offers small grants, usually software or programs, to teachers. For instance, DigitalWish.com is currently giving away one Clip Art Station Site License. Teachers should apply before Nov. 30 by submitting a curriculum-based lesson plan that incorporates the usage of digital images or audio.  

If your school is in need of computers, the Computers for Learning program could be helpful. This program encourages government agencies to transfer surplus computers and associated accessories to schools and educational non-profit organizations. As federal agencies upgrade their computer systems, the replaced equipment becomes available. All available equipment is entered into an online database from which school officials can search for items in their geographical area. A detailed registration form needs to be completed before a school can search for items. All private, public, and parochial schools serving Pre-K through 12th grade students are eligible. Day cares with a state-approved preschool curriculum and non-profit educational organizations are also eligible. Entities who choose to receive a computer or accessories need only pay for shipping and handling, not the equipment itself.  

STEM Mobile Labs is a FREE mobile app for students and educators alike. Developed by The Wireless Foundation and curriculum specialists Young Minds Inspired, this app is designed to give students in grades 8th-12th grades unique learning opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Students, or teachers, could use the app to conduct real-world or virtual experiments or t o do scientific research.

 

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Grants as American as Apple Pie

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 @ 16:07 PM

The Fourth of July conjures thougUS_Grantshts of backyard barbeques, complete with all things as American as apple pie: hot dogs, potato chips, corn on the cob, s’mores, soda pop, and more. In the spirit of celebrating the United States’ Independence Day, TheGrantHelpers.com has put together a blog that highlights a select few foundations of the U.S.’s largest household names. Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

PepsiCo Foundation

The PepsiCo Corporation includes brand names such as Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade, Quaker Oats, Frito-Lay, and more. According to its website, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation have donated over $600 million in cash and products to qualified nonprofit agencies since 2005. These donations are most often awarded to agencies that work in the environmental, educational, civic, arts, and health and human services sectors.

Strategic priorities include human sustainability, environmental sustainability, and talent sustainability. Awards are made globally. Specific information on the foundation’s grants and deadlines are not published on its website. However, you can visit PepsiCo’s Global Citizenship website to contact them if you are interested in learning more about PepsiCo grants or if you are interested in learning more about their specific programs.

The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses on several initiatives, including the following:

  • water stewardship, to support access to clean and sanitary water;
  • healthy and active lifestyles, to promote exercise and physical well-being.
  • community recycling, to increase litter reduction, recovery and reuse, increase community awareness, and support research
  • education, to support scholarships, drop-out prevention, and other education initiatives.

Additionally, the foundation supports student scholarships in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Pacific. It also supports HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Africa and Latin America.

To learn more about the Coca-Cola Foundation and how you can apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.

The Ford Foundation

According to its website, the Ford Foundation assists organizations that focus on “reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.”

In order to apply for a grant, applicants should read through the various initiatives and find one that is most relevant to their work. There is an online Grant Application Guide and application that can be submitted online. You can learn more about the Ford Foundation’s grant application process on its website.

The General Motors Foundation

The General Motors Foundation supports education initiatives, particularly those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The foundation also supports youth programs that give students “hands-on experiences that further their environmental studies and cultural experiences within their communities.”

To learn more about the foundation or apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.

The Hershey Foundation

The Hershey Foundation specifically funds organizations for children of Northeast Ohio. The foundation meets twice a year to review and approve grants. There is no formal application form. Instead, applicants must submit specific documents, including a one-page cover letter summarizing the proposal and requested amount of funding; the applying organization’s mission, history, and services provided; a current list of officers, directors, or trustees; and several other documents. For a full list, visit the Hershey Foundation’s website. The next round of proposals is due February 1, 2015.

Procter and Gamble (P&G)

P&G supports hygiene education and illness prevention around the world. The corporations looks for grants that align with the following:

  • “Providing the comforts of home… the everyday essentials that help create the experience of home for families who can’t afford them or who have been displaced.
  • Supporting hygiene education and everyday healthy behaviors that help prevent illness and improve confidence.”

Grant application cycles are July 1-September 30 and from December 1-February 28. To learn more about P&G grants, including whether or not your program qualifies, visit the P&G website.

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the U.S.’s favorite brands. TheGrantHelpers.com has an expert staff and can help your organization find funding from some of the thousands of potential grant agencies. This Independence Day and always, you can depend on us to assist your organization in any part of the grant process. Contact us today for a free consultation, and again, enjoy your 4th of July.

 

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COPS Grant Programs Announced

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 16:05 PM

SRO COPS SchoolsThe United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced that it is accepting applications for three of its COPS programs. These programs might be of great interest to municipalities and the schools that serve them. The COPS Office still does not appear poised to reinstate the previous, well-known Secure Our Schools (SOS) program, but these three programs support some of the same areas, especially by providing grant funds for school resource officers (SROs).

The deadline for all three is only a month away. We can help you meet tight deadlines with additional, knowledgeable grant experts. Information for these three programs follows. If you are interested in learning more about these, or if you need help applying for one of these programs, please do not hesitate to contact us

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

Through this program, the COPS office supports the hiring and rehiring of police officers to focus on certain community policing issues. Additional consideration will be given to the following policing problem areas: homeland security, homicide/gun violence, school-based policing through school resource officers, and trust problems. Additional consideration may also be given for communities that have undergone a catastrophic event, have been designated as a Promise Zone, or who are committed to hiring at least one military veteran with CHP funding.

FUNDING SPECIFICS: CHP will provide up to 75% of entry-level salary and fringe benefits for each newly-hired officer over the 3-year grant period. There is a minimum 25% local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer. Agencies with service populations of one million or more citizens may apply for up to 25 officer positions. Agencies with less than one million may apply for up to 15 officer positions. Award ceiling is $3,125,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CHP website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This COPS program provides funding to “advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies” through a variety of grant programs (see funding specifics below). The overall program is designed to address critical topics in law enforcement while building on the concept of community policing, which comprises three key components: partnerships (between law enforcement agencies and the individuals they serve), organizational transformation (to support proactive problem solving), and problem solving (the process of engaging in effective response practices).

FUNDING SPECIFICS: Microgrant Initiative for Law Enforcement provides up to 10 awards, up to $100,000 each. Microgrant Promising Practices Coordinator provides one award, up to $100,000. Critical Response Technical Assistance Program provides one or more awards, up to $1,000,000 total. COPS Community Policing Emerging Issues Forums provides multiple awards, up to $500,000 each. Using Community Policing to Combat Violent Extremism provides one or more awards, up to $500,000 total. Minority Youth Violence Prevention Site Coordinator and Evaluators provides one award, up to $500,000. COPS Office Community Policing Development Continuation Funding provides one or more award, up to $150,000 each. Tribal Training and Technical Assistance provides three awards, up to $300,000 each. COPS Office Catalyst Awards are closed under FY14. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement for these awards.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups, and faith-based organizations. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CPD website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)

This initiative supports “technical assistance providers to work with law enforcement agencies to assess issues that affect police and community relationships.” The program’s concentration is on the importance of the relationship between law enforcement and the individuals they serve. This program focuses on the same three key components of community policing as the CPD program: partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving. The CRI-TA program focuses on two specific topics, including Assessment and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement or Program Evaluation of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. It focuses on a “comprehensive approach that can enhance the relationship between law enforcement and the citizens they serve.” The CPD program has a wider range of topics and focus areas, but ultimately wants to “address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.”

FUNDING SPECIFICS: The topic of Assessment and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement will award multiple awards of up to $1,250,000 each. A total of $500,000 (one award) will be distributed for Program Evaluation of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, and colleges. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CRI-TA website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

In addition to these three grants, the COPS Office website also includes a variety of resources for those interested in policing topics. These resources include a Resource Center, Supporting Safe Schools, Community Policing Dispatch, The Beat, and Vets to Cops. These resources might be useful to you in planning your programs or making a case for funding of your program.

Again, if you have any questions about these or any other grant programs you are interested in, please contact us. Our experts offer free consultations.

 

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Grants for School Gardens

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 15:05 PM

TheGrantHelpers.com gets many requests from people who are interesteSchool Garden Grantsd in garden grants. Because of this, we recently published a blog, “Grants for Community Gardens,” that provided readers with several grant opportunities for creating or enhancing gardens for the whole community. In this post, we're addressing ways that gardens can serve a specific population within the community: students. This blog gives a few examples of the purposes of school gardens, which may serve as additional justification for any such grants you are writing. We also provide you with some school garden grants and other related opportunities.

Schools can use gardens for a variety of purposes. One basic purpose is that the students and families of the school can have a hand in beautifying school grounds. School gardens can also act as a part of a school’s curriculum, as students are able to learn about the science and math involved in planning and implementing a healthy garden; read and write about instructions or experiences in creating, growing, and harvesting the garden; conduct experiments on various aspects of gardens and gardening; and learn about nutrition and food sciences.

Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program

Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps have partnered to provide $2,000 grants to fund school gardens and activities related to gardening. Applications for 2014 are no longer being accepted, but 2015 School Garden Grant applications will be available in the fall. The foundation’s website provides a variety of additional free resources, including a guide on garden grant writing tips, examples of successful garden grant programs, and a school resource center to help you get your garden stared.

Annie’s: Grants for Gardens

Annie’s, the maker of various food products, offers grants for school gardens. Applications for Spring 2014 will be accepted until June 2, 2014 at 7 PM CST. The company also offers fundraising opportunities for gardens through Annie’s Garden Funder. To learn more, including information on 2013 grant winners, visit the Annie’s website.

American Culinary Federation (ACF)/School Nutrition Association: Chefs Move to Schools

This initiative, created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives, is part of the White House’s Let’s Move campaign. The program provides a means for chefs and schools to collaborate with teachers, parents, and school nutrition professionals to provide healthy eating and nutrition education to students. Some examples of this include monthly food tastings and planting school gardens. The website includes more information, including a video of a school panel discussion and various other resources.

USDA: Farm to School Grant Program

The USDA Farm to School Program awards grants for schools to improve access to local foods. Some supported activities include training, planning, supporting operations, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and more. The deadline for this year has already passed. However, this grant may be worth considering applying for next year.

 

If you are interested in learning more about how TheGrantHelpers.com can help you find gardening grants for schools or if you have any questions related to garden grants, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also want to sign up for our School Garden or Community Garden Watch Lists or join our general Watch List for grants related to education in general.

 

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STEM Funding Heats Up and Changes State: STEAM Funding

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 15:04 PM

STEM STEAM GrantsThe acronym “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics), one of the past decade’s most prominent educational buzzwords, is quickly becoming out-of-date. Taking its place on the podium, is the successor term “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts, & mathematics). The argument for the integration of arts into the STEM curriculum is based on evidence that children learn in a variety of ways and need to develop art and design capabilities in order to create new technologies and make new discoveries. 

In this article, TheGrantHelpers.com provides resources and information that justify the integration of arts into the STEM curriculum. These resources can bolster a grant application for STEAM. In addition, there are funding agencies and websites related to grants awards for STEAM eduction, research, and development.

 

Resources and References

In the top TED talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson’s “How Schools Kill Creativity,” Sir Robinson discusses the fact that children are born artists but are being educated out of their capacities to stay artists. He explains that schools all over the world have a curricular hierarchy that places subjects like mathematics at the top and arts at the bottom, and he adds that degrees today are not worth anything. Whereas degrees in prior decades made a big difference in the job market, today’s citizens who have earned degrees are still headed home, unable to get a job. Creativity, he says, adds value to the degree.

In “Full STEAM Ahead: Arts, STEM and 21st Century Learning,” Doug Haller discusses various research projects being conducted that link how the brain works and how research findings apply to the integration of arts into the STEM fields.

Even lawmakers have caught on, as pending legislation to add the arts to STEM to make “STEAM” gains traction—in both government as well as research circles. House Resolution 319, introduced by Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), “expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that adding art and design into federal programs that target Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, encourages innovation and economic growth in the United States.”

Because of the movement encouraging arts integration into the STEM curriculum, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are both exploring the intersection of art and science through various workshops and events. You can read more about this in “Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art-Science-Design Pedagogy.”

There have been several case studies conducted on the integration of art into the STEM curriculum. One, by stemtosteam.org, which is founded by the Rhode Island School of Design, focuses on Sesame Street’s intentions to integrate arts into its STEM focus by introducing a segment called “Elmo the Musical,” in which Elmo uses dances and sings as he uses his imagination to navigate through STEM concepts. Sesame Street plans to continue its use of STEAM-based learning by offering learning tools and games on its website.

 

Examples of Grants

To see examples of grants that have been awarded for STEAM research and development, such as the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, you may wish to visit Education Week’s article “STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM.”

 

Examples of Funding Agencies

Federal agencies funding STEAM include the following:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • US Department of Education
  • US Department of Agriculture (HSI Education Grants Program)

A few of the many major Foundations that have recently funded STEAM education initiatives include:

  • AT&T Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • American Honda Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • The Abell Foundation

There are plenty of resources, studies, and ideas about students’ learning and how the arts can have a positive effect on the STEM curriculum. TheGrantHelpers.com is here to help you find the funding you need to incorporate arts into your own STEM curriculum in order to give today’s students the tools and instruction they need to be creative innovators of the future.

 

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Summer Opportunities for Students

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Summer Internships for StudentsThis year’s rough winter continues to blast much of the nation, making it difficult to believe that it’s already time to consider what your student(s) will do this summer. But summer will be here before you know it.  In this blog article, we provide information on summer jobs and learning opportunities for students. If you need help finding additional opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL)

Lincoln Park Zoo offers several summer programs for teens, including internships and job shadowing. Teens can complete apprenticeships, explore different career paths at the zoo, help with research, and more. All positions, except for Camp Teen Volunteers, are paid positions. Compensation varies for each program. To learn more, visit the zoo's website.

Deadline: April 25, 2014

 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA)

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is currently accepting applications for its Summer High School Internship Program. This 8-week program is a paid summer research internship. Students will spend one full week in hands-on training, and in the remaining seven weeks students will be paired up with a host mentor.

Program dates are from June 30, 2014 – August 22, 2014. To learn more about this program, visit the center's website.

Deadline: March 15, 2014

 

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs offers the Youth Ambassadors Program. This program pairs high school students and adult mentors from various countries in the Americas to “promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.”

The program is 3-4 weeks long, and students must be between the ages of 15-18 years old. Adult participants may be educators or community leaders who work with youth. To learn more about this program, please visit its website. Also, note that this page is defaulted to the settings for information for students from the U.S. If you are from a different country in the Americas, you can change the setting in the yellow box at the bottom of the page.

Deadline: April 18, 2014

 

Other Resources

The following are not specific programs, but rather, they are resources that can be used to find internship programs or opportunities.

  • InternMatch maintains a website that lists internships for college students.
  • GoAbroad.com hosts a searchable database of internship opportunities abroad. The database is searchable by country and type (accounting, hospitality, etc.).

 

TheGrantHelpers.com wants to help you meet your goals. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a topic you would like to see featured in our blog. You can also request a free consultation with one of our grant experts by contacting us.

 

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Afterschool Program Benefits and Grant Opportunities

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 @ 15:09 PM

Student engagement does not need to cease when the bell rings to signal the end of the school day. Many school districts and educational and non-profit organizations are pushing afterschool programs for students. In this blog, we discuss some of the benefits of afterschool programs, which could help stimulate your thinking while making your case for funding. We also provide an excellent afterschool program resource and several afterschool program funding opportunities.

 

Benefits of Afterschool Programs

According to AfterschoolAlliance.org, afterschool programs actually increase student attendance and engagement in elementary through high school-aged children. Afterschool programs are also said to raise test scores and grades in reading, English, and math; afterschool programs are credited with helping students at the greatest risk to achieve the greatest gains in achievement.After School Programs

In addition to the educational benefits of afterschool programs, these programs also help working parents and keep kids safe and provide them with a healthier lifestyle in regards to eating habits and exercise. In fact, teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are approximately three times more likely to use drugs, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and engage in sexual activity than teens who do participate in afterschool programs.

 

Afterschool Program Resources

After examining this information, afterschool programs seem to make perfect sense for making a difference in student’s lives. If you or your school is interested in starting an afterschool program, or if you already have an afterschool program but could use some refreshing information, you may be interested in The Wallace Foundation’s After School Program Resources webpage, which offers resources on budget planning, strategic financing plans, funding opportunities, and other strategies for planning and implementing afterschool programs.

 

Afterschool Program Funding and Grant Opportunities

Federal funding for afterschool programs is provided to the states for distribution to programs determined by each state’s afterschool needs. Below is a listing and summary of these programs, as described on the findyouthinfo.gov webpage titled “Funding for Afterschool.”

  • The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC):
    This is the only federal funding source that supports nothing but afterschool programs. The 21CCLC program aims to support community learning centers that provide academic tutoring and homework help; community service; and music, arts, sports, and cultural activities. The Department of Education works with State Education Agencies (SEAs) to manage statewide competitions for funding.
  • The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF):
    This program helps low-income families by providing child care vouchers. The CCDF also funds state child care quality improvement initiatives, which may include training programs and capacity-building for afterschool providers.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF):
    TANF funds provide financial assistance for low-income families. These funds can also be used to support afterschool programs in ways that are consistent with the TANF program. States can spend TANF funds on afterschool programs and initiatives or transfer up to 30% of the funds to CCDF.
  • Federal Food and Nutrition Programs: These programs support snacks and meals for participants of afterschool programs. In these cases, afterschool programs may receive reimbursements from one of four food and nutrition programs made available by the United States Department of Agriculture. These food and nutrition programs include the National School Lunch Program: Afternoon Snacks; the Child and Adults Care Food Program; the Summer Food Service Program; and the School Breakfast Program.

 

Some private foundations also support afterschool programs. The Wallace Foundation, mentioned earlier in this article, is one of them. They award grants between $1,000-$5 million in several educational areas, one of which is afterschool programs.

Another place to find afterschool funding is through JC Penney Cares, which focuses on
supporting educational organizations and programs.

 

TheGrantHelpers.com is here to help you reach your funding goals. Whether it’s finding more funding opportunities for afterschool programs or helping you write a proposal or develop a grant application, we have the experts you need to give you your best chance of funding success. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Initial consultations are always free.

 

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Field Trip Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 13:08 PM
Do your memories of school days include a special field trip? Field trips can be fun and memorable, and they can solidify and extend students’ knowledge of the subject being studied. Unfortunately, funds for field trips have suffered because of educational budget cuts. In this blog, we offer places and tips to find funding sources for field trips as well as tips to make the field trip as beneficial as possible.
 

Where to Find Funding

 
One of the more popular corporate providers of field trip grants, Target Field Trip
Grants
, offers up to $700 for field trips. Applications are accepted between August 1 and
September 30
.
 
When looking for other grants to fund field trips there areField Trip Grants several hints we can offer. First, foundations that fund specific geographic areas may be more receptive to funding field trips. Second, if your field trip is linked to a specific topic or unit, your application may be better received. For example, if you are requesting a grant for STEM or art education, you could include funds for a field trip related to the activities you are proposing in the larger grant. 
 
The Harry Chapin Foundation provides grants for arts education programs and other approaches to educating young people in order to create a healthier and more peaceful world. You might include a field trip as one of your activities in an arts education grant. 
 
The Journalist and Writers Foundation: Peace Project funds field trips that are part of a conflict resolution project. Their interest in is projects designed to prevent, manage, and resolve violent conflict and that promote post-conflict peace-building.   
 

Getting the Greatest Educational Value from Your Field Trip

 
Involving students in learning prior to your field trip can enhance the overall experience and create an atmosphere conducive to learning.
 

Before the Field Trip:

 

1. Set Expectations 

 

Present students with information about what they are likely to see and/or should be

looking for when on the field trip. The teacher might also consider leading a discussion to determine what the students would like to learn from their field trip. This can be done as a brainstorming exercise, a discussion and/or a list and summarize activity.

 
The teacher should also provide students with written information explaining what is expected of them during the field trip. This might include active participation, wearing the same color shirt, timing issues and a code of conduct.

2. Assess Pre-Field Trip Knowledge

Distribute a short quiz to determine the students’ level of knowledge about the topic of the field trip.

 
3. Plan for Learning
 
To increase student knowledge prior to the field trip, the teacher might consider involving the students in an enrichment activity such as assigned research projects related to the venue you will be visiting. For example, if you are visiting a zoo consider organizing your field trip around a geographic theme. Ask your students to research what animals they would see in Australia or Africa. For each animal, have students identify 3 unique characteristics. Then, when they are on the field trip, you can divide them into teams and provide them with a scavenger hunt form where they will need to identify the animals of a given geographic region based on their characteristics. The team(s) with the most correct answers might win a prize.
 
4.  Special Tasks
 
The teacher might consider assigning specific tasks to the students. For example, each team could have students assigned specific responsibilities such as:
Photographer: responsible for photographing the animals for a class discussion after the field trip
Time Keeper: responsible for getting their team to lunch and the bus at the appropriate time
Recorder: responsible for writing the answers on the scavenger hunt form
 

 

After the Field Trip:

 
1.  Assess Student Learning
 
Ask the teams to develop a class presentation about their experience. This should include the results of their scavenger hunt forms and photographs.
 
2.  Administer a Post-Field Trip Quiz
 
The teacher can provide a quiz or a self-evaluation where students rate themselves on their level of pre/post knowledge, their behavior during the field trip and a description of
what they think they learned.
 
3. Develop a Rubric
 
The teacher might develop a rubric with the expected learning goals and behaviors related to the field trip. This can be used as a method of assessing each student.
 
4. Thank Your Sponsor
 
The teacher should have the students put together a document for the sponsor that thanks them for their support and shares information on what the students learned from the experience.
 
 
Despite cuts to field trip budgets, there are still several avenues for you to explore to get the
funding you need for a field  trip. 
TheGrantHelpers.com Educational Specialist Carol Timms may be able to further assist you in finding funding for your educational programs. Please contact us today to speak to one of our experts, visit our education pages, or download our list of services for ideas on how we can help you.
 
 

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More Education Funding Opportunities: DonorsChoose.org and NEA Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 @ 16:08 PM

Educators across the country are preparing to head back to their classrooms, if they haven’t done so already. In spirit of the new school year, TheGrantHelpers.com continues to feature useful education-related grants and resources to help educators in their efforts to provide the best education possible for their students and enhance their own professional practice.

In this blog, we offer two very different funding sources. The first is an online request site for teachers, while the other is an educational foundation that makes traditional grants. Also, be sure to check out our recent blog article, “Free Teacher Resources,” for additional educational tools and tips to add to your repertoire of all-things-education.

 

DonorsChoose.org

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, DonorsChoose.org haSchool_Suppliess been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and National Public Radio (NPR). It is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and has received Charity Navigator’s 4-Star highest rating. Oprah has touted the company as a “revolutionary charity,” and Stephen Colbert has lauded it as well.

How does it work? The site allows public school teachers to post classroom project requests of all types. Maybe a teacher just wants some crayons. Perhaps the teacher wants a full classroom set of iPads. Regardless of the cost of the project, teachers post their requests, along with
dollar amounts of the project, and if desired, a project deadline. Donors can then contribute as little as $1 or as much as they want to specific projects that they fund.

Once a project has reached its funding goal, DonorsChoose.org purchases and ships the materials requested for the project to the school and teacher who requested it. The website is completely free for teachers to post projects. For specific information on how DonorsChoose.org
works, visit its “How it Works” page.

DonorsChoose.org reports a 70% success rate in funding projects. Over 150,000 teachers and 366,000 projects have been funded through the organization. That breaks down to over $184 million dollars raised for 49,516 schools.

While the DonorsChoose.org is not set up to handle donations of materials, they do provide several other organizations that are:

National Organizations:

Canada:

Chicago Public Schools

New York City:

San Francisco Bay Area

 

The NEA Foundation 

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation supports educators in their efforts to strengthen their teaching skills and enhance student learning. In its effort to enhance teaching and learning, the foundation has funded nearly 4,000 grants and awarded over $8.5 million to
public school educators.  There are currently two different grants available through the NEA.

Student Achievement Grants

These grants are awarded to U.S. public school and public higher education institutions for improving academic achievement in any subject area. Funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, and more. For a full overview, including restrictions, please visit the NEA’s Student Achievement Grants page.

GRANT AMOUNT: $2,000 and $5,000

DEADLINES: February 1, June 1, and October 15

 

Learning & Leadership Grants

These grants support public educators, including support professionals, faculty, and staff, in public institutions of higher education. Grants may be used for participation in professional development experiences or for collegial study. Some examples of what these
grants fund include summer institutes, action research, study groups, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new staff members. Funding may not be used to pursue degrees. For a full overview of this grant and its restrictions, please visit the NEA’s Learning & Leadership Grants page.

GRANT AMOUNT: $2,000 for individuals, $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study

DEADLINES: February 1, June 1, and October 15

 

As always, The Grant Helpers are here because we want to help you reach your goals. Educational Specialist Carol Timms and other experienced team members are available to answer your questions and guide you through any part of the grant writing process. Remember, the first consultation is always free. Simply contact us to get started, or download a full list of our services here.

 

 

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Free Teacher Resources

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 13:07 PM

With summer already more than half over, teachers are gearing up for the next school year. According to a study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, public school teachers in the United States spent more than $1.33 billion out of pocket on school supplies and instructional materials in the 2009-2010 school year. To help you reduce out-of-pocket expenses, we have assembled information on ways for teachers to obtain free and discounted items. These include STEM and other educational materials, product and service discounts, and magazine subscriptions.

 

10 Ways to Get Free Technology for Teachers

This article provides a variety of resources for teachers to find free money and supplies. The list was prepared by Richard Byrne, an experienced classroom teacher, Google Certified Teacher, and professional development teacher.

 Teacher resources

NSTA Freebies for Science Teachers

The National Science Teachers Association provides a list of publications and products that are free for teachers and for the classroom. This extensive list is searchable by keyword and can be filtered to specify CD, DVD/Video, publications, kits, or other materials.

  

Teacher DisCount

This free shopping program provides teachers and their families with deep discounts on thousands of brand name products and services. You'll find discounts with many national brands - from 10% to 60% on travel, apparel, electronics, flowers, gifts and much, much more.

 

Free Online Subscription to Tech & Learning Magazine

Add Tech & Learning to your classroom library.

 

Free One-Year Teachers Subscription to Yes! Magazine

Teachers can receive a free subscription to Yes! Magazine. This quarterly magazine, which is printed on 100% post-consumer waste, chlorine-free paper, lives up to its “Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions” mantra. It teaches you how to live green, and you can learn about climate heroes, forming a no-impact curriculum, and much more.

 

Free Random Acts of Fitness / Fitness Guide for kids from Subway

Subway is joining in the efforts to help children eat healthier and exercise more. Teachers can receive a free Subway Random Acts of Fitness for Kids Kit. Teachers must enter their school name when applying for this free educational guide.

 

TheGrantHelpers.com is committed to helping you reach your goals. Our experts have a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond traditional grant sources, and can match your goals to the best funding resources for you. Our educational expert, Carol Timms, has years of experience in writing educational grants and finding other educational resources for teachers. She is always willing and available to discuss your educational or non-profit needs. Contact us today for a free consultation or to let us know how we can help you.

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