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Professional Development Grants for Math and Science Teachers

Tue, Dec 4, 2018 @ 10:12 AM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling posted in federal education grants, government grants, grants for stem, grant, grants for teachers, steam, stem education grants, steam education grants, grants for steam, teacher development grants, grants for teacher development

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It is well known the United States ranks much lower in science and math education outcomes than many other countries (Pew Research Center, 2017). As a result, government entities, national organizations, businesses, and private foundations are investing funding for teacher professional development so today’s educators can better train tomorrow’s innovators in the fields of science and math. Below is just a sampling of the myriad of grants available for professional development for science and math teachers.

General STEM Professional Development Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation: Learning and Leadership Grants

Though the NEA Learning and Leadership Grants are offered to teachers in any field, at present the NEA states it will give preference to teachers who seek funds to travel to professional development events for STEM fields or “global competence” improvement. Applicants must be current NEA members working at a public institution, and either groups or individuals may apply. In additional to educational groups and teachers, other educational professionals—such as bus drivers, custodial staff, and food service staff—are also encouraged to apply. Awards are for either $2,000 or $5,000, and there are three deadlines each year: February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science: Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

This grant / fellowship provides funding for K-12 teachers to gain real-world professional development by working at a Federal agency or Congressional office for eleven months. Participants have the opportunity to affect national education policies while learning valuable information about the latest innovations in their educational fields. To be eligible, teachers must be U.S. citizens who are currently employed as a STEM educator at a U.S. public or private school. Additionally, all applicants must have at least five full years of STEM teaching experience. For the full eligibility requirements, see the Eligibility section of the FAQs.  The application period is typically mid-August to mid-November, and this year’s deadline for the 2019-2020 term is November 15th, 2018.

Science Professional Development Grants

The National Weather Association Foundation (NWAF): Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants

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Strategic Decisions Regarding Letters of Introduction

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 10:10 AM / by Carol Timms posted in LOI, grant tips, Grant Writing Tips, grants, letter of intent, letter proposal, Grant Writing and Planning, grants writing, grant planning, applying for grants, grant funding, grant, grant proposal, grant strategies, grant project development, securing grants

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Many grantmaking organizations—especially small, private foundations—do not accept proposals for initial funding requests. Instead, they require grantseekers to submit a letter of introduction (LOI), also known as a letter of interest, letter of inquiry, letter of intent, or letter of request (LOR). Often, LOIs are requested by foundations as a tool to determine which projects they will be invited to submit a full proposal. While each grantmaking organization’s requirements for these letters may vary, most funders want LOIs of no more than one to three pages that describe the project for which you’re requesting funding and indicate the amount of funding for which you’re asking.

But is writing LOIs (as opposed to grant proposals) really worth doing? There are two main strategic approaches to consider: sending many LOIs – vs- fewer full proposals. To determine the best strategy for your organization, consider some of the general pros and cons of LOI writing when seeking grant funding.

Pros

-- LOIs are brief and quick to write.

Most full grant proposals require multiple pages of specific information regarding your funding request, including a project description, timeline, itemized budget, and measurable goals and outcomes. Therefore, planning your project and then writing a good proposal can take days, weeks, or even months. Because LOIs require much less verbiage and rely on more general information, an experienced writer can prepare a persuasive LOI quickly. If you have a collection of documents and text from other proposals and LOIs, the task can be even easier.

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Rebuilding After A Disaster

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 16:10 PM / by Carol Timms posted in library grant, nonprofit, foundation funding, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, grants for disaster planning, non-profit, first responders, grant opportunity, foundation grant money, animal shelter, FEMA, football grants, grants for football, animal shelter grant, animal shelter funding, NFL, football equipment grants, grants from service organizations, service organizations, dog park grants, animal grants, dog grants, grants for dog parks, grants for dogs, grants for animal needs, dog parks, grants for disaster relief, disaster relief grants, grant funding, grant, Hurricane Harvey, grants for animals, animal needs grants, thank you, disaster, Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries, school library grants, school libraries

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Immediately after a disaster, governmental agencies, volunteers and non-profits respond en masse to the affected area. These entities provide essential health and human services. In turn, granting organizations support these first responders by offering grants for general expenses and specific special interests.

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